Assuming that people are wrong when stressed about Keto not working is a big turnoff.
Of course, friendly advice on being careful about hidden carbs is good. But in my opinion “tracking macros” doesn’t work for most people, without burnout or without developing a serious eating disorder.
Unless you eat the same thing daily, I can’t imagine fiddling with a stupid app to tell me the macros I’m eating, then being frustrated that I can’t find the food I’m searching for and struggling to make a reasonable guess. Successful diets are those that can fit into a person’s life and tracking macros doesn’t fit, as we’ve got better things to do.
It’s much better IMO to classify foods as:
- OK in unlimited quantities
- OK-ish, but in moderation
- not OK
Took me 2-3 weeks to figure out which is which. Still learning, but you basically get a list of keto friendly foods and start from there.
It’s not rocket science though. You only need to read the label. All labels are required to state the nutritional content.
Also if you have a blood glucose meter you can test your reaction to foods that you’re not sure of.
If I’m going to answer no, would that mean I’m not doing keto?
How would I know? Do people need to do expensive medical tests to get on Keto? I hope not. I don’t even think I can find such a clinic where I live now.
It would actually be easier for me to get ketone blood test strips and measure if I’m actually in nutritional ketosis.
I don’t understand that. Do you mean Keto should be 5% carbs? Keto is up to 20 or 25 grams of carbs daily. Some people can tolerate up to 50 grams of carbs, but between 0 and 25 is the maximum we all should be striving for, because our own tolerance to foods and the metabolic rate depend on a lot of variables and vary over time. You can do 10 grams or 15 grams tops by measuring your reaction to food, which isn’t hard to do.
A “well formulated ketogenic diet” does not deal with carbs as percentages.
You don’t have to feel, a glucose monitor can tell you that and it’s pretty cheap.