The keto diet seems to be one of the most effective diets for weight loss, but is it too good to be true? The answer is no, it’s not too good to be true – it really works. The only issue is that it’s a very strict diet which means you have to follow the instructions to the ‘T’ for it to work correctly.
There are a number of things that people commonly tend to get wrong when it comes to using the Keto diet, and hopefully I can shed some light on these issues and how to fix them or stop them from happening again. The first big problem that a lot of people make when choosing this diet is that they think they can do it alone.
Nothing could be further from the truth – at least in the first few months into the diet. It’s best to get the advice of a professional dietician so that you can make the right choices for your body and get the best results out of the diet. Even joining a local keto-group is great – just something that you can use as a reference for your progress during the diet.
Then, a lot of people tend to overdo it on the protein when using this diet. While protein is a crucial element within this diet, having too much in your daily intake can have a negative effect on your body’s ability to reach ketosis. This is because the excess protein forms glucose, which helps to give your body energy and will ultimately slow down your body’s ability to burn fat.
Another common problem with people following the diet is that they tend to eat too much of the wrong fats. Eating fat on a diet is the exact opposite of what we’ve been brought up to understand about weight loss, but it is precisely this that helps to kick-start our body’s fat-burning processes that ultimately help you lose all that weight.
The answer is to stick to healthy saturated and monounsaturated fats such as the kind found in animal fat, coconut oil, butter, fish oil and olive oil rather than any other vegetable oils (corn, vegetable, safflower, canola), margarine and vegetable shortening. It’s also very important to stick to whole foods – that’s what keto is all about. Eating too many processed foods (whether keto friendly or not) can only have negative effects on your health over time and cause weight gain over time.
Finally, it’s important to note that the keto diet is more than just a diet, it’s a way of life. You can’t simply stop the diet once you’re happy with the results and go back to eating like you used to. You have to stick with it for a long time and even if you start eating other foods, make sure that they’re whole foods and healthy! You don’t want to undo all that effort by going back to processed and unhealthy foods.
These are some of the more common problems that affect users of the keto-diet. The best advice I would give you is to stay in touch with someone who has found success through the diet or a licensed dietitian for the first few months of your diet to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes and to ensure that you stick to the correct eating plan.
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