Are there foods to avoid for ketosis to happen?
It’s the question every keto diet beginner has asked, second only to “What can I eat on a keto diet?”
In order to answer those questions, we need to talk more about ketosis—what it means, what you need to do to achieve and maintain it, and what throws the whole process out of whack.
WHAT IS KETOSIS?
Ketosis is the key to losing weight with a keto meal plan, which is why understanding ketosis is so important.
Ketosis is a natural metabolic state which involves the body creating ketones out of fat and repurposing them for energy. In plain terms, ketosis is what happens when your body switches from using carbs to using fat for its energy source. It’s a great way to regulate blood sugar levels and boost weight loss—enter the keto diet as part of your new, healthy Xyngular lifestyle.
Getting your body into ketosis can be a little tricky. Staying in it can be even more tricky. The key is to keep your glucose levels as low as possible in order for your body to use fat stores as energy instead. Which means you’ve got to watch what you put in your mouth.
If you aren’t careful with what you eat, you can kick yourself out of ketosis without even realizing it.
When your glucose levels get too high or if you aren’t eating the right foods, you could end up using that glucose as energy or even breaking down muscle as energy—and you don’t want that. Plus, getting your body back into ketosis can take several days and throw off your weight loss and wellness progress.
Read on—and bookmark this page to refer back to often—for great tips on what foods to avoid for ketosis and make sure you don’t accidentally cut ketosis too short.
STICK TO THE GROCERY LIST
Luckily for you, we’ve put together a massive grocery list full of keto approved foods you can eat while following the Xyngular keto meal plan. And while the list is extensive and likely includes a good variety of things you’ve not had in your regular diet, the goal is to change your mindset about food so that your body and brain no longer crave what doesn’t fuel them properly. Remember, healthy food tastes good! So make sure it stays on the grocery list. ;)
There are many different keto proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and snack options to keep you going during your time with whichever Xyngular bundle or kit you’re using. Plus, using the resources available to you like delicious keto recipes from Xyngular will also help you stay in ketosis and ENJOY YOUR FOOD.
We’ve done all the groundwork to help you stay successful with this keto plan. Just stick with us and you’ll do great!
FOODS YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY AVOID
From breakfast to dinner to late-night snacks, you’re going to be wondering, “Are there certain foods to avoid for ketosis?” And the answer is a solid YES. But don’t let that intimidate you! Remember, you’ve got this, and we’ve got your back.
Let’s just make a deal upfront to be mindful of what foods are best to avoid when trying to achieve or maintain ketosis, and that’ll get us headed in the right path.
We’ll start with fats.
FATS TO AVOID
Even though eating fat is a key part of the ketogenic diet, don’t make the mistake of thinking any fat is good fat.
Eating foods that contain processed trans fat is never a good idea, even if you aren’t following the keto meal plan. Trans fats have been linked to an increase in bad cholesterol, a decrease in good cholesterol, as well as heart disease and stroke.
Trans fats can be found in many of the commonly used and very processed dressings and spreads, like margarine and vegetable shortening. Refined oils like corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, and canola oil are some of the top fats to avoid for ketosis. But it’s not just those singular products you need to avoid—you also have to be on the lookout for fried foods and baked goods that contain those types of fats and oils so that you don’t run into the trans fats that can so easily lead to a carb overload and weight gain.
That’s the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish with ketosis!
Instead, opt for healthy fats found in foods like avocado and fatty fish such as salmon or trout. You can also choose butter, ghee, olive, and avocado oil when cooking or baking on the keto diet.
PROTEINS TO AVOID
While protein will make up about 25% of your keto diet, not every source of protein is one you should reach for.
Processed meats or meat products are foods to avoid for ketosis. Most of them contain excess sugar as well as starch that turns into glucose and can kick your body out of the fat-burning process. That means you’ll want to stay away from hot dogs, deli meats, and processed sausages, and bacon with added sugar.
The added sugar is important to watch out for. A lot of pork products, like the sausage and bacon we talked about as well as prepared pulled pork, will have extra sugar that will end ketosis sooner than you think.
Other proteins to avoid for ketosis:
- Breaded meats
- Sugary yogurts
- Super lean meats (unless you add a good dose of healthy fat elsewhere!)
VEGETABLES TO AVOID
Vegetables are included in the keto meal plan—though less so than the low carb diet. But, as you’re learning with all foods, not all vegetables are created equal.
Some of the foods to avoid for ketosis are actually vegetables! Some veggies have particularly high amounts of carbs and starch, which then turn into sugar when digested. So you’ll likely be saying goodbye to ketosis if you indulge in many of the garden goodies that grow underground like potatoes, yams, and parsnips. Even carrots and beets are ones you have to be careful with. Corn is another starchy food to avoid for ketosis as well.
It’s also best to keep beans and legumes out of the picture too, as they are also high in carbs.
That may feel like an exhaustive list but don’t worry—there are a ton of vegetables that you can still eat in moderation on the keto diet. Think in terms of leafy greens, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, Brussels sprouts, and peppers, and then you’ll stop fearing the list of foods to avoid for ketosis.
DAIRY TO AVOID
Not all dairy products are the enemy of ketosis!
Fatty cheeses, heavy cream, cream cheese, ghee, and cottage cheese are your friends during ketosis, but milk needs to be consumed in moderation. Many kinds of milk have sugar added to them, making it easy to drink too much and kick your body out of fat-burning mode. Just make sure to check the nutrition labels and keep your consumption low.
Ice cream and sweetened yogurts are, of course, on the no-no list. Even though they can be great sources of fat, the sugar content is extremely high.
Oh, and when we mentioned cheese was safe, let us clarify—you should still stay away from shredded cheeses as potato starch is often added to them to keep the product from sticking together. Hidden ingredients like that are always something to be on the lookout for.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
This list of course does not contain every food to avoid for ketosis. We encourage you to do your own research, too! But remember, focus on the good, healthy foods that fuel your body the right way and you’ll be on your way to success with the keto diet. Plus, you’ve got a lot of help to guide you every step of the way.
Chat with your Xyngular Distributor or other Xyngular community members on social media for encouragement, tips, and support. You’ve also got your resource pages and Nutrition Guide to provide you with valuable information!
And, if you follow the food suggestions and meal plan in your Xyngular keto guide book, you can maximize your opportunity for success.
WHAT IS THE XYNGULAR KETO MEAL PLAN?
The Xyngular Keto Meal Plan is the most helpful guide to staying on track with your Xyngular and keto weight loss and health goals. It includes sample keto meals and snacks that perfectly align with your macros and enhance the power of your Xyngular bundle or kit. It also includes helpful keto tips, a massive list of keto-approved foods, and even more options for a higher-calorie keto meal plan.
The idea is to make it as easy as possible for you to get into that fat-burning realm of ketosis and stay there while your body sheds unwanted pounds and reaches new levels of healthy energy.
And when you kick off your Xyngular Keto Meal Plan with an 8-Day Jumpstart, you’re putting yourself in the best position to reset your body and get it ready for healthy weight loss.
Fire Up Ketosis With An 8-Day Jumpstart
Before diving into your Xyngular bundle or kit, jumpstart ketosis with our 8-Day Jumpstart to really kick this new health journey off right on the right foot.
The 8-Day Jumpstart guide will help you zero in on your Xyngular kit and healthy, delicious keto foods while cutting out the foods to avoid for ketosis. It will aid in resetting your metabolism, making it easier for you to feel full while still losing weight. We’re talking up to 15 pounds in just eight days with the Jumpstart kit by your side!*
Sometimes it’s the difficulty of losing those first several pounds that keeps us from really committing to a new and healthy lifestyle. We often need to see results in order to stay motivated! And that’s where the awesome habits you’ll build up in these first eight days of weight loss will carry you through the important but slower progress you’ll continue to make later on.
UNDERSTANDING KETO VS LOW CARB DIETS
Still not sure that the keto diet is the one for you? Many beginners wonder about the differences between the keto diet and a low carb diet, so you’re not alone there. And honestly, the only right answer is going to be the one that works best for the lifestyle you’re ready to commit to and what your health goals are.
Here are some helpful ways to distinguish between the two diets:
- The diets’ macro requirement percentages are different. With a keto diet, you’ll be consuming 70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% carbs. Compare that to around 40-50% fat, 40-50% protein, and 10-20% carbs for a low carb diet.
- Because of the high-fat content in a keto diet, many people supplement their meals with “fat bombs” in order to reach their daily intake.
- Because of the stricter carb limits on a keto diet, vegetables are a less prevalent part of the meal plan than with low carb.
- A keto diet requires staying in a state of ketosis for the diet to work which means no cheat meals or days like on many low carb diets.
Again, which diet you choose is a matter of preference and your own realistic goals and plans. If you know you can meet the requirements of a keto diet, you will absolutely love the health and wellness benefits that result from sticking with it. And with Xyngular by your side, there’s no reason to think you can’t!
Together, we got this.
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