A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate -protein, low-carbohydrate diet that is primarily used to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. This resembles some aspects of starvation by forcing the body to burn fat rather than the carbohydrates. If you follow the menu, you will need to cut out most sources of carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, soda, sugar, ice cream, milk, pizza and even some types of fruits. The only carbs that you are allowed to eat are vegetables and some berries because they have lower carb content than the other fruits.
If you are suffering from obesity, type II diabetes or epilepsy, then a ketogenic diet menu should be very important to you. This type of diet is so effective that you may never have to take medication again. Even those who have serious metabolic disorder would rather eat a restricted menu than suffer an excruciating pain. Following this diet will take a lot of willpower, more so if you are suffering from junk food addition. It will also take time to be able to successfully follow through with this diet.
A ketogenic diet menu consists of high-fat foods like:
- fatty fish
- coconut oil
- coconut milk
Vegetables are recommended as well. They include all varieties that are low in carbs. On the other hand, you might want to cut down on the potatoes.
Here’s an example of a simple ketogenic diet menu:
- For breakfast: 15g coconut oil, frozen vegetables. Scrambled altogether on a pan
- For lunch: Coconut milk smoothie with half a scoop protein powder, almonds and blueberries
- For snack: A handful of two almonds
- For dinner: Ground beef with 15% fat; fried in butter, vegetables on the side
A ketogenic diet should have a calorie ratio of 4:1 meaning, fat should equal 80% and carbs plus protein should equal 20%. It should raise ketone body levels to the point of testing positive with urine test strips. However, it is not really recommended that you count the calories or try so hard to reach a urinary ketone level. Rather, you should aim for a carbohydrate level under 50-80 grams a day. If you are really sick and on medication, then the menu should be made with the advice of your doctorn. It is also important that you consult a qualified nutritionist.