What is the keto diet

What is the keto diet

Power Kitchen’s Keto Meal Prep is one of our most popular meal plans but it is also probably the plan we receive the most questions about. The Ketogenic diet continues to grow in popularity as many have found it an extremely effective way to burn fat. Based on fitness goals many diets will recommend getting calories from 15% – 30% fat, 35% – 45% carbs, and 30% – 50% Protein. This is similar to the way Power Kitchen designs our clean eating meal prep.

The Keto diet completely changes the macros which typically go into losing weight. By almost completely cutting carbs, lowering protein intake and instead replacing these lost macros with high-fat substitutes you will actually lose weight by putting your body into Ketosis.


What is Ketosis

Ketosis Is a natural metabolic state where your body runs out of carbs and instead turns to fat for energy.  On a traditional diet, your body will not typically enter a ketosis state as your body will have carbs to draw from when it needs energy. On a Keto diet, you eat an extremely small amount of carbs, typically under 30 grams/day. By doing this your body will be turning to fat on a regular basis for energy.


How Long Does it Take to Get Into Ketosis

How Long Does it Take to Get Into Ketosis

The old saying of “your body is not a machine” really comes into play here. While many people find their body enters a state of Ketosis after just 2 days some find it can take up to 2 weeks for your body to truly enter ketosis. This means if you think you put on weight after your first week, do not get discouraged as your body will soon start to adapt.


What Foods Can You Eat on the Keto Diet

What Foods Can You Eat on the Keto Diet

On the Keto diet, you are looking to find healthy fats like nuts, cheeses, and avocado and to avoid any food with a high carb count.

All of this can get confusing – Power Kitchen has a Keto Meal Prep available to help you out!


Fats and Oils

Fats and Oils

Remember we are looking for healthy fats. Foods with high saturated and monounsaturated are great, polyunsaturated from animals are great for you but avoid polyunsaturated from processed foods. Trans fats should also be avoided!

This is really where those used to dieting can feel weird about Keto. you might want to do things like cook with butter or lard. While typically oil is avoided on diets you can drizzle your meat with olive or avocado oil.


Good Fats and Oils for the Keto Diet

  • Lard
  • Oil
  • Egg Yolks
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • MCT Oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Walnut oil


Bad Fats and Oils for the Keto Diet

  • Corn oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Sesame Oil


Keto Proteins

Jerk Chicken Thigh

Check the macros before purchasing but most proteins do not contain carbs, do be careful as the keto diet is also low protein


Good Proteins for the Keto Diet

  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Lamb
  • Bacon
  • Pork Chop
  • Eggs
  • Chicken Thigh
  • fatty fish


Proteins to avoid on the Keto Diet

Protein selection is an easy task when eating Keto as there are few protein that contain carbs. The most important thing is to see where your protein comes from.

  • Grain-fed meats
  • Processed meats (like hot dogs)
  • Factory farmed meats and fish


Keto Vegetables and Fruit

FrThe keto thought on fruits and vegetables steers away from the traditional nutrition that we all know. While many fruits and vegetables are keto friendly a lot (fruits especially) are high in sugar and thus have a fairly high carb content which needs to be avoided on Keto.

Worth noting that even keto friendly fruits and vegetables do not have much fat and should be eaten in addition to your high-fat substitutes.


Good Fruits and Vegetables to Eat Include

  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choi
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries


Fruits and Vegetables to avoid on Keto

Below are some of the fruits and vegetables to avoid, as a general rule with a few exceptions, most fruit should be avoided.

  • Bananas
  • Pineapples
  • Apples
  • Mango
  • Grapes
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Juices
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Parsnips


Keto Dairy Products

Keto Dairy Products

Dairy products are used quite heavily on the keto diet as a way of eating healthy fats. Be careful as some highly processed dairy products can be higher in carbs


Good Dairy Products to Eat on the Keto Diet

  • Greek Yogurt(full fat)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Brie


Dairy Products to Avoid on The Keto Diet

  • Milk (some whole milk can be alright)
  • Skim milk
  • Any “low fat” cheese
  • Any “low fat” yogurt
  • Shredded cheese (check label can be alright if it doesn’t contain potato starch)


Keto Nuts and Seeds

Keto Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are good snack or flavouring for meals on the Keto diet. They are high in fat and protein so can help to achieve macro goals. You can even eat them with dark chocolate which is also Keto friendly


Good Nuts and Seeds to Eat on the Keto Diet

  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Coconut
  • Macadamias
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds (hulled)
  • Pumpkin seeds (hulled)
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts


Nuts and Seeds to avoid on the Keto Diet

  • Peanuts (technically Legumes)


Keto Beverages

Keto Beverages

Classic H20 is always going to be the best but there are a handful of drinks which are Keto friendly


Good Beverages to Eat on the Keto Diet

  • Water
  • Black Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Black Tea
  • Diet Soda (drink sparingly)
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Broth
  • Club Soda


Beverages to avoid on the Keto Diet

  • Soda
  • Juices
  • Smoothies


Keto Alcohol

While it is best to simply not drink alcohol that’s not always realistic. If you are going out for a drink try to stick to the options below


Alcohol to Drink on Keto Diet

  • Light Beer
  • Bourbon
  • Champagne
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Vodka
  • Dry Wines


Alcohols to Avoid on Keto Diet

  • Beers
  • Sweet Wines
  • Cocktails
  • Flavoured Liquors
  • Mixers

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