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How To Stop Craving Carbs In A Keto-Diet

Its very common to have food cravings when you are starting the keto diet. There are a lot of reasons for that. The most common one is that your body is still used to running on glucose! While your body is adopting to keto, you are limiting glucose but your body still do not have the full mechanism of producing or utilizing ketones. This leaves your body a bit confused as to where to get its fuel. The result? Carbs cravings.

Be patient, your body needs around 3 – 10 days to make the switch. Once the switch is made, you are likely to find that you no longer experience food cravings or even hunger. In this article we want to help you reach ketosis with comfort, here are some important tips to take into consideration to remove carbs cravings.

Your Last Meal of The Day

Stop eating at least 4 hours before you are planning to sleep. Your last meal must include high fat, moderate protein, and extremely low carbohydrates. Make sure to not skip this meal as it will feed your body throughout the night and you will wake up with less craving. 

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Your Fat Intake 

Keto diet is all about converting your body fuel source to fat. If you are not replacing the reduced carbs calories with adequate fat calories, the craving will increase, and you will find yourself always hungry. You should aim for at least 70% of your daily intake to be from healthy good fat.  

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Your Protein Intake

Protein help keep your blood sugar regulated and add a sense of satiety (1). Always aim to eat protein with every meal. Your protein intake should be around 20% - 25% of your daily over all calories. 

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You Are Not Eating Enough

In the early days of you adopting the keto diet (the first week), make sure to not go long hours without eating. Always have a snack ready and accessible.

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You Are Eating Non-Keto Food

When you are starting, do not eat any food that is not keto-friendly. Your body is desperately looking for carbs and this can set you back from stepping into ketosis for another 24-48 hours. If you haven’t received our Approved Keto Friendly Food List yet, please click HERE to put yourself on track. 

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You Are Not Sleeping Enough

Sleep deprivation is linked directly to sweet craving. If you do not get enough sleep your body’s hunger hormones get confused and imbalanced. In fact, research shows that just one night of sleep deprivation can increase levels of the hormone Ghrelin, which is responsible for appetite and hunger (2).

Stepping Into Ketosis

The good news is, after you step into ketosis, your craving will literally disappear and you will start reaping the many health benefits of ketosis. Find out how to overcome some of the ketogenic diet side effects over here

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