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Keto Mistakes That Make You Fat

Keto Mistakes That Make You Fat

The main purpose of going on a ketogenic diet is to put your body in a state of ketosis where it starts burning fat to produce energy rather than glycogen. When we start following this diet, we get pretty good results initially. But things might slow down or completely halt after a few weeks.

If you have been experiencing a similar thing, then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to talk about some keto mistakes which need to be avoided for staying on the health track. 

  • Inadequate Fat Consumption

People usually embark on a keto diet with the main aim of losing stubborn body fat in a fast manner. This is why they restrict both carb-protein and fat intake for adding more inertia to the weight loss process. But did you know that ketosis is all about training your body to burn fat as the primary source of fuel for energy production! Ideally fat should constitute 70% of your daily calories and insufficient fat intake can make you feel dizzy by plummeting down all energy levels. Ketosis causes our body to experience keto flu which is our body’s means to adapt to more fat and fewer carbs in our diet. We already feel low on energy and grouchy at all times. The condition can worsen if your body lacks the required fat. 

  • Choosing The Wrong Dairy Option

Butter and cheese are low in carbs and high in fat making them a go-to option on the keto diet. However, these calorie-dense foods have extremely high-fat content and it is easy to overeat the same. Having too much fat in your body will only lead to the burning of dietary fat in the place of your body fat. 

  • Not Drinking Enough Water

Drinking enough water is very important for obtaining fast results from your keto diet. Our body naturally loses a lot of fluids on entering ketosis and herein lies the importance of staying properly hydrated. But every time you feel thirsty, try out water or keto-friendly drinks besides water that do not add to your sugar intake. Some examples of such drinks are tea, coffee, and vegetable juice. 

  • Eating Excess Hidden Carbs

Ideally, 5-10% of your total calorie consumption in a day should come from carbohydrates. It is extremely difficult to maintain and very often you might end up reaching for that bowl of pasta or piece of bread while planning your daily meal. Often processed foods and snacks mention sugar-free in their packaging to lure you into having it. On taking a closer look you will find out that sugar has been replaced by honey, rice syrup, corn syrup, or even fructose. Vegetables like ginger, onion, pumpkin, carrots, and leeks have higher carb content and should be consumed in limit. You can thus opt for low-carb veggies like mushrooms, celery, broccoli, asparagus, rabe, and spinach. The same also goes for fruits. While on a keto diet, it is best to stick to small helpings of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and honeydew melon.

Final Words

The Keto diet has been accredited by experts as one of the best means of losing weight healthily. However, people often complain of hitting a plateau as it's very easy to get off the track. You can get the best results by combining the keto diet with intermittent fasting. Persistence is a key factor in getting the best results out of the keto diet. Other than helping you lose weight; ketosis can also ring in other benefits such as reduction in blood sugar. 

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