How to be Keto and Plant Based
My motto in life is that anything is possible – if you want something badly enough then you can make it happen. In this case, if you want to combine the Keto and Plant Based diets – then of course you can. It might be a little tricky at times, in the sense that the food you consume can be slightly more limited than if you were just following one of the diets –but it is totally possible.
What is a Keto Diet?The Keto diet/way of living consists of eating foods that are high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs. When on a Keto diet, the body adapts from using carbs to using fats to burn energy. When this happens, your body is said to be in a state of ‘Ketosis’.
What is a Plant Based diet?A Plant Based diet is a diet based on eating plants. A Plant Based diet involves eating foods that are whole and unrefined such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains and legumes. The Plant Based diet minimises/excludes (for more extreme takers to the diet) eating foods such as meat, dairy, eggs and refined foods like sugar and oils.
How can be both Keto and Plant Based?It’s quite simple really to be on a Keto and Plant Based diet, and if you follow the general rules below - you can do it! This isn’t me saying it’s going to be easy either, as I mentioned before, it can be rather restrictive but it can be done. Nowadays (wow I sound old), there are so many different types of dietary requirements which vary by person to person, it feels like the new norm to make your own rules for your own diet.
- Limit your carb in-take as you would do for the Keto diet to roughly less than 35g each day. (Between 25 – 50g is what is recommended)
- Eat lots of low carb vegetables to help fill you up as you would do for the Keto diet (and Plant Based diet)
- Don’t consume any meat or fish or other animal products as you wouldn’t for a Plant Based diet
- Consume 25% of your calories from Plant Based proteins. You’d consume 25% of your calories on protein on the Keto diet, and because you’re eating Plant based, this would need to come from Plant Based proteins e.g. Pea Protein
- Consume 70% of your calories on fats as you would on the Keto diet, but from Plant Based fats.