The keto diet works by drastically reducing the number of carbohydrates you eat. This means that your body has less glucose to use, which starts a process called ketosis that uses stored fats for energy. And this process can help you control your weight.
But fruits are pretty carbs, right? So can you get all the health benefits of watermelon while sticking to your (pretty thin) carb limit? Let’s take a look!
The goal of a keto diet is a dramatic drop in daily carbohydrate intake. And if you don’t stick to these strict guidelines, your diet just won’t work, because your body is sticking to its usual routine. The Harvard School of Public Health says most ketogenic diets recommend reducing your carb count by 5 to 10 percent of your total daily food intake.
Assuming you consume about 2,000 calories a day, between 5 and 10 percent counts for less than a simple, medium-sized bagel. It’s not much, is it? So you have to do some juggling.
You can eat watermelon with a keto diet. But keep in mind that it still contains carbohydrates. Therefore, you need to monitor the amount of watermelon you eat, as well as the appearance of your carbohydrate intake during the rest of the day.
With a little planning, this watermelon juice will come out of your chin in no time.
1 cup of watermelon provides 11.5 grams (g) of carbohydrates.
Some ketogenic diet plans recommend reducing carbohydrate intake to less than 50 g per day. And this is where your juggling begins, because you’ll need to check the carb content of everything else you’re planning to eat.
If you can’t fit those 11.5 g without exceeding your daily carb limit, it’s best to leave them for another day.
But maybe you’re planning a glorious watermelon attack. In this case, you can eat the equivalent of 4 cups without exceeding your limit.
However, if you want to take advantage of these watermelon cravings without skipping your carb limit for the day, why not opt for 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup of watermelon? Same flavor, a little less. And that could leave enough room for movement for that bagel.
Watermelon is really low in carbs.
But you need to carefully plan a ketogenic diet for it to have any effect. So how low is a carb? All fruits contain carbohydrates. At the same time, we don’t want to miss out on the health benefits of eating well.
And that’s double for watermelon, because a small study found that watermelons can be helpful in losing weight. It seems like consuming a daily dose of watermelon can help lower your weight, BMI, and blood pressure, and actually make you feel fuller than eating a cookie.
Of course, you can eat old watermelon. It’s a healthy snack.
But how about bringing your watermelon to its full potential (like a fruit-based Pokémon) and using it in some ketogenic meals and snacks? Try these recipes.
Watermelon smoothie. Eating watermelon is so last year: we want to drink it! Start your * perfect * day with this low-carb, refreshing, and ridiculously easy-to-make smoothie. It is perfect for summer days or nights under the sun.
Watermelon salad. It may seem like the obvious route, but you can’t go wrong with a watermelon salad. It will fill you up while keeping you well below your 50 g limit. And why take watermelon as a snack when it can be a main meal? This recipe adds crispy vinaigrette and prosciutto to flavor, and only has 4.5 g of carbs.
Watermelon pizza. Dessert pizza made with alert watermelon! It is low in carbohydrates, healthy, full of fruit and flavor, and is an impressive dessert. If you’re planning a party, this gives you this crucial low-carb option.
Watermelon pallets. Who doesn’t love a popsicle in the summer? And there’s no reason to miss it. This recipe is natural, sugar free and looks like Insta.
Watermelon cocktail. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. This refreshing cocktail is low in carbohydrates and optional alcohol. If you’re planning a party, you’ll probably find that everyone else wants one too.
Watermelons are really good for keto. Rejoice! But remember that they still contain carbohydrates. So you have to balance it. Can you put these carbs on today? If not, you can leave them for another time or eat a smaller portion to accommodate your daily carb intake.
So enjoy watermelons responsibly and reap all the health benefits they bring.