Maybe you're a keto pro or maybe you're just starting to think about switching over. Either way, let's start with the basics
What is a keto diet?
A keto or ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet that helps you burn fat more effectively. But how? Well, when you eat a low-carb diet your body produces "ketones", a small fuel molecule used as an alternative fuel source when glucose or blood sugar supply is low. Your liver makes these "ketones" from fat, and when you are eating fewer carbs and fewer amounts of excess proteins your liver is able to make a lot more. And since your brain can't run on fat directly it runs on glucose or... ketones.
When you eat a ketogenic diet your body switches its fuel supply to mostly fats rather than glucose, allowing you to burn off fat at a faster rate.
Why do the keto diet?
The keto diet is not only a great way to lose weight but it also
• Reduces your appetite
• Triglycerides decrease (fat molecules in your bloodstream)
• Increase in high-density lipoprotein (the "good" cholesterol)
• Reduced blood sugar and insulin
• Has the potential to lower blood pressure
• Combats metabolic syndrome
• Increases energy levels and ability to focus
• Helps to prevent heart disease
5 Best Keto Beef Recipes
Starting a new diet can be overwhelming, coming up with meal plans, making sure your fridge is stocked with approved ingredients, not to mention avoiding all of your favorite foods you had to say goodbye to. Like many others, we have found the keto diet to be one of the more manageable diets with tons of recipe options! Here are a few of our favorite keto-friendly recipes.
by Cast Iron Keto
This is one of our favorite easy low carb ground beef recipes that's packed with flavor. We recommend using grass-fed beef in this recipe as it has a better fat profile and is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. This recipe will have you forgetting all about the salt and pepper!
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
by Life Made Keto
Talk about delicious low carb eating. This recipe is as easy as pie (which you probably shouldn't eat if you're on keto). Use a local boneless chuck roast to keep not only your carbs down but also your food miles! This low carb and keto meal is a great option for meal prepping on Sunday without spending a whole day in the kitchen. Just toss your ingredients in the instant pot or slow cooker and 2 hours later... voila! Your lunch for the week is prepped! Hassle free low carb and tasty! What more can you ask for?
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 mins
by That Low Carb Life
Not many diets include Cheese Steak! (Just another reason why keto is the way to go.) This recipe is full of cheesy, Worcestershire sauce, beefy goodness! Although it sounds counterintuitive, we live to add a scoop of cream cheese with the heavy cream for this recipe. This easy keto recipe is not only convenient but will satisfy that junk food craving without breaking your diet.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total: 50 mins
Keto and gluten-free done right! Thanks to gnom gnom, eating healthy doesn't mean avoiding burritos. This super fun low carb recipe will have you forgetting you're on a diet. Make sure to use local ground beef to kick your meal that extra satisfying flavor. This recipe is a little more involved than the ones above, but that's what makes it so fun. It's not every day you make your own tortillas.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
by Keto Kitchen
Diets are especially hard if you don't get a good breakfast. That being said, look no further! This breakfast is packed with protein and even uses cheddar cheese, a great source of vitamin A, zinc, calcium and vitamin D. This is a great recipe to have as a grab and go breakfast option for a busy schedule.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total: 1 hour 5 mins