This guest blog is written by Atkins, the low-carb lifestyle specialist.
‘Ketosis’ is a natural process which occurs when you eat fewer carbs, because your body starts to burn ketones instead of the glucose from carbs. You also start to burn excess body fat, as well as the dietary fat you eat. Reducing your carb intake will also stop you from experiencing post-carb slumps and stop food cravings as well as increasing your energy throughout the day.
When it comes to carbs, lower your intake where you can and replace your usual carbs with plenty of green vegetables. Leafy greens, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms are all ideal substitutes for carby foods and they will help your body to kick-start ketosis.
Protein should make up about 25% of what you eat so that your body can go into ketosis. Fish, beef, lamb, pork, eggs and tofu are all excellent sources of protein that will give you the energy you need to keep going throughout the day.
Olive oil, fatty cuts of meat, oily fish, avocados and olives are all ideal sources of natural fats that should make up around 70% of what you eat day-to-day. By eating plenty of natural fats, as opposed to carbs, you will actually start to burn excess body fat. Find out more about what you should be eating and which foods to avoid in our easy-to-follow Ketosis Pyramid (https://uk.atkins.com/blog/ketosis-pyramid)
Breakfast is, yep, you guessed it, the most important meal of the day! That’s why your breakfast should contain natural fats like eggs so you have lots of energy throughout the day. You can add other tasty treats too, like grilled tomatoes and mushrooms.
Lunch should contain natural fats that will keep you going during the afternoon. Oily fish and avocado are full of the protein and natural fats your body needs, so a salmon salad, for example, is an ideal lunch.
At dinnertime, try to avoid food like potatoes and pasta, because they will rapidly increase your carb intake. Having a decent amount of veg and introducing some butter, to add some fat and make you’re your dish taste even better, is a great substitute for carb-heavy foods. Meats that are high in fat, such as roasted chicken thighs or legs, are an ideal accompaniment to your tasty vegetables. Find out more about the meals you can plan with our simple Ratio Plates (https://uk.atkins.com/blog/atkins-and-ketosis-protein,-carbs,-and-fat-ratios/).
Changing Your Lifestyle
Whatever your goal is, make sure you live a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain. There’s nothing worse than yo-yo dieting – and it’s just unhealthy! So eat enough protein and natural fats while you lower the amount of carbs you have, to make sure you lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
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