The 100 Most Ketogenic Diet Foods
Ketosis occurs when there is a lack of glucose, our insulin levels drop, and our body switches to fat for fuel. Managing our insulin response to the food we eat is critical to ensuring that we are able to burn fat. The food insulin index data indicates that our insulin response to food is best predicted, not just by carbohydrate, but also the protein and fibre content of our food. This improved understanding can help us prioritise foods with a lower insulin load that will help us improve our blood glucose control. But before we get to the list of the most ketogenic foods, let’s look at the research and the theory that enables us to identify foods that will cause the least insulin response. Food insulin index The initial research into the food insulin index was detailed in a 1997 paper An insulin index of foods: the insulin demand generated by 1000-kJ portions of common foods by Susanne Holt, Jennie Brand-Miller and Peter Petocz who tested the insulin response to thirty-eight different foods. The food insulin index score of various foods was determined by feeding 1000kJ (or 239 kcal) of various foods to non-diabetic participants and measuring their insulin response over three hours. This was then compared to the insulin response to pure glucose (which is assigned a value of 100%) to arrive at a “food insulin index” value for each food. Considering how significant this information could be for people trying to manage their insulin levels (e.g. people with diabetes, “low carbers” or “ketonians”) I was surprised that there hadn’t been much further research or discussion on the topic. I found a few references and mentions in podcasts, but no one was quite sure what to do with the information, mainly because only a small number of foods been tested. More food Continue reading >>
The 'eat This Not That' Guide To The Keto Diet
The ketogenic diet can be dizzyingly complicated. You want to load up on fats and protein, and keep your carb intake low—but all fats and proteins aren’t alike, and there are some veggies higher in carbohydrates than others. Oh, and fruit is pretty much banned. But don’t worry: We’ve put together the best and worst of each category so you can go keto with confidence. Fats Eat this: Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done Saturated fats including coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, duck fat, tallow, and lard—all essential for a healthy immune system, dense bones, and proper testosterone levels. Monounsaturated fats like olive, avocado, macadamia, and almond oils, which boost heart health and provide vitamin E—important for vision and a strong immune system. Polyunsaturated omega-3s such as wild-caught salmon, sardines, and sustainably harvested seafood—to prevent heart disease and stroke and reduce blood pressure. Medium-chain triglycerides, fatty acids that are easily absorbed and used for energy. Linked to weight loss, MCTs increase satiety and rev-up metabolism. Not that: Refined fats and oils like sunflower, canola, soybean, grapeseed, and corn oils, which have been processed at high Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet Food List: Everything You Need To Know
Not sure what to eat on a ketogenic diet? Here’s a quick food list for you to reference. Below you’ll find a brief overview of what you can eat. Scroll further down to see more details on each section. Being on a diet isn’t the easiest thing in the world, especially when you don’t know what you should eat. We’ve put together this ketogenic diet food list to help people out there make decisions on what they are eating and shopping for. Below you can find a quick visual guide to what to eat on a ketogenic diet. Let’s go over some of the commonly identifiable items that people use on keto: All of the food above sticks to the strict 5% carbohydrate allowance that we use on keto. In general, you can eat from the following food groups: Fats & Oils. Try to get your fat from natural sources like meat and nuts. Supplement with saturated and monounsaturated fats like coconut oil, butter, and olive oil. Protein. Try to stick with organic, pasture-raised and grass-fed meat where possible. Most meats don’t have added sugar in them, so they can be consumed in moderate quantity. Remember that too much protein on a ketogenic diet is not a good thing. Vegetables. Fresh or frozen doesn’t matter. Stick with above ground vegetables, leaning toward leafy/green items. Dairy. Most dairy is fine, but make sure to buy full-fat dairy items. Harder cheeses typically have fewer carbs. Nuts and Seeds. In moderation, nuts and seeds can be used to create some fantastic textures. Try to use fattier nuts like macadamias and almonds. Beverages. Stay simple and stick to mostly water. You can flavor it if needed with stevia-based flavorings or lemon/lime juice. If you scroll down, you can see in-depth breakdowns of each section along with some ideas on what types of food to eat! If you’r Continue reading >>
Keto Foods List: What To Eat On The Keto Diet
This keto foods list was developed for all the people who are struggling to figure out what foods they can eat on the keto diet. When people started noticing my weight loss, the conversations usually went a little something like this: Them: Wow! You look so good, what have you been doing?! Me: Oh, I just cut the carbs from my diet. Them: So… WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EAT?! It’s the same question again and again. Keto is so different than the Standard American Diet, just figuring out what to eat really trips people up. For those first getting started, it can be a little tricky identifying which foods are keto and which ones to avoid. If you’re struggling to figure out what you can and can’t eat, this guide will give you a great starting point to determine which foods are keto friendly! All foods listed here are low in carbohydrates and can easily be incorporated into a ketogenic diet. Think of these as your go-to foods! It’s a long list of keto foods and I’m sure there are things that could be added… but this just goes to show the keto diet isn’t restrictive! If you’re on the run and want to read this as a nice little ebook, be sure to download the free guide of keto foods below. Just about all meats are keto! If it used to cluck, moo, or oink… you can eat it! Red meat, poultry, pork, and seafood are all great for a ketogenic diet. The organ meats of each are fantastic as well. Alligator Bacon Bear Beef Beef Jerky (watch the sugar counts on these) Bison Bison Jerky Bison Ribeye Bison Sirloin Bison Steaks Boar Chicken Breast Chicken Leg Chicken Thigh Chicken Wings Chuck Steak Clams Crab Duck Eggs (chicken, duck, goose) Elk Emu Goat Goose Ground Beef Ground lamb Ham Hot dogs Kangaroo Kielbasa Lamb Chops Lamb rack Lobster Mussel New York Steak Ostrich Oyster Continue reading >>
Where Did My Appetite Go?
It’s the flip side to being hungry all the time: what on earth do you do when your appetite just isn’t showing up to play? When you count up your food and find you’re eating almost nothing – not because you’re trying to starve yourself, but because you just aren’t hungry for it at all. You don’t even want to eat. This can be great for weight loss, but it can also be pretty scary to experience without knowing why, and you might be wondering whether you’re accidentally depriving yourself of necessary nutrients on such a tiny amount of food. So why could this be happening? Ketosis Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body runs primarily on fat for energy, instead of carbohydrates. You achieve ketosis by eating a very low-carb diet. Whether you were intending to eat a ketogenic diet or not, if you don’t make an effort to eat any tubers or fruits, you might end up accidentally taking Paleo in a ketogenic direction. And one of the best-known side effects of ketosis is loss of appetite. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this – it’s one of the reasons why ketogenic diets can be so great for weight loss. If you want to lose weight or don’t mind the appetite loss, then just sit back and enjoy the hunger-free ride! On the other hand, if you weren’t trying to lose weight, this can be a problem. For an athlete going Paleo to improve the health, for example, a ketogenic diet can be a disaster: suddenly, they aren’t eating enough to fuel their workouts, and performance goes down the drain. The fix for this is simple: try adding some more safe starches into your diet and see how you feel. You might find that your appetite comes back all on its own. Hunger as Fatigue Another potential cause for a loss of appetite is that you are hungry; you just don Continue reading >>
Full Ketogenic Diet Food List
So you’ve decided to try the ketogenic diet. Now what? Do you know exactly what to eat? If you’re still scratching your head, or perhaps just need a little refresher, not to worry. This ketogenic diet food list includes everything you can eat for ketogenic diet success. The good news is that keto is probably the simplest diet you will find. The bad news? It can feel pretty strict at times, and it’s easy to miss the foods you used to eat if you focus on what’s lacking. So let’s start with all the delicious whole foods you can eat. We’re break it down into four sections, fat, protein, carbs, and miscellaneous. And to make it super easy AND delicious for you, we’ve whipped up a ketogenic diet meal plan so you can take the guesswork out of keto and put away your calculator. Ketogenic Diet Food List: Fats Healthy fats are really the cornerstone of the ketogenic diet. In order to keep your body in a state of ketosis—breaking down fat instead of carbs or protein for fuel—you’ve gotta eat a lot of fat—at around 70% of your calories, in fact. We want a high-quality ketogenic diet, which means quality fat, which means the source matters. Check out our full article on healthy fats vs. the ones to still avoid even in ketosis. This is really one of the best things about the keto diet. Fat is satiating, and it tastes great, so you can eat a lot of foods that are satisfying and delicious. Just make sure you eat the right types of fats. Here’s what that includes: SATURATED AND MONOUNSATURATED FATS Butter or ghee Avocados Macadamia nuts Coconut butter Cocoa butter Egg yolks (go with pasture-raised for the extra few bucks) #TreatYoself Coconut oil, olive oil, MCT oil, or avocado oil Nuts and seeds or nut butter (choose fattier nuts like macadamia nuts or almonds) Continue reading >>
Is It Beneficial To Eat Ketogenic Foods Without Being In Ketosis?
Yes, a ketogenic diet is strict, but very effective for hardcore athletes. When it’s time for a big workout, a marathon, or powerlifting session, they load up on carbs in the 24 hours leading up to the activity and their bodies turn into a superhuman energy factory. You don’t eat ketones, they’re a byproduct of your body adapting to use of a different form of energy that you no longer have an abundance of (glucose). What you might be referring to is a low carb diet, which can work in cutting down fat that’s stored from unused carbs (glycogen), but it’s not fun to do. If you’re active, you need carbs for energy and for muscle repair. Without plenty of carbs, you’ll have low energy levels and more muscle fatigue during and after strenuous activity. On the other hand, if you want a ketogenic diet, then stick to replacing carbs with good diglyceride fats (i.e. avocados, fish oils, nuts, etc).), instead of just protein. Protein is rough on your liver and kidneys and I’ve met several people who’ve had major renal complications because of over consumption of protein. Hopefully this helps. P.S. Always drink lots of water, no matter what your diet. At least 2 liters a day, spread out within the waking hours. Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet: What Not To Eat On Keto
When you hear the word diet, you automatically think of weight loss. Some people may think that this means you just have to eat less food. Some may think that you have to cut out every “unhealthy” food in your life. There are diets out there that force you to eat significantly less food. For a lot of people, this may not be the best route because you will always be in a state of hunger, especially if you stay disciplined with the diet. Eating less may cause you to lose weight, but depending on what you actually eat, it could be temporary weight loss. When you work hard to lose weight, you don’t want to gain it back the second you decide to fall off your diet a little bit. This is part of the reason why a ketogenic diet is so great. You’ll be able to feel satisfied after every meal while losing the weight you want to lose. This weight loss is also weight that should stay off your body if you decide to go away from the diet a little bit. However, on a keto diet, just like any other diet, there are specific foods that you can’t have if you want it to be successful. Look here if you want a slightly deeper insight as to what exactly a keto diet is and how it can benefit you. Foods to Avoid on Keto You might think it’s unfortunate that there are some foods that you can’t eat while on Keto but it really isn’t. On Keto, many of your old cravings disappear and you begin to love the new foods that you are introducing. If you are hoping to find some substitutes for the foods that you can’t eat below then check out our post on low-carb substitutes. Grains and Starches For all you bread lovers out there, bread is something that you are going to have to cut out of your diet completely. Carbs are going to have to take a back seat in your everyday eating habits. I’l Continue reading >>
Diets Decoded: The Ketogenic Diet
Is the ketogenic diet healthy? We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Most popular healthy diets that are touted for weight loss—from Paleo to Mediterranean and vegetarian—share many of the same basic principles. All involve eating whole foods (as opposed to packaged and processed) and filling your plate with quality sources of protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and vitamin-, mineral-, and fiber-rich vegetables. (Again, we’re talking about the ones that fall somewhere on the healthy spectrum, not unhealthy fad diets like, ahem, the Grapefruit Diet.) However, each proposes a slightly different path that leads to fulfilling those principles. In this column, we’ll be breaking them down for you one by one so you can figure out which (if any!) is right for you. We’ll quickly explain the facts and then provide quick, actionable tips on how to follow the diet as part of a Nutritious Life. The Ketogenic Diet: What It Is The ketogenic diet is like Atkins amplified. Instead of just low-carb, it’s “almost no carb” and lots of fat. It’s been around for a long time but has recently gotten a lot of attention. Originally developed to treat children with epilepsy, the ketogenic diet restricts carb intake to as low as two to four percent of calories, with a 4:1 ratio of fat to carbs and protein combined. (For comparison, standard diets contain about 45 to 65 percent of calories from carbs; we generally recommend sticking to the lower end of that spectrum and avoiding refined carbs.) The goal of eating this way is to move the body into a state called ketosis. During ketosis, instead of breaking down carbs (there are none!) into glucose for fuel, the liver converts fat into ketone bodies, which become the body’s primary source of energy. Advocates s Continue reading >>
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Keto Food List & Printable Keto Grocery List
Today we are sharing this extensive Keto Food List and FREE printable Keto Grocery List. If you scroll down to the bottom you will find links to purchase some keto food products that you may have a hard time finding in your local grocery store. When I first started keto I had a hard time figuring out what I could and couldn’t eat, which is why I decided to create this huge list for you! Today I am sharing the ultimate Keto Food List with a FREE Printable Keto Grocery List. These foods will be a huge part of your new LCHF (low carb high fat) lifestyle. Before you change the way you eat, you have to modify the way you look at food. Most of the foods we’ve been told are bad for us, are good. Of course, many of the foods we’ve been told are good for us (or are better options) are bad. Make sure you understand the basics behind the keto diet before you begin. That’s the only way you will be successful in making this a lifestyle change, and not just another failed attempt at weight loss. Need an easy to view quick list for the fridge? Try this: Low Carb Food List Printable – Carb Chart Note: Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the different foods I recommend.There are certain spices, and seasonings that are keto-friendly and 0 carbs and I linked to them in this list to make it easier for you. If you have questions, feel free to comment below, email me or check out my Keto Diet Frequently Asked Questions to see if I have already answered the question for someone else. Keto Food List Printable: Keto Food List: This diet is perfect for everyone, but it is not a one-size-fits-all kind of plan. You can’t simply add the foods to your cart go home and eat all you like. You have to know your goals, macros and have a menu plan. Thankfully, we can help you with al Continue reading >>
Keto Diet Food List: 221 Foods To Boost Energy (+ Printable Cheat Sheet)
In some studies, only 38% of people can stick to a keto diet. (1) In other words, if you’re not prepared, a keto diet can be HARD. However, if you want to boost your energy and burn fat, there is no better way. Bottom line… If you want to transform your body, you need to be prepared. So in the keto diet food list below, I’ll show you 221 foods that will help you burn fat and boost your energy. Most of these foods are common and easy-to-find so that you can create thousands of different meals that you’ll love. I’ll also show you some of the best benefits of a keto diet and how to make sure that you reach your goals. If you want to find out more in general about keto, check out our comprehensive article on the ketogenic diet here. If you want more recipes, check out all of our keto recipes here. KETO DIET FOOD LIST “CHEAT SHEET” (PRINTABLE) To make things easy for you at the grocery store and in the kitchen, we also put together a printable “cheat sheet” of foods you can eat on a keto diet. To get our cheat sheet, just click the button below: Remember, there are a TON of foods you can eat on a keto diet. And that’s great, because you want to keep your meals interesting. But you also need to keep things as simple as possible, because if your meals and recipes get too overwhelming or take too long, then you won’t stick with it. So use this list to find a few dishes that you really love, and then try to stick to those dishes as much as possible. THE ‘SHORT’ LIST OF KETO FOODS… If you’re looking for a short list of keto diet foods, then here it is. (Remember, all 221 foods are listed below.) Basically, you can eat most meats, most vegetables, most seafood, and healthy fats. More specifically, you can eat these foods… Non-Starchy Vegetables Berr Continue reading >>
Can One Experience The Sleep-reducing Effects Of Ketosis By Simply Eliminating Carb Intake At Dinner But Still Allowing Oneself To Eat Carbs In The Morning?
The only effect would be reduced drowsiness because of a light dinner. A heavy dinner will still produce drowsiness, regardless of the scarcity of carbs, because of blood being routed to the stomach for digestion. Light meals are a good rule for general alertness throughout the day (not just at dinner) in my experience. However, if you are keto adapted and you "binge" on carbs, you *will* experience a dramatic onset of drowsiness that can literally make you lie down for a nap (also in my experience). So carb yourself with caution. :) Continue reading >>
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The Ultimate List Of Foods To Eat On A Ketogenic Diet
This is a list of ketogenic diet foods. It includes meats, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, beverages, fats and oils that are allowed on the ketogenic diet. Trying a new diet can be frustrating, difficult, and can even cause irritability. It can be extremely frustrating trying to figure out what to buy at the grocery store or how to prepare it in your home. It can also be very difficult trying to find proper foods when dining at restaurants or friends and family members. Yet, a proper diet can be a very positive change in your daily health. Over time, a diet filled with appropriate nutrition from all food groups should become part of your daily lifestyle. A ketogenic diet is a great source for those who need to produce more ketones. During this diet, keep in mind that you’ll want to be in taking more fatty foods. Because ketosis works through changing your metabolism through using fat as an energy source, you’ll want to be storing more fat than you might have previously. While this can be a daunting thought to overcome, having an appropriate food list should help you establish the ultimate ketogenic diet. There are many options for those looking for a ketogenic healthy diet. Fats and Oils It may sound silly to say that you need to eat fat to lose weight or be healthier. However, the fatty foods that you should be choosing will be filled with healthy nutrients. Fats can be very important to our diet. However, eating the wrong fats can also be very detrimental. Fats should be the majority of your daily intake on a ketogenic diet, so be sure to know that you are eating the right kind of fatty foods. Saturated fats like the contents of potato chips, processed pretzels, cookies, crackers, and other snacks do not fit into the fat category of a ketogenic diet. You need to b Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet: Are There Any Foods Or Supplements I Can Eat To Speed Up Ketosis?
If you want to help yourself get into ketosis faster then using a high quality MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) Oil will speed this up. I think Dave Asprey makes the best oils. The next level down is the standard MCT Oil which has both C8 and C10 chains XCT Oil - 32 oz. By far my favorite way of getting into and staying in Ketosis (and this is coming from somebody who follows all the correct nutritional rules) is Exogenous Ketones. These put you into a state of Ketosis almost immediately (and that is reflected in the price range). Until now most of them were too unpalatable to bother with but there have been some fantastic innovations in the last year. I really like KetoSports KetoCaNa (10.75oz) The Original Exogenous Ketone Supplement - it has a very pleasant taste and does not have any sugar, unlike some of the other brands. Anyway, best of luck to you. And if you have any more questions pop them in the comments below. Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more Continue reading >>
What Is Keto?
What is keto? In ketosis your body uses fat as the primary source of fuel and spares the lean muscle tissue. Keto foods are naturally rich in fat and protein. Keto foods are life-changing, and the benefits of ketosis pack a big punch. 180 Keto foods list How to reach ketosis quickly Online keto calculator Ketosis happens when net carb levels are very low, usually 10 to 25 net carb grams (or less) per day. While in ketosis, your body depends almost completely on fat for energy. Don’t worry – the foods are delicious and filling. While in ketosis, you’ll burn stored body fat at an incredible pace. You’ll reach your goal in record time. How? Just limit your net carbs to 5% or less of your daily total. Eat any of the foods on the printable keto foods list, concentrating on healthy fats. How to Reach Ketosis Low carbers first reach ketosis by limiting carbs to 10% or less of total daily calories for several days, generally three to five. To reach ketosis even faster, eat extremely low amounts of carbs – 2 to 5% of total daily calories. Don’t worry, there are choices from every food group on your keto foods list. How to Know You’re in Ketosis Keto Symptoms During keto, low carbers experience bursts of energy and heightened mood – just two of the big benefits of ketosis. Some dieters notice a temporary, sweet taste in the mouth or a mild, sweet breath odor, a signal they have reached ketosis. Keto Testing A measurable way to know if you’ve reached ketosis is ketone testing with strips. There are dozens of reliable brands. Check for the lowest prices: Keto Test Strips. Keto test strips are an inexpensive way to know you’ve reached ketosis, but if the strip doesn’t register the presence of ketones, you can still be ketosis. Why is this? Sometimes urine sampl Continue reading >>