• 5 months ago

    How do I know if I doing the Keto Diet right?

    So I'm 15 and I've got over 20% body fat with quite a belly. That's been my main insecurity for the longest time and last week I took on the ketogenic diet. I count my calories and take note of the food I eat on MyFitnessPal and over the last week my average macros were 10% carbs, ~55% fat and 35% protein. I usually eat around 2000 calories a day and I stay below 50 grams of carbs. However the average amount of carbs I've eaten over the past week is about 40g. It's very hard for me to be consistent with my carb intake because my mom, who is the cook of the house, loves variety and it's hard for me to know how many carbs I eat from every dish. I know it's only been a week but I only plan on doing this for a month and I'm eager to know if I'm doing it right. I know that there's a way to find out (something about ketogenic strips that test your piss), but I don't think that's necessary. I just wanna know if 40g a day is good enough to see satisfactory results in another 2-3 weeks. Thanks!

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: How do I know if I doing the Keto Diet right?

    You can't do Keto for a month sweetheart. You need a dietitian to do keto right. Besides you're too young to do keto.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: How do I know if I doing the Keto Diet right?

    I agree with Anonymous, too young. Keto diet is 70% fat, 25% proteins and 5% carbs and you have to be very precise in order to get results, it takes few weeks for the body to adapt to the new diet and you should stick to it for life. But be aware, if you want to get off the keto diet, the body will start storing food as fat with a new diet.

    I'd suggest to get a meal strategy with food you like at newebee.com
      • 4 months ago
        Well this is my 19th day on this diet and I've lost 4kg so far, from 20.9% body fat to 17%. My muscle mass hasn't decreased too much, only 0.4kg. I think this is working but I'll take your last few sentences to account. I'm doing 55% fat, 35% protein and 10% carb, so I guess that's not too bad. Thanks anyway
  • 4 months ago

    RE: How do I know if I doing the Keto Diet right?

    For purposes of losing weight I believe that the Keto diet is unnecessarily extreme. I can only speak from my own experience. But when I was exactly your age I found the Atkins Diet to be ideal. And it worked for me -- long term (I am 71 presently) , with no adverse health effects at all.
    Its main goals were to initially get carbs down to as as close to zero as possible, and then slowly, over the next few weeks (or months), raising the amount of carbs, as you see how it affects your weight loss. Its much more the number of grams of carbs that matters - not the total percentage of calories. In the beginning even 40 grams of carbs may be too much for some individuals to see immediate weight loss.
    And you WILL lost weight on Atkins - quickly, with zero hunger pangs, while still having plenty of energy. And there are plenty of Atkins recipes and food ideas that your mom could use in preparing your meals (perhaps separately?). I would also suggest taking some good quality / daily multi-vitamin & mineral tablets. And use stevia, a natural no carb sweetener instead of sugar- if desired.
    But I stress that you must monitor your carb intake and what you're eating (see the diet for specifics on what to avoid and what to embrace) . I myself never used those strips for the Atkins diet but in your case they may be a useful tool and guide.
    However for anyone with an overweight problem I would caution this:
    Don't think of staying a diet - any diet- "for a month" as you say. It will just be wasted time & effort as you will gain it all back eventually. Not only is yo-yo dieting rough on your system, it's also rough on your self-esteem and will-power as well.
    That's why a diet such as Atkins (which is relatively easy to maintain & very satisfying) needs to be a long term change in your dietary habits, which is the only way to go. Good luck.
      • 4 months ago
        Wow thanks for the info, but I've recently been seeing results myself from my diet! I've lost 4.2kg in 19 days and I'm gonna keep this going until I get below 14% body fat (I'm 17% now). I get what you mean about going on a diet for a month. Im doing this temporarily because I want to go back to a balanced diet after. But there is no doubt that I'll go back to this sort of diet later in life. I'll keep this Atkins diet in my head, seems interesting and less extreme than Keto