ó Itís a Texas meat-headís dream.
of barbecue, all while losing weight and keeping fit.
say an exclusively barbecue diet might not be the best
decision for your overall health. But with the new keto diet
trend, which emphasizes fats and protein, eating lots of
barbecue is potentially ó can you believe it? ó healthy.
to the tenets of a ketogenic or keto diet, increasing fat
intake while excluding carbohydrates causes the body to go
into ketosis, a state of burning more fat than sugar.
keto, it eliminates those sugar cravings," said Mary
Alexander, a keto enthusiast from Rockwall. Barbecue "is
totally keto. There is no better style and no better
said she takes the keto lifestyle a step further and has gone
"carnivore." She only eats animal products including
meat, eggs and butter. Now, she says, Texas barbecue joints
are one of her best bets for the fatty meats that help her
stay in shape.
no better place to be a carnivore than Texas," she said.
"I donít think Iíve ever been healthier."
Todd David said his offerings at Addisonís Cattleack
Barbecue could be downright good for you, if consumed
barbecue protein diet under paleo or one of the others would
be better than another meat diet," David said. "I
donít eat barbecue three times a day, but I could see
someone doing it."
ketogenic diet emphasizes fats and proteins while trying to
eliminate carbs and sugars. The ancestral food community ó
think paleo ó points to indigenous cultures like the Inuits
who lived on a diet primarily of fatty whale blubber.
behind keto is that the body loses weight better when burning
fat rather than burning sugar or glucose. Eliminate the
glucose, and youíll just burn fat.
isnít safe for everyone, and involves a total diet overhaul
to really work. Many experts agree that the way many people
attempt keto doesnít fit the necessary framework for a true
a ketogenic diet consists of 75 percent of calories from fat,
20 percent protein and 5 percent carbohydrates. Compare that
to an average American diet that consists of about 50 percent
carbs, says Dallas nutritionist Megan Lyons.
that fatty, meaty diet, then, doesnít barbecue fit the bill?
barbecue in particular has a leg up on some Northern and
Eastern varieties. A proper Texas brisket is served with a
simple salt and pepper rub and, most importantly, no sugary
sauce. Sauce-free meat is definitely keto.
traditional serving of white bread is also no-go, as are sugar
and carb-heavy sides like potato salad, beans and coleslaw.
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despite the theoretical health benefits of a radically fat-
and protein-heavy diet, eating only barbecue might be a
you ate just barbecue, first thing that comes to mind is youíd
be super constipated," Lyons, the nutritionist, said.
"There are very few people who are very well-adapted for
a meat-heavy diet."
people who try keto miss nutritional benefits of fresh
produce, Lyons said. A true keto diet would eliminate many
fruits and vegetables, missing out on healthy micronutrients.
reason keto is so popular is people are hungry for a quick,
easy fix," Lyons said. "I donít think you need to
go so extreme."
there are ways to make even an occasional indulgence of
with as high quality of meat as possible within your budget.
David said Cattleack only serves Akaushi Wagyu beef with a
higher proportion of healthier monosaturated fat than other
kinds of beef. Whatís more, he said, barbecueís low and
slow preparation means a lot of that fat is broken down as it
fat content, however, isnít what someone trying keto would
look for. Alexander, the carnivore from Rockwall, said a true
keto diet involves lots of avocado, nuts and coconut oil to
increase fat intake while lowering protein intake.
you eat meat all day long at a barbecue place, youíll have
trouble with that," Alexander said. "Itís like
anything else. You have to tweak it for what works for
also said throwing some vegetables on the grill can help make
your cookout healthier. It might not be keto, but smoked green
beans, broccoli, squash or cucumber can be simple, nutritious
the No. 1 way people enjoy veggies," Lyons said.
"And most people donít think of it."