These 6 keto diet tips and tricks are important to know before beginning the ketogenic diet and way of eating. Our keto diet tips will help ensure you maximize fat for weight loss and keto success.
Keto Diet Tips
6 things to Know Before Starting on a Keto Diet
First and foremost, we are not doctors. We simply provide ACCURATE and TRUSTED information learned from professionals over the years.
Keto is Trending
We have been following the keto (or low carb) way of life since 2015. Keto is often referred to as a lower carb version of Atkins. You may have heard about the keto diet recently with the new trend skyrocketing all over social media.
The problem with trends is that they can come on fast and fizzle out equally as quick. This can create a lot of bad information especially among large groups. We receive a ton of emails asking us to clarify information. Because of this, we decided to write this article on these simple keto tips & tricks.
Clearing the Fog
Everyone has their own way of doing things and opinions which is perfectly fine. The trouble comes when those opinions are stated as facts and followed by others. For example- foods like pumpkin and carrot are NOT keto approved foods. One person ate them and did not get kicked out of ketosis. They told others. Next thing you know recipes using them pop up all over. For this reason, and many others, we have compiled what we think are important keto diet tips and tricks you should know before starting the keto diet.
Many things have been said about the Keto diet. Some are true, others are simply false. While we can’t outline the exact in’s and out’s in this one article, we will provide you with some great tips that you should know before beginning your keto journey.
Ketogenic Diet is a Way of Life
First, the Ketogenic Diet isn’t actually a diet in the sense of which we know a “diet”. The ketogenic diet isn’t meant to be a quick weight loss fad. It is a diet in the sense of a way of eating. Such as when someone says they follow "a gluten free diet". Keto is away of life.
The ketogenic diet works for weight loss by putting your body in a metabolic state known as nutritional ketosis. During nutritional ketosis, the body turns to fat as a fuel source rather than carbs. The body typically has fat stores ready to burn which can lead to increased energy levels and weight loss.
Eating the “keto way” helps to ensure your body gets the fat it needs to burn for fuel and limits carbs to ensure they are not turned to glucose and ultimately stored as fat.
What are the main benefits of a keto diet?
- Ketogenic diet is sufficient for weight loss
- The keto way helps to reduce cravings
- It can increase energy levels.
6 Keto Diet Tips & Tricks
Please keep in mind that we are not medical professionals. We state what has worked for us and may or may not work for you. Always seek medical advice before starting a new diet plan.
1. Get Adapted Fast by Being Prepared!
The first 2 weeks of the ketogenic diet (also known as the adaption process) are crucial. Introducing more healthy fats to your diet is vital to your keto weight loss success. The body is being trained to start burning fat for fuel instead of carbs, it goes through a withdrawal of sorts, detoxing from sugar and carbs. You may feel sick, also know as the keto flu. Just keep pushing forward. Take the “this too shall pass” frame of mind. It is recommended to keep chicken broth handy & take a multivitamin.... and eat your fat. (Always consult a medical professional before starting a vitamin regimen)
- Get rid of all non-keto foods in your kitchen and pantry
- Begin every morning with a Keto boosting routine by drinking water and eating a healthy breakfast such as 2 eggs, 2 bacon and an avocado.
- Keep easy to grab and eat keto snacks available. The key to kicking cravings is eating fat! FAT KEEPS YOU SATIATED.
- Try out new keto recipes, MAKE A MEAL PLAN. It helps. Trust me! Plan , plan, plan.
2. There is more to Keto than eating
There are many ways to maximize keto benefits and keep healthy while doing it. It is important to keep your sodium, magnesium and other electrolyte levels stable and balanced as well as DRINK YOUR WATER. It has been said that the best way to know you are drinking enough water is to drink half your weight in ounces and then another 8oz before bed. (consult your physician for specific recommendations)
3. Do Not Compromise Food Quality
Being on a keto diet does not mean.. it is high in fat, eat it! The body needs valuable nutrients found in good fat foods. Try to avoid highly processed and preservative heavy foods. Cheeseburgers are loved by many and still ok as long as the bun goes in the trash. However it is recommended to limit fast food and opt for grass fed meats at home. Fast food, highly processed foods and preservatives can cause excess bloating & inflammation in turn hindering keto success- not to mention your good mood!
4. Skip The Keto Test Strips
Keto strips are used to measure the level of ketones in your urine. There are far too many variables that affect this, and for this reason we suggest skipping them all together. We ran many tests both urine and blood, the amount of inconsistency with the urine tests was crazy. it is understood that folks like them as a guide, in our opinion it just isn't necessary. Spend the few dollars on a keto approved Starbucks drink, yum. Grab me one?
5. Do not get discouraged/NO CHEATING
When you subject your body to drastic changes it can rebel like a ballsy teenager. Be patient. Many people report extreme bloating and even weight gain within the first week or two while the body enters ketosis and adjusts. This will subside. Keep going, you are doing it right.
You may have seen numerous comments on social media such as this “ I have been doing so good that I am rewarding myself with that piece of cake at John’s birthday this weekend”. STOP! NO. The ketogenic diet is a way of life, remember?
That is not how the ketogenic “diet” works. Cheating may be ok for other fad diets. But, not this one. Remember above how I mentioned that keto is not a diet, it is a way of life? There is a reason for that. Remember all the work you did and symptoms you suffered to enter ketosis? Get ready to deal with them all over again. Cheating can lead to getting "kicked out of ketosis", the body wants carbs now. Insert "do over". You get the point.
Take it from someone who lost 50lbs in 6 months then thought she could “eat normal”. 6 months later I had gained back 25lbs, had worse cravings, no energy to get back to working out and literally felt 10 yrs older. Back to strict keto for life. Hashtag that. Let’s make it viral. #keto4life Besides, there are PLENTY of keto options!
6. Gain Clearance from your doctor
Before you commit to the keto diet, consult your physician. This way of eating may not be for you. Each individual is different.
Keep these things in mind and you will be on the fast track to keto success!
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