After being on the Keto diet for well over a year, I wrote down a few things that I would have liked to done prior to starting my journey. A low carb, high fat diet definitely doesn’t fit into society’s definition of a proper “diet” and it takes some time to adapt to.
There is a ton of information out there, and I’m in no position to tell you exactly how to go about a ketogenic diet. What I will do though, is share my personal experiences, and what I have learned over the past two years of low carbing.
Keto Motivation Tips
Here are a few things that I would highly recommend everyone do before starting any weight loss/gain journey.
- Take a before picture
One of the things I regretted the most was not documenting my progress. It’s hard to understand how far you’ve come, especially if you’re looking in a mirror every day. Taking pictures solves that issue by giving you a still image of your life at a certain point in time.
There will be days where you feel like you’ve made no progress at all. At which point, all you need to do is pull out an old photo and remind yourself of your progress.
Lucky for me, I did manage to have one photo taken, about a month into my journey. Whenever I’m feeling down, or fall off the wagon, I just take a peak at the old picture, and remind myself how far I’ve come and that I shouldn’t throw away months of progress because I’m feeling down.
- Take body measurements
Similar to taking a before picture, knowing exactly where you’re starting from will help you later on in the journey. Weight can fluctuate by several pounds on any given day. Let’s be honest, even if it’s just a number, it can have a negative effect if your weight isn’t what you were expecting.
Taking measurements of your neck, chest, thighs, arns and waist will give you a more accurate measure of your progress. Even if your weight isn’t budging, who knows, you could still be losing inches elsewhere!
Here are some helpful tips when it comes to the eating portion of keto.
- Keeping below 20g net carbs
The first few weeks is where your body will require some time to adapt. Minimizing your carb intake as much as possible will help you achieve Ketosis. After the first few weeks, and you become more familiarized with the diet, you can be more lenient on what you eat.
- Plan your meals
It’s not easy going carbless in today’s society. Every fast food place or restaurant you go to will serve their meals with a healthy portion of bread or fries. Planning ahead will keep you on track of your diet at all times. Whether it’s meal prep, following a guide, or cooking everything yourself, knowing exactly what your next meal is will help you stay on track.
Getting started is always the hardest part, but once you become familiar with the diet, you will have more freedom to explore other food options, or indulge once in a while.
- Keep carby foods out of reach
This may not work for everyone, especially those with non-keto roommates, but getting rid of any carb laden food will help keep you on track. There were moments in my first week where I’d try to justify eating just one cookie (and soon the whole box). Despite the torment, I didn’t cave in and eventually kicked the sugar cravings.
Instead, stock up on keto-friendly snacks so when you do find yourself in the mood for a snack, you don’t tempt yourself processed junk.
When making a change in diet, one of the biggest questions is figuring what to eat. I highly recommend keeping your meals as simple as possible until you adjust to the changes.
Sure, Keto desserts and pancakes may look appetizing, but I would stick to something quick and simple to prepare. As boring as it sounds, sticking to meals you’re familiar with will help you get used to the diet.
I personally ate bacon, sausage and eggs every morning for 2 weeks straight when I first started! When it came to dinner, all I did was cook up a serving of protein, served with a side of vegetables.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have variety though! After you have become more familiar with the diet, then feel free to spice up your meals every so often.
- Drink plenty of water
When you suddenly drop the carbs, your body will become much less bloated, usually dropping quite a bit of water weight. Without carbs making your body retain water, you’ll need to replenish your fluids more frequently. You’ll also want to get plenty of electrolytes (zero calorie sports drinks, stock, or lite salt) to avoid electrolyte deficiency.
These are just a few tips that I would highly recommend to those who are just beginning their keto journey. Obviously, not everyone has the same lifestyle, so find what works best for you!
Also, don’t forget to share your own tips when it comes to going low carb!