Learn how to quit the keto diet without gaining weight. Many people try the keto diet and have great success but eventually, they want to add carbs back and don't know how to without going overboard. If that is where you're at, this post is for you.
Last year I started working towards my fitness and nutrition certifications. Due to all of the information, I was learning; I decided to take a break from the keto diet. I have to admit that after three years of the keto lifestyle, I was scared to quit. There is so much misinformation out there about the keto diet and how it works. The truth is the keto diet is not magic. Like most restrictive diets it will likely have an expiration date for you as well.
That is one of the reasons I will be spending the month of January updating my posts on this site. I learned SO much about the body, nutrition, and fitness. Some of the things I once believed; were not scientific facts. GASP! Yes, I just admitted that I learned things about the keto diet from the "gurus" that I now realize was not accurate. That's why I never want to stop educating myself, and you shouldn't either.
I have learned that restrictive diets like keto are generally not sustainable by the average person. Heck, after three years, I realized that even I couldn't continue avoiding carbohydrates for the rest of my life.
So how do you quit keto without gaining all the weight you lost back?
How To Quit The Keto Diet Without Gaining Weight:
Start slowly and with a plan. If you've been successful and lost weight on keto, the last thing you want to do is sabotage your body with a carb fest.
The keto diet has a diuretic effect on the body, so the first weight you lose is water. When you stop doing keto, you will gain some water weight back, but it shouldn't be so much that you feel fat or bloated. If you work out, you'll likely notice that your muscles have more of a "pumped" look because some of the water is stored in your muscles. As long as your hydration levels are on point, you likely won't have to worry about a lot of water retention under the skin, which is what tends to make us feel "fat."
If you were eating a lazy keto diet the first thing, you should do add more protein to your diet. Many keto dieters don't eat enough protein. You will need to adjust your macros every two weeks. You raise your carbs and lower how much fat you are taking in.
The key to all diets and weight loss is eating at a calorie deficit. You need to eat less food than your body needs so it can use fat as fuel. Make sure you aren't eating too many calories, which leads to weight (read fat) gain. As long as your calorie range is accurate, you can manipulate your fat and carb counts in a way that best suits your eating habits.
How To Quit The Keto Diet Without Gaining Weight: An Example
Start simple: If you eat 25g of net carbs each day in fruits and veggies, add another 25g using rice, yogurt, whole grain bread, or oatmeal. This plan keeps you on a whole foods diet while also reintroducing carbs. If you add 25-50g every two weeks, you should not experience the bloating or water retention.
If my maintenance calories (the calories I need to keep my weight steady) are 1500 calories, this is a sample plan for those numbers:
Starting point: 1500 calories / 101g Protein / 25 Net carbs / 110g Fat
- Week 1: 1500 calories / 101g Protein / 50 Net Carbs / 100g Fat
- Week 3: 1500 calories / 101g Protein / 75 Net Carbs / 88g Fat
- Week 5: 1500 calories / 101g Protein / 100 Net Carbs / 77g Fat
- Week 7: 1500 calories / 101g Protein / 150 Net Carbs / 55g Fat
- Week 9: 1500 calories / 101g Protein / 200 Net Carbs / 34g Fat - This is where I would stop because I don't eat a lot of fat each day so this would fit my lifestyle.
The example above reflects being in maintenance. You can quit keto even if you still have weight to lose.
Remember, you may see some scale fluctuations at first, but as long as you are sticking to your calorie goals, you will not gain fat because of carbs. Carbs are not the devil, I promise.
Healthy Carb List of Quitting Keto:
Before you start daydreaming about carbs, remember your goals. Can you have a donut or piece of cake? Sure, but those foods are typically high in fat and carbs, which means they are high in calories and don't sustain you the way whole foods would. So be careful and make sure you don't return to the old eating habits that caused you to gain weight in the first place.
- Any Fruit (yes, all the fruits)
- Corn Tortilla
- Ezekiel Bread (in the freezer section)
- Popcorn (Air popped)
- Rice (any type)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Whole Grain Bread, Pasta, and Tortillas
I hope this helps you if you are interested in quitting keto. If you have other questions, feel free to ask them here or shoot me an email!
Good luck on your fitness journey
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