A new trend of deceptive foods like zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice and carrot fries is gaining popularity in the health community, as more and more people join the keto camp, shunning carbs from their diet. For decades, fats were vilified by health experts and nutritionists who often associated them with obesity, heart diseases and early death.
The tables have now turned and high-fat diets are the new trend in the weight loss community. But does it really mean you can have as many French fries as you want without piling on the pounds? Not quite.
Cutting Carbs Instead of Fat
You must already be familiar with the keto diet which has been gaining massive popularity internationally thanks to #bodygoalz celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Gweneth Paltrow who have shared their positive experiences with the diet, claiming that cutting carbs is the best way to lose weight.
But what’s bad news for carb-lovers is good news for fried-food maniacs. According to the new weight loss trend, which has turned all past assumptions about fatty foods upside down, it is possible to burn fat by eating fat. For instance, the keto program is a huge proponent of high-fat diet and encourages the consumption of fried foods, juicy steaks, butter, oil and heavy cream – basically half of the calories dense foods that were previously considered bad for health.
While keto encourages the consumption of good fats, it also shuns all dieters from eating breads, pasta, rice and even fruits and certain root vegetables. Dieters are required to cut their carb consumption to 5 per cent of daily recommended intake. The rest of their allotted calories consist of 20 per cent protein and a whopping 75 per cent fat. What’s even more surprising is that the diet actually works!
Why it Works
The ketogenic diet, which first originated in 1920s, has other benefits that go beyond weight loss. The diet plan was first created by a team of doctors to treat epilepsy in children, and the successful results eventually paved way for its popularity in the health industry.
The diet momentarily faded away after the development of an anti-seizure epilepsy drug, but it soon returned to the limelight after health experts started claiming that it could be used to combat heart diseases, blood pressure and diabetes.
People who have followed the keto diet attest to its various health benefits and some diabetic patients say that they don’t even feel the need to take daily medication to control their diabetes while following a low-carb diet.
The science behind this unique eating plan involves depriving your body of carbohydrates so that it turns to other nutrients (including fat) for energy. Elimination of carbs forces your metabolism to break down fat as a fuel for energy through a process called ketosis.
However, the low-carb component of the diet is hard to digest for most dieters – because it takes French fries, burgers, pizzas and dessert off the table.
Finding keto-friendly options on the menu when dining out can be a huge challenge for dieters. Restaurant foods are almost always laden with sugars and carbs, and even when they claim to be low-carb, they can contain unhealthy fats which can do more harm than good to your health. Even a healthy salad can quickly turn into a greasy, high-calorie affair once you take those creamy dressings into consideration.
Since the diet mainly comprises of healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avocados, fish and olive oil along with high protein foods such as meats, eggs, yogurt and cheese, it can leave you feeling satiated and energetic for longer. The omega-3-rich foods also provide fuel for your brain to keep you sharp and alert throughout the day.
Most keto proponents also encourage the use of butter in foods – especially in Bulletproof coffee which is a great high-fat breakfast alternative that can help you lose weight.
The concoction consists of your regular black coffee, but with an interesting twist: the original Bulletproof recipe created by Dave Asprey calls for 2 tablespoons of grass fed butter instead of milk or cream. Some people even prefer adding coconut oil to their coffees. This high-fat breakfast keeps you energized all day and keeps hunger at bay.