The keto diet is popular right now because of its supposed benefits. It not only gets credit for being a fast and effective way to lose weight, but it also improves brain function, heart health, and helps to reduce seizures.
While the benefits of the keto diet are assured, you’d probably not get them due to poor planning and misinformation. There are a lot of things people currently on the diet don’t share, so beginners quickly hop on the train only to stop halfway.
With the right diet and information, you’d be able to reap all the benefits.
For those of you who have no idea of what keto diet is, it’s simply a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate protein diet designed to help you burn fat better.
Here are 5 things they do not tell you about the ketogenic diet:
a. You may feel lousy and dizzy at first:
This is one thing most beginners encounter before they throw in the towel. The ketogenic diet is considered very safe for people, but you may feel very lousy and weak when you switch. The sudden change from carbs, which was your body’s main source of energy, to fat can send your body into a state of ketosis. You may experience headaches, weakness, brain fog, and low energy. It will subside when your body adjusts.
b. Keto diet doesn’t favor athletic activities:
Yes, the ketogenic diet helps you lose weight, but there is no proof that it increases the performance of athletic activities. Most people who exercise, work out, or engage in sports tend to feel weaker on the diet. So, if this is your field, you should stay off for the meantime.
c. It’s not an excuse to overeat protein:
Most people overeat protein because the keto diet is made up of fewer carbs and more protein, but that should never be the case. Protein intake should be moderate. Excessive protein can delay ketosis. Instead, use healthy fat to support your metabolism.
d. Keto diet requires strategic planning:
Instagram pictures don’t show the strategic planning and implementation that goes into keto dieting. They only show the results! So, many people go in without an appropriate plan and back out when they ‘feel’ it isn’t working. You need to know the exact ratio of nutrients to be used in your food. As a general rule, 15% of your daily calorie intake should consist of protein, 5% should consist of carbs, and the remaining percent of fat. This looks pretty easy but can be tricky when cooking. This is why it needs planning.
e. Focus on whole foods, not just cutting carbs:
People only focus on cutting carbs and eating lots of fatty foods, but it’s essential that you stick to eating whole foods. Buy organic and high-quality foods. This will help you eliminate inflammatory foods like processed meat, sugar, dairy products, and other foods that negatively affect your heart health, energy, and mental health. It saves you a lot of stress.