There is so much misinformation around the net about ketosis that it could be really hard for a beginner to avoid some common mistakes that can stall or reduce your weight loss.
If you are in ketosis (or if consistently eat less than 25 grams of carbs a day) and you don’t lose fat, there is a simple reason: you are eating too much, most likely too much fat.
But, but fat is good, isn’t it? We need to eat more fat to lose fat, everyone say it!
Well… not exactly. While the old paradigm of “a calorie is a calorie” is deprecated, and a calorie from fat is most likely different from a calorie from sugars, if you eat too much you won’t lose weight, and this is a fact, a scientific fact. Of course, if you rather adhere to one of the many “keto churches” that pray to the holy fat bomb, you can as well as stop reading and do your prayers.
Once you are fat adapted, your skeletal muscle will oxidize fat instead of sugars to produce energy, but if you have plenty of fatty acids in your bloodstream from your food, your adipose tissue (that is your fat) won’t release any (that is you won’t lose fat) even if you are in ketosis.
Now, the question is: how much fat shoud you eat? The answer is easy to find: just use our free macro calculator! If you don’t know how much bodyfat you have, you can estimate it using our free BMI calculator (more on ways to calculate bodyfat % soon).
Once you calculate your requirements in terms of fat and proteins (sticking to 25g or less of carbs if you want to stay in ketosis) you can click the option for losing weight and have the macros adjusted to your needs.