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Why aren’t you losing fat in a ketogenic diet?

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If you are following a ketogenic diet, you are supposed to lose fat from your body. However, in certain conditions you may not lose fat even though you are following a ketogenic diet properly. Let’s find out why it happens.

Because you do not achieve ketosis

Even when you are following a ketogenic diet, you may not lose fat and weight because you have not achieved ketosis. This is one of the major reasons why people do not lose fat. This can happen if you do not cut back enough on carbs. The total carbohydrate consumption should be only 5 to 10% off your total calorie intake. Most keto diets will need you to reduce 20 to 50 g of carbs each day. Even though you may feel that you have drastically reduced your carbohydrate intake, in actual you might still be eating enough carbs for your body to produce energy from glucose. In such a condition, your body will not burn fat for energy. You can simply get a home testing kit to find out whether you are achieving ketosis. Such a kit will help you to check for the presence of ketones in the urine. If you find the test positive, it means your body is in ketosis. Ketone breath analyser is another small machine that can help you to detect ketones in the breath.

Eating too many carbs

If you’re eating too many carbs and too much of carbs, then also you will not be able to achieve ketosis and lose fat from your body. Even when you eat too many acceptable carbs which are allowed in a ketogenic diet, you will not be able to lose body fat. Different types of carbohydrates are acceptable in a keto diet including nuts and daily. Such foods are generally high in fat and nutrient but they also contain some amount of carbohydrates. If you consume too much of such foods, they may stop you from achieving and maintaining ketosis.

Eating too much protein

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If you are eating too much protein then also you will not lose weight and fat even when following a ketogenic diet. Many people believe that a low carb, high-protein diet is a keto diet, but they are wrong. This type of diet is unlikely to cause ketosis. Your body can break down excess proteins into amino acids and convert them to types of sugar and thereby get the necessary energy from such sugars, which are nothing but carbohydrates. On the other hand, a person who is on the keto diet will get most of his calories from fat and fat should represent about 55 to 60% of their calorie intake. If protein makes up more than 35% of your diet, it is unlikely that you are going in to ketosis.

Not counting calories

If you’re not counting calories while following a ketogenic diet, you may not be able to lose fat from your body. If you are consuming more calories than your body can burn, it is unlikely that you will lose weight and fat. If you consume too many calories, you will gain weight even when you are in a state of ketosis.

References 1. Ketogenic Accelerator
2.Ketogenic Diet for Obesity: Friend or Foe?
3.What is the Ketogenic Diet?