When I first heard of the ketogenic diet I thought it was just another fad diet that only the rich and famous could follow. I dismissed it and couldn’t understand why my friends were trying it.
I changed my mind when I bumped into a friend who I hadn’t seen for 6 months. She looked amazing! She had lost a LOT of weight, her skin and hair looked amazing and she was exuding confidence – I almost didn’t recognize her! How had she changed so much in just 6 months? Keto! (The keto food list is coming up below… just bear with me!)
I decided to research more into the ketogenic diet to find out exactly what it was all about. To start with it seemed confusing, but it’s really not that complicated once you get your head around it.
I’m a bit of a science nerd (OK, a LOT of a science nerd!), so the science behind the keto diet intrigued me and made perfect sense! Once you understand how our bodies produce energy, then it all makes sense! It also makes sense why I was never successful with diets in the past!
After being on the ketogenic diet for 5 months I had lost over 20 lbs (see how I track my weight loss in my Bullet Journal)!
The best “side effect” of the keto diet is the energy boost you get. I now have more energy than I’ve ever had before – seriously, even as a child I don’t think I had this much energy! My hair and skin look great too (gone is my horrible adult acne!).
One thing that I wish I had when I first started on keto was a comprehensive keto food list. I spent hours (seriously!) in the grocery store reading every single food label to see what the nutritional values were. So that’s why I decided to put together this keto food list to help beginners know what they can and can’t eat.
(Want the good stuff? Scroll down for the Keto Food List!)
- Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
- Fat Burning Machine
- If this keto food list has piqued your interested and you want more details about Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet, then check out Keto Dash’s Beginners Guide.
- Also take a look at the Keto Dash membership site.
- I have to say that without joining this awesome community, I would not have been able to lose over 20 lbs! It gives you all the info you need – meal plans, recipes, macro calculations, exercise plan, support and more!
- Keto Food List
- Fish & Seafood
- Oils & Fats
- Nuts & Seeds
Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
So what is Keto? What is the cool science?
A keto diet is basically a low carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet. This might sound like some of the low carb diets you’ve tried before but this is different! I promise you!
By eating a particular combination of foods you stimulate your body to go into ketosis. When your body is in ketosis it changes the way it metabolizes food and basically makes your body burn more fat! How awesome is that?
When we eat a carb and sugar-rich diet our body’s use the glucose in carbs and sugars for energy. We produce insulin that transports that glucose around our bodies. This has been an effective way for bodies to get energy for millennia, but our diets have changed!
We now eat a LOT more sugar and carbs than ever before (seriously… there’s even sugar in bread!) and our bodies can’t store glucose, so it is converted into fat. The trouble is when there is a ready supply of glucose, our bodies don’t use that fat. It just sits there (on our tights, hips, tummies….. you get the idea!).
The other problem is that once our bodies have used up all the available glucose (our body has turned the extra into fat already), then we get an energy crash! We all know what that feels like! And what do we do? Reach for something that will give us another energy boost – like a candy bar or cookie! The cycle continues!
Fat Burning Machine
BUT… what if we can restrict the amount of glucose, so our bodies burn the fat instead? That’s ketosis!
When we restrict the amount of glucose in our diet, our bodies go into a state called ketosis. In this state, we literally burn fat for energy! Even while you are sleeping you will be burning fat!
On a traditional diet, you starve your body of calories, but you still will be producing insulin to handle the carbs and sugars that you eat – this insulin INHIBITS the release of fat as energy (it STOPS your body burning fat). This is why you can restrict your calories a lot but still not lose weight.
But by restricting JUST carbs in your diet, then your body will gladly burn your fat stores! And the other bonus is that your fat stores are a constant supply for your body, so you won’t get the energy dips you get with glucose! Stable, all-day energy!
So now you know how great keto is, you are probably wondering how you can get started! Well, first off you need to calculate your “Marcos”.
“What the hell are Marcos?” I hear you say!
Marcos is short of macro-nutrients. Those are the big general parts of your calorie intake – fat, protein, fiber, carbohydrates etc.
In the keto diet, you will be monitoring your fat, protein and carb macros. That’s why it’s so important to use a keto food list to help guide you towards the right foods and stay away from the bad foods!
The numbers will be different for everyone depending on your lifestyle and weight. But generally your diet will consist of:
If this keto food list has piqued your interested and you want more details about Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet, then check out Keto Dash’s Beginners Guide.
Also take a look at the Keto Dash membership site.
I have to say that without joining this awesome community, I would not have been able to lose over 20 lbs! It gives you all the info you need – meal plans, recipes, macro calculations, exercise plan, support and more!
Keto Food List
So now you need to start paying attention to what is exactly IN all your foods! Enter… the Keto Food List!
It takes a bit of work to start with, but within a couple of days you will be a pro and know exactly what you can and can’t eat!
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Below is my Ultimate Keto Food List to help you slide right into your keto diet.
- Cured Meats
Fish & Seafood
- Oily Fish
- Unsweetened Greek Yogurt (occasionally)
- Sour Cream
- Full-Fat Cheese
Oils & Fats
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Nut Oils
- Avocado Oil
- Duck/Goose Fat
- MCT Oil
- Leafy Greens
- Bok Choy
- Brussel Sprouts
- Green Beans
Keep fruits to a minimum as they are high in natural sugar
Nuts & Seeds
- Pine Nuts
- Brazil Nuts
- Macadamia Nuts
- Cashews (occasionally)
- Pistachios (occasionally)
- Hemp Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Other Nut Flours
- Coffee (try Bullet Proof Coffee!)
- All Teas, especially Green Tea
- Bone Broth
- Seltzer Water
- Lemon/Lime Juice
- Milo Water Flavors
- Unsweetened Nut Milk
- Coconut Water
- Added sugars, such as soda, candy, cookies, doughnuts etc.
- Carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous, corn, grains, oats, wheat flour etc.
- Beans and legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans et.c
- Low-fat or fat-free dairy
- Root vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes etc.
- Fruits, such as apples, bananas, pineapple, orange, peaches, raisins etc.
- Alcohol (check out this post with a list of some alcoholic drinks you can have!)
This isn’t an exhaustive list because I can’t possibly make a list of every single food allowed in a ketogenic diet! But it will give you a good idea and a framework.
If you want to find out how you can travel and still eat Keto, then check out Danielle and Erika’s amazing Have Butter, Will Travel keto and travel blog! They are my keto heroes!
I hope this keto food list helps and that you enjoy eating Keto as much as I do! I’m always amazed that keto never feels like a diet because I can eat so much food (I’m never hungry!) and so many yummy foods too!