If you’re trying to healthily lose weight you’ve probably been recommended the ketogenic diet by a friend or some website. There’s a reason why this type of diet is so popular right now – it can give jaw-dropping results.
It consists of going low on carbohydrates and replacing them with healthy fats and protein. The idea is that if you restrict carbs, your body will adjust itself and get its fuel from the fat in your diet in your body resulting in weight loss. Apart from losing weight, other benefits include reduced inflammation, improved brain function and may even help with blood cholesterol levels.
However, limiting the consumption of carbs may seem challenging at first, but as many have proven it isn’t impossible.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to do keto successfully.
Keto is a specific diet in the sense that you really need to stay on track of your macro intake. The easiest way of doing so is to prepare meals in advance so you don’t have to think on your feet what you will have for lunch or dinner that day. Take one day of the week, for example, Sunday, as your meal prep day. By preparing your lunches and dinners in bulk, you will not slip up and mess up your diet when the hunger strikes.
Have convenient snacks on you
When dieting, especially in the very beginning, you will feel a bit more peckish than usual because your body is adjusting itself to a new manner of eating. A good idea would be to have convenient snacks on hand at all times.
As the keto diet restricts carbs, the ideal food to snack on are nuts since most of them is very high in fat. But what is the best nuts to eat in this situation? Almonds, macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds are perfect for keto, but peanuts should be eaten in moderation.
Take carbs out of your kitchen
Clean out your kitchen and pantry of non-keto friendly foods such as grains, legumes, high-sugar fruits and starchy vegetables. Highly processed food should go out of the window too.
A lot of people fail to stick to the keto diet because they are constantly tempted by high-carb food around them. If you’re iffy on the idea of throwing food away, consider giving everything that is unopened to a local homeless shelter or some other charity that will gladly accept food.
Connect with other dieters
Dieting may feel very isolating at times. Since some of your friends may not prove to be a great support system you need, having someone to talk to that is in a similar situation can be very helpful.
Find a community of keto dieters online, for example, a Facebook group or a forum. These people are going through the same plights to achieve a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and will encourage you to stay on track when you’re struggling. On the other hand, you will hear a lot of success stories that will serve as an inspiration in troublesome times.
Buy a food scale
A huge part of the keto diet and philosophy involves macronutrients and calories. Additionally, there has been research indicating that a lot of dieters underestimate how many calories are in each meal they’ve prepared.
To achieve your goals more efficiently, get a food scale and use it every time you cook. You may want to enter the information in a calorie tracking app such as MyFitnessPal. In this way, you will know just how much food you’ve consumed and what are your exact macro needs.