Ketosis puts the body in a metabolic state that focuses on burning fat for fuel instead of getting rid of carbs. Without high amounts of carbs, the body turns to stored fat for energy production.
In the process, ketones are produced. Ketones are compounds that build up in the blood and are eliminated by urine, according to Vermont Smoke & Cure.
Another benefit of the keto diet is it allows people to eat foods commonly considered unhealthy to further boost the fat-burning process. Many find it motivational to engage in such diet as it lets them focus on the food they love and not on the products they cannot take.
Keto encourages people to take a high-fat diet which, according to a study, when combined with low-carb consumption can promote fat loss.
Simply put, the diet encourages one to reduce carbs while increasing fat and protein consumption. But take note that it must be healthy fat, according to Healthline.
Some unhealthy fats to avoid come from vegetable oils, such as canola and corn oil.
We have seen too many lists of foods to eat when in a keto diet, but what are the ones you should avoid to help you restrict carbs while enjoying healthy ‘fatty’ foods?
Below are the foods one should avoid or at least reduce when practising the keto diet:
- High-carb sauces: These include barbecue sauce, sugary salad dressings and dipping sauces.
- Bread and baked products: Reduce your daily intake of whole-wheat bread, crackers, cookies, white bread, rolls and doughnuts.
- Pasta: Say no to spaghetti and noodles for awhile.
- Sweets: Yes, you love sugary food but it may ruin your fat-burning goals. So avoid too much ice cream, candy, maple syrup, agave syrup and coconut sugar.
- Grain products: Mainly avoid grains, including wheat, rice, oats, breakfast cereals and tortillas.
- Sweetened beverage: Soda, juice, sweetened teas and sports drinks are bad for keto goals.
- Starchy vegetables: These include potatoes, corn, peas and pumpkin.
- Beans and legumes: Speed up the fat-burning process by avoiding black beans, chickpeas, lentils and kidney beans.
- Alcoholic beverages: Beer and sugary mixed drinks can give you high carbs.
- Fruit: Yes, there are some fruits that you should also avoid, such as citrus, grapes, bananas and pineapple.
Source: Medical Daily