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A ketogenic diet, or simply keto diet, involves eating foods low in carbohydrates but high in fat. This combination causes your body to produce a ketone known as beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB). Ketones can be an alternative metabolic fuel, but if your body doesn't have enough glucose to use it, it taps into fat stores for energy in a process called ketosis. Many celebrities live on a ketogenic diet because it can assist with weight loss, control blood sugar, and may help ward off diseases such as Alzheimer's. Unlike other diets, you can consume a variety of healthy foods that are also nutritious.

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1. Low-Carb Vegetables

The chances are good you should probably eat a few more servings of vegetables each day. Although all vegetables are healthy for you, there are a couple in particular that are great for a ketogenic diet. For example, 1 cup of raw spinach has less than a gram of carbohydrates. Cooked brussels sprouts have nearly 8 grams of carbs. Both are healthy and contain antioxidants that protect you from free radicals, which may cause cellular damage. However, make sure you steer clear of starchy vegetables like beets, yams, and potatoes. They're loaded with carbohydrates. Non-starchy vegetables are low in carbs and calories yet still high in vitamins and minerals. Instead of eating mashed potatoes or rice, you can substitute a low-carb veggie that mimics the texture. For example, cauliflower is ideal as a pizza crust, and zucchini makes a great spaghetti noodles.

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