The keto diet is one of the most popular diets currently floating around the internet.
Thousands of people have now used it to not only get in great shape, but to also transform their health.
However, as with all new diets, its takes a little time to adapt to following a keto lifestyle.
And while you are bound to make a few mistakes, you can limit the amount of damage by learning about, and properly preparing for said mistakes.
5 Common Keto Diet Mistakes
Eating Too Many Carbs
The keto diet is a low carb diet.
The problem is “low carb” means something different to everyone.
For some people low carb means anything between 100 and 150 grams per day.
And while you can get great results eating carbs in this range, for the keto diet it would be considered excessive.
In order for the keto diet to be effective your body must achieve a state of ketosis.
To achieve ketosis you must keep your carbs below 50 grams per day.
Not Eating Enough Fats
The keto diet is a high fat diet.
For most people this is scary as they have been programmed to believe fat makes you fat.
First and foremost, fat does not make you fat.
Its actually good for you.
And to get the most out of the keto diet you must make sure you are eating enough of it.
The key is eating the right kinds of fats.
Focus on monounsaturated and saturated fats.
Eating Processed Keto Foods
When following the keto diet, make every effort to eat unprocessed foods.
Your diet should be made up of foods that are made using natural ingredients.
Stay away from foods that come in bags or cans.
These foods are usually highly processed and not healthy.
They aren’t good for your waistline, or your overall health.
You’re human so we don’t expect you to completely eliminate processed foods from your diet.
Nor do you have to for the keto diet to be successful.
Instead, focus on getting at least 70% of your nutrients from unprocessed foods.
The remaining 30% can come from processed foods.
If you’re going to follow the keto diet, don’t do it half heartedly.
Doing so will be a complete waste of time.
If you are not all in, don’t start until you are.
It takes a few days to adapt to this new way of eating.
Not going all in will only prolong your ability to adapt.
If you really want to do the keto diet, do it!
If not, wait until you are ready.
Patience is the name of the game.
It takes patience for your body to adjust to the keto diet, and it takes patience to force your body into a state of ketosis.
Before going keto, your body’s main source of fuel is carbs.
Once you switch to keto the main source of fuel will now be fats.
It takes a little time for your body to switch over to burning fats as the main source of fuel.
So be patient. The results will come with time.
The keto diet is not a quick fix.
If you are looking at it in this way, you will fail.
If you are looking for a diet quick fix, the keto diet is not for you.
As with any new diet, things take time.
Yes, eating a low carb diet can help you lose weight fast, but it still requires effort.
Its not going to happen overnight.
Instead of looking at the keto diet as a short term fix, look at it as a complete lifestyle.
Its not just about eating low carb. Its about watching what you eat and how you control your portions.
This is what will ultimately help you lose weight, and more importantly, keep it off.
One last tip is to avoid obsessing over the scale.
While the number on the scale is important, it is not what determines your success or failure with the keto diet.
Truth be told, the number on the scale should be the least of your worries.
As long as you are eating a healthy, low carb diet, you will lose weight.
So just enjoy yourself and live your life.
If you mess up, don’t stress yourself out over it.
Just regroup and get back on track the next day.
Whatever you do, never stay off track two days in a row.
Doing so is a recipe for disaster.
Instead of looking at the scale as the barometer of success, pay close attention to how you feel.
Do you have more energy? Do you just feel better overall?
Are your clothes fitting looser?
These are all indications the diet is working.
Yes you should weigh yourself. That is the only way you will know where you started.
But you should not obsess over the scale so much that it makes you sick.