Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try, especially in the New Year. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis -- a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for the body -- you will lose weight. But what if you could take a less drastic approach?
In his newest book, “The Keto-Friendly South Beach Diet,” world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston explains that you can follow a low-carb, high-fat, quality-protein keto-friendly diet without having to reach and sustain a state of ketosis -- and still reap the weight loss benefits.
“When a person eats too much sugar or quickly digestible carbs, their insulin levels increase. If this happens over time, the body responds by going into fat storage mode, making it very difficult to burn fat and lose weight,”says Dr. Agatston. The keto-friendly approach shifts your body from “fat storage mode” into “fat burning mode,” leading to weight loss.
“Structure can make the keto-friendly lifestyle more approachable,”says Courtney McCormick, registered dietitian and manager of Clinical Research & Nutrition for South Beach Diet.
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As you head into the new year, remember, the first step to losing weight is finding a plan that works for you. A keto-friendly diet can set you up for success in a way that’s friendly, flexible and achievable.