In today’s final blog post on our Keto Diet Journey, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions about the ketogenic diet.
Do I have to swear off carbs forever?
It’s very important that you start off with a significant reduction in carbs. This will give you the weight loss and glucose control you want.
However, after the first two or three months, you can occasionally have some carbs—just get straight back on the diet afterwards.
I heard that ketosis is very dangerous—is this true?
Many people get ketosis and keto-acidosis confused. The latter is, indeed, a dangerous condition, but ketosis just means burning fat for energy instead of using up glucose.
Could I lose muscle on this diet?
With most diets, you might lose some muscle tissue. However, your protein intake and the high ketones may reduce this loss on a keto diet, especially if you do some weight-lifting exercises.
Why am I always so tired and weak?
Your body might not be fully in ketosis for some reason. Try reducing your carbs to around 5%. You might also try adding MCT oil or ketone supplements.
What can I do to help my keto breath?
This can be a side-effect of ketosis. Try drinking naturally flavored water or chewing sugar-free gum.
Why am I getting digestive issues like diarrhea?
This is a temporary reaction to your extreme diet change. It should pass within a couple of weeks. If not, try adding more high-fiber veggies.
A ketogenic diet can be great for people who want to lose some weight quickly. It also works well for Type 2 diabetics who need to regain control over their blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.
If you’re trying to increase your metabolic health, this diet could be a good choice for you, too.
It’s not the easiest diet to follow, however. You’re going to need to decrease your carb intake to about 5% of your daily calorie intake.
Fat intake, on the other hand, should be around 70-80% and protein around 35%.
This is a big change for most of us, and you can expect some (temporary) changes as your body gets used to this diet.
However, if you stick to your guns, you can expect that weight loss and blood sugar control.
To your success,
Jimmie Wilks, MBA, CAP
Retired Air Force Vet & Online Marketer
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