Most Likely Explanation For Those Struggling On Keto
Discover these 5 basic keto mistake and get back on track to doing the keto diet the right way.
Fans of the keto diet say it has a number of important benefits. Adherents to the keto diet speak of fat melting away from their physiques, skyrocketing energy levels, mental clarity, and a wide range of health benefits that scientists are only now starting to investigate more deeply.
The one thing not everyone realizes is that this diet can easily be done dead wrong. The big surprise to many people is that the problem has nothing to do with “eating to many carbs”. So here are the top 5 keto mistakes, courtesy of Bodybuilding.com and EAS Myoplexathlete Jason Wittrock, who also lives and trains keto.
1. Getting Impatient With Adaptation
Before you jump into keto, you have to understand something: You’ve been running on carbohydrates your entire life. Now you’re asking your body to completely switch metabolisms and start using fat for energy instead of carbs.
You will have some withdrawal effects during this time, commonly known as the “keto flu.” What you need to do is stay committed. There are ways to minimize the keto flu, even if you can’t eliminate it completely. Stay the course, the flu will pass, and all of a sudden, you will be in ketosis, and you will feel better than when you first started.
As Parker Hyde pointed out in “Ketogenic Diet: Your Complete Meal Plan and Supplement Guide,” becoming fat-adapted is a process of weeks, not just days. Most people need 3-4 weeks to reach peak fat-burning adaptation. Stick with it and give this diet a fighting chance!
2. Not Getting Enough Fat
The best way to think of keto is that it’s not simply a low-carb diet; it’s a super-high-fat diet. Sure, you won’t be eating a lot of carbs, but as I said in the Keto Roundtable, it’s essential that you change your mindset from one of “avoid carbs” to simply “get enough fat.”
At least 75 percent of your calories need to come from fat; that’s things like eggs, bacon, sausage, avocado, oils, coconut oils, and butter. You need to seek these things out. Mentally, it’s not what you’re used to. You’re used to avoiding fats. Now, all of a sudden, you look at the grocery cart, and you’ve got nothing but fat.
That is a good thing. Fat is your new energy source. You’re not running on carbs anymore. You need fat. If you don’t get enough fat, your energy levels will go down, and you will end up quitting this diet.
3. Eating Too Much Protein
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