You don’t have to do the full diet to get the weight-loss benefits of these noms.
If you’re looking for the most hard core low-carb diet of all the low-carb diets, the ketogenic diet is it.
The trendy ketogenic diet, which reportedly has fans like Lebron James and Kim Kardashian, reduces your daily carb intake to 35 grams or less, depending on the plan you follow. That’s about the amount in one large apple for the whole day.
The theory behind the ketogenic plan is that when your body doesn’t have any carbs to use as energy, your liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketones. Then those ketones are used as a primary energy source by your body (meaning you burn more fat each day), says Jim White, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios in Virginia. That whole process is called ketosis.
Avocado is technically a fruit, but it’s shockingly low in carbs. The whole fruit only packs 17 grams of carbohydrates along with 13 grams of filling fiber, White says. According to research published in the Nutrition Journal, adding half of a fresh avocado to your lunch can increase satiety levels and reduce cravings over the next three hours in overweight adults.
Almonds and walnuts tend to get all of the healthy glory, but macadamia nuts are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, and fiber, all of which can translate to improved blood sugar control, White says. They’re also rich in energy-boosting B vitamins including thiamine, which can help you crush every fat-blasting workout that comes your way.