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Ketogenic diet is the current rage. The controversial low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet is highly popular for losing weight and enhancing performance. Many people believe that following a keto diet is an easy ride as it just involves making some small tweaks. After all how difficult can it be to decrease your carb intake and eat more fat but that is where they make their biggest mistake. The keto diet is not an easy one. Many beginners follow this diet without doing proper research which does not make it an effective diet for them. Before embarking on this journey, you must have complete knowledge about a keto diet to prevent yourself from its nasty side effects. Here are some common mistakes people commit when following a keto diet.
02/ 6Not drinking enough water
In a keto diet, your body burns fat for fuel and when the body initiates this process, it is crucial to increase the fluid intake. If you do not drink enough water your metabolism will slow down and you will not be able to lose weight. Water helps in proper circulation of nutrients, flushes out toxins and helps to burn fat.
03/ 6Eating too much dairy
Dairy products seem like perfect low-carb and high-fat food sources, but an excess intake of dairy products like cheese can ruin your diet plan. If you do not keep a track of dairy products you are consuming, you may end up overeating. Moderation is the key. Moreover, many dairy products even contain sugar, so always check the nutrition label when purchasing them.
04/ 6Not eating enough fat
A typical keto diet is high in fat and most people are scared of eating too much fat because of the common belief that fat will make you fat. But since you are limiting your carb intake, it is crucial to take more fat. Not eating the right amount of fat may impair your hormone function and metabolism. Even after eating right, you will feel lethargic due to lack of micro and macronutrients. It is also important to eat the right kind of fat. Include animal fats, olive oil, monounsaturated fats in your diet.
05/ 6Too much snacking
Snacking is the easiest way to add extra and excess calories to your diet. Keto diet has a satisfying effect, which means when following this diet you must not crave for snacks. If you are still feeling hungry then make some tweaks in your diet or have snacks in moderation. You can eat seeds, cheese, avocado, and nuts. But do it only if you are feeling excessive hunger between meals.
06/ 6You are not getting enough sleep
If you want your keto diet to work, you need to get 7-8 hours of sound sleep. This will help your body to repair itself. Lack of sleep can increase the craving for sugary stuff and the stress levels, which can affect the production of the ketone in the body. High cortisol can lead to unwanted fat gain.
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