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7 reasons why most people fail on the Keto Diet

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Is it really possible to eat whatever, don’t watch calories and melt away stubborn fat from the comfort of your home without doing strenuous exercise at the gym?

What to do in these cases of “stubborn” fat?

According to health & wellness experts, the ketogenic diet is a great solution for the transformation.

Reduced Hunger, Cravings, And Belly Fat…

The ketogenic diet allows you to enjoy delicious meals and lose weight, and feel more energized. 

While AVOIDING sugar and carb withdrawal.

One of the main reasons so many people fail on the keto diet…

Is that they try to cut out too many carbs and sugar too fast, which then puts the body into shock.

If you want to smoothly transition into a keto diet and lose fat faster (and keep it off), keep reading.

What you’re about to read are 7 mistakes to avoid that can help you be successful on your keto journey.

Mistake #1: Rushing Into KETO

Surely you’ve heard of the stories of people slimming down with keto (when doing it right). 

Thousands of men and women, all over the world, have used this eating strategy. It’s proven, and the results speak for themselves. Many people are able to lose flabby arms, big thighs, and stubborn body fat. 

But before you get too excited, look at this change with responsibility. 

According to health and wellness expert Dr. Alexander H. Blackwell, “Keto is a very knowledge-based diet.” 

“Rushing in without a plan is short-sighted as it will most likely fail,” Blackwell says.

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If you rush in without a plan, here’s what might happen: 

  • You will keep craving sweets because you won’t know enough about healthy dessert substitutes.
  • You will keep snacking unhealthy food because you won’t have a well-thought-out meal plan that keeps you pleasantly full.
  • The weight won’t go down. It might even go up!

Instead, Dr. Blackwell recommends a professional, custom plan based on your body type, age, and eating preferences.

“Look for support and ideas on how to manage the diet correctly,” he says. “Your health is the number one priority – take care of it!”

Mistake #2: Not Getting Enough B Vitamins

Vitamin B

People report reducing carbs and then feeling tired. Not enough vitamin B might be the reason why this happens.

“B vitamins are mostly found in whole grains,” explains Blackwell. “Lacking them can make you feel tired, lower your energy levels, and slow down your weight loss progress.”

Fortunately, you can still get plenty of B vitamins from keto-friendly foods. You just need to eat the right stuff.

Here are our favourite options: meat, eggs, and dairy products. Combine those with seeds, nuts, and dark, leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli for a more complete nutritional profile.

What to do if you still feel tired? Talk to your doctor about taking a B vitamin supplement to boost your energy levels.

Mistake #3: Eating Too Many Carbs

Carbs

The reason why the ketogenic diet can be so effective for many people is ketosis.

Ketosis is an intense, fat-burning state. Instead of using carbohydrates for energy, our body starts to use our fat as fuel. This can double our weight-loss results. 

But to enter ketosis, we need to limit carbs. 

And here’s the problem. “Many people don’t realize how many carbs are in common, healthy foods,” says Dr. Blackwell.

Eating too much fruit is a common example. You think you’re doing a great job, but actually, you’re blocking yourself from entering ketosis. Keep reading to see how to avoid such mistakes.

Struggle

The recommended carb intake is around 5% of our total calories. Finding this carb reduction tough when first getting started on the keto diet is normal.

However, it is essential if we want to reach and maintain ketosis. That’s the way to start burning off fat and achieve the body of your dreams. 

And thankfully, things get easier after the first week or two because our body starts to adapt. 

Don’t give up early! 

Registered Dietician and Wellness education specialist Nare Davoodi, says: “It is a common misconception to think you are in ketosis after doing the Keto diet for 7-14 days. But what often happens is people are not calculating their intake correctly.”

How to make sure you reach your intake goals? Consider tracking your macronutrients through an app like Keto Cycle.

Mistake #4: Eating Too Much Protein

Protein

Protein is great for you, but too much protein can cause problems too.

“When our body digests protein, it converts a small amount to glucose,” says Dr. Blackwell, which can then slow down your body’s ability to go into ketosis, he adds. 

That’s because glucose is a sugar, and sugar is a carb.

Instead of using the keto diet as an excuse to eat as much bacon and steak as you’d like, remember that your main goal on keto is enjoying healthy fats.

Thankfully that includes delicious foods like nut butter, olive oil, and avocados.

So remember to have some form of healthy fat with every meal, and keep your protein intake in check.

Mistake #5: Not Eating Enough Fiber

Fiber

There’s a lot of fiber in fruits and whole grains. But you can’t have many of these on the ketogenic diet. 

So you need to be extra careful in order to get a nice amount of fiber during the day. 

According to Dr. Blackwell, “Fiber is essential to help regulate digestion, hunger and fullness cues. It helps provide long-lasting energy and a steady blood glucose level.”

In other words, fiber is critical. If you don’t eat enough, you may feel hungry, overeat, and ruin your hard work. 

The recommended approach is to eat more vegetables. All leafy greens are great. Follow this simple rule: the darker the color, the better. 

Don’t like eating vegetables all the time? Consider trying fiber supplements to refresh your body.

Mistake #6: Leptin Resistance

Leptin resistance

Leptin is a powerful fat-controlling hormone. 

It sends a signal to your brain that says, “you’re full,” so you know when to stop eating. If your body produces leptin properly, your appetite will stay in check. 

But when your body produces too much leptin, your brain stops receiving the signal. 

So you don’t feel full easily which causes overeating and eventually excessive weight gain. How to avoid that? Fix the underlying root causes of leptin resistance:

  • Irregular or poor sleep patterns.
  • Processed foods and overeating.
  • Too much stress

One of the many benefits of keto is that it can help fix leptin resistance. That’s because it consists of whole foods. 

“Healthy sources of protein, fat, and fiber are proven to help improve sleep, decrease sugar pangs, and combat snacking habits.”

Mistake #7: The “Google Curse”

Google Search

With a bit of light research on Google, you’ll find thousands of keto weight loss transformations. The proof is everywhere, and it’s easy to get excited. 

Many people read a few articles, note a few keto recipes, then try to get started on their own. 

But this can be ineffective. Just knowing you need to reduce carbs is not enough. Often, the meals you find online are good by themselves yet may cause nutritional imbalances when combined.

Don’t start the keto diet without help, especially if you don’t know the answers to questions like these: 

  • “How many calories should I eat to lose weight?”
  • “Which healthy foods are sugar bombs?”
  • “Which foods are sugarless yet delicious?”
  • “How will I get enough fiber without exceeding my carb limit?”
  • “How will I get enough minerals and vitamins to sleep well and have more energy?”

How can you answer these questions and achieve your goals with keto?

The Solution to Start Dropping Clothes Sizes 

The solution is a personalised keto diet that takes your age, physical shape, and medical conditions into consideration.

And in less than 2 minutes you can receive a personalized keto meal plan!

How’s that for getting you into a state of fat-burning ketosis?

There’s a good chance you’ll achieve your goal!

And the whole time you may experience increased energy, fewer food cravings, and a better mood.

Try it and see for yourself!

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Written by
Edibel Quintero, MD

Edibel Quintero is a medical doctor who graduated in 2013 from the University of Zulia and has been working in her profession since then. She specializes in obesity and nutrition, physical rehabilitation, sports massage and post-operative rehabilitation. Edibel's goal is to help people live healthier lives by educating them about food, exercise, mental wellness and other lifestyle choices that can improve their quality of life.

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