Are you thinking about starting a ketogenic diet?
Keto is one of the most popular diets today. And it’s no wonder why. Following a keto diet can help you lose harmful belly fat, lower blood sugar levels, lower triglyceride levels, increase good cholesterol, and lower chances of epileptic seizures.
But because keto has become so popular, there is a lot of information (and misinformation) out there, making the process of starting the diet very overwhelming for beginners.
If you’re a beginner to keto, there are some keto diet tips you should keep in mind that will help you get started.
Check out this guide to learn what beginners should know before kickstarting their keto diets.
1. Clean out Your Kitchen
It can be hard to start a keto diet when you have foods in your home that are constantly tempting you to break the rules.
So, in order to avoid temptation, change your environment and clean out your kitchen.
If you have non-perishable items that haven’t been opened, you can donate them to shelters. Or you can offer your food items up to non-keto friends.
In case you didn’t know, here are the foods you need to avoid on a keto diet:
- Grains: These include rice, pasta, and oatmeal
- Beans, peanuts, lentils, and peas
- Low-fat dairy products (you should only eat whole-fat ones)
- Added sugars
- Sugary beverages, like soda and juice
- Most alcohols
- Most fruits (except for tomatoes, berries, lemons, and limes)
- Processed snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers
Instead, your kitchen should be stalked with healthy fruits and vegetables that are low in carbs, lean proteins (like chicken, salmon, and eggs), and healthy fats (like avocado, nuts, and olive oil).
2. Batch Cook
When hunger strikes in the middle of a busy work week and you have nothing to eat, it can be tempting to grab a bag of potato chips or some other non-keno snack.
The best way to prevent yourself from impulse eating is to batch cook and always have healthy snacks and meals at the ready.
For batch cooking, you should choose two or three recipes per week to make. Then choose a day to do your cooking and prepping, and double up on each recipe. Store your meals in the freezer so they don’t go bad, and then thaw them out the night before you plan to eat them.
Also, make sure you always have healthy snacks at the ready like nut butters, sliced veggies, and hard-boiled eggs. This fried snack is also a great option for keto dieters.
3. Invest in a Food Scale
Getting your body into ketosis isn’t just about what you eat, but also how much you eat.
As a beginner to keto, it can be very hard to figure out portion sizes. That’s why we recommend investing in a food scale. This way, you won’t accidentally overeat and kick your body out of ketosis.
You may not think that overestimating your portions is that big of a deal, but just for an example, one extra tablespoon of almond butter packs in an extra 100 calories and 6 grams of carbs.
This is why precisely measuring your food is so important.
Are You Ready to Conquer Keto With These Keto Diet Tips?
By following these keto diet tips, you’ll be off to a great start.
Remember, falling into the swing of the keto diet can take time, so don’t beat yourself up if you mess up!
Also, be sure to check out our blog for more tips on dieting and healthy living!