Low-carb, high-fat diets have been proven time and time again to be highly effective in reducing weight and lowering the risk of certain diseases and ailments like cancer and Alzheimer’s. A ketogenic diet typically involves eating fewer than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. The average American consumes between 230-290 carbohydrates per day. Dropping to the recommended number on the keto diet may seem like a significant change, and it is. Sticking to a keto diet is challenging at first because it requires a complete lifestyle change. Processed foods are readily available and convenient which make them perfect for today's busy lifestyles. Cutting out processed foods and switching to natural is a big step but will pay instant dividends for overall health.
This list provides the five foods that you should cut immediately and the six essential foods that should be added to your daily intake.
Avoid: Processed Foods
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but processed foods are everywhere. Foods to go, frozen meals, and most chain restaurants serve up high carbohydrate, high fat, and low nutrient options. They may be convenient and make life easier, but provide little benefits for a healthy body. Processed foods are filled with chemicals, sugars, and any number of other ingredients to make them shelf stable and extra delicious. Often called the “bliss point,” processed foods are designed to make you happy and wanting more. Avoiding these foods at all costs is the first step towards a successful transition to the keto diet.