For those of you that have heard about the Keto Diet, but are not exactly sure what it entails - listen up! It’s a low-carb, high-fat meal plan designed to get your body in a state of Ketosis.
Why are we trying to achieve Ketosis? This is the stage where fat from your body is burned in exchange for energy!It's achieved when you’re eating fewer carbohydrates, but maintaining your protein and increasing your fat intake.
With that said, if you’re looking to get started, we’ve got the info you need to do it right, and get results!
1. HAVE A PLAN:
Everyone knows the saying it's hard to quit cold-turkey! Well, the same goes for moving from a non-restrictive diet, to moderating your carb intake. So plan ahead! Educate yourself on the foods you can, and cannot eat, then plan around that. The best part? Flat Tummy App offers a KETO MEAL PLAN so we did all the hard work for you!
2. KEEP UP WITH VEGGIES:
What if we told you there's CARBS in veggies - does it make you crave them more?! Seriously, girl. You need veggies in your Keto plan to ensure you’re getting enough of your daily vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. Your grocery cart should include leafy / green / non-starch veggies, some examples would be spinach, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, kale, peppers, lettuce, asparagus etc.
3. BEAT THE KETO FLU:
Ok, it’s not actually a flu you can catch and no, not everyone goes through this phase! It’s a popular term used to describe your first week on Keto- when your body is adjusting and learning how to burn fats for fuel. Best way to avoid the Keto Flu is to start your journey off slowly. Keep hydrated, consume more fats, get plenty of rest and avoid super tough workouts in the first week.
4. INCREASE HEALTHY FATS:
The most common misconception about Keto is that you’re eating a mainly protein diet- which is false. Keto is ALL ABOUT the healthy fats- fish, nuts, eggs, and cheese are just some of our favorite options! PRO TIP: If you’re experiencing cravings or hunger in between your meals, you’re probably lacking enough healthy fats to keep you satiated. Store some pecans at your desk for a quick fat fix.
5. GET YOUR BODY MOVING:
In the first week you might be feeling super sluggish, but once you get going you should get back on track! You may not want to start an Advanced Flat Tummy Full Body Challenge on your first day of Keto, but that’s why we have 3 different levels of fitness. So be sure to keep up with those workouts, because it will only help your body get rid of the glucose faster!
6. KETO DOESN’T NEED TO BE EXPENSIVE:
We all know that carbs are easily accessible & cheap. When you’re replacing bread with healthier options like fresh veggies and seafood, you'll see your grocery bill increase a tad. BUT WAIT! What you’re not taking into account is how much less food you’ll need to feel full, and that you’ll feel full longer, with the right meal plan. Which is why you need to be sure to check out our Flat Tummy App for a full arrangement of Keto-friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and snacks that won’t break the bank, and that will only help you on your journey!
7. DON’T DO IT ALONE:
If you eat a lot of carbs in a day, the transition could be difficult. We can definitely relate. Enlist one of your besties to do it with you - Grocery shopping and meal prepping for the week is SO MUCH MORE FUN when you’re not doing it alone. Buuuut for 24/7 support from like minded women, be sure to check out our Babe Nation Forum in our Flat Tummy App- we got your back!
8. GET YOUR BACKUP:
Meal prep can be time consuming, so our BEST advice for you is to be prepared for when life gets busy. Instead of reaching for empty carbs like toast in the morning, grab our Keto-Friendly meal replacement shake! You can mix it with fresh veggies, low-carb yogurt, OR shake it up with just water. It’s super simple, it’s filling, and has 22 vitamins and minerals to help you power through your day!
So there you have it babe- the Keto diet isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle! And if you plan on starting this journey, we hope you’ll do it with us, so we can support you along the way!