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Since I started a Keto diet quite a few of my friends have asked me “What is the Keto diet?”

This is a short stroll through “what is” and how to start a keto diet. With a mix of the boring stuff and the good stuff I will try my best to help you learn everything you need to know about the keto lifestyle.

What is the Keto Diet Important Links 

Keto Diet Planners and Trackers

Keto Sweeteners. The Good and Bad.

How to Start a Keto Diet

The Benefits of a Keto Diet

Keto Pantry Essentials | Keto ingredients

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What is the Keto Diet

Essentially a ketogenic (keto) diet is a diet very low in carbohydrates. By limiting the carbohydrates, the body is forced to use fat for energy

Limiting carbohydrates to <20g per day causes the body to produce ketones.

While energy levels differ from one person’s needs to another it is basically, a ratio of 70-80% fat, 15-20% protein and 5-10% carbs.  Sounds simple right?  So why do we all get so confused?

Not surprisingly, the keto diet was also used in the 1920’s by doctors treating patients with epilepsy, neurological disorders and diabetes.

Somehow, along the way, it got buried under changes in our day-to-day dietary guidelines for the general population and for medical treatment.

Basically, the keto diet is low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats.

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Types of Keto

Standard (SKD)

Standard is composed of 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs. This is 20 to 50g of carbs each day. This is the most popular type if you are a beginner.

Cyclical (CKD)

You will cycle in and out of ketosis. Usually, 5 ketogenic days allowing 20 to 50g of carbs. Followed by  2 high carb days allowing 400 to 500g of carbs. The cyclical keto plans are popular with high-intensity fitness training and our Egg Fast 3.0 meal plans.

Targeted (TKD)

Focuses on eating carbs around physical activity.

High Protein (HPKD)

Following a high protein keto diet you can generally reduce carbs to 5%. Increases protein 35-45%. Decreases fat to 55 – 65%.

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2 responses to “What is the Keto Diet”

  1. Andrea K

    Just got a thermomix and wanted keto recipes to get back into the keto lifestyle

  2. Kellie Whalan

    Im sorry but ive been eating only whats on the list of foods and nuts allowed but i don’t look or feel any better.
    I just haven’t a meal plan to follow and i dont understand what or how to count.
    I had a brain operation 5/6 years ago and i just don’t get things like i used to.
    Because i am unable to run and struggle to walk, i have gained a lot.
    Can you help me please?
    Kellie Whalan

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