What’s A Normal Meal In Ketosis Look Like?

A classic keto diet will maintain a caloric ratio of something like:

75–80% F to 10–15% P to 5–10% C

However, the majority of people who “go keto” tend to play fast, loose and wide with these numbers and end up with their own brand of High-Fat, Low Carb oriented eating pattern, sometimes maintaining ketosis, sometimes not. Bodybuilders, especially are uncomfortable with the relatively low protein intakes prescribed in classic keto diets and tend to push these levels up, albeit with the risk of reducing ketosis.

However, the majority of people who “go keto” tend to play fast, wide and loose with these numbers. Most people end up with their own brand of High-Fat, Low Carb oriented eating pattern, sometimes maintaining ketosis, sometimes not. Bodybuilders, especially are uncomfortable with the relatively low protein intakes prescribed in classic keto diets and tend to push these levels up, albeit with the risk of reducing ketosis.However, the majority of people who “go keto” tend to play fast, wide & loose with these numbers and end up with their own brand of High-Fat, Low-Carb oriented eating patterns, sometimes successfully maintaining ketosis, sometimes not. Bodybuilders, particularly are uncomfortable with the relatively low protein intakes prescribed in classic keto diets and tend to push these levels up, albeit with the risk of reducing ketosis.

Like the cover says: Eating Fat Gets You Thin…as long as you remember to lose most of them carbs.

As far as a normal or average meal, that’s a judgement call. When engaging ketosis, I rarely eat red meat, many will argue with me on technical grounds about this. I hit the required macros by simply using fish, hard boiled eggs, cheese, mixed legumes and occasionally beef or pork mince (although, of this last foodstuff less, rather than more) with leafy, low-starch vegetables thrown in at every feeding. I can usually withstand a daily carbohydrate intake of somewhere between 50–90 g and a protein intake of around 200g before booting out of ketosis.

As to the individual totals of carbohydrates and proteins, mileage will vary, depending on the individual, his/her physiology, genetic predilections and the sheer amount of total fat intake.

So, after awhile most meals are going to start to resemble each other (Jamie Oliver creations excepted) consisting of a fat portion (most of it), a protein portion, a vegetable portion and tea, black coffee and/or water to wash the rough stuff down with. Additionally,  certain supplementary strategies need to be invoked when following this sort of dietary regimen, as a few crucial nutrients are going to disappear from your nutritional profile as a side-effect of carbohydrate restriction.

Of course, nobody goes on a keto diet expecting to have oodles of fun with food. After all, as we all know, carbs are pretty much the Party Girl of macro components.

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