THE ketogenic diet was invented back in the 1920s, to help treat epilepsy patients, but it’s set to be the next big weight loss trend.
But what can and can’t you eat on the diet, and how does it help you lose weight? Here’s what you need to know…
Getty – Contributor The keto diet is a high fat, low carb and moderate protein plan
What is the keto diet?
The keto diet involves eating lots of ‘good’ fat, to curb hunger pangs, while cutting out carbs and eating moderate amounts of protein.
It’s said to boost energy levels and help speed up weight loss.
The diet is based on ketogenis, which is when you eat less carbs to starve the brain of glucose – forcing the body to tap into its reserve source of ketones, which the liver produces from fat stores.
It takes about three days of following the diet to bring on ketogenesis.
Fat should make up 60-80 per cent of the dieter’s total calories consumed, while protein makes up 10-15 per cent, and carbs less than 10 per cent.
Dieters should also cap their calories at 1,800-a-day – while it can be adapted to suit vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
If it sounds like Atkins, it’s not far off – the main difference being the limiting of protein.
Getty Images – Getty Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima is said to be a fan – and it’s obviously working for her
Does the keto diet work?
The keto diet is popular with celebs like actress Megan Fox, singer Rihanna and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima.
It’s been brought back into the public eye recently because Kim Kardashian followed a similar plan to lose her post-baby weight.
A recent study found that the ketogenic burns TEN TIMES more fat than a standard diet, even without exercise, according to the Mail Online.
Getty – Contributor Kim Kardashian recently adopted the plan in a bid to shift the rest of her baby weight
What can you eat on the keto diet?
Healthy fats promoted on the keto diet include salmon, avocado and nuts.
Eggs would be a key part of your diet, as would green veggies like kale, spinach and cucumber.
Dieters have to cut out all grains, bread, booze, chocolate and pasta – as well as root vegetables, bananas and other high carb fruits.
The good news is that some cheese, butter, olive oil and even bacon are still on the cards.
If you’re just getting started, it’s a good idea to reduce your carb levels slowly – rather than going from a high carb diet to completely cutting it out.