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Almost Keto

A Practical Approach to Lose Weight with Less Fat and Cleaner Keto Foods

Foreword by Dr. Kenneth Akey

100 recipes, meal plans, and tactics for success! Certified nutritionists and authors Aimee and Richard will teach you the healthiest and most sustainable way to enjoy the ever-popular ketogenic lifestyle.

The Keto diet continues to grow in popularity as people across the country are learning more and more about it. However, there is conflicting research regarding the safety of consuming unlimited amounts of items such as bacon, cheese, fatty cuts of meats, and fried pork rinds. A large percentage of Keto dieters find the 70–80 percent fat intake requirement unsustainable, and even worrisome due to potential health implications. Many people are curious about the Keto lifestyle, given the weight loss results they hear about from others, but will not attempt the diet as the fat intake requirement sounds daunting! 

Almost Keto will provide a formal, lower fat, higher fiber, higher micro-nutrient nutrition plan while still employing cleaner keto-approved foods. It will help readers yield positive weight loss and blood sugar level results while providing a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. A practical how-to guide with nutrition education (cited with studies), Almost Keto also provides over 100 recipes that incorporate keto-approved foods.

Nutritionist Aimee Aristotelous will teach you everything you need to know (and more), including:
 

  • Explaining the different types of Keto and the principles and foundation of the diet
  • Niche Keto foods to know and what to eliminate 
  • Debunking mainstream dietary myths
  • Provide sample meal plans, even including vegan and plant-based options
  • How to prevent or treat Type 2 Diabetes with food
  • Offer dozens of delicious, Keto-friendly recipes you'll want to try immediately

The ketogenic diet that promotes weight loss from being in the state of ketosis, by consuming a large percentage of fat, is one of the most popular fad diets today. The diet’s two primary pieces of criticism are that the requirement of 75 to 80 percent of calories coming from fat may be dangerous in the long term, and the sustainability of this restrictive food regimen is difficult for the average person to maintain. Almost keto incorporates healthier keto foods that are known to help with weight loss, inflammation, and overall wellness while consuming a moderate (as opposed to high) amount of fat. Different ways of adhering to the keto diet have been coined recently as many people are needing to find alternatives to the strict lifestyle. For example, “dirty keto” refers to the potentially dangerous approach of having carte blanche to all items such as bacon and bun-less fast food burgers. The term and title “almost keto” reflects the use of most keto-approved foods in a healthier and more sustainable manner, characterized by less fat and more nutrient-dense carbohydrates by way of green vegetables and low-sugar fruits.

Google trends charts have shown that the keto diet has been searched far more than the terms “paleo,” “Whole30,” and “intermittent fasting” in recent years. The popularity of the keto diet is on the rise, but there is conflicting research regarding the safety of consuming unlimited amounts of items such as bacon, cheese, fatty cuts of meats, and fried pork rinds. Aside from the safety concerns expressed by a variety of medical and nutrition professionals, quitting the keto lifestyle after a short-lived stint of weight loss is commonplace when dieters can’t find sustainability in the food regimen. Another concern is the “keto flu,” which is a term describing symptoms often experienced upon transition into the keto lifestyle—a characteristic of this “flu” is a variety of gastrointestinal issues, constipation being the most common. This rite of passage and supposed marker of progress is most likely a result from the lack of fiber and other essential micronutrients in the strict keto plan.

Generally speaking, many have success with weight loss and improved blood sugar levels when adhering to the keto food regimen, but should these results be attributed only to the fact that high levels of fat are being consumed? Coincidentally, keto foods are also low in sugar, and it has been proven, time and again, that consuming less sugar will result in weight loss as sugar turns into fat if not burned. Moreover, when one transitions from the standard American diet to a highly restrictive keto regimen, lower caloric intake will naturally ensue, also contributing to weight loss. Many keto dieters are coming to these realizations on their own but then seek guidance for their newly adjusted almost keto approach, as they do not have a formal plan to follow. Almost Keto provides you with a structured lower-fat, higher-fiber, higher-micronutrient nutrition plan while still employing cleaner keto-approved foods, allowing you to yield positive weight loss and blood sugar level results with a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.

Chapter Breakdown 

1. Why Mainstream Dietary Recommendations Are Making Us Unhealthy 
2. The Different Types of Keto, Explained 
3. The Almost Keto Four-Step Guide to Getting Started 
4. “Do’s and Don’ts” of Almost Keto & the Perfect 10 Foods 
5. Almost Keto Tactics for Success 
6. Foods to Eliminate or Limit and Why 
7. Where Do My Almost Keto Nutrients Come From? 
8. Popular Nutrition Myths, Busted! 
9. Niche Keto Foods to Know About 
10. Vegan Almost Keto: A Plant-Based Option by Joy Giannaros 
11. Vegan Almost Keto: How-To Guide by Joy Giannaros 
12. Food Groups & Servings 
13. Sample Meal Plans 
14. How to Prevent or Treat Type 2 Diabetes with Food 
15. Dirty Secrets of Our Food Supply 
16. Almost Keto Meal-Planning System 
17. Almost Keto Breakfast Recipes 
18. Almost Keto Lunch Recipes 
19. Almost Keto Dinner Recipes 
20. Almost Keto Side Dishes, Snacks, Dressings & Sauces

Aimee Aristotelous, co-author of The Eat to Keep Fit Diet, is a certified nutritionist, specializing in prenatal dietetics. She provides weekly fitness and nutrition tips to her 22,000 Facebook followers and has been the exclusive nutritionist for NBC affiliate KSEE 24 News in Fresno, California, appearing in over 50 nutrition and cooking segments. As a new mother, Aimee was able to use her own pregnancy as a platform to apply her educational background and research, which resulted in an optimally healthy, active, and ideal pregnancy. During her pregnancy, she was hired by the company “Belly Bandit” to model a line of their pregnancy lingerie. In addition to her Nutrition and Wellness certification through American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Aimee has a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from California State University, Long Beach. She has nine years of professional marketing experience for a large, private California-based company. Aimee enjoys the beach, cooking, and traveling, and resides with her husband and son in San Juan Capistrano, California.

"Almost Keto is a great option for someone who needs to take control of their health. It's a way of life that includes tasty, convenient, and diverse food options to help you make and maintain positive physiological outcomes." —Laura Kunces, PhD and registered dietician

"I plan to implement Almost Keto as my nutritional handbook to optimal health and wellness in my practice. My colleagues and I have been teaching the same nutritional principles for decades." —Val Manocchio, MD, CEO of Doctors Best Wellness

"Almost Keto is an excellent resource for those seeking a healthier approach to the keto diet. With its focus on whole foods and moderation, this book turns what is otherwise a short-term diet into a viable long-term lifestyle. I appreciate that the science in it is so comprehensive, yet is simplified enough to be accessible for those not in the nutrition field." —Ariane Resnick, CNC, chef & bestselling author

Praise for Aimee Aristotelous's The Whole Pregnancy: A Complete Nutrition Plan for Gluten-Free Moms to Be​

“This is a comprehensive guide to being as healthy as possible during pregnancy while optimizing the nutrition needed by a growing brain. Time and again, we see the removal of gluten from one's diet enhance the wellbeing of parents and children alike—I couldn’t recommend following Aimee’s guide any more strongly. It’s the only one you need during your pregnancy.” —J.B. Handley, cofounder of Generation Rescue

“A wealth of research and knowledge of nutrition is presented here, in a clear and informative guide focusing on natural unprocessed foods, complete with mouthwatering recipes and meal plans that are easy to follow. What a fantastic resource for women striving to equip themselves with invaluable knowledge of how to best nourish their bodies to the optimal level for both themselves and their babies—not just prenatally, but also through pregnancy and the postpartum period.” —Lisa Edlund, CNS, RNDIV1, RM

"Aimee combines healthful recipes with a user friendly, comprehensive guide to eating better for both you and your baby; I wish this book existed when I was first working with clients on fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding!" —Ariane Resnick, CNC, chef and author of The Bone Broth Miracle

"The Whole Pregnancy answers common questions and concerns with an updated and more mindful approach! Aimee's book speaks to those who realize that food should be one's medicine, as it plays the most important role in prenatal development." —Alexandra Maw, founder of Kaleidoscope Juice

“Aimee has always been so inquisitive and determined, with complete focus, passion for wellness, and overall trust in her body. Her persistence and knowledge shines through in her everyday life and through this incredible book. I'm eager to share this resource with all of my pregnant & postpartum clients!” —Lauren Jacobs, doula and owner of Doulas of Orange County

"Aimee does a great job of taking a complex subject and making it easy—and fun—to read, comprehend, and most importantly, follow. The recipes look so delicious that the whole family will enjoy them, not just the one who is pregnant!" —Kendra Whitmire, MS, nutritionist at Sunshine Nutrition & Wellness

“All I can say is FINALLY a book about having a successful and nutritious, gluten-free pregnancy! I was soaking up every word while feeling empowered and educated about the whole process. Aimee put me at ease with her no-stress meal plans and knowledge about what is best for the baby. I know I will be using this as my pregnancy guide and I highly encourage people to pick up a copy of this book even before they are pregnant, as these principals can be easily applied to everyday eating!” —Emily Turner, gluten-free private and personal chef; creator of Gluten Free With Emily

"Aimee’s attention to detail when it comes to nutrition education is spot on, and her recipes are delicious—whether you are following a gluten-free diet or not. This book helps you to understand what foods and supplements you and your baby need to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy should be a joyful time in our life, but worrying about what to eat could be tiresome! Aimee takes the guesswork away and allows you to do what you do best: grow new life. Anyone expecting should add The Whole Pregnancy to their pregnancy book collection." —Andrea Donsky, holistic nutritionist, author of Unjunk Your Junk Food

The Whole Pregnancy is an essential primer for women before, during, and after pregnancy. The easy-to-follow format offers practical advice, helpful charts, and doable recipes for eating foods that are nutrient-dense to support both mom and baby. It is the perfect gift for an expecting mother!” —Cynthia Spivey, author of How to Eat Paleo (When You Don't Live in a Cave)

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