Struggling to break into ketosis, no matter what you do? Some of us have what Dr Atkins used to call “high metabolic resistance”. This means that it is really hard to break into ketosis – much harder than for an average person.
Obviously, sometimes we self-sabotage our Keto without realising (I certainly did this when I first started).
There are some common mistakes that can prevent ketosis, for example, hidden carbs sneaking in.
But sometimes ketosis evades you even if you follow all the standard Keto guidelines precisely. If that’s the case, it may be time for radical methods!
They are harder than conventional Keto. But really effective in inducing ketosis. Basically, you will leave your body no choice but to switch over. Once that happens, you can just transition back to standard Keto. Keep reading “3 Radical Ways to Break into Ketosis”
Ready to try a low-carb diet to lose weight – but not sure where to start? Should you pick Atkins, Paleo or Keto? And is it going to be impossibly hard?
My first attempt to go low-carb was in 2007 with the Atkins Diet. Since then, I have tried all sorts of other low-carb variations – the good, the bad and the ugly – before I found the optimal plan that worked for me.
Here’s a summary of what I learned so you can decide which way is right for you. Keep reading “Low-Carb Diets – Quick Guide”
Keto flu is a common problem, especially if it’s your first time on Keto.
As your body adapts to your new ketogenic lifestyle, you might get temporary flu-like symptoms.
So how long does Keto flu last? How long do you have to suffer before the glorious state of ketosis?
Keep reading “How Long Does Keto Flu Last?”
Fat vs protein on Keto – what’s more important? Some people claim fat is the key macro to watch. Their mantra is “You must eat fat to burn fat”.
Others will bite your head off if you suggest this (I don’t want to point any fingers but it’s mostly people from r/keto subreddit). They will tell you firmly that “Fat is not a goal” – and you should only watch carbs and protein.
So what’s the deal? Let’s look into this. Keep reading “Fat vs protein on Keto”
Keto Diet is growing more popular, with millions of devoted followers singing its praises.
One possible downside of this popularity is unrealistic expectations. As a first-timer, do you know exactly what to expect?
The truth is, Keto is not all plain sailing – especially in the beginning. For most people, it has to get worse (temporarily!) before it gets better.
Keep reading “Keto Diet: What to Expect”
Do you often indulge in low-carb cakes, Keto bars and other sweet treats? Well, they are sugar-free – so it’s not a problem, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case – at least for some of us.
We are all different. Sweeteners and similar products can have adverse effects on some of us, but none whatsoever on others.
Keep reading “The Dark Side of Sweeteners”
Sugar cravings can hit you hard on low-carb. Refined carbs (sugar, flour, and all of their derivatives) are highly addictive – almost like class A drugs.
Getting hooked is easy. Breaking away is hard.
A low-carb diet is the best long-term solution to escape sugar addiction. But adapting to your new lifestyle might take a while.
And sugar cravings can attack at any point.
Keep reading “How to Cope with Sugar Cravings”
If you’re a bodybuilder or weightlifter, increasing muscle size and strength is clearly your usual priority. But when you’re prepping for a contest, photo shoot, or other main event, cutting becomes your main concern.
Dieting is the only way to drop excess fat and water to display chiseled muscles. And science shows that low-carb or ketogenic diets are the easiest way to get cut, shredded, ripped, and otherwise superlean.
Keep reading “Cut Carbs, Cut Your Physique: How to Shred With a Keto Diet”
Are net carbs a myth? The term was first popularised by Dr Atkins.
Some carbohydrates, such as fibre, are not digested by our bodies. So it makes sense to exclude them from your daily carb count.
This distinction matters to those of us who follow ketogenic low-carb diets, like Atkins or Keto, with very low carb limits of around 20-30g a day.
Keep reading “Can you trust "net carbs" claims on low-carb products?”
Are you sure your daily carb count is accurate? It’s the one thing you must get right – or your diet won’t work – for obvious reasons.
And yet surprisingly many people get this wrong.
So how can you ensure your carbs count is correct? Here are our best tips on to how to count your carbs quickly and accurately.
Keep reading “How to get your carb counts right”