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Gaining Weight on Keto?

November 12, 2020

weight loss on keto

It's not a secret that a lot of people switch to the keto diet to lose weight. And it becomes very frustrating when the weight not only does not go down but sometimes increases. Why is this happening?

The most common reason - a caloric surplus. We increase the consumption of fat when adapting to keto, and with nine calories per each gram of fat, it's relatively easy to overdo it with the calories. Watching your macros is great, but you should not forget to watch your calories as well. No matter what kind of diet you follow, you can only lose weight if you consume fewer calories than burn.

Protein surplus may also contribute to this issue. When you consume too much protein, your body may kick off the gluconeogenesis process, i.e., it will turn excess protein into glucose. Remember, the optimal amount of protein in your diet should be around 25%.

Another cause of not losing weight on keto could be an imbalance of minerals. As a result, your body won't let the cells to release water, and the weight will stay the same or even go up.

Finally, stress is a huge factor when it comes to not losing weight. Under stress, the human body will produce excessive amounts of cortisol (stress hormone), which also contributes to holding water in the cells and results in not losing weight.

Speaking of stress, a lot of it is usually caused by expecting results that are not coming as fast as we want. No need to stress out about it - the results take different time for everyone, the most important thing is not to give up and keto on!

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