Interested in losing weight with the ketogenic diet? Well, you’re not alone. Tons of people are adopting this way of eating to improve their fitness and health.

But some aren’t having success because of common myths floating around. And some are just doing it all wrong. So to avoid making the same pitfalls, we put together this list of 8 keto diet tips to help you along.

Let’s take a look.

1. Focus On the Right Things

Not all diets are the same – some focus on calorie counting and others on what time of day you eat. With the keto diet, it’s not so much about counting calories. Yet, those who are on the ketogenic diet do tend to lose weight because they’re consuming fewer calories (without even realizing).

But it doesn’t really matter about how much carbs and fat you cut out of your daily meals. The key to keto diet success is to eat enough food so that you’re full but still be in a calorie deficit. This is the only way to truly burn off your own fat.

This is why it’s recommended that you eat foods rich in proteins and fiber. Avoid calorie-dense processed foods as well. If you’re more satisfied after meals, you’re less likely to overeat and gain weight.

2. Drink Lots of Water

This goes for any diet you’re on. Without water, you’re not able to digest properly and push out the excess trash that can turn into fat. So as a rule of thumb, you want to begin your day with 16 oz of water.

This way, your body can rehydrate right away and jumpstart its natural cycles. It’ll also help with your metabolism. Make sure that you continue to drink water throughout the day – roughly half your body weight in ounces.

For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, then you should be drinking 100 oz of water daily.

3. Get a Good Workout Routine

Nope, there’s no way around it – exercise is an integral part of weight loss, no matter the diet you’re on. If anyone tells you that dieting alone is enough to knock off all the fat you’re trying to lose, then ask for the science to back their claims.

As for the ketogenic diet, working out is a must. You can use any form of exercise you want, but HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is shown to knock off fat quickly. And the beauty of it is that you don’t have to workout for hours.

Just a 25 minute routine with a warm up and cool down is all that’s required.

4. Reduce Your Stress Levels

Sure, this is easier said than done for some people. But even those with hectic lives can find relief if they try hard enough to fit it into their schedule. Stress is a killer and can cause you to gain weight. This is because it releases a hormone called cortisol, which raises your blood sugar levels and packs on fat around your midsection.

There are various ways you can reduce the stress in your life. For instance, you can create a better work schedule so you have more free time to relax. Try using apps to help boost your productivity so overtime isn’t necessary.

Listening to calming music, meditating, and taking a nap can also help.

5. Make Sleep a Priority

Speaking of naps, getting a proper amount of sleep each day is a must so you can reduce stress hormone levels, which can prevent your body from going into fat-burning mode.

Studies show you should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. And it doesn’t hurt to get a nap in during the middle of the day if possible.

It’s important to find a place that’s chilly and dark so you can easily fall into a deep, restorative sleep.

6. Stick to Foods and Ingredients On the Keto List

The foods that you’ll find in the keto diet are very low in carbohydrates. It’s recommended that you keep your carb intake down to 25g-35g per day. This will help promote ketosis.

Some of the foods on the list include fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, hard cheeses, butter, leafy greens, coconut oil, stevia, monk fruit, berries, avocado, nuts, and seeds.

The foods you want to keep out of your meals include apples, oranges, bananas, potato, honey, maple syrup, and grains. If you’d like more info on the keto diet foods list, then you can go here.

There’s nothing like being around others who eat the same as you. You won’t have to worry about naysayers and bad influencers trying to get you to go off your diet plan.

Hanging out with the wrong crowd is a quick way to find yourself in trouble with your keto diet success. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to drop your friends who aren’t on the diet.

However, it does mean you should find some to hang out with, especially when it comes to going out to eat.

8. Prep for the “Keto Flu”

When you first embark on a new diet, it’s like going through a detox. You’ll get symptoms of a cold or flu, among other things. This includes sugar cravings, stomach aches, nausea, cramping, confusion, dizziness, and irritability.

You’ll also undergo a rapid loss of minerals and water, which is the reason behind your symptoms.

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How People with High IQs Think (Practical Examples)

You don’t have to be the Einstein of our generation to be successful. But in some companies and institutions, IQ has a tendency to correlate to qualities they value, hence the kind of people they seek and want to work with. IQ tests directly measure your ability to correctly identify patterns and logic problems under a time limit.

Those skills have a significant correlation to other skills that we value in a 21st century, post-industrial economy. It correlates with the ability learn complex concepts, learn to think critically, learn to identify opportunities etc.

IQ is probably overrated today. We place way to much value on IQ, and take it as being far more meaningful than it is.

These are two practical examples (from Calvin and Raffaele) of how people with high 1Qs think (from a social, intellectual, and practical point of view). How they perceive everyday interactions and situations. They originally shared these experiences on reddit.

1. Calvin Chopra, An inquisitive autodidact

I tested about 4 months back; my IQ was 150. My Myers Briggs Test Type (MBTI) is INTJ and I am 17 years old.

Socially: It is pretty screwed up. I can’t get along with kids in my school or other people around me. Also, it is an INTJ characteristic that people perceive me as arrogant; in fact I am very humble. I tend to be the silent one. I don’t talk much and sometimes I am shy.

I don’t talk to people in my age group, but instead have friends who are older than me. I also don’t believe in small talk; I don’t want people calling me unless it is extremely important and I think a real conversation is better any day.

However, When I am with like-minded people or in a place where I can discuss  ideas, I am good socially and I consider myself to be an ambivert contrary to the MBTI test. I am swift then. Also, I am good at reading people’s expressions and know what they are thinking about, but sometimes I don’t even know that they are listening to me.

I despise smartphones, any and every form of communication. I don’t use my smartphone quite a lot and I might switch to a feature phone. Also, I permanently deleted my facebook account after joining Quora. I don’t keep up with my old buddies.

Intellectually: At an early age, I discovered that I was passionate about robotics and computers. Also I am a voracious reader. I read, think and talk about subjects ranging from Neuroscience to metaphysics.

I am good at school now. I love to be intellectually engaged. I have a hard time doing dull work, but I motivate myself and do work well. As for music, I find solace in classical works of Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and the likes.

The dark side of this intellectual prowess is that I sometimes have to deal with analysis paralysis and I tend to over-plan things. I think and worry a lot, sometimes. Other times I get lost in my imagination; when I am inactive I tend to do thought experiments and try to analyze or build things in my mind.

Creativity: My mind has an inclination towards abstraction; I would study the fundamental nature of something, make assumptions and inferences and would try to build an abstract model. I would then try to use that model. That is why I love robotics.

I love to work on abstract stuff; I would do stuff with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning and then use these domains to develop robots. Abstraction and Application, I work on these constantly.

Practicality: I was a strong idealist earlier; now I believe that practicality and idealism should go hand in hand. With my idealistic mind, I made many mistakes. I learnt from those mistakes and take my decisions wisely now.

I analyze the situations I am in, anticipate outcomes and know what will be beneficial for me. I do not have the Dunning Kruger effect, I know what I am good at, I know what I am bad at and I know that I don’t know much.

Procrastination: If I don’t have a plan, I will procrastinate, a lot. I need to make a plan a night before. That is the only way I can be productive. I don’t really need to be motivated to do something; having a purpose is enough. The next best thing would be a plan.

Although I don’t follow a plan rigidly but I keep working on things till bed time. I constantly make day logs and edit my plan, and I have a good work ethic. I am a non-conformist and brutally rational. I do not care about what others think about me, but I do not harm them either. If my apathy harms them, then I am in a dilemma.

[Note: Whatever I am or whatever I think, I do not attribute it to my IQ. Whatever I have achieved is by devoting time and effort in order to enhance my skills.

I believe regardless whether your IQ is 100 or 140, you can achieve solely by practicing and improving your skills; a priori intelligence is just because of genes and environment. You can be anything you want.

Also, People cannot be compared; there might be millions of people intelligent than you, millions dumber than you. If you want to get ahead embrace who you are. Be unique, do something only you can and discover your real potential.]

2. Raffaele Tranquillini, 16-year old student, programmer

Sorry for my English, my native language is Italian and actually I am 16 year old, so still learning. Even if I am not 160 or more, I have taken a few reliable IQ tests in the past and obtained scores between 145 and 150 in all. I’ll try to give a detailed answer to this question.

Notice: additional factors may influence this answer. I am an INTP on MBTI personality scale and I’m left handed (I’m not sure, but this may influence)

Childhood: in short, I was a strange child. At the kindergarden I used to look always behind the computers to see how cables were connected; I learnt reading and writing when I was three, and my kindergarten nannies remember me that I was extremely lively (too lively, sincerely), very good at puzzles that were designed for elder children, and that I used to talk always about things like gizmos, mechanical systems, possible projects using windmills and things like that.

In addition, I was not extroverted and not very friendly to my mates and teachers (that I now love for accepting me for how strange I was even when, often, I was completely crazy). At the primary school, the situation was different.

I got bullied very very often both from schoolmates and teachers, that, in a school of the peripheral area of a city, hated me because I was smarter than other children.

They used to put the blame on me for everything that happened in my class, they lied to my parents about things that, for they, I did (they were serious things, so my parents didn’t believe me) because they were just envious, exactly like my classmates.

Now I don’t like children and I hate everything related to the period of primary school, because it remembers me all that bullying of teachers and classmates.

The only positive aspects is that this experience taught me not only to respect everyone and avoid bullying, but to be always as generous and correct as possible with other people in order to avoid they made the same bad experiences.

Social skills: they were quite poor, but in the time with my very analytic behaviour I learned how the “society algorithm” works, and I am in some things even more able than normal people, because I don’t do anything in a spontaneous way in social occasions, and instead I know how to simulate well an emotion or another. However, there are still many points where this “algorithm” I learned doesn’t work, and that translates in social difficulties.

Everyday life: the main difference is that I see patterns everywhere. Patterns and algorithms. In addition, I am usually really fast in thinking logically, and when I speak I usually try in my head in 1/10 of second 4-5 different sentences and choose the best one (something not the best for that situation, though).

Then often I figure out many different solutions in a very short time to a problem, including the solution that I think will be the wrong one but the one that the others will choose, and I can’t explain the right one.

Often people tell me that my solution is wrong and I am stubborn, but I know it is correct, and after hours they will notice I was right. In addition, I always talk very very fast to keep up with my thoughts.

Other aspects of social life: I often feel alone among the people. I am between them, but I feel separated by a wall that isolates me on a place that is just physically near the people around me. They don’t understand me. They misunderstand me (in a bad way).

I feel as I had some sort of veil that doesn’t let me interact with them. And nobody believes me if I try to explain that. (This is one of the the many symptoms of Asperger’s I have… But I’m almost sure it’s also the IQ)

Interests: my mind is very good in some directions and very wrak in others. For instance, I am not good at maths (high school maths is IMO boring and I don’t want to study it) except for the very small part of it involving logical thinking.

I am very good at writing, but my main, obsessive hobby is programming. I love it, and I am programmer since I was 8. I love it because it’s good to use my logic. I’ve always been very bad at sport. Especially, I have never had coordination. I love quiet places, and I need to walk alone in quiet places for some kilometers every day to relax.

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