11 Keto Diet Mistakes. For about a year and a half at this point I’ve been living a Keto lifestyle and by walking and eating keto at Disney World, I’ve lost 82 pounds. And in writing I want to share with you that one short sentence I immediately find myself guilty of the first keto mistake : Comparing yourself to others.
ACTUALLY, mistaking a jar of jalapeño juice for pickle juice was the BIGGEST mistake I’ve made was one morning, I took a big swig of the jalapeño juice by mistake when my legs cramped up!
But we’re not here to talk about that kind of keto mistake.
I’ve been open to making mistakes during my journey so I could make this weight loss journey a success. Yes, just like it is in every other area of life, making mistakes are a part of achieving success with keto. What alarmed me about these mistakes was that I’ve made which people warned me about. We are here to help you avoid them as you go on your keto journey.
Keto Mistakes To Avoid
Comparing Yourself To Others
We seem to torture ourselves for some reason by comparing the weight others have lost to our number. While I am proud of the 82 pounds I’ve lost on keto but there are also other people who have done this in much less time.
Everyone’s body is different. In their own unique way, everyone approaches keto. To compare yourself to others, it never does any good for you. By comparing yourself to who you were before is the best way to combat this.
A quick thought remembering how awesome I feel now compared to how I used to feel to snap me out of the comparison game is all it takes! Don’t allow this to keep you down.
Mistake Keto 2
Freaking Out Over The Scale
I thought I should be losing more weight than I was in the early months. My activity level was on point and my food consumption was on point, but the scale was not moving fast at all. It was a worrying situation for me and I began to wonder if I was going to be able to lose the weight.
Mistake Keto 3
Too Many Nuts & Too Much Cheese
Yes, you can have nuts and cheese on Keto. But by the pound and by the jar, I found myself eating these. With food that was “keto-friendly” I was simply substituting prior to bad eating habits from the amount I was consuming making them “bad”.
Mistake Keto 4
Late Night Eating & Too Much Snacking
When you’re trying to get your nutrition under control, you begin to see patterns and tendencies. I quickly began to notice that I have a tendency to eat late at night, and this is where Keto Mistake #3 came in. Most of the overeating came late at night. Matter of fact, it’s where frustration with myself would come into play and also where my macro count would get totally off track.
I also noticed that while watching TV, the tendency to eat late at night and snack occurred. Watching TV was the trigger and late-night eating and too much snacking were simply a habit.
Too much snacking and late-night eating can totally throw you off of your keto plan. So do remember these 2 keto mistakes.
Mistake Keto 5
Not Drinking Enough Water
Whether doing keto or not, most people, do not drink enough of water. Just short of being dehydrated, we’re walking around.
“half your body weight in ounces” seems to be a good rule of thumb because there is no universally agreed-upon amount of water we need to consume,. …and that’s a LOT of water when you’re my size!
I definitely was not getting enough of water when I first started living the keto lifestyle. The good thing about this mistake is that it’s very easy to correct with a little discipline.
Mistake Keto 6
Thinking It’s All About The Food
This entire journey has been about feeling healthy, living healthy and getting healthy for me. Thinking it was just about the food I consumed was the mistake I made.
My social life, my Joy, my spiritual life, enjoying the process, my mindset, my confidence, staying active, not making excuses, getting exercise…. into the overall health picture, these all play a role.
It took me a while, but I learned that it’s much more than just the foods I consumed.
Mistake Keto 7
Waiting Too Long To Start Intermittent Fasting
My doctor told me about Intermittent Fasting about a week into starting keto and shared how much it had helped him. The idea of going 16 hours without eating and skipping meals seemed absurd to me! All I heard was “stop eating for LONG periods of time.” when I was making so many changes.
While that first week I know I was not ready for Intermittent Fasting, I now wish I would have started much earlier than I did. When I see my lowest weights on the scale are these times of fasting and I feel so much more focused and energized.
I Intermittent Fast, four consecutive days out of each week. This is basically not eating after 5pm for me and then not eating again when I get back from my morning walk, until around noon the next day.
Mistake Keto 8
Not Getting Enough Calories
Whether it was simply not being hungry or the Intermittent Fasting, I found myself not getting enough of calories, not eating enough and not reaching my daily macros.
The body kind of freaks out when you don’t give yourself enough of nutrition and begins processing this situation by storing up and making more fat. What??? I’m trying not to store up more! Doesn’t the body know this??
So when I was told I need to make sure I’m eating enough of food after YEARS of eating too much all of the time, imagine my surprise. Make sure that you give your body the fuel and nutrition that it needs. (even when you’re not hungry)Starving your body is just as harmful as overfeeding your body.
Mistake Keto 9
Too Much Protein
I did not keep up with my macros is another way to say this and just went crazy on eating protein/meats. So keeping the carb count low was much of my focus was on, but I was missing the fats and protein component.
A keto diet is made up of roughly 75% healthy fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs. I made the mistake of not enough fat and too much protein.
Mistake Keto 10
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Your body needs sleep with all the changes going on in your body. Your body is doing all of this work to heal itself and to get healthy, think about it and that’s pretty draining on your resources. I was getting active for the first time since college on top of that – I was not giving it the sleep it needed and my body needed rest!
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Another Keto Mistake To Avoid
Mistake Keto 11
You need to find a person, partner or community to help you stay accountable if you have a desire and a goal to lose weight. Because they do not stay accountable to themselves, so many people fail simply and quickly fall off track when a little nudge and encouragement would do the trick!
The Walking Into Greatness Facebook Group for me has helped me with accountability, motivation and basically keeping me on track.
A group like ours can help tremendously if you find yourself making these keto mistakes or even struggling to stay on track!
Don’t allow mistakes to define you but live and learn, and don’t give up!