Ketogenic Diet / Meat-only diet


This diet is intended to maintain a metabolic state of ketosis, wherein the liver converts fat into molecules called ketones, which can be used by the body for energy. This is done by virtually eliminating carbohydrate and sugar intake.

The emphasis is on meat and eggs, with very little vegetables. Dairy is also allowed, in moderation due to the natural sugars in milk. Calories should come mostly (65%-75%) from fats. Protein consumption should be approximately 1g per pound of lean body mass per day, not to exceed 200-300g.

Vitamin & mineral supplements are encouraged, to avoid deficiencies of nutrients not provided in sufficient quantities by meat.

Anyone suffering from diabetes or kidney-related health issues should consult their doctor before switching to a ketogenic diet, to avoid potential complications.

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 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

Not OK

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 How To Follow Ketogenic Diet / Meat-only diet:

No-Carbohydrate diet is an extreme form of low-carbohydrate diets. The following is a list of foods that can be eaten due to their lack of carbohydrates:

Meat: Followers of this diet can consume almost any kind of white and red meat.

Seafood: All types of fish can be consumed: tuna, sole, trout, flounder, sardines and herring.

Eggs: The best way to consume them is to boil them.

Cheese: Cheddar, goat cheese, Gouda, Mozzarella, and Bleu cheese.

Fat: Consumption is limited to natural and not hydrogenated animal fats, such as real unsalted butter, heavy cream, suet, lard and marrow.
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danzarth's top tips

1.Keep an eye on sodium intake. Many of the high-fat foods that fit well with the diet restrictions are also very high in sodium.
2.Make sure to drink plenty of water. This will help reduce the chances of kidney damage if too much protein is consumed.
3.Remain conscious of calorie intake, and try to stay near your recommended daily intake.
4.Artificial sweeteners can be a quick way to reduce sugar consumption. But, try to keep the amounts as low as possible. Some artificial sweeteners, despite containing less than 5 calories per serving (the amount required to qualify as "calorie free" with the USDA), contain starches for bulk.

About / History

The earliest and primary proponent of an all animal-based diet was Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a Canadian explorer who lived with the Inuit for some time, and who witnessed their diet as essentially consisting of meat and fish, with very few carbohydrates - berries during the summer. Stefansson and a friend later volunteered for a one year experiment at Bellevue Hospital in New York to prove he could thrive on a diet of nothing but meat, meat fat and internal organs of animals. His progress was closely monitored and experiments were done on his health throughout the year. At the end of the year, he did not show any symptoms of ill health; he did not develop scurvy, which many scientists had expected to manifest itself only a few months into the diet due to the lack of vitamin C in muscle meat. However, Stefansson and his partner did not eat just muscle meat - they ate fat, raw brain, raw liver (a significant source of vitamin C and others), and other varieties of offal.

One of the first registries on No-carbohydrate diets was in 1860 when English casket maker William Banting was prompted to lose weight and decided to write “Letter on Corpulence”, which aimed to completely avoid starch and sugar. Mr Banting lost 45 pounds, basing on a diet composed by lean meat, dry toast, soft boiled eggs and a few drinks a day. Thus, the Banting diet became a very well known method back then in the 19th century, promoted also for weight loss and diabetes control. More than a century after this, carbohydrate-restricted diets gained great popularity, particularly in the case of the Atkins Diet which emerged in 1972, thanks to Dr Robert Atkins. While his diet is not a zero-carbohydrate diet, it does reduce carb intake to a ketogenic level in its initial stages (20 grams daily in induction; weekly increase of 5 thereafter), allowing followers to take advantage of the fat burning mechanism that is ketosis. According to him, this nutritional approach turns out to be more effective for weight loss than a low-fat, “high carbohydrate diet”, although there has always been much controversy and great dispute amongst healthcare professionals concerning drastic carbohydrate restriction.

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