The keto diet has been proven to work. Thousands of people have used it to achieve weight loss and better health. Many endorse it as the most effective protocol.
That said, the body does need time to shed stubborn fat stores. However, since the diet forces your body to burn fat for fuel, it has better results than the kind of diets which rely solely on calorie or carbohydrate restriction.
You will NOT lose all your weight overnight or even in a week. In fact, it can take about 4 to 7 days for your body to become ‘keto-adapted.’ Only then will the body start burning fat. So, you will have to exercise patience.
In this article, we’ll look at 5 ways you can be pro-active in burning- off stubborn fat.
1. Exogenous ketone supplements
There is reasonable opinion that your body needs to reach a state of ketosis on its own. There are many supplements on the market claiming to induce ketosis in your body quickly.
Essentially, the choice to take supplements or not, is a personal one.
Occasionally you may slip out of ketosis, if you eat larger quantities of carbohydrates for example or if your diet is not on-point. View these times as learning curves. If you do opt for supplements, to speeden up your ketosis recovery, perhaps view it as a short-term solution towards your own end-goal.
High intensity interval training should be avoided until you’re in a state of ketosis. Initially, when your body is adjusting to the keto diet, you’ll be experiencing symptoms described as the keto flu.
Take things easy whilst your body is adapting. However, once your body is in ketosis, you should engage in high intensity training twice a week to boost your metabolism.
You’ll be burning calories at an accelerated rate and the fat will melt from your body. This is highly motivating and unbelievably powerful.
Fasting is a wonderful method to complement the keto diet. You can either practice intermittent fasting i.e: fasting for 16 hours a day and only eat during an 8-hour window. Or you can try 24-hour fasts twice a week. Or perhaps alternate days.
The longer your fasting duration is, the better your results will be. Fasting also helps to put your body in a state of ketosis.
4. Zero carb policy
While the keto diet recommends 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates daily, you can choose not to eat carbohydrates at all for 3 or 4 days a week. This will accelerate your weight loss even further and the glucose levels in your body will be low.
5. Cardio after resistance training
Adding 15 minutes of cardio, after a resistance training session, will be very effective at burning-off stubborn fat. Since you’ve depleted your glycogen during your weight training, the body will have no choice but to burn fat for fuel during your cardio programme.
Your workout will literally be a fat burning process.
These five tips will assist in getting the best from your keto diet, contributing to a journey that will be relatively rapid and rewarding.
The bottom line is follow the guidelines and stay true to the principles of a ketogenic lifestyle.
You will ‘rip’ the benefits in around 3 to 4 weeks.