Congrats, you’ve reached your keto weight loss goal! Not sure what to do now? Maintaining your current weight is the most important thing, but some may want to continue to push themselves to lose more weight or use the diet to train for a different fitness goal. Here are three options to consider for the next step of your fitness journey on the ketogenic diet.
Focus on Maintaining
If you’ve crossed the finish line in the race to achieve your goal weight, there’s nothing wrong with focusing exclusively on staying right where you are. Studies show that maintaining your weight is more difficult than getting there in the first place due to environmental temptations and falling back into bad habits.
We recommend readjusting your caloric intake using an online calorie calculator. Just enter a few pieces of information and you’ll receive a breakdown of the number of calories and macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) you should be eating.
Upgrade Your Goal
Now that you’re at your goal weight, don’t you want to see what else you’re capable of? Here are some new fitness goals to try.
New Weight Loss Goal: Riding high from your keto weight loss success and you want to lose another ten or fifteen pounds? Readjust your caloric intake with our online calorie calculator to match your new activity level and continue losing weight.
Muscle Building: Studies show that the primary macronutrient to determine muscle building is protein; more specifically, the amino acids within protein. While the ketogenic diet is fat-focused, you can still build lean muscle tissue while following a keto meal plan.
Sports Conditioning: Whether you’re preparing for a race or a sporting event, the ketogenic diet is ideal for promoting performance during drills and post-workout recovery.
Wellness: You don’t have to change your caloric intake in order to pursue a new fitness goal; you can also try a new feeding time. Intermittent fasting is when you abstain from food for a prescribed amount of time then eat during a selected feeding window. Combined with the ketogenic diet, you can get the benefits of both worlds. Learn more about how to implement intermittent fasting with a ketogenic diet.
Try a Different Low-Carb Diet
If you switch up your diet from the ketogenic diet to another low-carb diet, you’ll realistically knock yourself out of ketosis. But if you keep the carbohydrate intake low, you’ll still experience all of the benefits of a low-carb diet.
Here are several low-carb diets to consider if you want a (hopefully short) break from the ketogenic diet:
- Low-Carbohydrate Paleo
- Low-Carb, High-Fat (LCHF)
- Low-Carbohydrate Mediterranean Diet
- The Atkins Diet
Have You Been Successful with Your Keto Weight Loss?
How many pounds did you lose on the keto diet? How are you feeling now that you’re at your goal weight? Let us know in the comments below.
David James Sautter is a fitness writer with over a decade of experience in the industry. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education, he earned certifications as a NASM-certified personal trainer, NASM-certified fitness nutrition specialist, and ACE-certified sports conditioning specialist. Merging his two passions, he has been the driving creative force behind articles, e-books, and training guides that cover a range of health and fitness topics with an emphasis on the ketogenic diet.