A keto or ketogenic diet is a low card-high fat diet that helps to burn fat more effectively. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts the body into a metabolic state – ketosis.
When this happens, the body ends up being incredibly efficient at burning fats for energy as it also turns fat into ketones that can supply energy for the brain.
Keto diets are known to have health benefits including significant reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels.
The Keto diet is a successful weight loss diet but if you are struggling to see results then you may be making some of these mistakes:
1. Not eating enough fat
On Keto, approximately 75 per cent of your calories should come from fat. This means you have to consciously add more fats like coconut oil and avocado into your diet.
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2. Eating too many carbs
There are a surprising amount of hidden carbs in foods such as vegetables. Choose spinach, mushrooms and courgettes for healthy, low carb options.
3. Snacking between meals
Avoid snacking altogether on keto to keep your body fasted so it can turn to stored rather than dietary fat.
4. Eating too much
For the keto diet to work you must still eat less calories than you use. Keep track of all your macros using a calorie-tracking app.