Is popcorn allowed on the Keto diet? Everyone following the Keto Diet Plan wants to know the answer to this question. The true answer is that it depends on the amount of macros you have allotted in your program to carbs. The Keto way of eating is not restrictive. You can eat pretty much what you want as long as you keep your carbs low.
How Keto Works…
Keto is a low carbohydrate, high fat program that is based on managing the intake of 3 primary macronutrients namely carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The caloric combination of these three makes up your daily total calorie intake. Keto is also based upon the fundamental principle that when you replace carbohydrates with fat as the primary source of energy, you lose weight.
When carbohydrates aren’t available, the body will begin to burn fat, which will get converted into amino acids and ketones bodies. This is called ketosis. What’s so amazing about ketosis is that is that the extra fat stored in the body seems to get burned without any specific cardio exercise. Usually, Keto diet is expected to provide 75% of your daily calorie from fat, 20% from protein and 5% from carbohydrates. That is 30 to 50g of carbohydrate per day in practical terms. The figures given above are average and the exact requirements vary from individual to individual. It can be determined by analyzing the body fat and protein requirements.
So what about Popcorn? Is Popcorn Allowed on the Keto Diet?
Yes. But I wouldn’t advise it because popcorn has 21 g of carbs per ounce. The only way I advise anyone to eat popcorn while on Keto is when you’re having a cheat day or if your macronutrients allow you to eat 50g of carbs per day.
But don’t worry, there are some substitutes for Popcorn which contains fewer carbs. Some of them are nuts, pork rinds, cheese crackers, and jerky. Be careful with nuts. Because even though there are a lot of nuts available, not all of them are recommended for a Keto diet as they contain more carbs than others.
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