Avoid all the temptations in your house, and fill your fridge with the following.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!)
Luckily, most of these symptoms can be cleared up by drinking plenty of water, supplementing electrolytes (these are our favorite), and consuming mineral rich foods (and mineral supplements if necessary). For more specific recommendations on how to remedy these symptoms, read through our guide to the keto flu.
Odds are, you don’t eat enough protein. This simple hack can change everything. Polishing off a nice, large serving of (preferably whole food-based) protein can quell even the most ravenous of appetites. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient. Meaning that less food fills you up more. Metabolizing protein also has burns some energy, making the net calorie gain from protein the least of the three main macros (fat, protein, and carbs). Feeding your body protein switches it from cellular breakdown and recycling mode, into regeneration, rebuilding, and growth. An increasingly important contrast to the rest of your day. When you find yourself with an insatiate appetite, recollect your previous meal. Get enough protein and you’ll feel a whole lot better.
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!
Here’s a fun little Keto hack some of you might appreciate! If you want a memory aid for some of the dos and don’ts of Keto, simply remember this Shalom acronym and be at peace. (Shalom is the Hebrew word for “peace”). Sweeteners — If you just love sugary flavors, low-carb sweeteners will be your best friend on the Keto diet. The best sweeteners for the Keto diet are natural ones like Stevia that can help lower blood pressure (Source) and Monk Fruit which can help regulate blood sugar levels (Source). Though artificial sweeteners can be fine too (e.g. Sucralose). High-fat dairy — Seriously, avoid low-fat dairy options. Go for dairy products high in protein and fat, but low in lactose. So skip goat’s milk, regular milk (or at least cut intake down a bit and still definitely only drink full-fat), and buttermilk, and eat more full-fat cheeses, creams, and butter. Avocadoes — For 2 grams of carbs for every 100 grams, eating avocado is such an awesome Keto hack! It’s tasty, versatile, and you can’t say enough about its many other health benefits… Low-carb vegetables —Bell peppers, artichokes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, sprouts, kale, garlic, tomatoes, celery, green beans, zucchini, and mushrooms, are just some great low-carb options for Keto. Other fats — The “good” fats for Keto are saturated fats, natural trans and polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats, whereas the “bad” ones are processed trans and processed polyunsaturated fats. Meats — Some good meats for Keto are porterhouse, New York strip, ribeye and t-bone steaks, chicken thighs, lamb chops, pork belly, bacon, baby back ribs, and any other meats where you leave the skin on with it.