Not So Strict Keto
What is strict keto? You may have heard there are variations on the keto diet.
It’s true. Unless I was your personal advisor, I have no way of knowing your exact health condition, age, genetic makeup, etc.
Everyone is different.
When we put out a keto diet, it is meant as a starting point, a reference point. It’s the diet that works for the most people with the least amount of problems.
But when you start doing it yourself, it’s up to you to figure out the best version of it. There will be little tweaks here and there to make it ideal for you.
I’m a big believer in ‘Strict Keto’. This means you get on the keto diet and stay on it.
You can’t take Saturday off. That’s not how it works. The body won’t bounce back and forth from ketosis to sugar based. It takes time and effort to get into ketosis.
Think of it this way. If I said to you “I’m on keto, but I take one hour off everyday. I eat donuts and pie during that hour. For some reason, I’m not losing weight!” You would think I’m crazy.
It’s the same idea for taking ‘Keto cheat days’. Doesn’t work. Not so strict keto is something different.
There Is Some Wiggle Room
However, having said that, there is room for some negotiation in your macros….mainly carbs.
Some people are genetically more dependent on carbs. Their brains and muscles won’t work quite right without it.
“Cookies and cake, here I come!” you might say. NO, let me stop you right there. High quality carbs only.
If you are on a fast keto weight loss diet, your carbs are going to be 20 to 30 grams a day.
Say you’ve been doing it for a while, and there are nagging issues where you don’t feel quite right, or have low energy.
You can try upping your carbs, BUT, only high quality carbs. Leafy greens are the first thing I think of when I say ‘High quality carbs’. But it includes many veggies and some berries.
If you are a high physical activity type, then you can probably up your carbs and still lose weight smoothly. Some people go up as high as 50 – 70 grams of carbs and still lose if they fit in a certain category.
The point is, it’s not set in stone. If you are a person that actually needs carbs at a certain level, then go ahead and up the veggies.
Don’t be stuck to a formula that is for the masses. Figure out what works for you.
You can always do short bursts of lower carb if your weight loss stalls, or you need to lose a few extra pounds for a specific time period.
Once you have ketosis established, you can experiment gradually with carb levels. You can practice “not so strict keto” but only within careful parameters.
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