Momentum in the Mountains 2024


What Type of Keto Food Triggers Ketosis? [INFOGRAPHIC]

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Protein, fat, or carbohydrates: which keto food type triggers ketosis? Here’s the truth.

RELATED: A Common Beginner Dieting Confusion

What Type of Keto Food Triggers Ketosis?

Click here to jump to the infographic

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a process wherein your body is running its engine on ketones instead of glucose. Being on a ketogenic diet puts you in this metabolic state. 

How to Get Into Ketosis

Close up of male hands with food rich in protein on cutting board on table | What Type of Food Triggers Ketosis Symptoms

Having a ketosis diet plan will really help you reach this state but first, you need to know which food can actually help get you there. With that said, a lot of people associate a ketogenic diet with a high-fat diet, thinking that high fat will trigger ketosis. That is not true. If that’s the case, will a high protein diet trigger ketosis? Still not true.

Eating in general triggers Fat Storing Hormone which will nullify ketosis. The absence of glucose and carbohydrates actually triggers ketosis. It’s not just about eating fats or certain kinds of food, but eliminating sugar and carbs from your diet. 

RELATED: How To Do Ketosis

How Much Keto Food Should You Eat?    

Fat should be kept fairly neutral. Too much fat, like having it for a snack on top of your main meals of the day, may trigger Fat Storing Hormone production, which is what you don’t want to happen when on a ketosis diet. Why? Because Fat Storing Hormone is the door that opens the cells to glucose.

You need to keep carbohydrate intake under 20 grams per day. But for some people, they keep their carb intake at below 50 grams a day. If you eat carbs or glucose, you trigger Fat Storing Hormone production. And, the body won’t be able to access stored fat for energy if this metabolizing hormone lets glucose into the cells. Meanwhile, too much protein will also nullify your keto diet. Keep it to a minimum as well. 


Don't forget to download, save, or share this handy infographic for reference:

Infographic | What foods trigger ketosis?

Keep your keto food intake in check. This way you won’t disrupt the metabolic process your body is trying to get into when on the diet. Check out my list of keto-approved foods for easy planning.

Have you made your ketogenic diet plan? What keto foods will you be including? Share your diet plan in the comments section below.

Up Next: 

Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Healthy Keto Guide for Beginner

FREE Keto Diet Plan