Everybody knows someone: The ketogenic diet craze is sweeping the nation, and a tsunami of “before-and-after” Instagram posts, avocado and coconut-based oil products and finicky menu changes threaten to crash down on dinner plans nationwide.
For the uninitiated, the ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that seeks to change the body’s source of energy from carbohydrates to fats. This is done by eliminating carbohydrate intake and entering “ketosis,” a metabolic state by which the body is burning fat as energy due to the absence of carbohydrates. The purported health benefits of ketosis are many, but the most remarkable is weight loss.
Due to the sheer availability of specialty health products at retailers like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, keeping a ketogenic diet at home has never been easier.
As for eating out? It’s actually still pretty difficult. Many of the city’s restaurants use low-cost carbohydrate fillers like potatoes, bread or pastas to “fill out” a proper meal. However, there are both affordable and upscale dining options that can provide a fully keto-friendly meal. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling on eating out while on the ketogenic diet in Los Angeles.Read More