24 Aug 2019
The keto diet has been buzzing around the nation for years now, but it's never too late to get started. If you're ready to jump on the ketogenic bandwagon, then get prepped for a tricky trip to the supermarket. Most processed foods (and even whole foods) are off-limits for the keto diet, making grocery shopping for keto beginners a strategic battle.
We're here to help make sure you win that battle. First, let's take a look at the nuances of the keto diet to make sure our grocery list follows all the rules.
The Keto Diet (In a Nutshell) for Beginners
The ketogenic diet (a.k.a. keto) is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet. It helps consumers dramatically decrease their carb intake by replacing those carbs with healthy fats. The reduction in carbs puts the body in a metabolic state called ketosis, and this improves your body's fat-burning efficiency.
Keto diets have proven to
help with weight loss and lower risk factors for certain diseases. But, like with any diet, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. The keto diet has its fair share of risks—you shouldn't embrace it without talking to a doctor first. With great potential comes great risk. Remember, safety first.
Now, let's walk the long aisles of the grocery store and look at the food items you can and can't eat on the keto diet.
Your Keto Beginner Grocery List: Keto Diet Foods to Eat
It's always more fun to start with foods that you can eat, so let's start there. Here are the primary food components of the keto diet:
There you have it! That's a nice long list of foods to stock up on at the grocery store. As you'll notice, most of these items don't store for very long, so you'll likely need to make more frequent trips to the grocery store.
Keto Diet Foods to Avoid
On this low-carb diet, you're going to be avoiding a lot of obvious unhealthy choices. However, you'd be surprised what seemingly good foods you'll be abstaining from, too:
Most of these foods you'll need to cut entirely from your diet, but some you can eat in reduced moderation (like berries). The keto diet is more of a diet than a lifestyle, so indulging in rice or potatoes won't impact you morally. It just won't help you reach your low-carb goals.
There you have it—plenty of healthy, delicious foods for you to stock up on at the market. Make sure you create your keto grocery list before you go shopping. It's much easier to avoid temptation and stick strictly to your keto diet if you come to the store with a plan.
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