Today many fad diets are available like the Baby Food Diet, Cabbage Soup diet, and Werewolf Diet. There’s also something called the Bacon Diet. This probably sounds like an excuse for people to eat more bacon. It’s somewhat of a version of the ketogenic diet. That’s because it’s low-carb high-fat (LCHF) and causes your body to go into a state of “ketosis.” It causes the body to get energy from stored fat instead of high-carb meals like the Standard American Diet (SAD). Before you try this bacon-based diet, it’s important to know what it’s all about before giving it a thumbs up.
It might be surprising to hear that someone lost weight by eating bacon every day. Fun Fact: one slice of bacon has 0.1g of carbs. There are some X-factors about why a bacon diet could work in theory. Yes, it’s high-fat at 3.3g per slice. However, the keto diet is sometimes up to 80% fat. What’s important is the type of fat. For example, fresh avocado and microwave popcorn are both high in fat, but one is “good” and the other is “bad.” So, it’s important to take a closer look at fat to determine whether we’re talking about artery-clogging saturated/trans fat.
Is Bacon Keto-Friendly?
Several studies show that the keto diet seems to be effective in producing weight loss and other health benefits. They include lower blood pressure, glucose (blood sugar) levels, and “bad” cholesterol.
The ketogenic diet dates back to the early 1920s, so it’s nearly a century old. However, at that time, it was used for treating epilepsy and diabetes patients. Today the keto diet has become a popular low-carb diet for weight loss.
Here’s how it works. The body’s first option for energy is food carbs. However, the human body is hardwired to use Plan B when carb intake is low. This involves breaking down fat stores for energy and the liver producing “ketones” as another energy source.
The keto diet is low-carb, mid-protein, and high-fat. When picking food/ingredients it’s critical to consider whether or not it’s keto-friendly. So, let’s take a closer look at the nutrition details for three slices of bacon:
- Calories: 161
- Carbs: 0.6g
- Fat: 12g
- Saturated fat: 4.1g
- Protein: 12g
- Cholesterol: 34mg
- Sodium: 581mg
How about vitamins and minerals? The daily value (DV) of iron is about 2%. There’s also a super-low amount of Vitamin A. The 3 slices of bacon also have 0g of fiber and sugars.
In terms of being low-carb and high-fat bacon gets green light for being keto-friendly. It’s about one-third saturated fat. There’s some debate about this issue, but saturated fat is generally considered unhealthy. It’s one reason why pork rinds are a keto-friendly snack.
Another red flag is bacon’s salt content. You can solve this problem with low-sodium bacon that usually has about one-third less salt than regular bacon.
Bacon has also processed meat like sausage or Spam. The best source of animal protein is always “real meat” that involves the least amount of processing. The World Health Organization (WHO) even reports processed meat is cancer-causing.
What’s The Bacon Diet?
So, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of this diet. Several years ago, Dan Quibell lost nearly 20 pounds after eating 2 lbs. of bacon daily. That is how the so-called Bacon Diet got started.
Quibell’s goal was to boost his health. The pork-based diet resulted in health benefits like weight loss, lower blood pressure, better cholesterol, and improved liver health.
This diet was a version of the keto diet. Quibell’s doctor was surprised that the low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diet provided health improvements.
There were other surprising results from the bacon diet. Quibell experienced more energy for weight-resistance training and had better mental focus. The results seemed to be more effective than plant-based diets that included items like fruit smoothies.
The diet didn’t just include the bacon itself. Quibell posts Facebook videos of him drinking bacon grease shots. He even shares cooking tips for infusing bacon into stuff like jalapeno poppers and roasted turkeys.
Quibell now offers a 30-day bacon diet program that’s named “Beyond the Bacon Experiment.” The $67 diet plan includes keto-friendly meal plans to help people burn fat by getting into the metabolic state known as ketosis.
Quibell is now working on a video-based program. The original program’s members have lost an average of 10 pounds. So, he hopes to turn the bacon-based diet into a full-time job.
The key to this diet is the keto-based approach of turning the body into a fat-burning machine. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is up to two-thirds of carbs and sometimes up to 300g of carbs.
Meanwhile, the keto diet requires people to consume under 50g of carbs daily. So, it’s a plus that a slice of bacon can be as low as 0.1g of carbs. The keto diet also includes “good” fats like fatty fish, avocados, and olive oil.
Fat Sources for the Keto Diet
These foods are loaded with good fat. They’ve been linked to lower rates of heart disease and some cancers. Seeds/nuts are also high-fiber so they can improve digestion and help you feel fuller. They’re a healthy snack versus sugary options.
Not only is seafood low-carb but also high-fat. Like fatty fish, it’s a good source of healthy fats. The most keto-friendly seafood in terms of carbs is shrimp and crabs at 0g of carbs. However, other shellfish have some carbs so always check the carb count.
3. Olive Oil
This is a zero-carb food that’s also high in healthy fat. It’s a good option for cooking versus highly-processed vegetable oil.
If you’re looking for a good excuse to eat more guacamole dip here it is. Half an avocado has about 8g total carbs and 15g of fat. It’s also high in many vitamins and minerals like potassium. Based on studies avocados also seem to lower levels of “bad” cholesterol.
This is another popular food that’s healthier than most people realize. We’re talking here about real cheese made from real milk. Cheese is keto-friendly since it’s low-carb AND high-fat. For example, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese has 1g carbs, 9g of fat, and 20% DV of calcium.
More chickens than humans live on planet Earth. An egg has under 1g of carbs and 11g of good fat. While many people believe the yolk is high-cholesterol, it’s only an issue if you already have high levels of blood cholesterol.
On the keto diet “real meat” is always the best choice. These are quality protein sources that involve the least amount of processing. Look for organic sources like grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. These options provide more antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids like those on the bacon diet.