WEIGHT loss: The keto diet, the nutrition plan loved by Victoria’s Secret models and actresses alike, will boost fat loss while still allowing followers to eat interesting and varied meals.
It’s almost time for summer holiday season to begin, meaning many will have being beach body ready is on the agenda.
With so many diet plans promising fast results, it can be hard to know which direction to take, without completely denying yourself of everything.
The keto diet has soared in popularity recently. It was invented in the Roaring 20s and called the ketogenic diet, and is a plan that works by lowering the body’s levels of insulin – the fat storing hormone.
The miracle diet plan works by sending the body into ketosis, a stage that can be reached by simply cutting out carbs and embarking on a high-fat diet.
How does it work?
The keto diet eliminates the body’s normal source of energy – carbs – and forces the body to burn stored and existing fat instead. This desired state is called ketosis.
Once the body enters the stage of ketosis, the liver uses the body’s fatty acids to make molecules called ketones to burn for fuel.
The fat stored in the body quickly depletes, sped up by physical exercise, and results in quick weight loss.
Similarities lie between low-carb, high-fat diet Atkins and the keto diet, but unlike the more structured plan, the keto plan doesn’t have stages, so is easier to follow, stick to and see results.
Celebrities like Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian, Megan Fox, Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima are all said to be followers of the diet.
What to eat on the keto diet?
The possibilities for meals are endless when it comes to going keto, but carbs are off the menu. The goal for the keto diet is to send the body into ketosis and this means eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day.
If you’re not sure if you can live without carbs, this diet has it perks, with red meat, double cream, hard cheese, mayonnaise, eggs and butter all on the okay list.
Other foods given the green light include avocado, vegetables, fruit, along with fish and all meat – including sausages and bacon.
To achieve ketosis, your diet should be 80 to 90 per cent fat, so focusing on fat rich food like avocado and dairy will lead to success.
One woman following the keto plan revealed she lost five stone in just five months following the plan online.
The 27-year-old revealed she had tried many other diet plans before embarking on the keto diet, saying “I was paleo for a while, did whole 30, have been dairy free… nothing has worked, been as satisfying, or easy to maintain.”
Along with doing wonders for your waistline, a recent study published in the journal JNeurosci has said that this high-fat diet may actually help your eye sight too.
The study, conducted by a US university, showed the high-fat content in followers of the diet protects retina cells and their connection to the brain from breaking down.
The diet is also reported to improve mood, boosting brain power, having antioxidant effects and providing a “feel good” effect.
A recent review published by the US National Library of Medicine also suggests a possible benefit to mental health conditions such as depression, dementia or bi-polar.