Keto – Atkins – Low Carb – Yudkin. These have all exactly the same principle of eating as little carbohydrate as possible whilst being able to eat plenty of fat.
If you have less than 20g of carbohydrates in a day, you will go into Ketosis which is when your body really starts to burn the fat. You’ll also get a horrible taste in your mouth and smelly Keto breath (doesn’t last for long – thankfully) But you don’t have to go into Ketosis for a low carb keto diet to work. As long as you have less than 80g of carbohydrates a day, you will still lose weight but it might take a bit longer. It’s amazing how quickly you can eat 80g of carbohydrates. Just one slice of white bread from a large loaf is about 28g.
Fibre is carbohydrate but your body doesn’t do anything with it. It goes in one end and comes out the other without causing your pancreas to produce insulin. So, if you eat a slice of wholemeal bread (Warburton’s small, soft wholemeal has only 9g carbs per slice, 1.5g of which, is fibre, so 9 minus 1.5 is 7.5g of carbohydrate that will be used by the body. Not too bad for a Keto diet.
Below is a list of foods you should avoid on a Keto diet. If you’re going to follow a low carb diet, then you can’t cheat. If you’re eating a lot of fat and protein, then go and wolf down a cake, it will be a road to disaster. You will put more weight on than you lose. Something to bear in mind if you go for a low carb option.
Foods to Avoid …
- Sausages – unless, no rusk or grain added
- Beefburgers that are not 100% beef
- Sweetened sauces
- Sauce mixes
- Bananas and other high fructose fruit – generally Tropical fruits
- Starch (added to sauces, gravies and many other products)