I am sure there are a lot of people who feel daunted by working out while they are trying to diet. This is true of most people actually. While in my experience it wasn’t as crucial as I had believed it would be but it is still a good idea to get into the habit of working out regardless of what kind of diet that you are on. That being said, there is a way you need to go about exercising on the keto diet if you have been leading a somewhat sedentary lifestyle.
First Two Weeks
Honestly I do not even recommend working out for the first two weeks of being on the keto diet My main reason is that you will generally just feel lousy for the first little bit. There are a lot of mixed emotions within the fitness community about how keto affects your body, but one thing is true about keto, you will drag!
During my first three days on keto I was at an all time low for energy. I was working every day and walking more than the average person. Having no energy wasn’t exactly ideal for my situation but there really isn’t any healthy thing you can do about it. A lot of people will take caffeine supplements to replace the caffeine intake from soda but I do not recommend this. Just break away from all the bad habits the first time and be done with it. You will be low on energy for a week or so but you will get it back naturally as long as you are sticking to the guidelines of the diet.
While it is not ideal to just diet alone, a lot of people do it. But, you do need to exercise if you want to see consistent results from this diet.
As I said earlier, most people wanting to go on this diet lead an almost sedentary lifestyle. You do not have to go Arnold with your workouts but you do need to pick a type of exercise that you like or can tolerate doing and make a schedule of it. The most important thing is that you start exercising once you have the energy to do so. What good is it to lose a few pounds if you are just gonna sit on the couch and stare at the television? When you lose weight you want to be able to show it off. Get moving! You will look and feel a thousand percent better.
Steer Clear of HIIT
Exactly as the title says, you may not want to participate in HIIT exercises while you are on the keto diet. There is a good reason for it to!
If you participate in HIIT exercises your body is burning glycogen as fuel. Doesn’t our bodies have glycogen? why yes they do, but, this nutrient in the body is stored by carbs. While you are on the keto diet the one thing you try to neglect in your diet is carbs. So if you were to choose to participate in a HIIT workout while on the keto diet you may not have the best workout of your life and you would not have the same results that you would having eaten more carbs.
So what kind of workout can you do?
A lot of people will boast weight training above all, and it works to a good extent, but cardio workouts actually do the best. On keto you’re burning fat for fuel. While you are doing cardio exercises you are burning fat. They go hand in hand! This is not to say to quit weight training all together, just that the keto diet is actually designed to go hand in hand with a body toning exercise instead of a body building exercise.
Let’s Keep it Moving
When you get down to it the important thing is that you stay as active as possible while on any diet. It is your body and you ultimately choose what workouts you like to do and to what extent you do those exercises. Just know that without exercise the keto diet is just a short-lived dream when you don’t get the results you want. So exercise, eat right, and look forward to seeing yourself in the mirror in the months to follow your journey.