Have you heard of the ketogenic diet? The meal plan is low-carb, like Atkins 40, and emphasizes protein.
A ketogenic diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis, according to Diet Doctor, a supposed fat-burning process. Dieters keep daily carbohydrate intake under 50 grams per day of net carbs, but under 20 grams is ideal.
According to Ruled.me, on the ketogenic diet typical foods include:
Fats and oils — like avocado, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and peanut butter.
Protein — fish, shellfish, eggs, pork, poultry, bacon, and sausage.
Vegetables — asparagus, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, snow peas, cauliflower, squash, tomato, and cucumber.
Dairy — heavy whipping cream, as well as hard and soft cheeses.
Nuts and seeds — macadamias, walnuts, cashews, almonds, and pistachios.
Beverages — water, tea, and coffee. Sweeteners contains carbs and are not in the diet, but substitutes like Crystal Light and Stevia are permitted. Also, drinking more than eight glasses of water each day is encouraged.
Each food has a specific amount of net carbs. Properties like calories and grams of protein and fat are also important considerations for people on the diet.
A 2008 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a high-protein ketogenic diet reduced hunger and food intake in obese men. This method was found to be more effective than a high-protein, medium-carb non-ketogenic diet.