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Tips for Keto Beginners

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Starting a ketogenic diet isn’t simply deciding to “eat healthily”, it’s deciding to cut out a whole range of foods you’re probably used to eating on a daily basis. In order to sustain your keto diet, and to even enjoy it, there are a few key things you must remember. Here’s our list of tips for keto beginners…hopefully you’ll find some useful advice to make your keto transition a good one!

Start Slowly:

Don’t go full keto all at once. You could ease yourself into the low-carb life by cutting out high-carb foods you’re used to eating. For example, in the first week, make a rule to cut out bread, pasta, and rice, but continue to eat starchy veggies and fruits. In the second week, cut out starchy veggies and fruits, but still allow a few grains and oats. By the third week, you’ll be ready to go full keto. This is so you minimize any side effects such as fatigue, mental lagging, and general weird feelings, as a drastic diet change can often bring on. Also, it won’t feel like too much of a shock to your routine and your taste buds, especially if you’ve lived as a carb-friendly eater for a while.

Try supplements:

Supplements can be super helpful during a ketogenic diet, especially collagen and MCT powders. Collagen is a friend to the keto dieter, as it helps to build and support muscles during and after hard workouts. What’s more, collagen helps to improve sleep quality, which can sometimes be a little shaken by the change in diet. Sometimes, the increase in fibrous veggies and the decrease in grains and bulky starches can cause discomfort in the digestion department. Collagen can help to ease digestion, and reduce stomach pain. MCT is another keto-loving supplement, perhaps the best one. MCT boosts energy, kills cravings and a rampant appetite, and feeds the muscles for successful workouts without the need for carbs. Try a powder which combines the two, so you can reap the benefits of collagen and MCT without dirtying two spoons.

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Figure out your reasons for going keto:

I always find that when I start a new lifestyle change or diet plan, it helps to be really clear with myself about why I am making the change. It might be to have more energy, to reduce digestive issues, or to lose excess fat after the Winter “cozy fest”. When you come across hard times during the diet, i.e. the cravings or the initial tiredness, you can set your sights on those motivating factors behind your decision. If it’s for specific health reasons, it goes without saying that your doctor is the best person to consult with for advice and a steady plan…which brings me to my next piece of advice.

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Get yourself a “keto notebook” and jot down your reasons for going keto. Write down your goals, and any information you may need as you go forward. Use the notebook to keep food lists, recipes, and any helpful info you come across.

Chat with your doctor:

At the risk of sounding preachy, it’s always important to check with your doctor before you embark on a drastic new diet or lifestyle plan. At the very least, your doctor will be able to give you the green light to go ahead. They might also give you a few pointers for the best way to tackle keto, according to your medical history.

Keep the kitchen well stocked:

It really sucks when you realize you are super hungry, but you haven’t kept on top of the grocery shopping. You look in the fridge and the pantry only to find…well, nothing keto-friendly. You consider breaking the diet for just one meal, but then you get the guilts. Or, you simply don’t eat, only to feel tired, sluggish, and angry for the rest of the day. The lesson? Always make sure there are fresh veggies, lean proteins, and a few nuts and seeds hanging around for you to reach for. Cans of tuna, eggs, frozen veggies, and yogurt are all pretty affordable and last for a while.

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Keep the veggie drawer stocked with fresh produce to snack on. Also, check out your local fresh produce delivery service, it can be a real time and money saver to have fresh veggies delivered to the door each week.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you now feel a little more prepared and armed with information before taking the plunge into the keto life. Before you begin, ensure you’ve studied up on the science behind ketosis, what the initial side-effects may be, and how to get the best out of the diet. The more you know, the smoother the transition will be. Stock up that kitchen, order those supplements, make a doctor’s appointment and keep your goals in sight. 

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