The ketogenic diet is one of the fastest ways to lose weight. When your diet is mostly comprised of fats with a low amount of protein and carbs, your body enters a state of ketosis. During this state, your body will burn fat for fuel and your stubborn fat stores will be depleted.
Despite the effectiveness of the keto diet, most people want even faster results. In this article, you’ll be given 5 tips that when combined with the keto diet will accelerate your weight loss.
Do note that your body can only lose a certain amount of fat during any given period. How much fat you lose will depend on your genetics and other factors. That said, while you can achieve faster results, you can’t expect miracles overnight.
Unrealistic expectations like hoping to drop 10 pounds in a week will just be setting you up for disappointment. A keto diet may help you to lose 2 to 4 pounds a week… maybe a little more, but there is a limit. So, you’ll need to temper your expectations.
1. Avoid exogenous ketone supplements
Sometimes, not taking or doing something negative is just as effective as doing something positive. There is a current trend in the market where people are buying supplements that claim to induce a state of ketosis in a much faster time.
Almost all of these claims are hype and not proven to work. The supplements are only designed to put your wallet in ketosis as it loses every cent in it.
Save your money and achieve ketosis by doing it naturally.
2. High intensity interval draining
High intensity interval training done twice or three times a week will not only deplete your glycogen reserves but will also put your body in fat burning mode for hours. A 20 to 30-minute high intensity session could put your body in fat burning mode for 10 to 12 hours.
Imagine the number of calories you’ll be burning throughout the day. Combined with your keto diet, you will be a fat burning furnace round the clock and lose as much weight as humanly possible.
3. Intermittent Fasting
Fasting is a fantastic way to speed up ketosis. Generally, fasting involves an eating window and a fasting window. The duration of the fasting window can be anywhere from 16 to 22 hours.
The longer the fasting window, the faster the results. Some methods like the Warrior Diet only recommends one large meal a day. So, you’ll be in a fasted state for 23 hours.
Your insulin levels will be low, and your body will be burning fat much more easily.
4. Avoid all carbs
While the keto diet allows for about 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates, if you wish to really accelerate your weight loss, cutting out all carbs for 3 to 4 days at a go will give your body the extra help it needs to burn the fat faster.
5. Cardio after weight training
Another method to lose weight faster will be to do about 20 to 30 minutes of cardio after your weight training. During your weight training, your glycogen reserves will be depleted.
So, once you start on the cardio, your body has no choice but to burn fat for fuel. This will help it to burn the stubborn fat stores easily.
Use these 5 tips to complement your keto diet and your weight loss journey will be smoother and much faster. To conclude, a keto diet and all the pointers above are just tools to get you to your destination.
Always be aware that to maintain your new weight, you’ll need to make a lifestyle change too. So, build good eating and exercise habits to keep the weight off should you decide to stop the keto diet once you reach your ideal weight.