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What You Should Know About Exercising on a Keto Diet

If you’re like most people who are currently on the ketogenic diet or considering embarking on it, then you’re more concerned about its weight loss benefits. Weight loss is effectively achieved with a strategic combination of diet and exercise. 

Your body undergoes some changes during a keto diet as it adjusts to burning fat as fuel instead of carbohydrate while this may be quite advantageous to you in many ways (lesser blood sugar swings and increased energy, your body may need a more specific approach to exercising.

Here are some things you should know about working out while you’re on a keto diet;

  • Peak power and endurance may be reduced, especially during high-intensity workouts. This is mostly because the keto diet focuses on burning fat as the main source of energy instead of carbohydrate. During movements, muscles naturally immediate fuel source during intense activities like weight lifting. Studies have shown that a standard keto diet may not as efficient for supplying the body with the optimal energy needed for exercising. 
  • You’ll burn more fat during your workouts. A standard keto diet may not be the best source of energy for activities that involve short bursts of energy; it can be a great way to burn fat through low-intensity workouts. It’s even possible that you may not be losing fat, although you’re burning a load of it during a workout. This can be as a result of you consuming more fat than you end up losing in your activities. 
  • Your body will burn more calories. It’s been found that the body burns more calories when it’s the main source of energy that has been switched from carbohydrates to fat. However, you should note that fats contain denser calories (nine calories per gram) than carbs(four calories in a gram).
  • A ketogenic diet is more suited for maintenance than the increase in muscle mass. This is true because of the low-carb and low-protein nature of keto diets that make it more difficult for the body to achieve the goal of gaining muscle mass.

Conclusion

One important thing to note is that you will not feel as energetic as usual while you’re on a keto diet. This is especially true during the early stages, where your body slowly gets adjusted to the high-fat diet. 

If you’re an athlete on the keto diet, you can check out a variation of the keto diet that supplies the energy that your body will need for high-intensity workouts. Otherwise, you can stick to low-intensity activities that are also great for maintaining muscle mass. Don’t forget to consult your doctor before going on any diet of any kind.

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