Why the keto diet didn’t work for you

When it comes to food, there are so many things to consider when choosing what will fuel your body bring you the most nutritional value. You are what you eat. What you consume is a reflection of your outer being. Over fifty percent of the population is unsatisfied with their weight. If you would like to learn more about how to lose weight with minimal effort, check out this article on the Bellaire ER Blog to learn more: https://bellaireer.com/losing-weight-with-minimal-effort/ 


Over the past few years, the Ketogenic Diet has become an all the craze. People can have so much success with this diet because they consume little to no carbs, high amounts of fat, and high protein. However, this diet only works for certain people. You may have tried this diet yourself and had no success because you caved into your carbohydrate craving. Just because you did not stick to Keto does not make you a failure. Not everybody is made only to consume high amounts of fat. This is the case for me. I tried the Keto diet and felt like I had little to no energy. I felt guilty for giving up by eating brown rice, but I noticed an immediate increase in my overall health after incorporating it back into my diet. 


Everybody is different. There is no “one size fits all” diet. If cutting carbs out of your diet was unsuccessful for you, you may want to try the opposite and decrease your fat intake instead. The key here is to keep your protein intake the same. The recommended daily intake of protein is one gram per body pound. Someone who weighs 150 pounds should intake at least 75 grams of protein per day. Suppose you implement exercise in your health routine (weight training, running, pilates, CrossFit, etc.). In that case, you may want to consume 5-20 grams more (depending on weight, gender, and activity level) if you are seeking to increase your muscle growth. 


Research shows that if long-term high fat diets are detrimental to your health. Starchy fruits and vegetables that Keto dieters tend to stay away from are the foods that aid in weight loss. Vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and yams help keep the body satiated, meaning you will stay fuller for more extended periods. Apples, oranges, bananas, mangos, and pineapples are on the list of fruits to avoid because they are high in carbs and sugar. However, these fruits contain high amounts of nutrients that your body needs and should not be wholly avoided unless taking a vitamin supplement.


If cutting carbs out of your diet left you feeling drained of your energy, you may want to consider dropping or reducing the fat and increasing your carb intake. Now, this is not permission to eat as many pieces of pizza as you can as long as you get less cheese. If you follow this way of eating, you want to fuel your body with whole grains. 


Examples of healthy, whole grains:

  • Whole Oats
  • Brown Rice 
  • Quinoa
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Barley 
  • Buckwheat