The back to school feeling might have inspired you – whether you’ve got kids who are going back to school or not – to make a brand new start at your New Year’s resolutions. Indeed, for more and more people, the months of September offers the perfect alternative to the stressful desire to take impossible resolutions at the beginning of the year. It’s like a new change to make it work and improve yourself, but with the learning of the previous months – aka, now you know that you won’t be able to drop a full dress size or get your dream job without working hard at it. The most common resolution is to lose weight. That’s precisely why towards the end of the summer Google records high volume of searches for diet plans. While intermittent fasting and cleansing plans are still popular, more and more people choose the safety as the keto diet. However, if you go keto, you need to be careful to keep it healthy!
Yes, you can drink coffee but in moderation
There is no prescription about your favorite cup of joe in the keto diet. In fact, if you’re trying to control your portions, you’ll find that it can be helpful to replace your snacking habits with a cup of coffee or tea. However, you need to be conscious of the risk of caffeine addiction. Indeed, while it’s great to give up unhealthy snacks and use coffee as a distraction, you don’t want coffee to be an automatic response. Indeed, the more you drink, the more you’ll find yourself stuck in a vicious circle in which you can’t function without coffee. Unfortunately, high consumption of coffee can affect your sleeping patterns, your health and your immune system in the long-term.
Follow the rules
The keto diet is deceivingly easy to follow, as it’s a matter of replacing most of your direct carbs through plant-based proteins and healthy fats. However, you need to follow recipes that are adapted to your body. Indeed, you can use this calculator to make sure that you can keep track of your keto macronutrients to create the necessary ketosis reaction. The keto diet is named after the ketone protein, which is produced by your liver and targets fat cells in your body. But it’s your ability to get the right level of macros from your meals that makes it possible.
Cutting all carbs won’t help speed up results
It might be tempting to cut all carbs from your diet in an effort to speed up the results, but it’s a harmful move in the long-term. Your body uses carbs as a main source of energy — while it can use fat and protein too it’s a longer and less efficient process. As you need to eat more fat and protein to produce the same amount of energy, you’re likely to generate a calorie surplus. , recent studies have shown that cutting carbs out can reduce your life expectancy but you do need some carbs in your diet!
Ideally, you need a healthy mix of macronutrients so if you are worried about your health, you should keep a minimum of 25 to 35 net g of carbs – which is more than advised in the keto plan – to avoid developing an addiction to replacement food or drinks.
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