Simple Step To Step Guide To Starting Keto

Beginning a ketogenic lifestyle can be both exciting and overwhelming. In this video, I’m going to walk you through a simple step-by-step guide to starting the keto diet so that it is not so overwhelming. 

What is the keto diet?

First, what is the keto diet?

The ketogenic diet is all about transforming your body’s primary energy source. Instead of relying on carbs, we shift gears to fats! By keeping carbs low, your body enters a state of ketosis, where it burns fat for fuel. The keto diet is high in fat, moderate protein, and low in carbohydrates.  

A keto diet helps with losing weight fast in a healthy way. Other benefits of a keto diet are it helps with appetite control, mental clarity, and better focus. 

Now these are the steps to begin your keto lifestyle journey. 

Step 1: Clean Out Your Kitchen

Go through your pantry and fridge, and get rid of all processed foods, sugary snacks, and high-carb foods to make room for your keto foods. If these bad foods are not in your house, you will not be tempted to eat them. 

Step 2: Plan Your Meals

Create a weekly meal plan that includes a variety of keto options. Focus on healthy fats, moderate protein, and low-carb vegetables. Planning ahead reduces the chances of making non-keto choices. It will take a few weeks for the craving for carbs to go away. 

Step 3: Track Your Macros

Use an app like MyFitnessPal or Carb Manager to track your macros. The macros that you should aim for on a keto diet are 60-65% fat, 30% protein, and 5-10% carbs. Ensure you get enough protein because too little protein can harm your body, including loss of lean muscle mass and hair loss. Here is My Experience With The Ketogenic Diet concerning these two side effects of too little protein in my diet when I started the keto diet.

Step 4: Hydrate and Supplement

Staying hydrated is crucial, but your body tends to excrete more water and electrolytes on a keto diet, especially during the initial stages. This can lead to an imbalance, causing symptoms like fatigue, headaches, or muscle cramps, commonly known as the “keto flu.” I’ll talk about that a little later in this video. Supplementing with electrolytes helps replenish what might be lost, ensuring your body maintains a proper balance. It can make the transition into ketosis smoother and alleviate those side effects. 

Step 5: Choose Healthy Fats

On a keto diet, the primary goal is to switch your body’s energy source from carbohydrates to fats. Including healthy fats in your diet becomes crucial because they provide a sustainable and efficient fuel source in the absence of carbs.

Healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil, keep you feeling full and satisfied and play a key role in maintaining ketosis. They are rich in essential fatty acids, like omega-3 and omega-6, which support overall health, including brain function and heart health.

Plus, fats make your meals more flavorful and enjoyable, making sticking to your keto lifestyle easier. 

Step 6: Drink Exogenous Ketones

When you drink exogenous ketones, it gets you into ketosis within one hour. Your body will start using fat instead of glucose for energy. On a strict keto diet, it may take days or weeks for you to achieve ketosis.

A few benefits of drinking exogenous ketones are:

  1. Quick Energy Boost: Exogenous ketones can provide a rapid energy source, which might be helpful, especially during periods of low energy or when you’re adjusting to a keto diet.
  2. Enhanced Mental Focus: Some people report increased mental clarity and focus when supplementing with exogenous ketones, which can benefit you when you are doing tasks requiring concentration.
  3. Assistance in Transition: Using exogenous ketones can ease the transition into ketosis, especially if you’re just starting a keto diet.

This is the exogenous ketone I drink daily. 

Step 7: The Keto Flu

As I mentioned before, some people may experience the keto flu. Everyone responds differently to keto. 

The keto flu is a common term used to describe a set of symptoms that some people experience when they start the ketogenic diet. It’s not an actual flu, but rather a collection of side effects that occur as your body adjusts to the significant changes in your diet. Some of the symptoms are:

🤕 Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle cramps

Why It Happens: When you transition to a keto diet, your body undergoes several changes. One significant shift is the reduction in carbohydrate intake, leading to lower glycogen stores. As your body adapts to burning fat for energy (a state known as ketosis), it can result in a temporary imbalance of electrolytes, leading to these flu-like symptoms.

You can eliminate or reduce the keto flu by drinking lots of water to flush out toxins and maintain hydration. Also, supplement with electrolytes to replenish what your body is losing on the keto diet. 

The keto flu is typically temporary, lasting a few days to a week. As your body adjusts to the new way of eating, these symptoms will fade away.

Not everyone experiences the keto flu; if you do, it’s a sign your body is adapting. Be patient, and soon you’ll start feeling the positive effects of the ketogenic diet.

Step 8: Celebrate Non-Scale Victories

Beyond the scale, look for improvements in 

  1. Increased Energy Levels 
  2. Mental Clarity 
  3. Better Mood 
  4. Reduced Inflammation
  5. Improved Skin Health
  6. Clothes Fitting Better: Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge, but your clothes fit differently. This indicates changes in body composition, with fat loss and muscle gain.
  7. Better Sleep 
  8. Craving Reduction: Keto often reduces sugar and carb cravings, making it easier to resist unhealthy snacks and stick to your dietary goals.

When you start the keto diet, celebrating these non-scale victories can be just as motivating as seeing the numbers drop on the scale, and they highlight the holistic benefits of a keto lifestyle beyond mere weight loss.

Step 9: Intermittent Fasting

It’s when you eat for only a certain period every day and fast for the rest of the day. The optimal time ratio is 16:8 (16 hours of fasting and 8 hrs of eating). You can accomplish this by eliminating either breakfast or dinner. If you skip dinner, you will just have a bigger lunch. If you skip breakfast and start eating at 11 am, your eating time will be from 11 am to 7 pm. You will eat all of your calories for that day during that time period.

This may be difficult for some people. You can begin with 14 hours of fasting and 10 hours of eating. Then, as you get used to it, you can increase your fasting period. 

The point of intermittent fasting on a keto diet is that it will keep you in ketosis. Fasting puts your body into ketosis, where you will burn fat instead of glucose for energy. 

Step 10: Stay Consistent and Be Patient

Results on keto take time. Stay consistent with your diet and lifestyle changes, and be patient with your body as it adapts. Appetite control and mental clarity usually happen around days 3-4 on a keto diet. Weight loss varies with each individual. Some people notice a change in 10 days; others notice it takes six weeks. It depends on how fast your body adapts to the keto diet. 

It took me 21 days, and then the weight just started falling off. I lost 60 lbs in 3 months. My Experience With The Ketogenic Diet


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