Okay, so you’ve heard of keto. And you’re wondering what all the hype is about. I mean, does it really work? And is it the right diet for you? Well, there’s a really simple answer to this question. If you want to see dramatic results in both how you feel, and how you look, then following a keto diet is an amazing option.
Now here’s the deal. Like any new habit, getting started with keto can be challenging, and you’re going to have to stick with it to see those results. But trust me, if you can commit to the three things I’m going to share with you, your body and your health will thank you. But before I share those three tips, let’s make sure we’re clear on what a keto diet is.
When you start a keto diet, you’re committing to eating a high amount of fat, a very low amount of carbs and a moderate amount of protein. By drastically reducing your carb intake, your body is going to enter a state of ketosis hence the name keto. Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body runs on ketones, a highly efficient alternative fuel.
For those of you who haven’t heard of ketones, they are a game changer in the world of weight loss. Think of it like switching to premium gas instead of regular unleaded. When your body runs on the optimum fuel, you’ll drop that fast and improve your overall health. In fact, research shows that getting your body into a state of ketosis can help with health conditions like heart disease, type two diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Back to those three tips to kickstart your journey in the right direction.
First, make sure to eat the right foods, you’re going to want to replace all those dangers on carbs in your refrigerator. With keto friendly options. That means introducing meats, high fat, dairy and healthy oils and larger quantities to your diet. You’ll also want to focus on leafy greens, above ground vegetables, nuts and seeds, berries and keto approved sweeteners. Be prepared to say goodbye to all grains, sugar, fruit and starchy vegetables. Oh, and if your freezer is full of TV dinners, you’ll want to clean that out too.
Prepared, packaged and processed foods are seldom compatible with a keto friendly diet. It may sound like a lot,but don’t worry, keto gets way easier to manage when you have the right tools. In fact, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you with customized keto diet plans that will tell you exactly what you need to eat. Just click THIS LINK to discover the plan that will work best for you.
And you might even be surprised by how many of the things you love you can still eat once you learn how to make them keto friendly. That’s right bread, pasta, cookies, and even ice cream all have keto friendly alternatives.
Okay, tip number two. It’s not just the types of food you’re eating that matters, but also how much you’re eating keto foods naturally help to cut your calorie intake, but you’re still going to want to keep careful track so you don’t accidentally go over your daily limit.
Not sure whether you’re eating too much, the best way to figure it out is by checking your progress every few weeks. If you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, consider adjusting your daily calorie limit accordingly.
Remember that whole rule about high fat, low carb, moderate protein, those are your macronutrients, also known as macros, and in order to keep your body in a state of ketosis, you’re going to want to track them. The general rule of thumb is to eat less than 35 grams of carbs per day, get 70% of your calories from fat and 25% from protein.
Okay, last but not least prepare for the keto flu. When you first cut back on carbs your body might experience some changes and some people experience what’s been nicknamed The keto flu. But don’t worry, it’s not actually the flu just a term for some temporary symptoms, like fatigue or mental fogginess.
The keto flu is generally short lived and if you’re as committed as I think you are, you won’t let it stand in the way of the tremendous success you’re going to see in just a few weeks. Plus, you can prepare for it ahead of time in order to lessen your chance of experiencing those symptoms. Drink more water, increase your sodium, potassium and magnesium intake and make sure to eat more high quality fat like MCT oil.
Okay, so those are our three pieces of advice to make sure you get the most out of the journey you’re about to take. To recap, follow the keto food list as strictly as possible, monitor how much you eat, and prepare for the adjustment period.
Most importantly, listen to your body every day and monitor the changes to make sure that the ketogenic diet is the right fit for you want to jumpstart your success on keto.