Anyone who’s tried the ketogenic diet can attest that starting isn’t as challenging as properly adhering to it. After all, your meals must strike a balance between low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat in order to maintain the delicate, fat-incinerating state known as ketosis. However, much like many good things in life, investing effort will reap worthwhile results and help drive success. And in the keto diet sphere, it’s all too easy to fall into common mistakes when you can enjoy cheese, almond butter, and avocados.
To help clear up some of the confusion surrounding this widely popular diet trend, we spoke to Dr. Anthony Gustin, DC, MS, and Founder & CEO of Perfect Keto. Brush up on these eight mistakes below before you embark on the eating plan to ensure you’re getting the most out of your keto experience—i.e. a serious brain boost and a slimmer waistline.
Eating Too Many Inflammatory Foods
The top seven culprits that cause inflammation include sugar, refined grains, vegetable oils, conventionally raised meats, processed meats, artificial food dyes and colors, and excessive alcohol, Dr. Gustin tells us. Maintaining ketosis and overall health requires you to center your diet around whole foods rather than processed foods, a habit that will also help kick junk food cravings to the curb. “Choose healthy, keto-friendly nuts over chips and crackers and make delicious macadamia nut fat bombs to satisfy your sweet tooth,” Gustin suggests. “Choose unsweetened coffee, tea, and water over soda, sports drinks, and cocktails. Add more leafy greens, fatty fish, and other healthy foods to your diet to help fight inflammation.”