The Ultimate Guide to the Ketogenic Diet

Get the scoop on what the ketogenic diet entails.

The Ultimate Guide to the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that tricks the body into burning fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. When you consume a low-carb diet, your body is so depleted of carbs that your liver turns stored fat into fuel that your body can use for energy. Wondering what the diet entails? Let’s go!

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What to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet

On a ketogenic diet, you should stick to low-carb, high-fat foods like nuts, seeds, extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, and vegetables, You should also get your protein by eating lean meat, fish, and legumes.

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Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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