Have you heard about the ketogenic (or “keto”) diet? It’s the latest trendy weight-loss regimen, a low-carbohydrate, high-fat formula for burning fat for energy instead of carbs. My wife started it June 1, her “wedding diet,” to prepare for our daughter’s Oct. 6 wedding. So far she’s lost 10 pounds and kept it off.
I started it on a dare mid-August, and I’m down 10 pounds, the lowest I’ve been in decades.
At its strictest it limits carbs to 20 to 50 grams a day, 10 percent of daily calories, with 80 percent fats and 10 percent protein.
The diet mandates no sugar, no pasta, no rice, no bread, no potatoes, minimal alcohol, no high-sugar fruits. Instead, you can eat seafood (such as salmon and shrimp) for protein and fat, non-starchy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, zucchini) and fruits (berries) for carbs, avocados for fiber, red meat, chicken and eggs for protein, cheese, plain Greek yogurt, nuts, and olive and coconut oil for fat, and dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cocoa) for antioxidants.