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If you’re looking to drop some pounds just in time for bikini season, then it’s time to start searching up on effective meal plans to get the body you want!
Studies have proven that low-carb diets are one of the best ways to lose the excess body fat while reaping even more health benefits from them. It’s the reason why thousands of people worldwide are looking into keto diets and low-carb meal plans.
But take note, following a low carb diet isn’t just about cutting the bread and ice cream.
There are quite a few low carb diet mistakes people still commit, and it’s time to know all about these to avoid it from hindering your goals!
1. Not Knowing Your Macros
Yes, while calorie counting helps lose weight, keeping your macros on track is what will have you reach ketosis and burn fat efficiently!
Unfortunately, a lot of low-carb dieters focus more on restricting the usual carbs than anything else, forgetting about counting their fat and protein intake. You have to know your macros and eat an adequate amount of protein with more fat. Additionally, you also have to stay on a calorie deficit while doing so to lose the body fat stored in your body.
Consume about 20-50 grams of carbs per day while eating a moderate amount of protein and more fat. Don’t skip your vegetables and go for omega-3 rich foods for your sources of fat to stay healthy AND reach your weight loss goals!
2. A TON Of Stress!
Another factor to weight loss is your stress levels. When one is stressed, cortisol levels rise, which raises blood sugar and lowers your ketone levels. Because of this, you won’t be able to experience the symptoms of ketosis, and it will be difficult getting your body to burn fat efficiently.
Yes, lessening your stress levels is easier said than done, but there ARE ways on how you can manage it when at work or school.
You can follow apps that help relax, as well as focusing more on the essential things in life rather than the negative.
Avoid always checking your emails and social media accounts, which bulks up on stress. Additionally, you can try realizing exercises like yoga or meditation!
3. You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
It isn’t just about what you eat but your sleep hygiene as well!
Did you know that a lack of sleep is also a huge factor as to why you aren’t losing weight? Those deprived of sleep will produce fewer growth hormones, have impaired metabolisms, and even crave for more food which bulks up on your calorie intake.
That’s why I recommend that you get seven to nine hours of sleep per night and to avoid eating heavily before bedtime. To get adequate sleep, don’t exercise four hours before you head on to bed and avoid using gadgets as this will help you produce melatonin and get you to sleep well.
4. You’re Eating The Wrong Things!
Did you know that it isn’t just about avoiding bread and grains but also eating the RIGHT fatty, nutritious things?
People who are on the low-carb diet often turn to full-fat dairy and nuts as a way to increase their fat intake, but that’s something that may sabotage your weight loss. This is because nuts are very calorie dense, as well as full-fat dairy. They are easy to overeat and of course, can affect how quickly you shed the pounds. Additionally, dairy has a specific protein that may end up spiking up your insulin levels, increasing your cravings!
I recommend that you cut back on the high-protein dairy and overload of nuts. You don’t need to exclude nuts and dairy but to consume in moderation
5. No Plan? No Exact Goal
Last but not the least, if you don’t have a plan then you won’t have an established goal. If you rely on generic diet plans or just go by your day eating fatty foods at random, then there’s a huge chance you won’t be able to see much progress. That’s why I recommend that you have a fixed schedule which includes adequate sleep and exercise, as well as a practical meal plan that works for YOU.
Plan out your meals and prepare them in advance to save on time and effort cooking.
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully, these low-carb diet mistakes helped you find out what you need to change your meal plans! Use this as a starting point to improve your diet and reach your weight loss goals efficiently.
Do you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences with low-carb diets, then do comment below. All your inputs and contribution will be much appreciated!
My name is Layla and I’m a writer at Howtonight.com – lifestyle blog which mostly focuses on health and nutrition but we also publish articles related to pets, travel, and entertainment.