I am no expert on the subject, but I would like to share what I have learned over the past three months on keto.
What are Macros?
If your starting the keto diet, your have most likely been advised to track your macros. Macros stands for macro-nutrients. We divide our macros into fats, protein, and carbohydrates. On keto, we get most of our calories from fat. When eating a standard American diet, we would normally get about 50% of our calories from carbohydrates. On keto we want to try to keep our carbs to only about 5% of our calories in a day. Also, we want fats to be about 75% of our calories in a day. If our bodies have too many carbohydrates to use as energy, we wont go into ketosis. When we deplete our bodies of carbs, we shift to using our stored fat as fuel instead.
Tracking macros can seem tedious, but on “lazy keto” you can just try your best. Make sure you get plenty of healthy fats in your diet, and keep your carbs to a minimum. There are several macro-tracking apps that are pretty useful. I usually google every food before I eat it to make sure I am keeping my macros keto-friendly.
Keto vs. Atkins
A ketogenic diet is very similar to the Atkins diet because both diets concentrate on keeping carbs low. The difference is in the macros. On Atkins, you would keep your carbs low, but most of your calories would come from protein instead of fat. On keto, the high fat ratio is what puts our bodies into ketosis. We want our bodies to become fat adapted.
Let me know what you think about macros on a keto diet. I still have much to learn and I love feedback. Thanks for reading!