To give you an idea of what a meal is like under these guidelines, the normal breakfast for me is six eggs, either scrambled or fried. Each egg has six protein grams and one carb. That’s close enough to forty to me. Also, sometimes I’ll get some sausage or bacon with the eggs, so I know I’m reaching my protein level goal while limiting my carb intake.
For lunch, I might have two quarter-pound hamburger patties, each with a slice of cheese, some pickles, and mustard. Ketchup is fine, too, if you minimize the amount.
In our freezer, deer often wait for me from the previous hunting season. Those, along with a steady stream of chicken and pork, keep me in a fairly constant state of ketosis, which is the goal.
merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. Ketones (also called ketone bodies) are molecules generated during fat metabolism, whether from the fat in the guacamole you just ate or fat you were carrying around your middle. When our bodies are breaking down fat for energy, most of the it gets converted more or less directly to ATP.
When people eat less carbohydrate, their bodies turn to fat for energy, so it makes sense that more ketones are generated.
A couple weeks later, my younger brother was home for Christmas. When I refused to eat something high in carbs, he looked at me and said, “r keto?”
“Yeah,” I replied. I recognized the term “keto,” but the “r” part confused me.
“Wait, what?” I asked.
“r/keto. On Reddit.”