In some ways, it’s similar to the Atkins diet, which similarly boosts the body’s fat-burning abilities through eating only low-carb foods, along with getting rid of foods high in carbs and sugar. Removing glucose from carbohydrate foods will cause the body to burn fat for energy instead. The major differences between the classic keto and the Atkins diet is the former emphasizes healthier keto fats, less overall protein and no processed meat (such as bacon) while having more research to back up its efficacy.
First of all, the idea that fat will make us fat is a huge misconception in our society. In fact, the exact opposite is true. The fat in our bodies is actually a stored form of glucose. When blood sugar levels become too high, insulin levels rise in order to carry glucose into the cells for energy production. When the cells have an adequate amount of glucose to fuel themselves, the excess glucose is stored in the liver and muscles or deposited as fat. In other words, excess carbohydrates (glucose) increases fat build up, not necessarily dietary fat.
This list of low-carb dessert recipes is all you need for the holidays. It has everything from mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies to homemade key lime pie (are you drooling yet?). If you have dietary restrictions, you’ll be thrilled to know that some of these recipes even fit into vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo diets. There’s something for everyone, and only you’ll know how healthy these tasty desserts are. Take note of these shockingly good low-carb dessert recipes.
The Recipe: This simple snack recipe from Minimalist Baker makes for a delicious low-carb dessert. The small bites are naturally sweet, thanks to the inspired combination of just a few healthy ingredients. Pop the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture feels like dough, roll into balls, and chill in the fridge or freezer before you’re ready to indulge.
During Girl Scout cookie season, these can help stave off the cravings! They can be whipped up in an afternoon, and pulled from the freezer whenever you need a sweet treat. These bites are great for holiday dinners or family snacks.There is a lot of prep time involved in these, so I would set aside a couple hours for prep and execution. This may be a fun activity with some friends or older kids.Most minty desserts get that burst of fresh flavor from using extract, but I love adding ...
Net carbs is simply total carbs minus fiber and non-digestible sugar alcohols, like erythritol. (This doesn’t apply to high glycemic sugar alcohols, like maltitol.) We don’t have to count fiber and certain sugar alcohols in net carbs, because they either don’t get broken down by our bodies, are not absorbed, or are absorbed but not metabolized. (Read more about sugar alcohols here.)
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Make things yourself. While it’s extremely convenient to buy most things pre-made or pre-cooked, it always adds to the price per pound on items. Try prepping veggies ahead of time instead of buying pre-cut ones. Try making your stew meat from a chuck roast. Or, simply try to make your mayo and salad dressings at home. The simplest of things can work to cut down on your overall grocery shopping.
Use fat as a lever. We’ve been taught to fear fat, but don’t! Both keto and low carb are high fat diets. Fat is our source of energy as well as satiety. The key to understand, though, is that fat is a lever on a low carb or keto diet. Carbs and protein stay constant, and fat is the one you increase or decrease (push the lever up or down) to gain or lose weight, respectively. So if your goal is weight loss, eat enough fat to be satisfied, but there’s no need to “get your fats in” once you’re satisfied.
My question is – where do you suggest I start? I have never done Keto, but I have done South Beach several years ago and lost 28 lbs on that so I know I’m ok with no carbs. Is it best to start with the 3 day plan? Or best to do one of your fasts first? Should I ease my way in or do your super strict 30 day Keto challenge? I’d love to know the pros & cons of where to start.
After increasing water intake and replacing electrolytes, it should relieve most all symptoms of Keto Flu. For an average person that is starting a ketogenic diet, eating 20-30g of net carbs a day, the entire adaptation process will take about 4-5 days. My advice is to cut your carbs to fewer than 15g to ensure that you are well on your way into ketosis within one week. If you are experiencing any more keto flu symptoms, double check your electrolyte intake and adjust.
You’re so welcome Jessica – you and me both! I’m looking forward to feeling good again and having my clothes fit right will be nice too! ha ha! Thanks to all of your feedback I’ll be posting 7 day menu plans every Saturday, and we’ll all hopefully be reporting our pounds lost so far progress in the comments. I’m so looking forward to it – hope you’ll join us!!!
Because they don’t make it easy to lose weight and keep the weight off. My “21 Day Keto Diet” by My Keto Coach makes it simple to enjoy the foods you love—without calorie counting! We have made this diet specifically for those that just don’t have time to cook elaborate ketogenic meals but love great tasting food – and want results*! My goal is to get you into ketosis, and eventually keto adapted!
Well done Anne, I totally related to your article, I also cannot see the point in all these commercial Keto/LC doughnuts, bread, desserts, so simple to eat fresh veg, cheese, meat etc. I too grow most of my vegies, work full time, leave home in the dark, get home in the dark. I love the simplicity and freshness of eating Keto. I loved your article - thank you