Starting the Keto Diet? Here Is the Keto Food Pyramid Associated With It

by Michael Brown on October 31, 2019

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The keto diet is a new craze that is quickly picking up speed, favored by dieticians who recommend patients keep their bodies in a state of ketosis. The keto diet is a high fat and low carb diet that forces the body to burn fat for energy. By supplying the body with more fats than carbohydrates, the body will metabolize what is readily available and ultimately help dieters lose weight by burning off excess body fat in the process.

Understanding the keto diet and how ketosis works is easy. It's a little more difficult to put the diet into practice. But that's where the keto food pyramid comes into play. Here we will help you break down the keto food pyramid, how it's different from the traditional food pyramid, and the most important foods that are part of a successful keto diet.

What Is the Keto Food Pyramid?

The food pyramid created for the keto diet is one that helps dieters prioritize their fats and proteins. Think of it like any other reference guide, except this food pyramid directs you in how to correctly balance your fats with your carbs for your daily intake of food. The keto pyramid makes it easy to follow the keto diet and create meals that are consistent with the caloric proportions you are supposed to consume.

Is the Keto Food Pyramid Different From the Traditional Food Pyramid?

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Right off the bat, you will notice that the keto food pyramid is very different from the traditional food pyramid you might have learned about in health class. For starters, the keto pyramid seems to completely rearrange the traditional food groups or exclude them all together.

Depending on which keto pyramid you're looking at, carbs might be completely excluded or they might rest at the very top of the pyramid, particularly sugar. This is very different from the traditional food pyramid, which has carbs as the base and most important portion of the pyramid.

New Arrangements

Why does the keto pyramid rearrange everything? In part it's to remove the confusion about what you can and can't eat on the keto diet. If a food isn't on the pyramid, then it isn't part of the diet plan. This makes it a lot easier to eat what you should and stay away from what you shouldn't.

Keto Proportions

The keto pyramid is also based on the exact proportions of the keto diet, which are as follows:

  • 70% of calories from fats
  • 25% calories from proteins
  • 5% calories from carbohydrates

As such, the keto pyramid is mostly made of high-fat foods and proteins, with a very small portion at the very top dedicated to the few carbohydrates you can eat on this diet. You will notice that sugars that are not natural are removed from the pyramid altogether since you are not supposed to consume sugar at all while on the keto diet.

Foods on the Keto Food Pyramid

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The foods on this pyramid are determined by the foods the keto diet allows you to eat. We'll break down this pyramid into the three main categories of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates based on common foods you might find at a grocery store.

Fats

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When we talk about fats in the keto diet, we are talking about healthy fatty foods, such as avocados, nuts, coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. The keto diet recommends cooking with saturated fats and eating unsaturated fats. You can usually get away with snacking on fatty nuts, such as peanuts and macadamia nuts, to fill up a lot of your daily caloric intake. But you might also end up doing double-duty by cooking your proteins in fat or eating proteins that are already fatty.

Proteins

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Fish is a large part of the keto diet, in part because some fish are high in fat as well as protein. Salmon is a good example of a fatty fish that is perfect for this diet. The keto diet also recommends eating eggs, cheeses, and other meats to make up your total caloric intake. However, it's important to limit how much protein you are eating, as eating too much protein will push your body out of ketosis.

Carbohydrates

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Don't get too excited: the carbohydrates of the keto diet are not bread, but rather green vegetables and fruits. This means brussel sprouts are good but a bag of chips are not. The small percentage of allowed carbohydrates also makes up for trace carbohydrates that are in other foods.

Missing Items

You will notice that the keto pyramid is missing all sugars and traditional carbohydrates, such as breads, pasta, and rice. The keto diet means abstaining from eating all sugars and grains.

Conclusion

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The keto diet is all about giving the body fat to burn as fuel in order to help you lose weight. The key to a successful keto diet is the keto food pyramid, which is not like any food pyramid you might be familiar with. By sticking to this pyramid, you will have an easier time sticking with the keto diet.

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