5. Eating Hidden Carbs
Listen: Only 5 percent of your calories are coming from carbohydrates. There’s no room for error here! You need to eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds, but you also have to watch out for the hidden sugars that are in processed foods.
Food companies have become professionals at hiding carbohydrates in foods. They want you to be addicted to carbs. It’s what drives their profits! So, you need to be your own best advocate and become an expert at reading food labels.
When you buy something, see how many carbohydrates are listed in the nutrition facts, but just as importantly, look at the ingredient list to see if you can see any different names for sugars. A few include sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, lactose, barley malt, dextrose, rice syrup, maltose, agave, molasses, cane juice, fruit juice, honey, and malt syrup. These are the big ones, but they’re definitely not the only ones. If you have any doubts, don’t buy it!
When done correctly, the ketogenic diet can be a lifesaver, helping you both mentally and physically. I’ve seen this firsthand, as I discussed at length in the Ask the Expert Panel roundtable. So give it a shot, but only if you’re willing to do it right. Fix these five mistakes, and you’ll be on the right path.