Ketogenic Diets: How They Work for Weight Loss

One of the most popular trends in the weight loss world offers a new twist on traditional low-carb diets: High-fat, low-carb ketogenic plans. In contrast to the calorie-counting that some diets require, high-fat, low-carb plans involve restricting carbohydrates while enjoying fats and protein. One popular example of a ketogenic diet is the Atkins weight-loss plan. It involves different phases with different levels of carbohydrate restriction.

Ketogenic Diet Tips

What’s key to success: Tracking carbohydrates, from veggies to low-carb candy. Most forms of pure protein have zero to two carbohydrates. For guidance on the right number of carbohydrates for you, talk with your personal health care provider.

A sample day might look like this:

  • Breakfast: Omelet with ham and mushrooms
  • Lunch: Lettuce topped with bleu cheese and chopped chicken
  • Dinner: Steak and cauliflower with butter melted on top to replace potatoes
  • Snacks: Cheese, nuts, sliced roast beef, low carb candy

Want to fill your cupboard with low-carb foods so you’re prepared? Try these:

 

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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