Episode Download: Low Protein Meal Options
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If you’ve researched keto in the slightest, surely you’ve heard that eating too much protein can kick some hopeful ketoers right out of ketosis. But eating only moderate amounts of protein on a keto diet is only half the battle for some people following a keto plan. Watch this video to learn the other reason that seemingly innocent 3rd macro could be keeping you from finding success on your keto plan and 3 tricks you can use to help you thrive on your keto diet.
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So we’ve all heard that big G word when we researched keto. It’s pronounced glu-co-neo-gen-isis for those of you who’ve read it, but never tried to say it out loud. It’s definitely a tongue twister, so I don’t blame you if you refuse to even try to pronounce it.
Basically, the big G word that’s difficult to pronounce is a process whereby your body converts excess protein into sugar. Since we’re keto, we don’t want excess sugar! While a little bit of gluconeogenisis is necessary for our brains to get the glucose it requires to function, too much of a good thing can kick some hopeful ketoers right out of ketosis.
This is sometimes especially the case for people who are very insulin resistant or those ketoers who are not especially active. If you’re attempting a keto diet and not finding the results you want, sometimes lowering your protein is the only thing you may need to do.
However, that’s not the only problem with protein when it comes to a keto diet! Here’s where I’m about to get all doom and gloom on you!
Before I clue you into the other reason, let me know in the comments if you have to monitor your protein to find keto success. Like I said before, this is a macro that varies per person…so I’d love to hear where you stand on protein.
Let’s get back to that other reason protein could be wreaking havoc on your plan.
It’s estimated somewhere around 9 out of 10 people have low stomach acid. Having proper stomach acid is absolutely necessary to break down the protein you eat sufficiently. Do you know what happens to protein you eat that isn’t broken down via sufficient stomach acid?
It rots and ferments in your body. This can lead to undesirable side effects like:
- Low blood pressure
- And constipation, just to name a few…because believe me, there are several other side effects that come with not digesting protein effectively
Like weight gain on keto…that could happen too! So not only do you have to worry about eating too much protein causing weight gain on keto, but you also have to think about if you’re digesting the protein you do eat so you don’t gain weight on keto if you’re not!
There are a few tricks you can add to help your body break down protein more efficiently on a keto diet so it’s not rotting and fermenting in your body, which can lead to weight gain and feeling down right bad.
Trick #1 – Supplement with a high quality sea salt
The chloride ion in a high quality sea salt can assist your body when it comes to protein digestion. This means not only is that high quality sea salt helping you stay hydrated and keeping your blood pressure up once you cut carbs, but it can also assist your body when it comes to breaking protein down.
Trick #2 – Supplement with ACV
For those of you not following too closely with the keto lingo, ACV stands for apple cider vinegar. Adding ACV to your water, or even just downing a shot on it’s own with meals can provide some people enough additional acid to help break down the protein with their meal.
Trick #3 – Add HCL
Yep, I’m using another fancy acronym. HCL stands for hydrochloric acid. It’s basically stomach acid in supplement form. The HCL I use comes from Natural Reference and is called Beatine HCL.
If you’ve spent some time destroying your stomach acid because you spent far too long in the dieting world where you focussed on consuming all of the wrong foods, or if you spent time attempting to combat symptoms like heartburn with antacids, you may need to supplement with HCL until your body begins to produce more stomach acid.
Unlike those antacid commercials lead us to believe, we need more stomach acid when we get heartburn, not less.
There are important instructions that come along with HCL supplementation, so be sure to check out the digestion course at eatingfatisthenewskinny.com/digestion. You can also read more about the supplements I talk about at eatingfatisthenewskinny.com/fixme. I’ll add both of those links in the comments.
We have another brand new episode of our Chat the Fat podcast today. It digs even deeper into some of the points I talked about today. If you’re not digesting protein well on pretty much any diet you follow, this can lead to weight gain and a whole lotta unnecessary misery, so be sure to check out episode 5 at chatthefat.com or find it on your favorite podcasting app. Or, you can stay right here on YouTube and watch the entire episode.
We have a helpful guide to go with the episode that contains 5 low protein meals you can add to your keto plan. If you’re struggling with too much protein on some days, definitely download this guide at chatthefat.com/episode5.
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I’ll see you next Tuesday with a brand new video about the differences between low-carb and keto. I know many people group them in the same category…but following this trend can result in weight gain! I’m going to tell you how.