So you follow the keto diet? Or want to but find it hard to stick with it?
There are some weird things about the Keto diet that you must know. Make sure to read all the way to the end so you don’t miss the best one!
1. It’s Easy to Fall Off the Keto Diet
The keto diet is easy to stick to at the beginning. Have you tried the diet, lost weight, and then quit keto? Yea, well that’s what most people do. It’s part of the “yo-yo dieting” thing that happens to almost everyone.
The reason for this is because you lose a lot of weight very quickly in the beginning that’s mostly water weight. Then, you still lose weight very slowly but it’s not as motivating anymore. You think, well, I’ve lost 15 pounds already I can eat “just this one” cheat meal. Then it turns into every meal. Don’t do this!
Here at FreezerFit, we make it easy to stick to the keto diet because you prepare 30 to 90 meals all at once and they last for 90 days. Watch our free keto cooking class to see how.
2. You Get Bored of the Foods
It’s so easy to get bored of eating the same thing everyday. You can do it for a while when you’re motivated but eventually you just want something different.
FreezerFit has over 500 recipes with most of them being keto. Get the free FreezerFit cookbook and shopping list to see how delicious these meals are.
3. The Keto Diet is Inconvenient
It’s so much better to cook on the keto diet instead of going out to restaurants. With the price of groceries these days that’s probably true no matter what. Having to find keto options at a restaurant that you ACTUALLY want is tough though. Or, what if you’re on a road trip and you’re hungry? Or running late for work? It can be hard if you don’t have go-to keto snacks with you.
4. You Crave Carb Heavy Foods and Eventually Give In
You’re so used to having treats. You’ve done it your whole life. You reward yourself with cookies, pasta, pizza, etc. Now, you crave the taste of these foods. The best way to deal with this is to have imitation foods. You can make some of our imitation style recipes to get your pasta fix or your pizza fix. It’s so much more simple to stick to the keto diet long-term.
5. Keto Breath.
Ketosis takes place when your body starts producing ketone bodies at higher levels than normal due to carbohydrate restriction. Acetone is what gives ketosis its characteristic “keto”-smelling breath. If you’ve ever wondered what that smell is like, now you know. If this happens to you then maybe the diet isn’t for you, or maybe you need some different gum.
6. Eating Fatty Meats
If you’re going to go keto, don’t do it halfway. Sure, you could reduce your intake of red meat and processed meats, but unless you’re prepared to give up bacon and sausage forever, you won’t be able to sustain a long-term keto lifestyle.
It’s true that the keto diet promotes healthy fats but some of these meats just have too many calories. I know, I know, we don’t normally count calories on the keto diet. But, after the first month or so if you don’t restrict these types of meats at least a little bit you’ll likely stall and fall right back into the Yo-Yo dieting.
Eating too many fatty meats is one of the number one reasons the diet fails for people. You hear folks (or maybe even you) complaining that they’re not losing weight on keto anymore. This is usually the issue!
7. Hunger Pangs
You might think that not having any carbs would keep you full, but thanks to low-glycemic index vegetables, you’re still going to feel hungry.
That’s because these veggies take longer to digest and provide you with less energy per calorie.
Veggies can make you feel a bit more full but it really doesn’t have enough calories to keep your energy levels up.
8. Mood Swings
Eating a lot of fats raises bad cholesterol levels, which means you’re going to start feeling depressed sooner rather than later. Not only that, but elevated triglycerides can lead to increased anxiety and depression. This isn’t true for everyone but it definitely is a possibility.
Let’s combine this with things like the keto flu. This diet works well for most people but there are times when you just want to spike your insulin with some carbs.
If you can hold off and make sure that you’re eating HEALTHIER versions of keto foods then you’ll do just fine.
9. Bone Fractures
The keto diet has been shown to weaken your bones. There are full studies done on this and it’s true. But, not everyone is at the same amount of risk.
If you’re a bit older then your bones are getting more brittle by the day but they could still be strong overall. If you’re on the Keto diet and have brittle bones, you should consider taking supplements that would help you.
I do want to be clear on this. It doesn’t happen to everyone but you should take precautions if you’re older or have a history of breaking bones. Just take some supplements like fish oils and calcium.
10. Your Body Doesn’t Burn Fat Well
When we eat foods high in carbohydrates, our bodies break those down into glucose (a type of sugar) and release insulin to help us store the carbs as glycogen in our liver and muscles.
When we deplete glycogen stores (which happens after prolonged exercise), our bodies start burning fat instead. Fatty acids are broken down into acetyl-CoA, which enters the TCA cycle where they get oxidized to produce ATP, the molecule that powers our cells.
But when you’re following a ketogenic diet, your body runs out of glycogen really fast, so it turns to stored body fat for fuel. And while your body burns fat, it produces lots of unwanted ketones — toxic compounds that accumulate in your blood stream.
So even though you may lose weight initially, you end up losing muscle mass along with it.
If you love the weightloss and health benefits that the keto diet provides but you have some of these common problems, it may be time to switch it up!
I encourage you to view the free FreezerFit freezer meal prep class to see how easy it can be. Sticking to the keto diet has never been easier.