The Ketogenic Diet & 5 Reasons You're Not In Ketosis - FoodBabbles.com

There are so many different styles of healthy eating out there. It’s enough to make your head spin. I’ve always felt that the best diet is the one that you can stick to. Something healthy that provides the nutrients your body needs to prosper while not making your feel deprived. Something sustainable for the long term.

For the most part, I’ve tended to feel and perform my best when eating Paleo or Whole 30. At times I would cycle off and temporarily incorporate some whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa into my high protein diet filled with lots of fruits and veggies. Then I discovered The Ketogenic Diet.

I had seen the Instagram goodness of people piling their plates with greasy, cheesy bunless burgers topped with bacon and wondered, “How the heck can that be healthy?” The long and the short of it is that the Keto Diet doesn’t really look like that in real life. Or at least it shouldn’t most of the time.

Sure, I’m going to occasionally indulge in some uncured, sugar-free, nitrate-free bacon-y goodness but overall the Ketogenic Diet focuses on keeping your carbohydrates very low (usually under 20 grams per day), a moderate protein intake and consuming a large amount of satiating, healthy fats that come from sources like coconut oil, olives, nuts, seeds, full fat dairy and avocados. Not bacon.

Many people turn to the Keto Diet in the hopes of losing some weight. While weight loss is a side effect of this dietary change in the beginning, if you make Keto a lifestyle you can expect so many more profound benefits. Though research about the Keto Diet is still in its infancy, there is some evidence to support that people will experience advantages like increased energy levels, more restful sleep and better mental focus. There even seems to be a link between the Ketogenic Diet and mental health with avid followers reporting a reduction in anxiety and depression.

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Due to the reduction of carbohydrates, the Keto Diet has been shown to help regulate blood sugar in diabetics and it helps reduce or even eliminate cravings for sugary sweets and refined carbohydrates. There is also some evidence to support that eating a ketogenic diet lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and lower blood pressure.

I have been consuming a Keto diet now for about 4 months with the occasional allowance for craft beer and ridiculously amazing pancakes! From my short time so far eating Keto, I’ve experiences some initial weight loss, better sleep, more energy and mental clarity for sure.

In the past, even when eating a healthy diet, I would experience some stomach problems such as bloating, pain or upset fairly regularly. I could never pinpoint the culprit. Since adopting a Keto lifestyle, my stomach is happy as can be.

Most importantly, I feel satisfied, not hungry and I have less desire to fall off the wagon. I have better self control during social situations and I’m able to easily eat Keto when out to dinner or at a party. It’s a pretty easy dietary style to maintain.

So one might think, okay … I’m gonna reduce my carbohydrate intake, increase my fats and boom! I’m gonna be in ketosis in no time. Easy peasy. Truth be told, it’s not always that easy. Getting into ketosis and turning your body into a fat-fueled machine can take 3-4 days or even as long as a week. When you think about that, it makes you really consider if you want to drink that meal or eat that cheat meal for sure!

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But even if you’re doing everything right, you may still find your not in ketosis. Today I have a guest post for your from Sarah Peterson on 5 common Keto mistakes you could be making. Sarah is the Content Director at Perfect Keto, with a mission to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health and well-being!

Thanks Sarah!

Not in Ketosis? You Could be Making One of These 5 Mistakes

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