4. Eat Less Protein And More Fat To Get Into Ketosis Faster
A common mistake many of us make, when trying to get our bodies into fat burning mode, is replacing the carbs we’re eating with more protein. Even if you’re eating zero carbohydrates, too much protein can prevent you from getting into nutritional ketosis.
The reason being that our body can make glucose (sugar) from protein through a process called gluconeogenesis. Eating more protein than your body requires, facilitates this process. Be particularly cautious if you’re not exercising, or possibly sitting all day while at work. Instead, maybe reach for some avocado or cheese.
How Much Protein Do I need?
A good rule of thumb is to eat 1 gram of protein per pound of your lean body (muscle) mass. Don’t spend you time calculating every piece of protein you consume. To estimate, use your palm as a reference guide. One palm sized portion of protein (meat, eggs, cheese, fish, etc.) is about 28 grams which is your approximate daily requirement.
Again, try not to hyper focus on this either. You won’t lose muscle if you eat a little less occasionally. Here’s another benefit of nutritional ketosis: while running on fat, your body doesn’t break down muscle to be used for energy.