How To Follow The Ketogenic Diet In NigeriaZUMI
The ketogenic diet is a protein-based, high-fat and low carbohydrate diet. Basically, it is designed to force the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
To follow the Nigerian ketogenic diet, you’ll need to have a viable meal plan on hand. You should know the kinds of foods to eat more of, the ones to cut down on and the ones to avoid completely.
Daily nutrient intake should be about 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. The carb-filled foods to avoid include flour, starch, and fruits. Yup, this diet does not encourage fruits.
These are the foods you are allowed to eat while on the ketogenic diet:
- Meat: (Pomo, shaki, liver, etc), sausage, chicken, and turkey.
- Certain fruits that are low in carbohydrates like avocados and coconut.
- Vegetables: Ugwu, spinach, tomatoes, okra, peppers, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce.
And these are the foods to avoid while on a Nigerian ketogenic diet
- Foods with high sugar content – soft drinks, juice, cake, ice cream, etc.
- Grains: rice, pasta, noodles, semovita, etc.
- Tubers and root vegetables: Yam, plantain, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.
So, while on the Nigerian ketogenic diet, you can have the following for breakfast;
- Fried eggs;
- Sausage and bacon;
- Boiled eggs and avocado.
These foods can also be eaten for lunch and dinner;
- Veggies and chicken/beef;
- Chicken/beef/fish pepper soup;
- Cabbage rice and chicken;
- Chicken/beef/fish suya.
You may need to strictly follow this diet for four weeks before you notice any weight loss. The first few days may be difficult as your body adapts to the dietary changes. Some people experience irritability, headaches, and even a little fever, but these symptoms taper out once your body gets used to the new diet.
Speaking of diet, you may also be interested in learning how to use intermittent fasting for weight loss.
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Source: Lifestyle Nigeria
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