At CrossFit Diet Tips we have wrote extensively about a good diet program for athletes. Whether you follow a keto style diet, or stick to a Paleo regimen, there are good ways and bad ways to do it. A name alone does not describe a particular diet program. You can follow one to the letter, but if the foods you are using are of poor quality, you may be doing more harm than good. In this article we will focus on the ketogenic (keto) diet.
A keto diet is defined as eating in a way for your body to produce ketones. Ketones are produced by the liver from fat and that process is triggered by eating very little carbohydtrates and a decent amount of protein. The ketones are used by the body for energy. Thus, a keto diet essentially burns fat as the body’s source of fuel. The fat is burned nonstop by your body. When your body produces ketones, it moves into a state of ketosis. The ketosis will burn fat without even worrying about fasting. That is, as long as you keep eating a ketogenic diet.
This brings me to our topic of a clean vs a dirty keto diet. Since this type of diet is limited in carbohydrates, a normal staple might be seafood, meat, and low-carb vegetables. This doesn’t mean it is fine to eat a fast food burger or other commercially raised meat. If you are only just cutting your carb intake, you are living a “dirty” keto diet. The vegetables, meat, seafood, etc… , should be organic and non GMO.
We advise you to stay away from any processed foods or those packaged with preservatives. These will do harm to any diet and prevent you from living a toxin free life. Any diet works best when the foods are basic and clean.
A Keto Diet has a detoxifying process when consumed properly. If you add toxins through the foods, you are not helping your liver, or your health.
Eat fresh, organic vegetables. Try to regularly eat a variety of colored vegetables high in fiber. The more you do this, the better and more flavorful they will taste. Before long, your body will actually crave them for every meal.
As far as fat products, choose healthy sources. These may be organic flaxseed, olive oil, avocados, or coconut oil. Many of these are considered non-inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods would be those such as dairy products or some of the nightshade vegetables.
While living the clean keto diet, remember to stay well hydrated. Many people do not realize that water helps all of the daily functions including digestion and organ production.
In closing, remember, if you are living the “dirty” keto diet, your doing yourself a disservice. Stay ‘clean” and stay healthy.