Keto diet or Ketogenic diet is one of the most popular diets for weight loss that involves cutting down the intake of carbohydrates, and increasing the intake of fats with the objective to shift the body’s metabolism from carbs to fats, leading to weight loss. It is also believed to have positive effects against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease as it also affects the blood-sugar levels in the body.
Many people follow Keto but do not find it working on their body, while others are full of praise for the diet as it really helps them lose weight. People who do not find the diet working may be doing something wrong. Here are a few common mistakes people make while on their Keto diet.
Not planning your meals
Keto diet requires a very regular and proper meal schedule, with only specific foods since carbohydrates have to be absolutely cut down, and fats have to be increased. In such a case, the biggest mistake one can make is not planning their meals. In the busy life that people lead, if they do not plan and prepare their meals beforehand and wait for when they are hungry, they are most likely to cheat on their diet and nullify their entire effort of weight loss made till then.
Water is the answer
People do not realise the importance of water intake during the Keto diet or during any diet. Water makes for a very important component of weight loss, and not drinking enough of it can cause more hunger. Water is also very important to keep the body from becoming too weak, which the body might since it is put off carbs all of a sudden. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, and indigestion, and may also cause you to quit the Keto diet.
Due to the cut off of carbohydrates, the body tends to become very weak, so much so that you may feel fatigued and tired all the time. It is extremely important to take proper rest and sleep for the recommended time to avoid your body from becoming too weak to function which may lead you to discontinue your diet.
Yes to protein
Some people have the misconception that on Keto, they do not and should not intake protein, which is actually a myth. While on a Keto diet, you can, and in fact, should eat protein to make up for the energy lost due to quitting the carbs. Eating eggs, preferably boiled can be a good source of protein and qualify for a food item that can be eaten on a ketogenic diet.
No to wrong fats
Everyone who starts a Keto diet knows the basic ‘low carb, more fat’ mantra but many people ignore the kind of fats they should eat. Fats do not mean anything and everything, even unhealthy fats. Eating a fat-full diet means to incorporate healthy, good fats in the diet that help in the process of Keto. Processed trans fats should be totally avoided while good, healthy fats found in butter, walnuts, eggs, avocados, etc. should be included in the diet to ensure weight loss.