By consistently eating a diet very low in carbs, high in fat, and moderate in protein, your body will go into ketosis—which can result in weight loss. But the diet can be a bit trickier to maintain than a simple definition lets on—especially when it comes to certain food groups, like dairy. From the outside looking in, it might seem like the keto diet is essentially a free pass to eat all the butter, cheese, and heavy cream your heart desires. But before all you dairy devotees out there jump on the trend train, a little FYI: Keto is not exactly an ice cream-filled dream. If the dairy you choose to eat has minimal carbohydrates and is without added sugar, you can enjoy it within the bounds of a keto diet. But if your dairy products contain too many carbs coming from lactose or have an abundance of added sugar, it can throw you out of ketosis and set you back in your goals, explains Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD and author of The Better Period Food Solution. Yes, with caveats. It’s a little complicated like, you know, everything in life these days.
Over time you will have to eat larger and larger amounts of sugar to continue of your meals. And let’s not forget about keto’s big player: fats. Be careful and monitor the vegetables and their respective carb counts you add to any the dopamine secretion. Avoid them where possible. In small quantities, full-fat ricotta may be fine in your diet.
Pro tip: Make this cheese your best friend when it comes to salads. To get around this, choose white cheddar, she recommends. Make your sauces and gravies using thickeners, and try to make your own condiments where applicable. Choosing the highest quality foods, including cheese, is something that Murray recommends. There is not yet any RCT that has actually tested two low-carb diets of varying strictness head-to-head. Liberal As for those macros, a slice of American cheese has 65 calories, 2 g of carbs, 4 g of protein, and 5 g of fat.