Ask Our Keto Nutritionist: Net Versus Total Carbs, Exercise, and Collagen
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Do I have to exercise when I follow keto?
Exercise is a part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. I strongly encourage taking up some form of physical activity on a daily basis. This could be as simple as yoga, walking, hiking, etc.
However, if you’re new to keto, I recommend avoiding starting any new intense workout routine until AFTER you have become fat-adapted, as this can increase physical stress hindering your ability to get into ketosis. Instead, aim for a relaxing walk around the block, yoga, or even meditation while your body is adapting to a new awesome fuel source, and then increase intensity as you’re ready and feeling amazing.
Do you recommend counting total carbs or net carbs?
I personally count “net” carbs (total carbohydrate minus fiber minus sugar alcohol), which works great for me and keeps me in ketosis. If someone is struggling to get into ketosis, I may then recommend counting “total carbohydrates” for a while to see if this helps.
What’s a good collagen?
Here are four I recommend on Amazon which have good ratings:
- Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Collagen Peptides by Sports Research
- Keto Collagen by Perfect Keto
- Equip Complete Collagen
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