Keto Food Pyramid
This Keto Food Pyramid represents the general consensus of what we should eat on the ketogenic diet.
When you think food pyramid, you probably think of the food recommendations that the United States Department of Agriculture has been publishing since 1992.
For many years, you have probably based your dietary decisions on their food pyramid.
Their food guide was abandoned in 2011 and replaced by MyPlate, but the thinking and recommendations haven’t changed that much.
If you want to understand how this food guideline was developed, then check out the history here.
Given the prevalence of obesity and diabetes, this dietary guidelines have not been good for us.
When you look at our ketogenic food pyramid here, you will find that it completely turns this SAD (Standard American Diet) food recommendations on its head. 🙂
Moving from eating almost no fat, to consuming most of your calories from fat, is a complete mind shift.
When you make this change your effectively change your body's fuel from glucose to ketones.
It is sad that the keto way of eating is not new and in fact has preceded these official guidelines. Unfortunately, most likely as a result of food politics, the ketogenic way of eating never made it into the official guidelines.
Keto Food Pyramid
This infographic shows in a simple way what should be eaten on a keto diet and summarizes the basic principles of the ketogenic lifestyle.
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Use this ketogenic food pyramid as your starting point and if you are not sure exactly what you should or shouldn't be eating or just want more information, then check out our ketogenic checklists.
Here you will find a list of the foods to avoid. 🙁 There is also a shopping list of food to stock your pantry with and great healthy low carb swaps you can replace your favorite foods with.
If you are looking for a simple plan to get into ketosis, then you'd want to check out our 4 Step Guide here.
We are happy to respond to any questions about our keto food pyramid or the keto lifestyle in general.
Please leave a comment below or send us a primate message on our contact us page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
About the Author
Noline is a chartered accountant and therapeutic reflexologist who converted to the keto lifestyle after losing 55 pounds without counting calories or starving herself.
She is a student of Professor Tim Noakes and the Nutrition Network and feels compelled to share the low carb lifestyle with as many people as possible.
She does this at Essential Keto where she shares resources, recipes and her experiences, whilst working on losing that last 10 pounds.