The Ketogenic Diet 101

You may have heard the words “ketogenic diet” in celebrity news recently if you follow the Kardashians (Kim’s apparently using it to lose weight before her wedding to Kanye), but if you don’t and are wondering what it is, here are a few initial things you need to know:

  1. It’s high-fat, low-carb.  The ketogenic diet focuses on high-fat foods, based on research showing that unprocessed saturated fat isn’t terrible for you. You’ll focus on eating high-fat foods and proteins, along with vegetables. By limiting your intake of carbohydrates (which the body relies on for fuel) your body will form ketones. Ketones are formed when the body begins using fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
  2. It can control seizures in some people with epilepsy and possibly help “starve” cancer. The Epilepsy Foundation recommends the diet to children with epilepsy who haven’t found relief from medications. The ketogenic diet has also been credited to possibly help “starve” cancer, since you’ll be cutting out sugar, a carbohydrate that possibly grows cancer cells.
  3. Typical foods include butter and egg yolks. The diet is high fat, so you’ll want to focus on eating foods such as avocados, coconut oil, egg yolks, and some full fat cheeses. Other ideal ketogenic diet foods include:
  • Lobster
  • Chicken
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bacon
  • Kale

For more information about the ketogenic diet, here’s a great resource, including more ideal foods, cookbooks, and recipes.