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5 Most Common Low-carb Mistakes (and How To Avoid Them)

A few months ago, I read a book called The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living. The authors are two of the world's leading researchers on low-carb diets. Dr. Jeff S. Volek is a Registered Dietitian and Dr. Stephen D. Phinney is a medical doctor. These guys have performed many studies and have treated thousands of patients with a low-carb diet. According to them, there are many stumbling blocks that people tend to run into, which can lead to adverse effects and suboptimal results. To get into full-blown ketosis and reap all the metabolic benefits of low-carb, merely cutting back on the carbs isn't enough. If you haven't gotten the results you expected on a low-carb diet, then perhaps you were doing one of these 5 common mistakes. There is no clear definition of exactly what constitutes a "low carb diet." Some would call anything under 100-150 grams per day low-carb, which is definitely a lot less than the standard Western diet. A lot of people could get awesome results within this carbohydrate range, as long as they ate real, unprocessed foods. But if you want to get into ketosis, with plenty of ketoness flooding your bloodstream to supply your brain with an efficient source Continue reading >>

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  1. Blackgold86

    Just wanted to say thank you to this forum in general. I have been keto-ing since the end of May (CKD and then switched to SKD when I found this forum)... Now into week 3 of no refeeds and have been struggling with a PERSISTENT headaches and foggyness. Thought my body was struggling without the refeeds, was about to plan one for this weekend!
    Tried Gatorade Zero, Tried adding salt, tried fat bombs... Nothing worked until this morning..
    I usually have a coffee when I get to work with a small amount of butter and coconut oil and salt in it. Then today, I doubled the amounts of it all, and now I have no headache and more energy than I know what to do with.
    TL;DR : I came THIS close to doing another refeed because I thought it was my body telling me I needed carbs. Took your advice about fats and feel better already... THANK YOU!

  2. Cheesius

    Awesome! Nothing is more disheartening than "But I am sure I'm doing everything right, and NOTHING is working!" It almost always turns out I'm not doing everything right after all.
    That's the thing that I learned, when I get out of keto, I spend a day eating SO much fat, and SO much salt (and plenty of potassium salt), and it really helps me get back in. But fat is really the key.

  3. JTfromOKC

    Nothing is more disheartening than "But I am sure I'm doing everything right, and NOTHING is working!" It almost always turns out I'm not doing everything right after all.
    This part of your post really stood out to me. I'm only 5.5 weeks into Keto but I'm also 3.5 weeks into zero weight loss. Yes I've read about PISS and most people say it resolves in 1-2 weeks. However going this long without weight loss is starting to make me wonder if I am indeed doing it right or not.
    I see conflicting information even here on /r/keto. Some say don't worry about calories just eat more fat, others say it's critical to keep calories below X. It's hard to know what the right things to do are.
    I dunno, I'm ketoing on but disheartening is a word that perfectly describes my mood this week.

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