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Keto Snacks Are Bad for Keto Bariatric Edition

You all know that I am a huge fan of the ketogenic lifestyle and how I also endorse Intermittent Fasting (IF) for bariatric clients who are further into their journey.  

Join me this week in the IF challenge / week 2 in Fasting February is to Intermittent Fast for 17 hours and our eating window is for 7 hours.

Let’s have a little chat about a very common problem that I see with our clients who are doing Keto, especially when they are just starting out. It relates to the Keto “healthy snacks”.

Keto snacks are very bad for Keto!

Today Keto has become so popular that there are all kinds of manufactured snacks and foods coming on the market.  I highly suggest that you avoid these snack foods which contain the following ingredients:  

corn fiber, maltodextrin, dextrin, soy protein isolates, splenda, aspartame and tapioca starch – to name a few.

 Now why should we be avoiding these ingredients and these snacks in general?

You have low carb protein bars, keto cookies, beef jerky, keto chocolate, keto crackers, cheese crackers… these snacks may be low carb but what is so beneficial about lowering your carbs?

We want to lower our carbs because that will lower insulin levels.  Insulin is the hormone that will block and nullify fat burning but there is one additional piece of information that a lot of people do not know.  There are other factors that stimulate insulin secretion.

Gastro intestinal hormones almost double the insulin secretion following a meal.

Now that you understand a bit about insulin, let’s talk about the definition of a “snack”.  It is a small amount of food eaten between meals.

So very simply, every time you eat, you trigger insulin and you don’t want to have these frequent meals because you are going to raise insulin levels all day long and that is going to keep you from seeing the benefits of Keto.

If you decide that you want to consume keto snacks, then consume them as a part of your meal.  Don’t consume them between your meals as a snack.  

Eat high quality food, less frequently and you will see how the scale will move again.  This is where Intermittent Fasting comes in.  We eat for a period of time during the day (8 hours as an example) and the rest of the day we fast.  This ensures that your insulin levels are low and that enables you to lose weight.

Join me this week in the IF challenge / week 2 in Fasting February is to Intermittent Fast for 17 hours and our eating window is for 7 hours.

Let’s discuss Keto Snacking on my FB LIVE 3pm EST on Friday, February 8th.

If you need more help prepping for your bariatric ketogenic lifestyle, visit this link for meal plans and more:  Keto Program

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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