You may have heard the term Ketogenic Diet, but do you know what it means? The keto diet is a diet that recommends the consumption of an amount of fat and carbohydrate that is equal to or lower than the one we typically consume. This is great for those who are trying to burn their body fat and are looking to add muscle mass, or just to feel better. It can help get rid of those nasty cellulite deposits and will help you live a more comfortable life.
If you’re currently suffering from any kind of illness or don’t feel like counting calories, it’s recommended that you consult your doctor before starting on a keto diet. But once medically cleared, and for the rest of us, here are some tips to follow when starting ketogenic diet.
First, start off slowly. While the first couple of days may be tough, keep trying and you will see the results. You will also start to feel healthier and more energetic, although no results are guaranteed as each individual is unique. After about two weeks, you should start to see an improvement in your physique.
Start with a low-carbohydrate eating plan. For the first couple of days, you’ll need to cut carbs drastically but consider weaning yourself off instead of cutting everything cold turkey. If you can just stop, you may experience results. Instead of just eating steak, pork chops, pastrami, and other kinds of animal products, consider adding some cheese and eggs for variety, as well as vegetables.
Once your body (and you) get used to a keto diet, you will start to feel and see a difference, which is the first step to maintaining ketosis. It’s likely you’ll be more motivated once you see and feel some results. The next phase is to make sure you get more protein in your diet from a variety of source. Protein is the fuel you need to maintain ketosis.
When you are on a diet that focuses on not consuming any carbs at all, try to focus on protein. The challenge with most diets is that they encourage you to cheat on carbs but as soon as you have carbs back in your diet, you’ll likely slow the process and your results may stall if not stop completely. If you are at the end of your weight loss journey, then fine. Otherwise, it’s important you continue the meal plan.
While you are on a keto diet, do your best to stick to basic healthy meals that have little or no carbs. That means besides protein from meat, eggs and cheese, add fresh fruit and vegetables but consume these in moderate amounts.
You will also want to drink plenty of water so you can rid your body of toxins that can be harmful to your body and slow your progress. For optimal performance, you’ll want to eat less sugar, as it will not only be extremely calorie-rich but could also cause you to become lethargic.
As with any new thing you take one, you’ll need to be careful when switching to a more restrictive diet. If you find you are still in need of carbohydrates, then start by just cutting back a little instead of cutting crabs out completely.
Besides the physical aspects, the psychological aspect of dieting should not be overlooked. When you start a new diet, you can expect some mental stress as it is NOT an easy process. Many people struggle to simply eat breakfast and to take vitamins. To deal with this, simply take the time every morning to remember why it’s important and remind yourself of why you are doing this in the first place.
If you begin to feel some type of mental stress, make sure you take a break and find ways to rest and calm yourself to avoid overwhelm. Distract yourself if you find you want to eat what you shouldn’t eat.
In conclusion, following a ketogenic diet is a great way to stay fit and healthy. It helps with weight loss, improves your metabolism, and gives you more energy. It may not be right for everyone, but it can be a great option for anyone who wants to lose some weight and improve their health.
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