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Sep 27

Most Common Mistakes When On A Ketogenic Diet

There are a number of mistakes that people usually make when trying to lose weight on a ketogenic diet, or any other kind of diet as well. Already the person’s attitude alone has a big impact on life and health, and that should already in the beginning be resolved by each person alone. Although a diet may not be a permanent solution, one should lean towards a permanent change, meaning that from the diet one will choose, new habits will be learned, that will be useful even when the diet is over.

One of the common mistakes is the idea that one will lose weight by just eating less and by starving for a certain period of time. Although that way, one can really lose weight, but people everyone should have in mind that that the weight that is lost that way, is mostly result of the water weight reduction and reduction in muscle mass. Most often, when a person reaches a desired weight, in many cases they return back to their old habits, and soon start to gain weight again. As it was mentioned, this is mainly because not much can be learned from these type of diets.

However, there are alternatives, for example, here we will mention the ketogenic diet. This kind of diet is based on a process that we know as ketosis. It is a specific state of the body, that is characterized by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood, which occurs because of the conversion of fats into fatty acids and ketones. This happens when the body gets only relatively small amounts of carbohydrates over a period of time.

When one starts such a diet, the body goes through several changes. After 24-48 hours since the beginning of this diet, the body starts to use ketones in order to use the energy stored in fat cells more efficiently. In other words, the primary source of energy becomes fat (fatty acids), instead of carbs (glucose). Because of that, during ketosis it is not a problem to eat food with higher amounts of fat, than would otherwise seem reasonable. This way the body is losing weight relatively fast (specifically fat). Additionaly, the reduction of muscle tissue (proteins) is minimal, since most of the food consumed during ketosis, also contains relatively large amounts of proteins that are good for your muscles.

On a ketogenic diet it is more likely that one will notice and learn the difference between necessary carbohydrates, and the unnecessary ones which most of the people take in amounts that are usually too high. That way, people mostly start to control their intake of food better, and because of that benefits are present in a long term as well.

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