The latest trend in eating is not eating. That’s right, an increasing number of people believe that achieving a state called ketosis, brought about by low levels of food intake particularly sugar, can increase productivity, energy levels, brain performance, and even the health of your skin.
Why? Because when you fast or eat very little carbs, the body starts harvesting energy from the ketones in the blood, rather than from glucose (aka as sugar). This energy source is generally more consistent than glucose, which has its peaks and lows, and as such, it can improve your concentration and energy levels.
This state of ketosis can be seen almost as a survival mode the body enters to cope with the lack of glucose. It, therefore, is also argued that it can do wonders for your skin, as it accelerates the rate at which dead skin is replaced.
Starter Meal Plan for the Keto Diet
Unlike many other diets that require very specific ingredients and products, one of the big advantages of the keto diet is you can start it right now, just by timing better your meals. However, there are recommended foods for this diet, which we will list below.
First things first: Avoid carbs at all costs. The most common carbs are side dishes served with protein meals. These include pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, and cereals.
If you successfully avoid these foods, you’re pretty much halfway there. How little you consume of these will dictate how fast you reach ketosis, thus dictating the effectiveness of this diet.
In terms of what you should be eating, fats and proteins are where it’s at. Don’t be afraid to eat away a good steak , butter, nuts, fish, eggs, beans, and so on, as long as you don’t overdo it on the carbs.
An interesting variation of this diet is Tim Ferris’ “Slow Carb” diet, which consists of eating a piece of protein accompanied by vegetables for every meal. The whole idea is avoiding fats that stay stored in your body for longer, such as carbs and sugar.
In the keto world, what to eat is almost universally agreed upon. When to eat though, is a whole other issue.
Some people go whole days without eating, others eat only once a day in a pre-defined period, and there are even people who don’t really fast in the traditional sense, but just eat small amounts of proteins throughout the day.
In our opinion, eating throughout the day makes it harder to reach ketosis, whilst fasting for a whole day can be quite taxing for beginners. That’s why we recommend setting a 3 to 4-hour period, we usually choose lunchtime, in which you are allowed to eat the above-mentioned foods. We recommend this because it is accessible to beginners, and because this schedule uses sleep to your advantage. Don’t forget that you can, and should, drink tea and water during the fasting periods. Just make sure that you don’t intake more than
Just like most things in life, this strategy may or may not work for you. The idea is of this post is not to sell you on this diet, but rather introduce it to you so that you know how to start experimenting. You should see how your body reacts and test your brain performance and body weight as you progress. If you have any further tips, please drop a line in the comment box!