Finding success on a keto diet is a very individual journey.
It’s not about rigid rules and eating perfectly every day.
It’s about finding a way to eat that supports your health and body goals and makes you feel fantastic.
So often, women embark on a keto diet and focus on following the rules as opposed to listening to their bodies. The way to make a high fat, low carb diet work for you is to get MORE in touch with how you’re feeling and how your body reacts to foods, not less!
Here are 7 super-important things you should NEVER DO when you’re on a keto diet
1. Comparing yourself to others
Keto is fast becoming more and more popular and there are lots of stories out there about women who lost tons of weight very quickly. I have found that many women take up the keto diet because of this promise of fast weight loss.
While it’s true that you can lose excess fat relatively quickly on keto, it’s a mistake to try and compare what’s happening to you to other people.
Your body has its own healing journey to make, and rather than compare yourself to others, focus on listening to your own body.
2. Being Inflexible
The second mistake is feeling like there’s one right way to do keto and doggedly sticking to it no matter what.
Find your own way.
Listen to your body.
Do what is right for you.
Maybe this means that you do better with more protein or less. Or maybe you need more carbs or less.
Our bodies are always changing, as are our daily activities. Some days you will feel like eating more and other days you will feel like eating less. Don’t make it a priority to conform to certain numbers or measurements each day, allow yourself some flexibility.
3. Forcing Yourself to Stay Very Low Carb
If you are experiencing things like anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances or your hair falling out, these are clear signs that you need to add some carbs to your diet.
Many women find that their hormones are more balanced and their mood more stable on a cyclical ketogenic diet, which means you add some carbs to your meals a couple of times a week.
This is why so many women are having success with Leanne Vogel’s Fat Fueled program – She focuses on healing, health and intuitive eating for women on the high-fat diet, low carb diet.
4. Fasting When You’re Hungry
The 4th mistake is forcing yourself to fast when you are hungry. Intermittent fasting can be an awesome tool in your health arsenal, but only when you are fat adapted.
When you are able to go for hours without eating and you don’t feel hungry, this is when intermittent fasting is great.
If you try fasting, however, and you are hungry, then you are not ready for it and you should eat.
5. Being a Part of Communities that Make You Feel Like Crap
There are a lot of facebook groups and forums centered around eating keto, and I’ve found that many of them are very strict. If you are part of a group that comes down hard on you, for example, because you eat dairy or because you eat 30g of carbs instead of 20g – leave immediately! You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life
6. Doing Things that Encourage Disordered Eating
If you find that you are starting to obsessively count macros and calories, or you are reducing calories more because you’re losing weight, or you start to avoid events or social occasions because of your diet then it’s time to have a word with yourself.
Do not allow yourself to entertain any kinds of habits that can lead to disordered eating, especially if this is something you’ve experienced before.
More examples include, if you notice you have a growing fear of carbs, feeling like a bad person if you fall off the wagon, and labelling food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
Stay alert for any kind of negativity – this way of eating is all about health, feeling fantastic and freedom from food addiction.
7. Spending Time Daydreaming About Food You Can’t Have
Getting the transition to keto right is a hell of a lot easier if you stay positive. Don’t spend your time thinking that you are sacrificing foods or that you are giving up anything. Focus on all the delicious food you can eat and the health and energy you are gaining.
At the end of the day, your body knows what it needs and is constantly telling you what’s good and what’s not. Learn to listen to your body and provide it with what it is asking for, and you will very quickly start to feel like superwoman!