5 Common Keto Diet Mistakes You Could Be Making

“People can make a number of mistakes when it comes to keto, from eating too much protein to not eating enough healthy fats,” says Chelsea Amengual.

Here’s why people lose weight on keto, as well as some tips for avoiding common keto pitfalls.

Why Do People Lose Weight Quickly On Keto?

When we eat carbs, our body breaks them down to glucose and then converts them to glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrates, explains Yawitz. For every gram of glycogen, our bodies store 3 to 4 grams of water, she says.

Eating Too Many Processed Foods

When you’re eating out and following the keto diet, processed meats, such as pepperoni and sausages, as well as cheeses tend to be readily available options. But eating too much of these isn’t healthy.


Not Getting Enough Fiber

Beans and whole grains aren’t part of the keto diet, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough fiber from non-starchy vegetables like spinach, says registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick.


Not Eating Enough Veggies

Varner says he lost 50 pounds by following the keto diet. A healthy keto diet, he says, should consist of a lot more veggies than meat by volume — especially phytonutrient-rich, leafy green vegetables.


Over-Indulging On Steak And Other Meats

Certain animal proteins, like red meats and processed meats, can also increase your risk for gout and kidney stones because they increase the production of certain acids in the blood and in the urine.


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