Nuts can be great on a low carb, ketogenic diet because they’re filling and high in fat—but some nuts are better than others. The difference comes down to their carbohydrates. Let’s look at the best low carb nuts to help you stay healthy, lose weight, and stay in ketosis on a ketogenic diet.
Do you measure your blood sugar?
If not, you probably should. It is estimated that at least one third of adult Americans is pre-diabetic and some experts foresee that number approaching close to 100% of adults in the next ten years!
Prediabetes is characterized by elevated glucose levels in the blood and an increased risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, alzheimer’s, and dementia, among many others.
Don’t be a statistic. With a bit of awareness and preventative action you can make huge strides towards balancing out your blood sugar and lowering your risk of developing disease.
Adopting a ketogenic (keto) diet requires a focus on consuming large quantities of delicious healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and pasture-raised egg yolks.
The consumption of these healthy fats kick starts the metabolic state called ketosis in which the body primarily uses fat for energy as opposed to sugar. This leads to natural, effortless, and sustainable weight loss.
But entering and maintaining a state of ketosis requires that you not only pay attention to what you are eating but what you are NOT eating.
This is because there are many foods that can complicate ketosis or even prevent you from entering ketosis in the first place frustrating any weight loss progress.
To help you avoid this issue, here is a list of the top 5 foods to avoid on a ketogenic diet.
Do you eat coconut oil?
In the past few years, this tropical superfood has become a darling of health conscious consumers. It has been touted as an alternative for everything from skin moisturizer to coffee creamer.
Most notably, however, has been its recommendation by many nutritionists as an ideal cooking oil due to it’s high smoke point and favorable fatty acid profile.
This means that more and more people are looking for coconut oil to replace rancid and toxic oils like canola, safflower, corn, and soy. These oils are much cheaper than coconut and the production of some are even subsidized by the U.S. government.
As the word gets out that these oils are harmful to health, processed food manufacturers, GMO seed producers, and industrial farmers are beginning to lose money.
That’s where the American Heart Association steps in.
Are you frustrated by your inability to lose weight?
There are many diet programs that assert their ability to aid in weight loss but they often have contradictory philosophies or are based on unsubstantiated claims.
It’s no wonder why so many people become discouraged and give up on their weight loss goals!
But what if I told you that there was an effective and scientifically proven diet that could help you lose weight without counting calories and while eating delicious foods like bacon and cheese?
Well there is, and it is called the ketogenic diet!
The average American consumes 66 pounds of added sugar every single year!
This is unprecedented in human history. Never before has so much refined sugar been so readily available to so many people. And it is taking a toll on our health.
Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, auto-immune disease, and many other common neolithic diseases are linked to excess sugar consumption.
Most Americans have sugar with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then also indulge in sugary snacks between meals.
You may be thinking, “hold on there, I don’t eat sugar with all of my meals!”
Well you may be right, but it is important to remember that all carbohydrates are ultimately metabolised into sugar. Whether it is a bagel, a french fry, or a candy bar, it’s all sugar.
In recent years the conversation around cardiovascular health has virtually revolved around cholesterol. Many people have been led to believe that cholesterol clogs arteries, leads to heart disease and, should be avoided on a healthy diet. This is far from the whole truth, however. In reality our bodies actually need cholesterol for a number of vital biological processes.
But this doesn’t mean elevated cholesterol is a good thing! As with most things in health, the answer lies in finding a balance.
High cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, it is a symptom of a more fundamental imbalance in the body.
To understand this further, let’s review the basic facts about cholesterol.
The keto diet has recently been exploding in popularity. Adherents claim effects ranging from weight loss, craving reduction, and blood sugar balance to cognitive enhancement and cancer treatment. There are athletes, celebrities, CEOs, and doctors all adopting this diet and talking about the dramatic effects of burning fat for fuel.
With all the hype, it might just seem like another passing fad diet. The fact is, however, that the ketogenic diet is nothing new. It has been used by western medical doctors to treat epilepsy for close to 100 years!
Humanity has been cultivating and consuming olives since biblical times. The oil of this fruit was even considered sacred and was used to anoint kings. Today, olive oil is a common staple in both residential and commercial kitchens. Not only does it have a wide array of culinary applications, but a myriad of health benefits as well.
The benefits of olive oil include cardiovascular protection, brain health, antioxidant action, and skin health, among others. However, these benefits are only present when you are consuming real olive oil that has not gone rancid. Unfortunately, much of the olive oil available on grocery store shelves does not meet these criteria.
Fat is Back!
As mainstream culture continues to come to terms with the fact that dietary cholesterol does not cause heart disease or lead to weight gain, more and more people are turning to a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet to lose weight and maintain health. High fat, low carb diets allow your body to reboot its ability to use fat for fuel.
The power plants in your cells called mitochondria can either use sugar or fat for energy. When you eat a high carb diet and snack often the body is constantly burning glucose (sugar). But if you restrict sugar consumption and focus on healthy fats you force your body to begin metabolizing fat.
This is great because once your body begins to burn fat for fuel, in between meals when you are not eating, your body will burn body fat for energy. This is by far the most effective way to lose excess weight.