The ketogenic diet, which works on the principle of ketosis, is one of the most popular diets for weight loss.
Various social media influencers, dieticians, nutritionists and celebrities vote for the keto diet.
The keto diet may also be helpful for people who have diabetes and want to keep their glucose intake in check.
The keto diet restricts the intake of carbohydrates, and when the body is deprived of carbs, it burns fat for energy, which leads to weight loss.
The keto diet can be restrictive, and some people may find themselves confused about what to eat, and what to avoid, in order to put the body on the process of ketosis in the right way, and in the right duration. Here are five carbohydrate-rich foods you should totally avoid on a keto diet.
Most grains are a rich source of carbohydrates.
This is one of the primary reasons that chapatis and rice are given so much importance in the Indian diet because they act as the main source of energy for the body. However, on a low-carb diet like the ketogenic diet, restricting your intake of grains, bread, rice, etc can help you switch to the process of ketosis.
Fruits and dried fruits
While fruits and dried fruits are definitely a healthy food group to include in your diet, some of them, particularly bananas, mangoes, raisins, etc. may be high in carbohydrates and not fit for the ketogenic diet. Other fruits and nuts like almonds, and less sweet fruits which are high in fibre content like berries and guavas should be eaten instead.
Potato is one of the most starchy vegetables which is also very commonly consumed in one form or the other. If you are trying to cut carbs from your diet, you must avoid eating potato, sweet potato, and even other starchy vegetables like corn.
Beans and lentils
Just like grains and rice, beans, legumes, and lentils are also a very important part of the Indian staple diet. However, they are rich in carbs and may need to be avoided, if you are on a low-carb ketogenic diet.
Sugar – natural or added
Added sugar in the form of white or brown sugar contains considerable amounts of carbohydrates. While natural sources of sugar like honey or jaggery are healthier, as they do contain some nutrients apart from just being sweet, they may not be fit for consumption on a low-carb diet.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.