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July 19, 2021

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When You’re On a Keto Diet Meal Plan

Designed to minimise intakes of high-carb foods, the ketogenic (keto) diet has witnessed a resurgence in recent years, all thanks to endorsements by thought leaders and celebrities alike across the globe. This diet plan is widely embraced by scores of individuals with varying health and fitness goals – such as wanting to shed some quick kilos, and potentially improving one’s heart health and quality of life. 

However, due to several factors like strict dietary restrictions and its many prevailing misconceptions, staying in ketosis can be tricky. Often, you can end up committing mistakes that can put a halt to your efforts before reaping the hard-earned results.

If you are looking to embark on this journey, we have put together five common mistakes that you should certainly avoid.

1. Not Drinking Enough Water

Staying hydrated is important for every diet, but particularly so on a keto. Why?

That is because carbohydrates play a big responsibility in holding water in your body. On a low-carb meal plan like keto, there is a dramatic decrease in carbohydrates – leading to corresponding shifts in your fluid and electrolyte status. Hence, adopting a solid hydration plan is imperative for ensuring that your body has adequate levels of water to perform its best while eliminating possibilities of dehydration or constipation.

2. Assuming that All Fats Are the Same

Centred around high-fats foods, the keto diet demands a careful selection of the fats source – with an emphasis on healthy fats. Specific foods like butter and red meat that are exceptionally high in saturated fats have to be avoided. It is also recommended to steer clear from trans-fats and ultra-processed polyunsaturated fats. 

You can, however, find nutritious sources of healthy fats in foods like avocados, fatty fish, nuts, olive, and seeds.

3. Getting Overly-Obsessed With the Numbers on the Scale

While on a keto diet, it is important to remind yourself that weight loss is not a linear process – there will be days where you see the numbers on the scale go up, and others where it goes down. To sustain the momentum, always try to keep the bigger picture in mind, rather than stressing on the fluctuating readings on your scale.

Remember: the scale does not serve as an indicator of success or failure.

4. Consuming too Much Dairy

Dairy foods may appear to be a great low carb and high-fat option, but they come with caveats. Dairy foods are typically hard to digest and can lead to undesirable side effects like stomach upsets, bloats or acne. Thus, consuming them in moderation is imperative.

On top of that, being mindful about the type of dairy you consume is equally important. Many dairy products you can find off the shelves contain unnecessary added sugars to make them more palatable. However, it’s worth noting that sugar isn’t keto-friendly, and can quickly throw you out of ketosis. The next time you pick up a dairy product, be sure to have a second look at the labels. 

5. Veering Off Course Every Other Day

Keto diet is a commitment, and consistency is the key to success. Sure, you have to diligently plan out your diet, be conscious about the food you buy and the meals you make. But above all, you must remain motivated. That means not allowing yourself to indulge in a “cheat meal” every other day.

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