The easiest way to follow your ketogenic diet to the letter is to eat at home, but to make this a lifestyle you’ll need to incorporate it into your every day life.
The keto diet is one of the most popular lifestyle choices and weight-loss programs today and as it becomes more popular it becomes easier to to find keto friendly dishes in most good restaurants.
True most restaurants don’t necessarily advertise low carb or ketogenic meals, but as long as there are meat, fish, and seafood dishes on the menu, you are good to go. Choose one of these proteins and add a serving of non-starchy vegetables or salad and you should be okay.
Meals that are based on eggs are also great options. Most restaurants provide dishes with eggs and bacon. Another great option is the burger minus the bun. These are meat patties with lettuce or cabbage leaves acting as the bun, or you can leave the bun alone and replace the home fries with non-starch vegetables. You can supplement them with eggs, bacon or avocados.
Meanwhile, there are also good options for desserts. You can opt for berries with a serving of double cream.
To Count Calories or Not
Yes and No!
Learn to eat like a thin person. And how is that? Eat until you are no longer hungry and then only eat your next meal when you are hungry again.
Especially when you start a low carb diet, it is essential that you eat until you are full and to steer clear of limiting calories excessively. Typically, a keto diet brings about weight loss without a deliberate restriction of calories.
How is that possible?
When you stop eating excessive carbs, your body can start listening to itself, just like thin people do. It will tell you when to eat and when to stop. This sounds simplistic, but when we overeat for years we can’t hear the signals that we are full anymore.
This change is probably one of the most significant aspects of a keto diet. Once you experience this, you will stop blaming yourself for overeating all these years.
However, you still need to keep an eye on calories. I you eat too much, you will move out of ketosis and the weight loss will stop.
The good thing though is that when you are not constantly hungry it becomes easy to eat the amount of calories your body really needs and not the amount that the sugar and carb addiction prescribe to you.
Additional supplements for the ketogenic diet
I am a little in two minds about supplementation in general, but these two items did wonders for me and may also support you on your weight loss journey.
The first days of the ketogenic diet can be a challenge and the energy you can get from it especially with added butter or MCT oil can really give your days a kick start.
If you don’t drink coffee, you should definitely not start, but personally I needed my coffee when I started my keto diet. But then I may just be that I am a coffee addict. 🙂 In fact I still start my day with a “bulletproof” coffee.
MCT (medium-chain triglycerides)
MCT can offer 14 grams of fat for every tablespoon. Compared to those long-chain triglycerides, which are fats that are mostly widespread in foods, MCTs are a distinctive resource of fat since they get into the bloodstream in a fast and efficient manner, and lets them provide fuel for the muscle and the brain.
Including authentic MCTs in your diet every day can assist you in smoothly transitioning to a ketogenic state, and it will also offer a constant flow of energy. Coconut oil is said to be a great source of MCTs
Get a Plan
Are you someone who like to plan your meals and want to know exactly what you are going to eat before hand. Then maybe look at this 12 week plan and recipes to set yourself up to achieve weight loss success.
Share Your Tips
How do you make your keto diet more effective? What techniques and tactics do you use to stay motivated and committed?