Nutrition data from the 1970s told us saturated fats are bad, causing the United States to enter the era of low fat. During this time, obesity in America soared while consumption of fat (particularly saturated fats) plummeted. Fad, low-fat diet products became the norm at grocery stores as a high-carb, low-fat diet became the preferred method for weight loss. Yet, people kept gaining weight.
Once you’re in ketosis for long enough (about 4 to 8 weeks), you become keto-adapted, or fat-adapted. This is when your glycogen decreases (the glucose stored in muscles and liver), you carry less water weight, muscle endurance increases and your overall energy levels are higher.
This guide was designed to help you kick-start your keto diet and get you into ketosis! Below are the basics of the ketogenic diet, how to get started and how to guarantee success. Best of all, you get a free 14-Day Keto Meal Plan with full step-by-step recipes to help you kickstart your keto diet!
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Collagen is a type of protein — one of over 10,000 in your body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for 25-35% of all protein. It is the glue that holds your body together as it supports the growth of joints, organs, hair and connective tissues.
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Achieving ketosis is a pretty straightforward, but it can seem complicated and confusing with all of the information out there. Here’s the bottom line on what you need to do, ordered in levels of importance:
Planning is your key to success on the ketogenic diet. Knowing which foods to eat (and which to avoid), meal prepping and following a keto meal plan will help you reach your macro goals and stay in ketosis.
Milk—but not cheese—is off the list because it contains a lot of lactose, a form of sugar, which makes it high in carbohydrates. When cheese is made, all the sugar is eaten by bacteria and turned into lactic acid, cutting the carb content way down. Low- and reduced-fat dairy products are to be avoided as they’re overly processed, which strips out nutrients like the fatty acids that make you feel full. Plus, sugar is often added to make up for a loss of flavor and texture, so some actually have more sugar than full-fat dairy. Resist shredded cheese, too, as it contains a carby potato starch that keeps it from sticking together.
The sugar addiction is fairly self-explanatory, as is the accusation often, if unfairly, leveled against keto – which is, you’ll just gain it all back and then some. That transitions to the next point that isn’t often addressed, I suspect because people would prefer not to face what’s coming next.
Rami co-founded Tasteaholics with Vicky at the start of 2015 to master the art of creating extremely delicious food while researching the truth behind nutrition, dieting and overall health. You can usually find him marketing, coding or coming up with the next crazy idea because he can’t sit still for too long. His favorite book is The 4-Hour Workweek and artist is Infected Mushroom.
Improved Brain Function – Not only does green tea contain caffeine, it also contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid. L-theanine increases your GABA activity, which improves anxiety, dopamine, and alpha waves.
Healthy Halloween Low-carb Thanksgiving Healthy Valentine’s Day Low-carb St Patrick’s Healthy Easter Recipes Healthy Holiday Season Healthy Party Recipes Autumn Low-Carb Recipes Travel-friendly Low-Carb Recipes Recipe Roundups From the KetoDiet Cookbook From the Fat Bombs Book From the Quick Keto Book
You want to keep your cheats to none. Be prepared, make sure you’re eating what you need to be satiated (“full”), and make sure you’re satisfied with what you’re eating. If you have to force yourself to eat something, it will never work out in the end. This is just a guideline on how you can eat on a ketogenic diet, so you’re very welcome to change up what kind of foods you eat!
Keto requires a healthy amount of protein to support organ function, red blood cells and muscles. Note that your protein macro also depends on your daily physical activities. Make sure you know your ideal protein macro and stick to it.
Benefits: Ground beef (made with 70 percent lean meat and 30 percent fat) is a higher-fat choice — but that’s the point here. You’ll also get an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is necessary to keep energy levels up.
Below you’ll find a visual guide to higher carb vegetables and vegetables with some color. Generally, the brighter and more colorful the vegetable, the less low-carb they are. There are a few exceptions like bell peppers and jalapenos, which can be used for added texture and flavor in meals.
Most fruits, unless listed above, should be completely eliminated due to the high quantities of sugar and carbohydrates. Apples, pineapple, watermelon, mango, oranges and most other fruits should be avoided. Dried fruits and fruit juice are also not permitted on keto.
A keto diet has shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup. More specifically low-carb, high-fat diets show a dramatic increase in HDL and decrease in LDL particle concentration compared to low-fat diets. Read more on keto and cholesterol >
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Blinten, who has used a keto diet for some cancer patients in specific circumstances, cautioned, “people will do anything to get the weight off.” However, a keto diet will do more harm than good for the majority of patients, especially if they have any underlying kidney or liver issues.
The exogenous ketone product that I personally use, have had the most success with and recommend for my coaching clients is Keto Edge. This product combines exogenous ketones with 6 powerful adaptogens such as cordyceps, reishi and lion’s mane that help support the HPA Axis, blood sugar stability and mental energy levels.
You may have seen the pic I posted of my Chinese friend and I eating lunch. She had a bowl of noodles (common in China), and I had a plate with veggies and processed meats (cheap “meat” is common in China, especially uni canteens). I don’t think the oily veggies and processed “meats” are healthy, but the canteen has no other options for someone on a low-carb diet.
Using a meal plan when you start the keto diet can greatly help you succeed. If you know what’s coming up next, you’re much less likely to give up and order food from your favorite takeout restaurant.
Ultimately my initial question is simple… I have purchased a blood glucose meter to start tracking my A1c levels but am currently at a lose to find credible resources for how to target my optimal A1C levels using my glucose meter to measure my Ketosis.
Search for deals. There’s always a sale or a coupon to be found for keto-friendly items out there. Typically you can find significant savings in magazines and newspapers that are sent to your house, but they can also be combined with in-store specials and manager cuts. When combined, you can save a significant amount of your keto groceries.
I get many questions about intermittent fasting, the health benefits, the weight loss benefits, and the like. People normally use intermittent fasting for both the energy and mental clarity it can offer. But it’s not just good for that. It can offer breakthroughs of plateaus and even benefits in nutrient uptake in exercise. We go more in depth to intermittent fasting in Week 3 and 4, so keep your eyes peeled!
“Macros” is an abbreviated term of macronutrients. Your macros are your daily intake of “the big 3” nutrients: fats, protein, and carbohydrates. You can use the following calculator to see what your daily needs will be. If you want to learn more about macros and how they work in relation to keto and our bodies, click here to read more >
The ketogenic diet, better known as keto, is a diet where you eat high amounts of fat and small amounts of carbs to enter ketosis. In ketosis, your body burns ketones (instead of glucose) for fuel, which provides numerous physiological benefits for your body.
Healthy fats include saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and certain types of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), especially omega-3 fatty acids. It’s best to include all types in your diet, with an emphasis on saturated fats, especially compared to PUFAs.
If you want a more visual representation you can watch our Day of Eating video where we eat 20g of net carbs. Your daily 20g of net carbs should ideally be coming from vegetables. A couple servings of leafy green veggies as well as 1-2 servings of cruciferous veggies like broccoli or cauliflower. You’ll also be picking up trace carbs throughout the day in things like dairy and seasonings. Trace carbs are items that are very low carb(often even listed as 0 carb on the nutrition label) but add up to a couple of carbs per day when tallied up. The remaining daily carbs might come from a handful of nuts or a new keto dessert recipe you wanted to give a try.