The ketogenic diet is a revolutionary diet that promises stronger health and optimal performance by eating a high fat, low carbohydrate diet.
Before you give this one a try, there are some important things to keep in mind:
Achieving a state of ketosis can take time. When a keto diet is followed properly, it will likely take close to a week for your body to enter a state of ketosis. Be diligent and patient with your progress. Look for your tongue to start turning white when you’re about to enter ketosis.
Be ready for the keto flu.
The main switch will occur when you pass the keto flu, which is a state of feeling sick and nauseous as your body and brain switches from using glycogen or blood glucose to ketones as fuel. This process is normal and will pass.
Consume healthy fats.
Just because you’re on a high-fat diet doesn’t mean that you should eat a bunch of high-fat fast food options. Keep your intake of fats to healthy and natural fats like fish and plant sources.
Eat carbs rich in fiber.
Mistakenly, some keto users toss away carbs altogether. Instead, consume vegetables that contain a high amount of fiber, as this will lower your net carb intake and strengthen your health.
Abstain from sugar.
This is the biggest component. The moment you go back onto sugar you’ll experience yo-yo diet symptoms. If you’re committed to a keto diet, you need to stay off sugar (as most people should anyway).
Meat and poultry.
On a keto diet, the more natural the cut the better. Find a good butcher and get the nice cuts of meat that have a good source of dietary fat and aren’t combined into a burger or sausage with salt and other chemicals.