Cheese your way to weight loss?

Ketogenics is currently the most talked about diet in the nutrition world. In essence it’s a low-carb diet that focuses on eating moderate amounts of protein but humongous amounts of fat – particularly favouring avocados and cheese. The theory is that by eliminating carbohydrates, your body will instead burn stored fat through a process known as ketosis; ergo, the kilos drop off.

The ketogenic diet (keto diet for short) is a very low-carb, high-fat eating pattern. The aim is to replace the vast majority of carbs in your diet with fat, which puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes more efficient at burning fat for energy. Your liver also produces ketones, which can supply the brain with energy.

The standard ketogenic diet typically contains 75% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and only 5% from carbs. This means the average man – requiring 2000 calories per day – must eat fewer than 25 grams of carbs each day, every day. So eating a sandwich or one boiled potato will max out your daily carbohydrate allowance. Exceeding that will likely put you out of ketosis. Note that protein intake must also be limited to around 100 grams per day, as a higher intake will also affect ketosis. It’s a high fat diet, not high protein.

Why keto is the new paleo: The paleo diet was popular because it had a powerful narrative. It was the standard “eat real food and less junk food” health message, just gift wrapped by strong cavemen.

The keto diet builds on that narrative but includes additional and seductive promises.