keto faqs

The keto lifestyle is all about simplicity — but that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the keto lifestyle by addressing some of the most confusing aspects of low-carb diets, weight loss, and healthy living.


How does the Keto diet compare to Paleo?

The Paleo diet is appealing because it doesn’t ask followers to worry about eating too much fat or to count calories. Furthermore, it’s based on biology. As the premise goes, our bodies have become dysregulated with the environment. That’s why we have skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes. Humans have existed for 200,000 years, but our current food supply — processed junk food — has only been around for about 50 years. Soft drinks, donuts, candy, potato chips, sugary cereals, and foot-long sandwiches are new. Paleo calls for returning to how our ancestors ate – meats and vegetables. Absolutely nothing processed and no refined sugars.

Also based on biology, specifically the biology of human metabolism, the Ketogenic diet (“Keto” for short) takes things a step further. Some people think of it as Paleo 2.0. Keto followers believe that most Paleo followers eat too many carbohydrates and not enough fat. A popular source of fat is full-fat dairy products such as butter, heavy whipping cream and cheese, which are not permitted on Paleo. Another main difference: Paleo avoids sugar substitutes and allows sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, while Keto shuns all carb-filled sweeteners in favor of sugar-free substitutes, such as Stevia and erythritol.

Keto is all about getting into ketosis so your body is burning fat for fuel instead of sugar. Ketosis works on a spectrum. When you’re Paleo, you probably achieve ketosis from time to time – maybe for a few hours or a few days. But those living a Ketogenic lifestyle try to stay in ketosis for as long as possible — sometimes weeks or even months at a time. For many Keto followers, being in a state of ketosis improves both their physical and mental performance.

How does the Keto diet compare to Atkins?

Compared to the Atkins diet, Keto is lower in protein and carbs and higher in fat. If you compare the macro breakdown, Keto is 75% fat / 20% protein / 5% carbs while Atkins is about 60% fat / 30% protein / 10% carbs (in its maintenance phases). Most Atkins dieters consume too much protein to achieve or maintain ketosis. The other big difference is that Keto macros don’t change over time, while Atkins has four phases, with each phase allowing for more carbs. The Atkins diet is more of a short-term weight loss effort while the Ketogenic diet is a lifestyle change. Many Atkins dieters discover that when they add carbs back, they tend to regain the weight they lost.

How does the Keto diet compare to Whole30?

The Whole30 diet is basically a more restrictive version of Paleo. It’s a 30-day elimination diet that is better described as a nutrition reset than a weight loss strategy.

Created in 2009, Whole30 cuts out sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. It also bans natural and artificial sweeteners (including honey and maple syrup allowed on Paleo), alcohol, all baked goods, and junk food. Like Paleo, it focuses on whole, fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, including starchy ones, which are banned on Keto. But unlike Paleo, Whole30 stays away from all packaged foods and recipes that mimic foods e.g. Paleo Pancakes. After the 30 days, you’re directed to slowly reintroduce food groups in an effort to pinpoint any foods or ingredients that may be causing certain issues, such as bloating, stomach discomfort, and acne.

Unlike Keto, Whole30 does not provide guidelines on macros. It doesn’t specify what your fat, protein, and carb ratios should be, but instead specifies which types of foods you can eat. Due to the elimination of grain and legumes, Whole30 is low-carb, but it’s not as low-carb as Keto is.

Weight loss isn’t a primary goal of Whole30, but due to the severe restriction on what you can eat during the 30 days, it’s common to lose weight. It’s also common to gain the weight back when you reintroduce your body to your regular diet.

What should I avoid eating on a keto diet?

On a ketogenic diet, you’re going to limit your carbs to 5% or less. Those carbs will come from vegetables, nuts, and dairy. Gone from your diet will be wheat (bread, pasta, cereals), starches (potatoes, beans, legumes), and fruit.

Here’s the stuff to avoid:

Grains – wheat, rice, cornSugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, sugar (just in case you needed to hear it)Starchy vegetables – potatoes and yamsFruit – apples, oranges, and bananas

Read what you CAN eat by checking out our keto-approved foods list.

Will I have to starve myself on the keto diet?

The best thing about the keto diet is that you won’t be starving like you would on other diets. That’s because a keto diet is high in fat, which keeps you satiated. Replace one of your meals with a KetoLogic® KetoMeal™. If the calories aren’t enough to keep you satiated for hours, try adding almond milk or heavy whipping cream. This will give you some extra calories and fat macros to help you feel fuller longer.

What can I do to prevent GI distress if MCTs are new to me?

Foods high in MCT can cause gastrointestinal distress in some people. This is particularly common when beginning a diet containing MCT. MCT can cause nausea, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. What can I do to prevent GI distress when eating or drinking foods containing MCT?

Start slow and build up gradually. Your body will get used to digesting MCT and the GI distress will subside in a few days. For example, if you are starting a regimen that includes KetoLogic® KetoMeal™, the serving size is about 30 grams of powdered mix stirred into 8 ounces of water and consumed over 30 minutes. If you are new to MCT, we recommend the following instead:

Half a serving or less stirred into 8 ounces of waterConsume over an hour (don’t gulp it!)Stir into cold water, add ice (this will usually also cause you to drink it slower)Build up to a full serving over the course of a few days

Learn more about MCT oil and its benefits here.

What is the keto diet?

In practical terms, a keto (short for “ketogenic”) diet is an eating regimen that involves lots of fat, a moderate amount of protein, and a very small amount of sugars and carbohydrates. A sustained diet of this kind will eventually bring your body into a state of “ketosis,” in which it begins to burn primarily fat for energy (as opposed to the carbohydrates common in most Western diets).

Many people adopt the keto diet because it enables rapid – but healthy – weight loss, as well as a number of other potential health benefits. Read the pros and cons of the keto diet and the 10 things you need to know before going keto.

Wait a second… isn’t a high-fat diet bad for you?

No! At least, not if you’re consuming the good stuff.

Our relationship with fat in food has been shaped by decades of misinformation and faulty health trends. The idea that “eating fat makes you fat” seems logical at first, but is actually a huge misunderstanding of human metabolism. That led the public to believe that fat was bad and should be avoided — and created a market full of “no-fat” or “low-fat” food alternatives that are often far worse for you than their original versions.

In reality, fat is an essential macronutrient. And in the right form, it can be quite good for you. That includes some animal fats, as well as monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and butter.

Try to avoid unhealthy fats. In particular, polyunsaturated or hydrogenated fats like margarine, corn oil, and palm oil are difficult for the body to metabolize naturally.

How Many Carbs On Keto Can You Eat Per Day?

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet. The goal of eating this way is to induce ketosis, which is a metabolic state that enables you to burn fat (converted into ketones) for fuel instead of carbs (glucose).

You get into ketosis by drastically reducing carbohydrates long enough to deplete the body’s glycogen stores.

One of the most common questions when people are looking to start the ketogenic diet, is just how low carb does “low-carb” mean? How many carbs per day for ketosis can you eat?

How Many Carbs on Keto Can You Eat Per Day?

Ketosis is the goal of eating a ketogenic diet. To encourage your body to enter ketosis, your daily caloric intake with the ideal macronutrient breakdown is: 

  • 5% carbs
  • 70-75% fat
  • 20-25% protein.  

On the ketogenic diet you should be consuming no more than 5% of your total calories from carbohydrates.

Your caloric intake will depend on many factors, including:

  • Whether you’re starting the ketogenic diet for weight loss, and are eating at a caloric deficit
  • Your age, gender, body fat composition, stature, and current weight
  • How active you are and your resting metabolic rate.

But for most people, that will be less than 50 grams of net carbs per day, and most days you should aim to be closer to 20 to 30 grams. You can see an example calculation below.

Net carbs are simply the total amount of carbohydrates in a food, without fiber and sugar alcohols. So to calculate net carbs on keto, use the formula: Net Carbs = Total Carbs – (Fiber + Sugar Alcohols)


Let’s say you weigh 160 lbs, and need 1400 calories per day to lose weight at a rate of about 1 pound per week. 

One gram of carbohydrates and proteins contain about 4 calories, and one gram of fat provides 9 calories. You’d require:

  • 108g fats,
  • 22g net carbs
  • 81g protein

If you’re not sure how many carbs are in the foods you eat, check out the carb counter and play around. It can be eye-opening!

If you are male, have a lot of muscle mass, work hard at the gym, or live an extremely active lifestyle, the number of carbohydrates you can get away with in grams without kicking yourself out of ketosis will be elevated compared to this example.

Our partner, Tim Tebow, shared that of his caloric intake, he eats:

  • 5 percent (or less) from carbs
  • 20 to 25 percent from fatty protein sources like pork, chicken (dark meat), fish, and grass-fed beef.
  • 70 to 75 percent from healthy fats!

Also read: Tim Tebow: 6 Reasons to Take the KETO 30 Challenge

How Many Carbs for Ketosis?

The reality about the ketogenic diet is that you could follow the exact formula above and still not achieve ketosis…

Or you could eat 40g of carbs per day of a certain type of food and remain in ketosis. It just depends on you, your body, your starting point, and when and what foods you’re eating.

If your goal on the ketogenic diet is to achieve ketosis so that your body can burn fat for fuel, you need to test your ketone levels daily, at least at first, so you can see what works with your body and how many carbs you can get away with on keto. Using a blood ketone monitor (the most popular one being Keto Mojo) will provide the most accurate results.

Remember: even a fairly strict keto diet will include some carbohydrates; they’re in just about every vegetable you eat (and you’d be ill-advised to stop eating veggies!). Most nuts and cheese, which are definitely on the keto food list, and enjoyed by keto-ers regularly have some carbs in them.

A “zero-carb” diet is impossible and probably not healthy, either. Aim for the carbs you do consume to be from high-quality foods like nuts and vegetables.

If you’re still stuck with how many carbs to eat on keto, you’re welcome to join us in the KetoLogic Life Community.

Or, take the KETO 30 Challenge for free. We’ll guide you through the process of figuring out exactly how many carbs to eat and provide you with printable and downloadable meal plans, food lists, and grocery lists to make it simple:

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Can I eat fruit on the keto diet?

Fruit is tasty and is often packed with important vitamins. Unfortunately, it also tends to be full of sugary carbs. It’s definitely better than candy if you absolutely MUST satisfy your sweet tooth, but you should generally avoid eating lots of fruit. And you should definitely avoid fruit juice, which can have almost as much sugar as soda! The best fruits on the keto diet are berries, which are relatively low in carbs. Check out our keto-approved food list for all the fruits you can eat.

I’m a big snacker. Do I have to give that up?

Nope, snack on! Plenty of delicious foods make great keto snacks: try seeds, cheese, avocados, nuts, pork rinds, KetoLogic Keto Crisps, or our delicious KetoLogic BHB drink. Check out our recipes for some tasty ideas.

How is the keto diet different from other low-carb diets?

Keto is somewhat unique in that it encourages an even lower carb intake than most low-carb diets. Other diets might limit you to 100 grams of carbs, while keto restricts you to 20-30 grams of net carbs. Additionally, keto promotes very heavy fat consumption to foster ketosis, which isn’t a priority with other diets. The neat thing about keto is that you honestly don’t feel hungry all the time like with most other diets. That’s because of the awesome, filling macronutrients. 


How are KetoLogic® Coffee Creamers different from KetoLogic® KetoMeal™?

Keto is somewhat unique in that it encourages an even lower carb intake than most low-carb diets. Other diets might limit you to 100 grams of carbs, while keto restricts you to 20-30 grams of net carbs. Additionally, keto promotes very heavy fat consumption to foster ketosis, which isn’t a priority with other diets. The neat thing about keto is that you honestly don’t feel hungry all the time like with most other diets. That’s because of the awesome, filling macronutrients. 

Why are Keto Crisp pieces varying colors?

Because KetoLogic Keto Crisps are an oven-baked natural cheese product, you may see a variety of shades in the final product. The individual cheese crisps can brown slightly differently during the baking process just like a homemade baked product does.

What are Keto Crisps?

KetoLogic Keto Crisps are 100% natural cheddar cheese crisps that come in 3 flavors: cheddar, chili lime, and buffalo. They are free from artificial growth hormones, gluten, and artificial flavors. They complement a low-carb and keto diet.

Are KetoLogic® Coffee Creamers keto-friendly?

Yes, KetoLogic Coffee Creamers are high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. They do not contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Can KetoLogic® Coffee Creamers be mixed with other beverages besides coffee?

Yes! Our coffee creamers are delicious mixed with water, almond milk, or coconut milk. Another great option: add some heavy whipping cream and blend with ice for a delicious milkshake!

How many servings of KetoLogic® Coffee Creamer can I have per day?

Use the creamer as often as you drink coffee!

Are KetoLogic® Coffee Creamers vegetarian and/or vegan?

No, our coffee creamers are not vegetarian or vegan.

Do KetoLogic® Coffee Creamers contain dairy?

Yes, our coffee creamers contain dairy.

Do KetoLogic KetoMeal™ or BHBs contain stimulants (e.g. caffeine or appetite suppressants)?

All KetoLogic products are stimulant free except for KetoEnergy BHB with Caffeine.

Can KetoLogic KetoMeal™ be frozen?

Yes, if you’re able to wait long enough! It’s also delicious when mixed with some ice cold unsweetened almond milk! Here are some other recipes you can make with our KetoMeal™:

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Dark Chocolate Mudslide Shake

Soft Serve Strawberry Ice Cream


Can I use yogurt in place of milk when making my KetoLogic KetoMeal™ shakes?

We recommend using water, almond milk, heavy whipping cream, or whole yogurt.

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All KetoLogic products are free from artificial flavors and sweeteners.


How does the KETO 30 Challenge work?

There are 4 easy steps to the KETO 30 Challenge:

  1. Replace 1 meal with a KetoLogic® KetoMeal™
  2. Eat 2 low-carb meals
  3. Drink 1-2 servings of KetoLogic BHB
  4. Get moving!

It’s that easy!

Is there a point system on the KETO 30?

The only things you need to watch are calories and macros.  There’s no point system on the KETO 30 because we don’t try to pass off empty carbs as some sort of nutrient. Furthermore, we’re trying to get you to eat differently.  You need to be able to prepare and eat a flavorful meal or snack that’s heavy in fat.  Seriously, it’s not a sin to walk around satiated when you’re on a diet. Fat is good! Check out our keto recipes!

Do I have to measure my ketones during the KETO 30 diet program?

No, it’s not necessary. Many people enjoy the benefits of Keto without being Keto. If you just want to lose some weight, look better, and feel better, just follow our 4 easy steps. If you want to take things to the next level, yes, you certainly can measure your urine or blood ketones. Consult a doctor before testing your ketones. Read our article: Ketone Strips: Can they help with weight loss?

Does the KETO 30 have an app?

No. We feel that once you experience a keto lifestyle, you don’t need an app. You eat when you’re hungry. You don’t need a smartphone to tell you when you’re hungry because your brain will. We invite you to join our KETO 30 Facebook Group for tips, advice, and support.

Does the KETO 30 have support groups?

Yes, join our KETO 30 group on Facebook! It’s a great community where fellow KETO 30 participants share encouragement and advice with one another.  Also follow us on Instagram and share your experience with #KETO30Transformation.

Is there a membership or subscription cost for the KETO 30 diet program?

There is no membership or annual subscription. The only thing that’s required is our KETO 30 Challenge 30-day Bundle.

Do I need a coach for the KETO 30 diet program?

It’s not required, but we understand some people are more likely to stick to a diet with a coach. If you would like coaching, we now offer Personalized Keto Coaching.

Is the KETO 30 diet program suitable for those suffering from type 1 diabetes or other medical conditions, pregnant women, nursing mothers, or those wanting to lose more than 20% of their weight?

We recommend consulting your doctor before starting any new diets or taking any new supplements.

Can I exercise while on the KETO 30?

Definitely! “Get moving” is the 4th step!  You don’t have to be hardcore, but you need to workout regularly and consistently. We offer some great workouts that will help you accomplish your goal to look better, feel better, and Fuel Your Best®!

Can I drink alcohol while on the KETO 30 diet program?

We recommend avoiding all alcohol during the 30-day program. If you must have some, stick to unflavored and unsweetened hard alcohol, such as vodka, rum, and tequila. Beer and dry wines are okay in moderation if the carbs are within your daily limits. Keep in mind your alcohol tolerance may be impacted while you’re on the keto diet so make sure you drink plenty of water. Read our article: Keto-Friendly Beer, Wine, and Spirits

What is the average weight loss on the KETO 30 diet program?

Results vary by age, gender, activity level, and body type. A healthy and sustainable rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week, but it’s possible to lose more than that, depending on what your starting weight is and how much you have to lose. In general, the more overweight you are, the faster your weight loss rate will be.

Once I lose weight, how do I keep it off?

The ketogenic diet is better described as a lifestyle. The best way to keep the weight off is to maintain your way of eating. If you’ve reached your goal weight, you can occasionally have more carbs than usual, such as fruit, but pay attention to how your body responds when you increase carbs. You’ve worked hard for your weight loss, so don’t sabotage your efforts. Read this article for tips on how to keep your new weight in check.

Will I gain weight back after I complete the KETO 30 diet program?

If you stick with the four steps of the KETO 30 Challenge, you should be able to maintain your new weight. Here are some tips to avoid rebounding.

Can I drink coffee or tea during the KETO 30 diet program?

Of course! You have lots of options for coffee: black, with heavy whipping cream, with KetoLogic® KetoMeal™, with KetoLogic MCT Oil, with KetoLogic Coffee Creamer, or with KetoLogic Erythritol! Read here for lots of other tasty keto-friendly coffee ideas!

For hot tea, try it with MCT oil for a healthy boost of fat, with erythritol for a natural sugar-free sweetener, or – surprisingly – with a scoop or two of KetoLogic BHB or KetoEnergy™ BHB! Our Apple-Pear BHB Hot Toddy is delicious!

Will I be starving and miserable on the KETO 30 diet program?

No, you won’t. It’ll probably be the first diet where you don’t walk around starving. When your diet is primarily fat, you simply don’t feel hungry because fat is so satiating. The only potentially bad feeling you might have is the Keto Flu. It describes flu-like symptoms you may experience when your body transitions from carb-burning mode to fat-burning mode. This typically lasts for a few days and the symptoms can be minimized (or even prevented) by boosting your electrolyte intake. But, hungry? No, you won’t feel hungry!


What’s the benefit of measuring my ketones?

Before testing your ketones, it is recommended that you consult your doctor.  Ketosis results when your body adapts to eating a low-carb diet. Ketones, made from fat, will fuel your body and brain instead of glucose. You can test using urine strips or for more accurate results, you can use blood tests. Read our article Ketone Strips: Can they help with weight loss?

Why have I stopped losing weight or why am I not losing weight at all?

If you’re not losing weight or have hit a weight loss plateau, check the following: how many calories are you consuming per day? Even if you’re keeping carbs around 5%, eating more calories than you’re burning will result in weight gain. What are your macros (are they 75% fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs)? Eating too much protein or carbs can stall weight loss. Are you exercising? For potential solutions, read 5 Ways to Break a Weight Loss Pleateau.

Can a ketogenic diet help with appetite control?

Yes, a ketogenic diet can help suppress your appetite due to the high amount of fat involved. Eating healthy fats helps you feel fuller longer, curbs your cravings, and reduces your appetite. Drinking KetoLogic® KetoMeal™ and KetoLogic BHB exogenous ketones can also help control your appetite.

How does keto help me lose weight?

A ketogenic diet uses your body fat (not carbs) as an energy source, so if you keep your caloric intake in check, you may be surprised at how effective a keto diet can be in your battle against the scale. Replace one of your meals with a KetoLogic KetoMeal™. This low-calorie meal replacement is great tasting and satiating.  Add 1 scoop to your morning coffee!

What is ketosis and how can I tell if I’ve reached it?

Ketosis is a metabolic state that occurs when your body begins drawing its energy primarily through “ketones” rather than glucose. Ketones can readily be converted into energy when transported to your body through the bloodstream. They are formed in your liver and are derived from fat, a process which accelerates when the body has few other sources of energy (like carbohydrates).

Most people can enter ketosis within one to two weeks of adopting a ketogenic diet. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact point you enter ketosis, but if you are maintaining a healthy caloric count while keeping your carb intake to a minimum (20 grams or less to start is recommended), then your body will enter this state when it runs out of glycogen stores. You can also measure your ketone levels if you want a more precise understanding. Read how ketone strips can help support your weight loss efforts.

Is reaching ketosis mandatory for weight loss?

Not necessarily. As long as you burn more calories than you are consuming, then you will lose weight by default (unless you’ve found a way to defy the First Law of Thermodynamics).

However, a ketogenic diet and state of ketosis can certainly help you and speed your progress.  And, a high-fat diet with plenty of protein will keep your appetite down so you’ll be driven to eat less.

Should I be closely monitoring my calories?

A ketogenic diet should naturally sate your hunger and help you regulate the amount of food you eat. But if you’ve adopted such a diet for weight loss, then it’s still worth it to keep an eye on what you’re eating. If you find you’re not moving closer to a healthy target weight after a week or two, consider getting more meticulous with monitoring your caloric intake.

Keep in mind that many people see dramatic progress early on, but your rate of weight loss will slow down as you approach a healthy goal.


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Can a keto diet help with mental focus?

Many people on the keto diet report improved mental focus and clarity. That’s because ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain. A low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diet helps you avoid spikes in blood sugar, which can help with improved mental focus and concentration. Research has shown that an increased intake of fat can help benefit the brain’s function. Products like KetoLogic BHB can help boost ketone levels and improve mental clarity. Learn more about why you should take BHB on the ketogenic diet.

I need a cup (or three) of coffee in the morning! Is coffee keto-friendly?

Don’t worry — you can still get your morning cup of joe in a ceramic mug or chilled on ice while on the keto diet.

Black coffee doesn’t have a significant amount of carbs or calories and can be consumed as you wish within a healthy limit. In fact, many people like to use it as a way to increase their fat intake by adding a dollop of heavy whipping cream, coconut oil, or even butter (yes, butter). Other options include adding KetoLogic KetoMeal™, KetoLogic Coffee Creamer, or KetoLogic MCT Oil. If you need a natural sugar-free sweetener, try KetoLogic Erythritol. Read all the keto-friendly ways you can enjoy coffee.

For those who need a pick-me-up, but don’t like coffee, try KetoEnergy™ BHB with caffeine, which can help increase energy, as well as improve focus and concentration.


I love carbs like pasta, chips, and bread. How can I give them up?

Carb-loaded foods are ubiquitous in the Western diet. They’re often very cheap, and eating them sends short-term happiness signals to your brain. That makes trimming them from your diet – and your life – extremely difficult.

But it’s a change that must happen; those carbs are what’s growing your waistline, making you feel tired all the time, and clouding your brain.

Start by auditing your kitchen for the obvious offenders. If you have any candy, soda, cereals, bread, or other “junk,” it’s all got to go! Remove the temptation from your life.

Then make a meal plan for the next few days or weeks. Check out our crazy-good recipes for ideas. Head to the store and get what you need, and make a habit of checking the nutritional label of everything you buy to make sure there’s nothing unexpected in there – especially sugar.

I like to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer after work. Can I drink alcohol on a keto diet?

Good news! You can still consume alcohol on a ketogenic diet (assuming you’re of legal age). You just have to be careful about what you drink, and how much.

If you happen to enjoy a nice bourbon on the rocks, or a bit of vodka with soda water, feel free to enjoy (within reason). A glass or two of most dry wines is fine; same with most light beers. Unfortunately, your favorite high-gravity craft brew is probably too carb-heavy. Avoid sugary drinks full of mixers and artificial ingredients (sorry, that daiquiri is probably off limits).

A word of warning: many on the keto diet experience a dramatically decreased alcohol tolerance. Take it slow and drink plenty of water when consuming alcohol.

Is staying in ketosis long-term dangerous?

No, although each person is different, ketosis is a natural process that kicks in when carbs aren’t readily available in a diet and has been a common metabolic state among humans throughout history.

Ketosis is sometimes confused with ketoacidosis, which is a potentially dangerous condition. Ketoacidosis can occur among some diabetics and alcoholics, but is not comparable to a healthy ketogenic state.

Is a ketogenic diet okay for kids?

Consult a physician before putting any children on a strict diet. It’s been shown that in some cases, a keto diet can help manage some of the symptoms associated with autism and epilepsy in young people.

How can I manage keto “dragon’s breath?”

Some people who adopt a ketogenic lifestyle report unusual bad breath, especially early on in their new diet. Over time, the problem usually goes away as your body becomes fat-adapted.

In the meantime, drink lots of water and make sure your diet includes sufficient electrolytes. Drinking mint tea or consuming some other low-carb herbal drink can also help mask the smell.