What is Keto Diet? A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

Are you searching for the perfect weight loss diet? People often share some crazy diet plans and exercise routine to lose weight, here is a new smart way to lose weight through Keto diet. The ketogenic diet is one of the most popular diets which is high in fat, protein and less on carbs.This article is aimed at giving you a detailed outlook about

What is Keto Diet? A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

How to quickly reduce weight without exercise

1. What is Ketosis?
2. What to eat in Keto diet
3. What not to eat in Keto diet
4. Benefits of ‘Going Keto’
5. Side-effects of ‘Going Keto’


So without further ado, let us delve into this intriguing topic that could not only help you lose all that excess flab but also introduce you to a whole new level of fitness in all domains: physiological and psychological.

What is Ketosis?

What is Ketosis and how it helps to reduce weight

Ketosis is a metabolic process that takes place particularly when an individual is starving, i.e., when there is a lack of carbohydrates for the body to convert into glucose and use as energy. The body now, acting out of desperation, initiates its contingency plan: the breaking down of fat by the liver to produce energy, in the form of ketones.In short, Ketosis refers to the process of burning fat to provide energy; resulting in weight loss.

And the best part about ketosis is that when the body is running on ketones, in normal levels, it has a wider range of benefits than when it relies on glucose for energy.
So now to answer an impending question: What are ketones?
These are acids produced by the liver when it breaks down fat. The ketones are released into the bloodstream and are used by tissues and muscles as a source of energy when glucose is unavailable.

Now to answer the next impending question. To achieve ketosis does one have to constantly fast or starve oneself?
Of course not. That is where Ketogenic diet comes in.A Ketogenic diet, as according to Wikipedia, is “…a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet…” A Ketogenic diet follows a plan which constitutes 75% fat, 20% protein and a mere 5% of carbohydrate. The lesser the carb content the better, to sum it all up.

What to Eat in Keto diet?

 Keto diet for quick weight loss and fit life

You can’t ‘Go Keto’ unless you understand that ‘calories are not evil.’ It is a general misconception that foods with high calories (fat) are the root cause of obesity. I believe its time we settled the hatchet with calories and understand that they can actually make you lose weight.

Below is a list of foods rich in fat which should constitute any ketogenic diet

1. Fish (the greatest source of omega-3 fatty acids)
2. Eggs (for the yolks which are rich in fat)
3. Grass-fed meat and pasture-raised poultry (as they contain the essential omega-3 fatty acids and are devoid of the toxins found in conventionally-raised meat)
4. Cheese, paneer, and butter
5. Coconut milk and coconut oil
6. Nuts (particularly Pecans, Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, and Walnuts)
7. Low-carb veggies ( such as spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower)
8. Avocado (rich in fat and vitamins)
9. Olive oil (rich in antioxidants)
10. Dark chocolate
11. Water, black tea, and black coffee
12. Spices and herbs
13. Home-made pickle
14. Lemon and lime

What not to eat in Keto diet?

And you still can’t ‘Go Keto’ unless you keep in mind that ‘carbohydrates are evil’; as opposed to the ‘calories are evil’ myth. Carbohydrates are the prime source of glucose. So a Ketogenic diet basically involves ‘cutting down on ‘em carbs’.

What not to eat while following a keto diet

Below is a list of foods which should NOT constitute a ketogenic diet:

1. All grains (especially potatoes)
2. Processed food
3. Refined oils (such as sunflower oil, corn oil, and soybean oil)
4. Artificial sweeteners
5. Milk (it is difficult to digest as it lacks good bacteria)
6. Sweet drinks
7. Tropical fruits and dried fruits (everything except lemon, lime, and avocado)
8. Legumes (beans, chickpeas, peanuts)
9. Sugar
10. Alcoholic beverages

What are the Benefits of ‘Going Keto’?

Advantages of following keto diet

This is what we’ve all been waiting to hear. So let’s jump straight into the pros of a Ketogenic diet:
1. Incredible, unbelievable, fast weight-loss without staying hungry!!!
2. Better cognitive functioning (researchers have found that when the brain uses ketones as a source of energy instead of glucose, it improves learning, memory, mood, and attention)
3. Reduced risk of heart disease
4. Lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes
5. Decreases hunger and craving
6. Increases immunity to diseases (even cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease)
7. It is used as a treatment for epilepsy in children
8. Better digestion

What Are The Side Effects of “Going Keto”?

We have to admit that nothing in this world is perfect. Unfortunate-to-say so is the ketogenic diet. Below are the cons associated with ‘Going Keto’:
1. It’s tough to adapt to (‘Going Keto’ involves a lot of dedication, self-control, and perseverance; it takes at least a week or two to adjust, accompanied by bad breath and fatigue, and for some, it may even be incompatible)
2. The risk of ketoacidosis (increased levels of ketones in the body which increases the acidity of blood and in the long-term could become life-threatening)
3. When accompanied with anaerobic exercise it can result in muscle loss
4. Requires periodic monitoring of blood ketone level and following a strict diet plan
5. It is controversial (some researchers claim that it has detrimental impacts on the heart and liver)


Keto diet plans are excellent if you want to see tremendous results. The diet will help in weight loss, controlling blood sugar and elevate the mood. But, Ketogenic dieting isn’t as easy to follow as one thinks, in fact, no diet plan is. But it does offer irresistible results
If you’re one of ‘em risk-takers, there ain’t nothin’ you gotta fear in ‘going Keto’.”

Hema Gayatri

Zenith Buzz Editor

30 thoughts on “What is Keto Diet? A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

  • April 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    this blog explains exactly what all question i had in my mind. A very detailed article .

  • April 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Wow superb post exactly what i am searching from a long time.. i really want to lose weight.. So you think hema this will surely help me?

    • April 19, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Absolutely dear. I know personally some friends who lost kgs in just few months.

  • April 19, 2018 at 6:17 am

    I well-explained article about KETO diet. Thanks for sharing this.

  • April 19, 2018 at 10:19 am

    wooow, i was surprise to know milk is not good for weight control. struggling to loose weight now know what to do

  • April 19, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Great Post!

    I too was planning to go on a Keto Diet and your article have a lot of useful info!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • April 21, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Such a great guide to read before starting a keto diet plan. Result of this diet program is so surprising.

  • April 21, 2018 at 11:20 am

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  • May 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm

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  • June 15, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I had heard a lot about keto diet but did not know the details. thanks a lot for sharing such a detail guide. it is great #Summerblogtrain

  • September 16, 2018 at 7:17 am

    This looks like a very useful guide to keto diet .This will help many people who don’t know about keto diet.It’s however always best to consult a doctor before starting a drastic diet.

  • September 16, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Thos post boosted my resolve to go on keto from coming Tuesday as I am planning to start it from 18th. Thank you so much for sharing..

  • September 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    That sounds almost oxymoronic! More fat for weight loss but must admit never heard this before.

  • September 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I personally believe in moderation. Liked the post.

  • September 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing this detailed post on the keto diet and most importantly covering the pros as well as cons of following a keto diet. I got almost all my doubts and queries answered.

  • September 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I was planning to go on to a KETO diet for so long and your post has motivated me to start it asap.

  • September 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    The article elaborates everything about Keto diet very well. I wasn’t aware about much especially how we burn fat and this helped to clear that. It doesn’t sound easy at all! And the question is is it sustainable in long term. My view is any diet that we follow should be sustainable in long termand not merely something we do for a few weeks and months and then give up. The way it works for me is eat in moderation and exercise 5 days a week.

  • September 16, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    This is a well researched post and written in sufficient detail for anyone to take a call on going Keto Diet. Yes, once we understand the science behind this process of how food gets converted into energy and the type of dieting we can always give a try and it depends on our body condition and eating habits how best it suits us. There is this science when body don’t get the carbs they burn the fats, and we all want to take the extra out of system. The body also needs the good fats. For every such new ways of operating our body system through our types of food and eating habits, there is that possibility of side affects we need to be careful and condition that best suits us.

  • September 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    This is a great post for beginners who see Keto diets everywhere and wish to know what it is like! Bookmarking it 🙂

  • September 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Well researched article. However,one point I’ve read is that vitamin C supplements are to used. Not really sure as to why that’s done. Heard of it?

  • September 17, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Oh! Thanks so much for this very comprehensive post on KEto Diet. It really did clear a lot of my doubts about this much hyped diet formula. And loved the picture with the ‘murdered’ potato. I know it will remain with me for a long time. OR may be I will recreate one of my own versions to entertain my kids.

  • September 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I have been meaning to read about Keto since a month now but couldn’t find a simple yet informative article. Loved how you have covered all points in such a simple manner.

  • September 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Extremely informative post especially for people looking for dieting options..

  • October 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks . I just didn’t have any idea about Keto diet

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