I can’t imagine diving straight in. From three plus meals per day down to one. Instead, I transitioned into OMAD from a keto-like diet. Which made burning stored body fat and keep my blood sugar stable easier. I already ate in a six to eight-hour window. Even still, I had a hard time compressing all my calories into only one hour. I’ve heard stories of fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, nausea, and feeling bad. The common thread? Most of them jumped straight into eating one meal a day without preparation or knowledge. Now, when going for more than a day, I gradually build up to 23-hour fasting. I stop if it feels too uncomfortable.
One qualm quickly became apparent. When to eat?
My last keto lifestyle tip is to consider blending intermittent fasting with your keto diet. I’ve been doing a daily 14 -16 hour fast and low carb lifestyle for a year and I’ve experienced awesome results in weight loss and improved health. In the first three months, I lost 25 pounds without any exercise just by combining these lifestyles. My body became slender, leaner, and stronger than before. And it was not that hard!
When it comes to starting the keto diet (or any diet), all experts agree that you must have a meal plan. The biggest reason people have a hard time sticking with keto is that people don’t have enough interesting foods to turn to, and high-carb favorites win out over good nutrition. If you didn’t buy foods at the grocery store that fit the guidelines, there won’t be an easy option in the fridge when you really need it. You can get all your keto food list for beginners here, and also you can use my keto low carb menu for beginners! Planning what you’ll eat each day will save you both time and money. But it can be also difficult and time consuming to come up with a plan that fits your macros, offers enough variety, and tastes good too. That’s why I made a 7 day meal plan for beginners. The plan helps you balance meal prep, includes super easy recipes, and how to reuse occasional leftovers to save time and money. You can simply find the plan by clicking here.
There is no need to beat yourself up or feel guilty if you accidentally fall off the keto diet because it happens to everyone. It’s when you fall off for one day and that day turns into days or longer is where you’ll run into problems. Progress isn’t dictated by what you do once in a while, it’s dictated by what you do most of the time. One cheat meal in a while can definitely provide a nice psychological break! If you want to hear more details, you can read how to enjoy cheat days while on a diet here. Remember a keto diet is one of the most forgiving diets that you can try. Don’t give up your keto lifestyle!
Keto recipes (or any recipes) should be easy and joyful especially for beginners! If you can make basic keto foods (like keto bread, keto rice) or transform your favorite food to a keto version, you will be able to stick to a keto lifestyle easily and for the long term. Here at Simply by Elle, my focus is to provide you with plenty of easy, simple, quick, tasty keto low carb recipes for beginners. Browse the full keto low carb recipe index here. (I specialized in making Korean food!)
Eating your favorite foods or desserts may give you a sense of comfort but in reality those foods are probably keeping you from realizing your best potential and optimal health. Trying new foods can be exciting and help our tastes evolve. Taking a trip to the grocery store can also be exciting and finding new keto veggies or meats can be very satisfying. Learning to eat new things is not only good for your physical health but also good for your mental health as well.
Keto is more of a lifestyle than a diet. You can actually follow the keto method not only for weight loss but also healthy living for the rest of your life. And there are different types of keto lifestyle, you can choose one and adapt it to your lifestyle as well.
Calorie counting should not be the primary focus while dieting on keto. Emerging research is showing that the archaic “calorie” as referenced in weight control is not as relative as once thought. Controlling your hormones, insulin and glucagon is much more relevant to weight control than focusing on calories. On a keto diet, keeping track of carbohydrate intake is more important than calorie counting. Limiting carbohydrate intake can deplete glucose/glycogen stores in the body. This phenomenon puts you in a state of ketosis which is the condition of optimum fat burning.
Don’t forget to stock your pantry with keto low carb staples, too! Pantry ingredients are mostly high in carbs, but you can enjoy the following foods.