Starting a diet is hard and can be extremely overwhelming. I personally believe that having a plan is the best way to go about ANY diet. I have put together some tips on how to be successful on the Keto diet. I think my tips could be applied to any diet. 🙂
I researched the Keto diet for 3 months before I started. I took my time and really learned how the diet works. Researching really helped me feel more prepared. Not only did I feel prepared, I had a clear understanding on the science behind it. I have been on the Keto diet for well over a year, and there are times when I still feel the need to research more.
I thought the Keto diet was going to be a breeze! You know, just don’t eat bread, pasta, and potatoes. HA! I wish it were that easy! I about died a million times when I saw how many carbs were in a jar of pasta sauce! AND THE SUGAR. Whoa. So many hidden carbs and sugars in a lot of stuff! It took me about a month to catch on and remember how many carbs each item had in it. Now I am expert. Need cream cheese? No biggie, buy Philadelphia Cream Cheese over store brand because it has 1/2 the amount of carbs. If someone asks me how many carbs are in a certain item, I can almost guarantee I will know what’s in it.
Read the labels!
LABEL TIP: Carbs – Fiber = Net Carbs
LABEL TIP #2: Carbs – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols = Net Carbs
Be Mentally Prepared for Cravings and Withdrawals
The first 2 weeks, for me personally, were the hardest. I thought I wouldn’t crave anything but pasta and bread because I was never a huge sweet lover. Day 3, you would’ve thought I only ate sweets my entire life. I only craved sweets. I wanted a Busken Doughnut and cheesecake (I WAS EATING CREAM CHEESE AND PRETENDING IT WAS CHEESECAKE… this was before I started recipe hunting).
Keto Flu is the real deal. Not for EVERYONE. I went through the keto flu, but my sister who just recently joined the Keto train did not. Sugar withdrawals sucked ass, but once that was over (took me about 2-3 days) I felt like I was on cloud 9.
The cravings will subside over time (I still get my cravings) and the withdrawals will stop. Once the first two weeks are over, you are headed for the gold!
I fucking love Pinterest. I have found SO many recipes that actually are amazing and creative. Shark week is here and I have been craving brownies. I went on Pinterest and found a chocolate chip/brownie marbled dessert. Lord have mercy on my carb craving soul. I nuked it in the microwave and poured some unsweetened almond milk over it. SBJ- It was divine.
But anyways, finding recipes will make the Keto journey so much easier. Most recipes will even show you the macros for each serving. I printed so many recipes that were outstanding that I started keep them in sheet protectors/binder.
Yes. Meal prep. If you want to be successful, I highly recommend meal prepping. I meal prep every Sunday morning. I prepare lunches, dinners, and snacks for the whole week. I find it so much easier to stay on track because I always have a KETO APPROVED meal ready. I am never tempted to go out to eat.
Meal prepping does take time, but it’s something that I honestly feel is a priority.
Drink Plenty of Water
Stay hydrated! Push for that gallon of water everyday! A lot of Keto dishes call for a lot of salt (go back to step one and research 🙂 ), so you need to make sure you drink water. Not a few sips. But a good amount of water.
Find a Support Group/Friend
Yes, this is important. Especially in the beginning. I found joining a few different Keto Facebook Groups really helped in the beginning. It’s nice to be able to connect with people that are doing the same/or similar lifestyle change as you.
Always Consult With Your Doctor
Please. Talk to your doctor to see if this diet/liestyle change is okay for your current state of health. My doctor told me she had her concerns for me personally, and I did not listen. I kinda trusted my own gut and trusted my google doctor status.