What is the keto diet?
The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. It is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar is in short supply.
On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat, burning fat 24-7. When insulin levels become very low, fat burning can increase dramatically. It becomes easier to access your fat stores to burn them off.This is great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits.Such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy. This may help keep you alert and focused.
What can I eat on the keto diet?
One common side effect of a keto diet is dehydration. When your insulin levels drop on a low-carb diet, your body retains less sodium and water. Making a keto diet slightly diuretic. Stay hydrated with plenty of water, and reload on electrolytes with bone broths. Especially during the “keto flu” in the first few weeks of your diet.
Tea and coffee, including Bulletproof Coffee, are completely ketogenic, with bonus points for jump-starting weight loss and focusing your mental clarity. Watch out for sweeteners, fillers, or artificial flavors. While you can drink unsweetened, plant-based milk alternatives in moderation without going out of ketosis, they are not Bulletproof, and are usually loaded with toxic molds — the exception being full-fat coconut milk. If you plan to include them in your diet, beware of carrageenan and BPA-lined containers.
Fully keto: Bone broth, Bulletproof Coffee, black tea (no sweeteners), coconut milk (full-fat), coffee, green tea, herbal tea, yerba mate, water (including unsweetened flavored or sparkling water)
Veggies can be a sneaky source of carbohydrates on a keto diet. Your keto food list sticks to nutrient-dense, lower-carb veggies, with smaller amounts of those in the moderate zone. In general, if it’s a leaf, you’re good to go. Root veggies are higher in carbs, so limit your use of moderately starchy vegetables like leeks, carrots, beetroot, parsnips, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts and rutabaga, and avoid all other potatoes.
Fully keto: alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, avocado, bean sprouts, bitter greens, bok choy, broccoli, celery, chard, chi qua, collards, cucumbers, endive, kale, kohlrabi, leafy greens, lettuce, mushroom, radish, sin qua, spinach, summer squash, zucchini
Oils & Fats
Fat makes up the bulk of a keto diet, to the tune of 70 – 80 percent of your daily calories, so dig in, but stick to smart fats. This keto food list loads you up on saturated and monounsaturated fats such as grass-fed butter, ghee, and lard, plus coconut oil, fish oil, and MCT oil.
Avoid trans fats, hydrogenated fats, polyunsaturated fats and other processed vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, canola, soybean, grapeseed, or corn oil. Limit your intake of inflammatory omega-6s, which can hide in chicken skin, grain-fed meats and farmed seafood. If you’re aiming for keto and Bulletproof, choose organic, raw, grass-fed dairy. Beware of oxidation in olive oil, and chicken, duck or goose fat.
Fully keto: avocado oil, Brain Octane Oil, cacao butter, coconut oil, chicken fat, duck fat, egg yolk, fatty fish/ seafood, fermented cod liver oil, fish oil, goose fat, grass-fed butter, ghee, krill oil, lard, macadamia oil, marrow, MCT oil, olive oil, grass-fed tallow, mayonnaise
Nuts, Seeds & Legumes
Although excellent sources of fat, nuts add up quickly in protein and carbs, and are often inflammatory. Snack on fattier nuts such as macadamia nuts and pecans, but limit those high in inflammatory omega-6s, like peanuts and sunflower seeds. Only use nut flours (almond, coconut) in moderation, as they are packed with protein. To stay in ketosis, limit high-carb nuts like cashews, pistachios and chestnuts, and avoid most beans.
This is one area where full keto and Bulletproof differ. Except for coconut, all nuts and legumes are suspect on the Bulletproof diet and should be limited. All expose you to high amounts of omega-6s, inflammatory oxidized fats, mold toxins, and phytates (plant anti-nutrients). Peanuts are one of the main sources of mold toxins in our diets, and often trigger allergic responses with inflammatory polyunsaturated fats, lectins and histamines. The Bulletproof Diet also excludes all soy products due to their phytoestrogen content, which messes with your hormones and may promote cancer.
Fully keto: almonds, black soybeans, brazil nuts, chia, coconut, flax seed, hemp, macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sesame, walnuts
In general, the sugar content in fruits can quickly take you out of ketosis. Coconut and avocado are the exceptions, plus antioxidant-packed fresh berries in limited quantities. Avoid starchy fruits such as banana, and steer clear of tropical, citrus.Or other sweet fruits such as pineapple, mango, papaya, dragonfruit, tangerine, grape, peaches, nectarine, apple, plum, pear, fig, date, and persimmon. Lemons and limes are relatively low in sugar; use them sparingly for flavoring water or garnishing meats. Fruit juice is sugar water. So if you’re craving a refreshing drink, sip on this Keto Green Smoothie instead.
Fully keto: avocado, berries, coconut
What happens after I reach my health and weight goals on a keto diet?
Once you reach your goals you can either keep eating keto (to maintain the effect).Or you can try adding a bit more carbs. In the latter case the effect of the keto diet will be slightly weaker, and you may or may not regain some weight.
If you completely revert to your old habits, you’ll slowly return to the weight and health situation you had before. It’s like exercising – if you stop doing it, you’ll slowly lose the benefits. As you may expect, a keto diet, like exercise, only works when you do it.