How To Start A Keto Diet for Losing Weight
Starting a keto diet is not as hard as it may seem. It’s about making real lifestyle and diet changes. It’s about changing old habits and learning new ones. The results are real which makes this way of eating so worth it. So how does one begin? What is required to make it successful?
We have already spoken about what a keto diet is and its benefits. Now we need to share our thoughts on how to make that decision to start and be able to maintain a keto lifestyle. The first step is to educate yourself about the ketogenic diet, how it works, what to eat and understanding your body and the macronutrients it needs to support this lifestyle. There are so many helpful websites to aid your learning. We highly recommend www.dietdoctor.com which contains an abundance of information and recipes to aid your learning.
Another key factor in making our journey successful was to always be prepared with keto friendly food in our fridge and pantry. Before starting a ketogenic diet, we highly recommend you clear your pantry of all non-keto foods and replace them with keto diet pantry essentials! Be ruthless and remove all temptations! Next step is to go shopping and fill your fridge and pantry with keto friendly foods. In our pantry at Kraving Keto, you will find keto meal ideas from our recipes and videos, healthy breakfast products such as The Monday Food Co Keto Granola, the best keto snacks such as Quest Tortilla Chips and other diabetic friendly products such as Hawthorne Hill Sugar Free Jams and a wide range of Gourmet Spice Kits to make your food even more tasty! A great website which helped us make healthy lifestyle choices at the beginning of our journey was www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-foods
For us, weekly meal planning and preparation has been our motto since the beginning of our journey and has been a contributing factor to maintaining a keto lifestyle. An integral part of weekly meal preparation is writing a shopping list! We plan our meals ahead of time for the new week and only purchase items from the shopping list. This prevents impulse purchases down the naughty aisles! There are so many great keto meal ideas readily available at your fingertips to suit everyone’s tastebuds online, sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to prepare! The best part is that these meals are also ‘family friendly’ and no one would ever guess they are eating keto which is one of the reasons why this lifestyle is so sustainable! Remember, following a keto diet can be whatever you want it to be. The most important thing is to make it work for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long will it take to see results from the keto diet? First, your body needs to enter ketosis, which may take anywhere between 2-7 days however everyone’s body is different. The first week will take some adjusting to as some people experience the ‘keto flu’ which has similar symptoms to a regular flu. The ‘keto flu’ is your body’s way of adapting to your new diet and eating fewer carbohydrates. Ensure you keep your fluids up by drinking lots of water, be kind to yourself and most importantly don’t give up! Once your body has entered ketosis and you consistently eat 20-50 grams of carbohydrates per day and the correct macronutrients for your body it won’t be long until you feel a change. For us, we noticed our clothes feeling looser and a sense of clarity, wellbeing and increased energy levels.
- What portion size should I eat on keto? The right portion size will vary from person to person, and this is where understanding your body and the right macronutrients to fuel your body is essential. If you aren’t sure how to calculate your macronutrients, we highly recommend downloading Carb Manager. It’s a free and comprehensive app where you can input your daily calorie and macronutrient goals to help you easily keep track of your net carbs, protein and fat throughout the day. Carb manager was a lifesaver for us because it enabled us to keep track of our progress throughout the day and kept us accountable!
- Can I eat more carbs if I exercise on keto? With any diet, to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than what your body needs to maintain its current weight. Exercising is a way to burn more calories however when following a keto lifestyle sticking to your individual daily macro goals is key.
If you’re interested in starting a keto diet please ensure you consult your doctor to understand if it’s right for you. We are not healthcare professionals nor do we offer medical advice
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog. Feel free to leave a comment below!
Rina & Laura x
Reference links and articles:
- https://www.eatingwell.com/article/290678/i-tried-the-ketogenic-diet-for-30-days-and-heres-what-happened/ - This is an article written about the writers’ experience on the keto diet for 30 days. It makes a good read and is a testimony to the positives of a keto lifestyle