Here are 4 keto diet tips to get you started in the right way.
Keto Diet Tip 1: Do Your Research
A lot of people just jump into the keto diet. But if you don’t take some time to really look into it, you just think “oh butter, bacon, eggs – boom that’s it.” And then you attempt to do that for a week and it might even work … but then you start to feel burnt out, and restricted, and then you’re like “oh, the keto diet didn’t work for me. It’s not that the ketogenic diet didn’t work for you, it’s just that enough research wasn’t done to understand how the diet actually works and how to make the diet sustainable for you.
Keto Diet Tip 2: Make An Eating Plan For First 2-4 Weeks
Part of your initial research should be coming up with a food plan for 2-4 weeks. And do the “plan” before you go food shopping. A lot of people simply read a bit about the diet, and go out and buy what they “think” they “should” eat on the plan. A lot of wasted food from this! So know exactly what you’re going to eat, every day. And always have enough of that food. It’s tough when you’re hungry, and you don’t have the right food to eat. Of course, this also means getting rid of food you are not going to eat, be brutal. Be complete. Get rid of it, first.
Speaking of food to eat on the diet … you’ll most likely see all kinds of ketogenic recipes. There will be a bunch of items you might not be familiar with, like MCT oil, and psyllium husk, and xanthan gum, and just all these weird ingredients that you probably have never heard of. That’s ok. Best to stick to foods you actually like; you can experiment with new things after the first month or more.
Keto Diet Tip 3: No Cheating For The First 90 Days
There’s simply no way around it – to lose weight and to get healthier you have to consistently eat properly. You can’t eat well for most of the time, and binge eat periodically (which makes up how “most” people diet these days). You need to eat the food that’s part of your food plan consistently for at least 90 days. To make the diet sustainable, you may need a cheat meal or a cheat day periodically thereafter. Many can do this and still be successful on the diet. But even such “cheating” should be part of your plan!
History shows us that many people that will start the diet, and maybe the first week they lose eight pounds. And the next week they lose six pounds. And then the third week maybe they lose one pound. And then the fourth week maybe they don’t lose any weight – and by then it’s like, “oh no, the diet has stopped working for me.” And they quit.
Which is a shame, because it takes time for your body to adjust and success with this simply takes time.
Now it’s not to say you can’t have weight loss and better health quickly. It’s just important to realize you need to be committed to really following through and being consistent (ie. NO cheating the first 90 days!). Commit to this upfront, don’t try to commit to it mid-90 days!
Keto Diet Tip 4: Join A Keto Community
Find people who are going through what you are going through, locally or online. Find people who really understand what you’re going through. People who can help you when you have questions or struggles. People who can hold you responsible.
Maybe it’s a group on YouTube or Facebook. Maybe it’s even a paid online community. Sure, you can do this alone. But most people find it’s easier to do this with others. It’s easier to not feel alone. And it’s easier to keep motivated by hearing of the struggles and successes of others going through what you’re going through. (And it’s great to find new recipes … and helpful to know it’s not just you who is craving something decadent today!)
But bottom line, you’re the one who has to make this work.
It’s you who has to make the choice to put the correct food in your body, every day.
Hopefully these tips will help you get off to a great start. There are many more on this site. But, start with these keto dieting tips.