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The Diet Trend Reddit Is Obsessed With (and Whether It Will Work For You)

If we know anything about dieting and losing weight it’s that though the method is extremely simple (more calories out than calories in), the execution can be incredibly difficult. So difficult, that on the extreme high end, some studies have shown that 95% of diets fail. This is true in other areas of life, to be sure. What we know we should do for ourselves is simple: exercise every day, complete all the tasks at our jobs, save money instead of spending it, quit smoking or drinking to excess — we know all the right things to do, the knowledge we lack is how to get ourselves to take the right actions. To this end, a community on Reddit has become more and more popular by working through a diet that claims to work not just because it accomplishes the simple goal every diet accomplishes (helping people eat less calories than their body expends, resulting in weight loss) but because it helps people feel satisfied enough with what their eating that they can actually stick to it. It’s called Keto and it’s basically a high fat, low carb diet. What excites most people about this is that it’s a diet you can eat bacon on. Yup. Bacon. Advocates of the diet say that by strictly avo Continue reading >>

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  1. candres

    I've tried keto three times now. The first time, I did things right and lost weight. I stopped over the holidays so I could eat delicious cakes and started up again in the new year.
    Second time, I thought I knew what I was doing and tried to cut corners. Big mistake. I was still always hungry, craving carbs, and lost no weight. Disheartening scale results for two straight months.
    Third time started last week, and I'm already feeling better. Why?
    Calories Still Matter. If you eat 3,000-4,000 calories a day, you won't lose weight, even if the foods are keto-friendly. Plug your favorite meals into MFP and adjust for your daily snacks. Know how much food you are putting into your body each day within 100-200 calories.
    Reduce Variables Lots of things can keep you out of ketosis, throw you out of ketosis, or otherwise raise your blood sugar or stop weight loss. I've ditched my Qwest bars, Coke Zeros, and Atkins deserts - artificial sweeteners can be a problem. No more ketchup, not even a little - it's a secret source of corn syrup. I'm only drinking coffee once or twice a week, because caffeine can affect weight loss. (This probably isn't necessary, but I feel much better having done it.)
    Mind your State of Mind The mental game is just as important as the physical one. Keep trying to think of food as a resource instead of a reward. Lying in bed at the end of the day and thinking about regrets? Remind yourself that you chose to be healthy today and stuck to it. This goes double on weekends/social situations, when keto is the hardest. Try not to worry about carbs in your future - if this is a lifestyle change for you, great. If you lose a bunch of weight and can do a standard diet again, great. It doesn't matter right now. That decision is months away, and you will be a different, healthier person then. Just think about today.
    Too many people think that keto is magic - you'll eat a pile of bacon and the pounds will magically slip away. It doesn't work like that. The thing that keto does that NO other diet will do is allow you to go through life eating a reduced number of calories WITHOUT being hungry all the time. This means that with a little self-discipline, weight loss is possible without feeling miserable. That's great, but it still means that you have to consciously choose reduce the amount of food that you eat. Too many people forget that step. Others never get there, because they eat too much fake sugar or 'cheat' and never even enter ketosis where their appetite shrinks. And then they give up.
    So if you're going to do this, do it right. 'cheaty keto' doesn't work.
    EDIT: A lot of people who have had success doing keto while drinking diet sodas, eating lots of Quest bars, etc. seem to think that I want them to change their habits. That is clearly not the intention of this post. If it's working for you, great, keep going and don't worry. This post is for people who decide "I want to do keto!" without realizing that other things might affect their ability to lose weight on the diet, which might cause them to give up in frustration. I'm just trying to help new folks avoid mistakes. If you're a veteran, feel free to ignore.

  2. guljk

    because caffeine can affect weight loss.
    Yes, positively. It is a stimulant.

  3. hornwort

    Came here to add this. Caffeine has loads of positive health benefits, like boosting thermogenic metabolism.

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