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Keto diet-friendly snacks helped a YouTube star shed over 60 pounds

A YouTube star who eats thousands of calories of carbs and sugar on his web series Epic Meal Time has revealed that when the cameras aren’t rolling, he relies on the keto diet to keep his waistline in check.

‘Keto is a lifestyle I can get behind,’ Harley Morenstein, 32, from Canada told Today Food.

‘It’s very good for a sedentary lifestyle, and I spend a lot of time sitting and editing videos,’ he added.

 

Pig out: Harley Morenstein, 32, from Canada who hosts his web series Epic Meal Time on YouTube has revealed he’s lost 60 pounds on the keto diet

Day job: The show sees him take on excessive eating challenges featuring high-calorie meals, generally out of meat products and carbs

Day job: The show sees him take on excessive eating challenges featuring high-calorie meals, generally out of meat products and carbs

Snack: As snacking on the go can be difficult for anyone following the super strict plan, Morenstein has developed his own keto-friendly snack line, Super Snack Time Pizza in a Bag

Snack: As snacking on the go can be difficult for anyone following the super strict plan, Morenstein has developed his own keto-friendly snack line, Super Snack Time Pizza in a Bag

The ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat eating plan that forces the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.

By starving the body of glucose, the primary energy source from carbohydrates, the body is forced to burn its own fat supply for energy instead.

To get the body into a state of ketosis, less than 20 grams of carbohydrates should be consumed per day.

The online star who boasts seven million subscribers on his YouTube channel used the low carb, high fat diet plan to shed 60 pounds.

At six foot, six inches tall, he now weighs 235 pounds

And as snacking on the go can be difficult for anyone following the super strict plan, Morenstein has developed his own keto-friendly snack line, Super Snack Time Pizza in a Bag, a pepperoni jerky that comes in three flavors.

He also detailed the other foods he relies on to keep his macros in check and told Today that ‘eggs become your best friend’.

He eats about three eggs per day and is a fan of grabbing prepackaged hardboiled eggs in the airport.

Morenstein is also a fan of bacon chips to stave off any chip cravings.

‘If you want a guac-based or nacho-based snack but regular chips aren’t part of the game plan, use bacon chips,’ he recommended.

As conventional bread is forbidden on the keto diet, the food enthusiasts has deleloped a love for bun-less burgers and often orders his burger in a lettuce wrap or bowl.

‘When I go to LA, it’s the easiest thing. I mean, you ask for a burger and they’re like, ‘Do you want it in a bowl or a lettuce wrap?’ he explained. ‘But when you do the same in Canada people look at you like you’re just bonkers.’ 

Chicken or egg: He also detailed the other foods he relies on and told Today that 'eggs become your best friend' on keto, pictured on his show eating a giant chicken sandwich

Chicken or egg: He also detailed the other foods he relies on and told Today that ‘eggs become your best friend’ on keto, pictured on his show eating a giant chicken sandwich

All filler: Harley has also grown to love bun-less hamburgers and shared that when he's in LA, it's easier to order them as people look at him funny when he goes without the bun in Canada

All filler: Harley has also grown to love bun-less hamburgers and shared that when he’s in LA, it’s easier to order them as people look at him funny when he goes without the bun in Canada

Saucy: The foodie also credits carb-free and sugar-free sauces with helping him add more flavor to his food while on the keto diet 

Saucy: The foodie also credits carb-free and sugar-free sauces with helping him add more flavor to his food while on the keto diet 

Not all bad: Harley did admit that not all carbs are bad and when he started weightlifting her realized he needed some 

Not all bad: Harley did admit that not all carbs are bad and when he started weightlifting her realized he needed some 

Cheese is also a big hit with the carb-free Canadian but he tries to limit his portions.

Morenstein also explained that carb-free and sugar-free condiments help keep him on track: ‘I put mustard on everything. But it’s got to be regular mustard. Anytime there’s syrup or sugar added, it’s not in the game. That’s why ketchup isn’t in the game.’

However he is a fan of hot sauce: ‘I have to have a plethora of hot sauce choices handy.’

While the diet does contain lots of animals fats, Morenstein also makes sure he gets his greens in and shared that he is a big fan of bacon-wrapped asparagus.

‘If you’re doing keto, not all veggies are your friend,’ Morenstein noted, explaining that he used to think packaged beet chips were carb-free. ‘But pretty much all green veggies are guaranteed to be your friend.’

However, he also took the opportunity to share that not all carbs are bad and when he got into weightlifting her realized his body needed some carbs.

Carbs aren’t really the arch-nemesis of our body. You have your good carbs and your bad carbs.

‘The greasy potato fries are not going to be your friend. Your big, buttery bun is not going to be your friend either.’ 

The ketogenic diet plan explained, including what followers can and cannot eat

The ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat eating plan that forces the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.

By starving the body of glucose, the primary energy source from carbohydrates, the body is forced to burn its own fat supply for energy instead.

Advocates of the diet believe the eating plan helps regulate insulin sensitivity and correct hormonal imbalances.   

It is also credited with helping reduce epilepsy seizures. 

To get the body into a state of ketosis, less than 20 grams of carbohydrates should be consumed per day. 

Foods allowed on the ketogenic diet include:

  • Meat
  • Leafy greens and most vegetables 
  • Full-fat dairy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Avocadoes and berries
  • Fats, such as coconut oil

Foods to be avoided include:

  • Grains, including rice and wheat
  • Sugar, like honey and maple syrup
  • Most fruit
  • White or sweet potatoes 

 



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