Keto-Friendly Diet for Beginners

The lowdown on how it works, plus everything you need to get started.

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A keto-friendly diet typically focuses on foods that are full-fat, low in carbohydrates and with a moderate amount of protein. If you’re new to this way of eating, we’ve got some great recipes, plus some tips and suggestions to make everyday meals easy and delicious.

What is a keto-friendly diet?

The keto-friendly style of eating emphasizes low-carb, high-fat foods like eggs and meats; plant-based fats like avocados and coconut oil; and some dairy products like butter, cream and cheese. Without getting too scientific, this eating pattern works by activating ketone molecules in your blood.

What’s on the menu?

This style of eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Think New York Strip Steak with Chimichurri and Salmon Poke with Cucumber and Avocado, grilled kabobs, fresh salads and more. Eating this way can be satisfying and full of flavor, with short ingredient lists and simple prep.

What to eat:

  • Avocados
  • Butter
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fat-dense meat and seafood
  • Ghee
  • Lard
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Plant oils
  • Seeds
  • Full-fat dairy

What to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Beans
  • Carb-rich foods
  • Legumes
  • Many fruits
  • Refined grains
  • Refined sugars and non-plant-based sweeteners
  • Starchy vegetables

How to get started

Whether you’re shopping for keto-friendly standbys like cauliflower rice or quick snack solutions like jerky and Bulletproof Coffee, here’s some help to get started.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not intended as medical or healthcare information or advice. Please consult your healthcare professional(s) regarding all matters related to your diet and health, including any possible impact when starting any diet or continuing with a restricted diet on a long-term basis.

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