Understand what the Keto diet is to decide if it's for you

Once every few years we see an explosion of new diet trends. Some years ago the South Beach and Atkins diets made popular the idea of cutting down on carbohydrates and processed sugars in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

If you have been paying attention to the news over the last couple of years, you may have heard about a popular new diet called the Ketogenic or Keto diet. This diet is, in many ways, similar to Atkins and other low carbohydrate diets, but there are some differences.

Here are the basic principles and practices of the keto diet as well as some potential benefits and pitfalls.

What is the Keto Diet?

The Ketogenic diet is a dietetic system that seeks to replace carbs with fats. While other low carb diets allow for some carbs and grains, the Keto diet allows for virtually none. The goal of the Keto diet is induce a metabolic state called Ketosis, in which the body becomes very efficient at processing fat, which can lead to weight loss.