The weight loss industry is filled with myths, contradicting information and flat out fake science. To keep you from getting frustrated and confused, I wanted to talk about 4 common keto diet weight loss myths.
The ketogenic diet has blown up in popularity over the past few years and there’s no end in sight as people realize that it works. Just like any other diet, it has its pros and cons… and no diet is perfect for everybody.
In this article, we’ll look at the common misconceptions about using the ketogenic diet as a tool to shed excess fat and look good.
I know. Bummer. But no diet is really easy. Easy is subjective anyway. It is easier than many of the other diets out there. It’s easier than the paleo diet for example, but no weight loss journey is “easy.”
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The good news is that with the keto diet, there is a period where you’ll need to adapt but things get better. Most people are addicted to sugar and carbs. Switching to a diet that gets 80 to 90 percent of its calories from fat can be challenging but it can be done, especially with help from supplements like exogenous ketones and done for you meal plans.
All diets work if you follow the plan. However, the speed of weight loss will vary from individual to individual. Will you lose more fat with the ketogenic diet? You might, if you follow the diet and don’t break from it constantly.
However, even then, it will take time to shed the fat. Weight loss is a slow process and you’re not going to lose 15 pounds in a week. Even if you manage 10 pounds, a lot of it will be water weight.
Most people have an institutionalized sense of impatience. They want results fast and they want it NOW! The keto diet will get you faster results than many other diets, but within a reasonable time.
You’ll not go from overweight to ripped in two weeks. Give yourself at least 2 months to see visible results. You might as well stay the course. The time is going to pass anyway.
If followed correctly, the keto diet is not a dangerous fad. In fact, it’s extremely healthy. You will lose weight much more effectively, your blood sugar levels will stabilize, your bad cholesterol levels will decrease, your heart health will improve while your risk of cancer decreases and so much more.
It’s important to know the difference between the good fats and bad fats. Cold-pressed coconut oil is a good fat. Hydrogenated canola oil is a bad fat that’s high in monounsaturated fat, causes inflammation and accelerates the aging process.
When you’re on a keto diet, you MUST educate yourself well on what the good fats are. Then you’ll be able to consume the omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs and avoid the omega-6 fatty acids that are inflammatory.
This issue is probably the biggest worry that people on the keto diet have. When the ketones in your body are too high, ketoacidosis can occur. However, this is quite rare and tends to affect only those with type one diabetes. This is pathological ketoacidosis and not a nutritional one.
If you wish to err on the side of caution, you can purchase a set of urine strips from the chemist and monitor your ketosis. If your ketones are too high, you can consume some complex carbohydrates and that should reset things to normal. There’s no cause for panic.
These are 4 of the most common misconceptions surrounding the ketogenic diet. In another article, we’ll examine another HUGE misconception about whether the ketogenic diet raises your cholesterol level.
For now, just know that this is a safe and highly effective diet with many health benefits than can be accrued if you adopt it. Do give it a go and watch your waist size shrink and your fat disappear (with time).
Want to get a jump start on the keto diet? Check out this free (you pay shipping) cookbook or these done for you keto meal plans.
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