For years, the Paleo diet has been one of the most popular diets. However, as of December 3, 2016, more people Googled the Ketogenic diet (aka “keto”) than for the Paleo diet. The popularity of keto is only growing.
In this post, you'll read why the keto diet has become so popular and the many benefits you can get.
This post is a combination of writing by the folks over at The Keto Bundle (which you'll read about below), and my own writing.
The Basics of Keto
A ketogenic diet focuses on using “ketones” and fat as fuel for your body – rather than glucose (sugar).
Whenever your body doesn't have much glucose, it naturally produces more ketones by breaking down fats. This is how your body adapts to periods when sugary and starchy foods aren't available.
A ketogenic diet causes your body to rely more on ketones – and it does this primarily by limiting the amount of sugars and starches you eat.
The result is that your body burns fats rather than sugars (carbohydrates), you feel full more of the time, and you gain greater energy and mental clarity.
Explaining that further assuming that the words “ketones” and “ketosis” are meaningless to you:
WebMD says, “Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones….when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy.”
Ketone bodies are produced by the liver during fasting, carb-restricted diets, prolonged periods of intense exercise and starvation.
Is a Keto Diet Effective?
The main reason why the ketogenic diet has gotten so popular is because it works for so many people.
In fact, for quick weight loss and increased energy, a keto diet is often better than any other diet. This is particularly true for folks with high blood sugar or with a lot of weight to lose.
But it's also true for anyone seeking more productivity and higher energy levels.
While keto is a great tool for fast and effective weight loss, many people like it so much, they end it doing it for years at time.
And it's not just weight loss and mental clarity that people rave about. Keto diets also tend to give you better moods as well as better sleep.
Plus, there's growing research suggesting that a ketogenic diet can help prevent (and even treat) cancer as well as neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. And historically, keto has been used with great success to treat epilepsy in children.
You can read more about the ketogenic diet on my friend Fawn's website and check out her page of epilepsy resources. Some might call the change in her daughter Jade's health “miraculous”. It didn't happen overnight, it took years, but it did happen.
What Do You Eat on a Keto diet?
For the most part, a ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate version of a Paleo diet.
You eat real foods but avoid the really starchy or sugary ones like many fruits (think pineapples and bananas), tubers (like sweet potatoes and parsnips), and sugars (like honey or maple syrup).
Instead, you eat lots of healthy fats (like coconut oil, ghee, tallow, lard, olive oil, avocado oil) and non-starchy vegetables, along with berries, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, and other seafood.
How does the ketogenic diet differ from similar diets?
Other diets don't focus on being in a state of ketosis. Keto is similar to paleo, except that paleo is based on the belief of what our ancestors ate. Really, though, “ancestors” came from all over the world, and hunters and gathers ate different food depending on where they lived. My summary of the paleo diet: Eat real food. I often say that “paleo” created an entire industry that's way more lucrative than the “just eat real food” message. The ketogenic diet addresses medical issues.
A Sweet Keto Opportunity
Perhaps you've tried many diets before and you know that it can get expensive to buy new foods, new books, and new cookbooks.
That's why I want to tell you about the 2017 Keto Diet Bundle. It's only available for 5 days this year – February 7th to 11th, 2017.
This event includes pretty much everything you need to get amazing results on a keto diet…
There are over 84+ weeks of meal plans and 11+ Keto cookbooks (from awesome experts like Maria Emmerich, Mellissa Sevigny, Martina Slajerova, Leanne Vogel, Patricia Daly, Tasteaholics, and Vivica Menegaz). That's hundreds and hundreds of delicious recipes to keep you going.
There's also a ketogenic ecourse as well as beginner keto ebooks explaining step-by-step what you'll need to focus on.
There are even discounts on various keto foods – including discounts to Fatworks, Keto Krate, Keto Kookie, and even a free 16.9 oz carton of bone broth from Kettle & Fire. And if you need help with sleep or fitness, there are ebooks to help you with those aspects too.
Plus, the first 500 US-based purchasers will get a free sample of Perfect Keto's ketone supplement (with free shipping). Not being US-based myself, I feel like I'm missing out.
If you're on a keto diet (or are thinking about trying it), then please check this event out before it's too late.
You won't regret it, and you'll save countless hours and hundreds of dollars.