Why Keto? Four Reasons to Follow a Keto Diet.

Since starting this new way of eating, a lot of people have asked me “why keto?” and since that’s something that I can never seem to answer in just one sentence, I thought I’d give you a little breakdown of my reasons.

1. Science

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When I was pregnant with my eldest, I developed gestational diabetes which never resolved itself because of my weight, so in my second pregnancy I was actually injecting insulin. During both pregnancies, I was advised to follow a low GI diet and it gave me a basis of knowledge in terms of what the actual chemical make-up of food does to your body. Then, my husband discovered keto about 18 months ago and started following a low carb diet on and off, leading both of us to do a lot more reading and when you do that there’s just no denying the science behind keto. There’s more to healthy eating that simple calories in vs. calories spent and in terms of my personal health, keto seemed to be the most effective thing.

2. Intense Dislike of Weightloss Groups

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Let me begin by saying that I have friends who have lost weight using Weight Watchers and Slimming World and it’s worked for them, so that’s fine. However, I have an intense dislike of these types of groups for a number of reasons. Firstly, if a company’s profits depend on YOU remaining overweight or needing to diet, they simply do not have a vested interest in you ever becoming ‘slim for life’. If everyone who followed their plans lost weight and kept it off, their profits would disappear.

Secondly, they make the job of losing weight overly complicated so that you feel like you couldn’t possibly do it yourself. You think that you NEED the magic books with figures for points and syns and whatever else they may call it, when all you really need to do is eat healthy food, cut sugar out of your diet and move around more. They never seem to advocate exercise, which is ESSENTIAL for a healthy body and they also remove all accountability – want to eat that pizza? Well, Slimming World says it’s okay because you can use your Syns. Yeah, yeah, everything in moderation, I know, except that DOESN’T help you to lose weight. Losing weight is achieved through hard work, not half measures and this is exactly was SW and WW promote because they NEED YOU TO BE FAT. There is no-one involved with keto who has a vested interest in keeping me fat.

3. It’s Sustainable

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Eating keto is something that, even when I’m at my “ideal weight” I’ll continue to do because it’s actually a really sustainable and enjoyable way to eat. For most people I speak to their first reaction is “Oh, I could never give up carbs, I love them too much”, but that’s exactly the point. There was NO bigger carb monster than me; I could easily polish off a whole family sized bag of crisps myself, tubes of Pringles, extra mash or roast potatoes with dinner, anything made of potatoes or pasta or rice was like crack to me! Removing these from my diet has improved my blood sugar levels, given me more energy, helped me to lose 19lb in just 6 weeks, and I’ve not felt deprived at all. I can still enjoy lovely meals with my family, I just have to think a little bit harder about how to make them work for me.

And finally, the best reason of them all…

4. BACON!

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A “diet” which positively encourages the consumption of bacon. Need I say more?!

7 Handy (Portable) Keto Snacks

Something that I’ve noticed about keto is that the snacking can be quite tricky, purely because most traditional “snacks” are high in carbs. This means that when it comes to snacking, you often struggle to find something off the peg, so keeping a stash of things around that you can easily snack on is a good idea. I’m not saying that any of these are the BEST choices you could make in terms of nutrition, but they’re a convenient, grab-able option when you need it. Here’s a few of the things that I keep around as a snack when I’m feeling peckish or need to increase my fat/protein intake.

Biltong

Biltong

Biltong is an amazing snack when you’re eating keto because it’s literally dried meat with very little else added (be careful, some brands DO add sugar during the curing process and jerky, or BBQ flavoured varieties, are usually MUCH higher in carbs). We tend to buy ours in bulk of 1kg at a time and then weigh it out into 50g portions in ziplock bags. This is a great thing to grab on busy mornings when you haven’t got time to cook and a 50g portion will give you 2.5g carbs, 2.5g fat and 27,5g protein in around 145 calories (depending on the brand. We tend to opt for The Biltong Man)

Peanuts

Peanuts are full of good fats and are a great substitute if you’re a fan of crisps. I do like to snack on things which hve “crunch”, so these are perfect for me. Some people advocate unsalted nuts, but I like to have salted ones as I don’t add a lot of salt to the rest of my food. Be careful though, they’re high in calories, so I tend to measure mine into 25g or 50g portion before eating. A 25g serving of peanuts will give you approximately 1.1g carbs, 6.6g protein, 13.6g fat ans 158 calories.

Hartleys 10 Cal Jelly Pots

I discovered these by chance after being absolutely desperate for something sweet to eat. You often find with keto that you get a bit overwhelmed by the amount of savoury stuff you eat, so these jellies were like an oasis of happiness for me! They’re ready-made and in sealed pots which don’t need to be refrigerated so make the perfect thing to keep in your bag, car or desk and have less than 10 calories per pot (depending on flavour, usually between 7 and 10). They have an average of 1.8g of carbs with zero fat and protein and are a really refreshing way to have something sweet.

Cheese Strings

Okay, so cheese strings are probably not the most sophisticated way to eat cheese but the way they’re portioned make them an ideal keto snack. Each 20g stick usually has 4.5g of fat and 4.6g of protein depending on the variety you go for, with less than half a gram of carbs per stick, and they can be kept in a lunchbox or work fridge really easily.

Fat Bombs

These are a snack to make when you’ve got some spare time and come in a million different varieties, depending on your preferences. A lot of them are based on coconut oil and peanut butter, but I’ve also seem some lemon ones which look fantastic that I’m fully intending to make. They’re great because they keep your fat macros on target and contain MCTs which are great at keeping you in ketosis, plus you can make them in batches and portion out as and when you need them.

Peperami

Again, not exactly a sophisticated snack but definitely a convenient one. Each salami stick contains 130 calories, 0.6g carbs, 11g fat and 6g protein, which makes it a pretty tidy keto snack, in terms of your macros. Just don’t kiss anyone directly after eating it!

Pork Scratchings

There are SO many different varieties of pork scratching, some with more fat (and which feel “wetter” than others) but they’re all pretty good in terms of keeping your fat macros on target. We tend to opt forĀ Awfully Posh Anglesey Sea Salt Crackling – each 40g bag contains just 0.2g carbs, 20g fat, 18.6g protein and 254 calories.