10 Keto Copycat Takeout Recipes [Fast Food Favorites]

10 Keto Copycat Takeout Recipes [Fast Food Favorites]

What You Need to Know About Keto Dieting

About Keto Dieting

The ketogenic diet, or keto diet, provides benefits to people with metabolic, neurological and insulin-related disorders. It allows for a moderate amount of protein and low-carbohydrates, with the bulk of the calories coming from fats. The body breaks down fats for energy, a process called ketosis. The diet typically eliminates foods high in carbohydrates, including grains, most fruits and vegetables, many legumes, sugary sodas and juices and candy.

It may take a few weeks to reach ketosis, but once you do, you’ll experience less hunger and increased energy. Weight loss, too, is often rapid. It’s important to consult a registered dietitian before adopting a new diet, especially one as restrictive as the ketogenic diet. A dietitian can ensure that you meet all of your nutrient needs without sacrificing any important foods.

Aside from a risk of nutrient deficiencies, the keto diet is also high in saturated fat and may increase “bad” cholesterol levels. It’s also not recommended for people with gastrointestinal conditions like acid reflux, Crohn’s disease or colitis.

To make it easier for you to follow the keto diet, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes featuring herbs and veggies that are rich in flavor, easy to prepare and packed with carbohydrate-free options. Pair them with charcuterie, cheeses and dips for a satisfying appetizer or grazing dinner. Preparation is simple — simply coat your veggies in olive oil and bake them for the perfect crunch.