The Keto eating plan is one of the most popular diets right now. It works by restricting your sugars and carbs in order to cause your body to go into a state of ketosis. When in ketosis, your body relies more on fat stores to get the energy it needs, instead of the simple sugars and carbs it has been using.
When you are beginning a new eating plan, it is really important to get organized for it. Get rid of the forbidden foods and stock your kitchen with Keto-friendly options. If you’re a “snack stasher”, don’t forget to clear out those spots too, your purse, your bedside table, the back of the freezer where you hide ice cream from the kids.
Now is the time to embrace meal planning. It’s a great idea anyway but even more so when you’re beginning a new way of eating. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time as much as possible. This will help you avoid that last minute “there’s nothing to eat” feeling and help you with your grocery list as well.
Over time, you’ll get a feel for the proper portion sizes but in the meantime, a kitchen scale and a good selection of measuring cups and spoons is a great way to ensure that you’re not overeating. Learn your portion sizes!
Record your food intake in a daily journal. This is not only a great way to make sure you’re on track for success but is a fantastic motivator as well. If you’re having a hard time sticking to your eating plan, just look back over some of your previous successful days.
It’s so important to have support when you’re embracing a new way of eating. This could be a family member or a friend who is willing to take part in a Keto eating plan with you. Cheer each other on, share your stumbling blocks and successes, and give each other tips and recipe ideas! Motivate each other!
Many people find it easy to get into the swing of this new eating plan when cooking for themselves at home. It’s eating out that becomes an issue. If you’re heading to a restaurant, especially one that’s new to you, look up the menu online. Get an idea of meal possibilities before you go so you’re not overwhelmed once you get there. Don’t be afraid to ask for minor changes to your meal. Ask your server to bring the meat without the sauce, see if you can substitute extra veggies for the potatoes.
Stress can interfere with the effectiveness of a Ketogenic eating plan. You need to get enough sleep, get in some physical activity every day and do some enjoyable hobbies. Meditation, massage, outings with friends and other leisure activities are good ways to deal with stress.
There are tons of websites with some delicious Keto recipes out there. All you have to do is search. Gathering up a file of new yummy Keto-friendly recipes is a great way to stay motivated and keep you on your eating plan.
MORE FIBER AND FAT
Many of us get the majority of our fiber from high carb foods like whole grains making it a challenge to get enough on a keto plan. It’s still possible to get the fiber you need if you are sure to get some of your carbs from non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and cabbage. When it comes to fat, this is not the time to purchase low-fat things. Eating enough fat is good. They help to give you that full, satisfied feeling that prevents overeating.
If your body is used to lots of sugar and carbs, there is bound to be an adjustment period once you start following a Keto plan. It’s commonly known as the “Keto flu” with symptoms like dizziness, difficulty concentrating, stomach pains and difficulty sleeping. It’s also really important to make sure that you’re staying well-hydrated.