So you’ve heard about the keto diet and you are super excited to give it a try.
First let me say congratulations on taking the first step to a new and improved you.
The keto diet has been proven to not only help you lose weight, but to help transform your health as well.
Let’s dive right in and share a few tips on how you can start the keto diet the right way!
How To Get Started With The Keto Diet…The Right Way!
The great thing about the keto diet is it doesn’t require you obsess over the scale.
However, it is still a good idea to know what your starting point is.
If your main goal is to lose weight, tracking progress is a lot easier when you know your starting weight.
Whatever you do, please avoid becoming obsessed with the scale.
If you focus too much on the number on the scale, you will get frustrated, lose sight of your goal, and quit.
Weighing yourself once a week is plenty.
Look For Healthy Alternatives
Going on the keto diet doesn’t mean yo have to give up your favorite foods.
You will however need to make a few adjustments.
Luckily, every dish you love will more than likely have a low carb alternative that is just as tasty.
Before you can look for healthy alternatives you must first learn how to read food labels.
Unfortunately, food labels can be very deceiving.
While there are hundreds of low carb products on the super market shelf, many of them are loaded with added sugars.
Some of them may indeed be a good option. Most of them will not.
It is best you stay away from the “low carb” products and simply choose healthier substitutes.
The same advice should be following when it comes to foods labeled as “low fat”
Generally speaking the fat has been replaced with added sugars. Which is something you want to stay away from.
Plan Ahead For Eating Out
Eating out can seem like a big challenge when you are trying to follow a low carb diet.
But it doesn’t have to be. The key to your success is planning ahead.
Stick with meat and vegetables and skip the potatoes and noodles.
Love Chinese food? No problem!
Stir fried dishes and steamed vegetables is all you need. You can even had a hint of sauce.
Just make sure you don’t overdo it.
If you find yourself in a tough spot, grab a burger and just throw out the bun.
Keep Track Of Your Ketone Level
In order for the keto diet to be effective your body must go into a state of ketosis.
But how do you know if your body is in ketosis?
By keeping track of ketone levels, that’s how.
When you first start the keto diet it is very important you are aware of how your body is responding.
This can be done through a simple urine test or by using a blood ketone meter.
For best results perform the test first thing in the morning.
Drink Plenty of Water
The keto diet has a way of lowering insulin levels in your body.
This can cause your kidneys to excrete more liquid than you are used to.
To avoid becoming dehydrated make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Watch Out For Condiments
Condiments tend to have a lot of sugar and unwanted calories.
And while most people think they don’t count while on a diet, I am here to tell you they most certainly do.
Ketchup, one of the most common condiments used, is filled with added sugars.
You must also watch out for salad dressings. Even the ones that claim to be “healthy” simply are not.
Learn how to read food labels as this will help you make smarter food choices.
And though tempting it may be, never opt for “fat free” condiments.
The only difference in “fat free” and regular is that the fat has been substituted for sugar.
Ordering a salad is always a good option when eating out.
However, make sure you take it easy with the dressing.
Restaurants tend to overdo it with the serving sizes.
If at all possible, take your own dressing with you.
If you can’t, ask that they put it on the side so you can portion it out yourself.
You should also ask about the ingredients in the dressing.
Knowing what’s in it will help you make a well informed decision.
Following the keto diet isn’t as difficult as some would have you to believe.
However, it does take preparation if you want to be successful.
Follow the tips outlined in this article and you will be well on your way to improving your health with the keto diet.