As most know, the keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet that is used to manage type 2 diabetes, while others use it for weight-loss purposes. If you've been following the keto diet for some time but haven't reaped any of the benefits — weight loss, better energy, and lower blood sugar levels — you're probably making this common mistake.
Nutrition scientist Catherine Metzgar, PhD, RD, who is on the clinical team at Virta Health, spoke with POPSUGAR and explained that people often don't achieve nutritional ketosis because they're consuming too much protein. Protein has a moderate insulin-stimulating effect that can interfere with ketone production when you have too much, preventing ketosis.
Instead of always opting for snacks full of protein when you're hungry, the Virta Health team recommends eating five servings of nonstarchy vegetables throughout the day. By doing so, you will be fuller longer and will be able to achieve ketosis.