The Keto diet continues to be popular and seems to offer something for everyone, with claims of rapid weight loss, improved blood sugar, better energy and all the dietary fat you can eat. As attractive as this diet sounds, the benefits tend to be reserved for those who do it right using an optimized Keto lifestyle with a healthy approach to food and nutrition.
What is the Keto Lifestyle?
The Keto lifestyle is based on following a food plan that is a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet that shifts the body’s metabolism away from burning sugar and towards burning fat as its preferred fuel source. When followed correctly, it can be very effective for weight loss. There are variations of the Keto diet, but a standard macronutrient breakdown tends to reflect 5% carbs, 20% protein, and 75% fat.
Dirty vs Clean
At Orgain, we support a fresh approach to Keto focused on whole, natural ingredients. All too often, Keto followers fall victim to old habits and fast-food, consuming meals completely devoid of vibrancy and color. Don’t let this be you! This is the dirty version of what could otherwise be a healthy approach to low-carb living. If you want to feel vibrant, energetic and on top of your goal-crushing-game, then you want clean, aka Clean Keto.
“Clean Keto” focuses on nutrient-rich foods like grass-fed beef, wild-caught seafood, free-range eggs, high-quality fats, and a variety of vegetables.
- Clean Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs served with sautéed kale and avocado.
- Clean Lunch or Dinner: 3-5 oz lean meat served with 1 cup of non-starchy vegetables and heart-healthy fat.
“Dirty Keto” follows the same macro-nutrient breakdown as the regular keto diet without regard to eating healthy. Foods tend to be nutrient poor and rich in unhealthy fats.
- Dirty Breakfast: 4 large cuts of bacon and a 20oz sugar-free breve made with half-and-half.
- Dirty Lunch or Dinner: A bun-less burger with extra meat and cheese from your favorite fast food restaurant.
It’s far too easy to convince yourself that those keto-friendly dirty meals are “on-plan,” but your body begs to differ. Remember, you are fueling your cells with the nutrients you feed your body. If you want true results, fuel with quality ingredients. That’s not to say you can’t indulge in your occasional dirty dish, but keep it limited. Remember, the goal of any diet is to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Clean Meets Convenient: Keto Collagen Protein
If you love the convenience of protein powders, consider Orgain Keto Collagen Protein. Our macro-balanced protein powder was expertly designed to make your keto program more effective. Featuring grass-fed collagen protein to support healthy skin, hair and joints and coconut derived MCTs to deliver a fast burning source of energy. This protein powder can boost your success on the diet while improving your ability to stay in ketosis.
Be wary of other protein powders on the market, as not all are keto-friendly. Some may contain hidden carbohydrates or excess protein. You might be wondering, what’s wrong with having excess protein… isn’t that a good thing? While protein is an essential component of any diet, consuming too much can derail your ability to stay in ketosis. To illustrate this further, when carbohydrate intake is dramatically reduced, your body has the ability to convert excess protein into sugar. So if you’re one of the many, who loyally follows the keto-diet, but has a challenging time staying in ketosis, consider how you’ve been supplementing your protein intake.
Orgain’s Keto Collagen protein powder provides a strategic amount of 10g of protein per serving, allowing you the freedom to adjust the amount of protein you need to best fit your unique lifestyle. To further its effectiveness, we’ve paired our collagen peptides with 5g of MCTs to slow the absorption of protein, allowing the body to use it for recovery, rather than converting it into sugar.
Let’s not forget, the goal of any diet is to promote a healthy lifestyle, and the best diet is one that you can envision following for the long term. While the Keto lifestyle has its benefits, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable clinician who can guide your experience and ensure that you are meeting your nutrient needs. Always discuss any lifestyle changes with your doctor.