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The keto diet is all about loading up on fats and proteins and limiting the carbs you consume in order to retrain the way your body burns fat.
The whole goal of the keto diet is to get into a state of ketosis. During ketosis, your liver produces ketones, which then become the main source of energy for your body.
So, without going all tech-crazy on you, simply stated: instead of your body burning carbs for fuel, it will now burn fat for fuel.
If you are just starting the keto diet, figuring out which foods to eat can be kind of intimidating. Some of the foods that you think are low in carbs could actually be full of them, therefore, halting your progress of getting into ketosis. So I decided to share with you a list of foods you should avoid while on the keto diet.
I myself was on the keto diet for about a year and with meal-prepping, focus and determination, I was able to lose 60 lbs!
I am proof that if you stick with it, you can definitely get the weight off!
8 FOODS TO AVOID WHILE ON THE KETO DIET
If you knew me, you would know that I have an obsession with bread and butter! When I started the keto diet, I had such a hard time giving up my bread! However, with baby steps, I was able to eliminate the bread from my diet.
If you must have bread, there are alternative options such as cloud bread and cauliflower bread.
Pasta is another obsession of mine! I love my fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti and lasagna with my Texas Toast. Do you see a pattern here with me?
Sorry, but you cannot have pasta on the keto diet either.
The alternative option here is veggie noodles. They now sell these in grocery stores but I found that it was just as easy (and less expensive) to make my own with a spiralizer.
They are super easy to make and the only real difference I could tell was the texture. That wasn’t a make or break decision for me though because the noodles basically take on the flavor of whatever they are being served with anyway. And of course, veggies are much healthier for you than pasta.
Right there with bread and pasta, potatoes are also to be avoided while on the keto diet. These starchy vegetables are full of carbs that will prevent you from going into ketosis.
Healthier alternatives are kale, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and cauliflower.
This one should go without saying but you would be surprised!
Cakes, cookies, chips and candy are all no-no’s while on the keto diet. These foods are full of carbs AND sugar that may satisfy your sweet tooth but also keep the pounds on.
Healthier options are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. They contain little carbs and are very healthy for you.
We are all super busy these days but processed foods are not the way to go while trying to get into ketosis. They are full of preservatives and artificial ingredients that aren’t good for you.
Consider meal prepping so that you always have a healthy meal or snack readily available.
Again, sodas and juices are full of artificial flavors, preservatives and sugar that will halt your weight loss.
Lemon water is an excellent choice if you have issues digesting plain water (like me)! It is healthy for you and provides a ton of health benefits!
This one is kind of tricky. I consumed no alcohol the first 3 months in when I was on the keto diet and was losing consistently. I then started to get a little lax and added a glass of wine maybe twice a week and STILL lost consistently.
You can try adding a glass of wine a week but stay far away from the sugary drinks!
Grains such as rice, oatmeal and quinoa should be avoided while on the keto diet. They are extremely high in carbs and will halt your weight loss.
Healthier alternatives are cauliflower rice and broccoli rice. Both of which are pretty good!
Although this isn’t a complete list of foods that should be avoided, it is a start. It can be difficult to navigate the keto diet when you have no idea what you should or shouldn’t be eating.
Also keep in mind that the keto diet is a LOW CARB diet, not a NO CARB diet. Eating carbs (good carbs) in moderation is ok, just don’t overdo it.