You’re ringing in the new year with the ketogenic diet to help you reach your health, fitness, or weight loss goals. Rest assured with the right tips, tools, and tricks, you’ll be able to stay on track and reap the rewards of your dietary efforts! If your new year’s resolution is to follow a ketogenic diet, check out these top tips to help you along your weight loss journey.
1. Choose Foods You Love!
Choose keto-friendly foods you’ve always loved eating. If you’ve always enjoyed avocados, select some avocado-rich keto recipes like this greens breakfast shake or this easy avocado salad with cucumber. If one of your favorite fruits is strawberries, enjoy a keto strawberry recipe like keto chocolate-covered strawberries or a strawberry sundae.
2. Find Keto Alternatives for Classic Comfort Foods!
It’s hard to resist your preferred carb-heavy comfort foods, but they’re off-limits on keto. Continue toward your new year’s goals and choose low-carb alternatives for carb-heavy dishes! Say you’re a pasta lover, hush those cravings with a keto pasta dish:
3. Stock Up On Easy Grab-and-Go Snacks!
When you’re on the go, and you need a convenient, quick snack, you’ll find most granola and snack bars are sugar-laden and contain unhealthy additives. Select a healthier keto-approved bar that won’t kick you out of ketosis, like these Ketogenic Certified Heka bars or nush cakes! Have keto snacks like nuts, seeds, or boiled eggs ready and available.
4. Plan Ahead and Meal Prep!
If you know you have a long and busy day or two coming up, it’s best to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. This way, you won’t be tempted to fall off track and chow down on something sugary, unhealthy, and definitely not keto-friendly!
Meal-prepping saves you time and steers you away from packaged, processed, ready-to-go junk foods. When you’re hungry and tired, it might also be difficult for you to stand in the kitchen to make dinner. If you prepare in advance, you’ll have healthy keto food ready to go. Batch cooking and freezing portions can make life easier!
If you don’t know where to start to reduce calorie intake, don’t know what healthy foods to choose, or want to start a meal plan, there are a few simple rules you can follow when meal prepping. Try choosing high protein foods to help you feel full throughout the day. Pair that with a voluminous non-starchy veggie and a healthy fat– both staples on any low carb diet! A great example of this would be steak with butter and broccoli.
5. Drink Water and Stay Hydrated!
When you have a hunger pang or craving, you might just need some hydration! One of the most common weight loss tips is to drink plenty of water for both hunger management and general health benefits.
6. Focus On Other Aspects of Your Health
Focusing on improving other areas of your life like your sleep and stress levels can also improve your overall quality of life and help you stick to your keto new year’s resolution. If you’re stressed and not making enough time for yourself, you’re likely to have more cravings for sugary sweet treats. Similarly, if you haven’t been getting enough sleep, you might be more likely to grab something convenient, tasty, and quick, but not necessarily keto-compliant.
7. Set Realistic Goals and Timelines
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and be sure to set attainable and realistic goals and timelines. For example, you could say in 30 days you’re hoping to notice some improvements, maybe in body weight or headaches or your primary focus for going keto. Try making S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goals to make sure you stay on track and achieve success.
8. Find an Accountability Partner
Having an accountability partner can help you navigate this nutritional change. You can depend and call on your friend or family member for support, which can make a big difference when you start keto and have specific goals in mind. You can also join the keto club for more support from the keto community.
9. Find a Keto-Friendly Doctor
Especially if you have a health problem, it might be best to find a keto-friendly doctor to guide you in safely following a ketogenic diet. You can use the handy ketogenic.com tool to find a doctor with in-depth knowledge about keto who can assist you in optimizing your health using this effective nutritional approach.
10. Believe in Yourself!
This might sound silly and like it goes without saying, but most people don’t believe in themselves anywhere near enough! Be your own advocate and your most important support. Negative little voices in your head can be detrimental to your keto progress.
Practice positivity and trusting and believing in yourself to stay motivated and make the right decisions on your keto path! Make the most of the tools and supportive community here at ketogenic.com!
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Steph Green is a writer, researcher, and singer/songwriter with a passion for all things wellness. In 2016, after four years of struggling with her own health problems and painful autoimmune disease, Steph developed a life-changing and extensive knowledge of keto, nutrition, and natural medicine. She continues on her healing journey and enjoys helping others along the way.