Being on a ketogenic diet can make things a lot easier for you and your lifestyle when done correctly.
For most, the keto diet is appealing because it allows you to lose weight without ever having to do a workout.
I understand why this sounds so great. Lose weight without having to push yourself to the limits at the gym at any time.
However, I know that some of you aren’t the type to take things that easy. You may want to be active and change even more things about your life.
Is it a good idea to workout when you’re on this diet? Will it even benefit you to workout when you’re in ketosis?
A lot of people understand the basics of working out, like eating carbs provides you with the energy your body may need for the workout.
Being on a ketogenic diet forces you to restrict your carb intake. So, what are you going to do for energy? Your body can’t just run off fumes, right?
Your body isn’t going to just find random energy out of nowhere. There has to be some kind of fuel in your body for you to have a successful workout.
Having this as a concern is very reasonable. You’ve been so used to hearing how you need to do a certain thing to fuel your body and now you’re being told to do something completely different.
Luckily, the keto diet is going to help you fuel your body in other ways.
Once you’ve done everything you can to get your body into ketosis, the rest is relatively easy.
When your body doesn’t have carbs or sugars to use as fuel, the next thing it looks for is fat. Any excess fat that you have on your body is going to start being burned off since your body needs that extra bit of fuel.
The issue of having needing carbs for fuel is no longer going to be a worry for you.
You Can Still Have Carbs
Earlier when I said you’ll be restricted on carbs doesn’t mean that you will have to cut carbs completely from your diet. That is a near impossibility. It’s also impractical because your body does need some carbs to continue to function properly.
When it comes to working out, you’re going to be allowed more carbs than the average keto user. This is because you’ll be burning a lot more resources when you do workout compared to that of somebody that is choosing the less active route.
This will become easier and easier for you once you get the hang of things with the ketogenic diet. Your body will be in ketosis and start burning through the little carbs you eat faster during your workout.
It’s important that you do what you can to modify your macros accordingly so that you don’t overdo it with the carbs.
While In Ketosis
Being in ketosis means that your body has finally become a fat burner.
This is significant, especially when you’re an active person.
As I mentioned before, your body is going to look to burn the carbs and sugars first when you’re working out. Once all of that is used up, your body must look for fats if it wants to continue to fuel itself.
There should still be very little concerns about being able to make it through your workout. Your body will be producing ketones at an alarming rate and this will provide you with more than enough energy to finish any workout you do.
If you’ve been on a keto diet for at least a few weeks, you should be in an extended state of ketosis. This means that your body is finally at the point where it should be burning fat instead of sugar.
For beginners that are just starting the ketogenic diet, those first few workouts are going to be more difficult than usual because your body is adjusting to the significant changes it’s starting to make. If you’re able to stay patient and work through the tough workouts, you’ll be feeling more normal in a weeks time.
Naturally, when you start to workout, your metabolism is going to speed up. This means that your body is going to burn food much faster than usual.
When you burn food faster, you need to consume food more often to keep your body fueled.
Because of how fast your body is starting to burn food, you’re going to possibly feel the need to eat more. Yes, you might be eating more than the average keto user, but this does not mean you need to eat tons more.
When active people don’t see any significant weight loss while on the ketogenic diet, it’s because they are eating too much.
It can be an easy habit to fall into. You workout hard, you feel hungry after, so you give your body what you think it needs. This can easily lead to overdoing it with the food.
Ketogenic diets lay out the macros that you’re supposed to eat on a daily basis. Even when you’re very active, the macros are there for a reason. Don’t go away from your macros. They were calculated very carefully to help you reach whatever goal you set for yourself.
Quicker Fat Loss
It’s important that you are ready for significant weight loss. You can drop a great amount of weight in a matter of days when you’re working out on a keto diet.
When you’re putting the right foods in your system, your body is going to reward you, especially when you’re working out.
Accelerating the weight loss process is something that all active people want to see.
If you do the right things and stay within your macros, your body is going to shed fat like a machine.
If you’ve ever heard a rumor that said your performance will suffer on this diet, it’s wrong. Maybe for the first couple days, you’ll see a slight drop in performance. After that, you’ll probably be outperforming your pre keto self.
After giving your boy time to adapt to its new lifestyle, you’ll be feeling even more energetic and ready. All of your workouts are going to seem a little easier than before.
This is a natural process that happens when you start performing better and better. You’ll feel like you have more energy and are willing to attack each workout.
No More Concerns
If you really want to combine a keto diet and working out, I encourage it. I’m all for people wanting to improve themselves in any way they can.
Combining working out and a keto diet is only going to speed up the fat loss process and help you reach your goals much faster than usual.
Stay strict with the macros because, in the end, that is the most important aspect of the diet regardless of how active you are. Your macros can change slightly as well if you’re constantly changing your activity level.
Lose more fat and be happier.
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