Ketogenic lifestyle! Given how complex keto diet is, even I feel like a beginner as I learn something new about keto diet daily. I know it very well that ketogenic diet is very useful for weight loss or achieving your fitness goals. But, there is still a lot to learn about it. I don’t know whether you are convinced about it or you are just testing out stuff.
For me, both of these apply. I am very much convinced with the ketogenic diet and the fact that it helps in great weight loss but I am trying out different things in it so that I can learn more about this. On this topic, even a good amount of knowledge feels like you have no idea about the topic.
If you are starting out with a ketogenic diet for your weight loss journey, then these hacks will definitely be helpful for you. These are not at all complicated to follow. Instead, these hacks will make things easier for you leading to a healthy lifestyle.
1. Say no to processed foods
What should be your reaction to processed foods- “cut it!”. Choosing real foods over processed foods is the first step towards a ketogenic lifestyle.
There are numerous benefits to eating vegetables, fruits, meat, non-homogenized dairy products, and whole grains. I don’t think I need to talk about their benefits. These are natural foods, thus making the ketogenic lifestyle a natural and effective way to lose weight. On the other hand, processed foods are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and even preservatives.
2. Stay away from hidden carbs
You cut the bad carbs by prohibiting the popular carb-rich foods such as white rice but there are chances of getting them back with foods containing the hidden carbs. If something is chewable, coated, flavored, sweet then its best to avoid it. There are chances that it contains carbs, and most of the times it does contain it. Most of these processed foods. So as I have said before, the more natural your food is, the better is.
3. Go for high-fat foods
This is what actually keto lifestyle is. Munching on high-fat low carb foods. These high-fat foods will keep you full for longer. Eating good quality fat-rich foods such as avocados will keep your hunger pangs satisfied along with delivering the nutrients contained in it to your body. This is the magic of keto diets and it makes complete sense.
At some time, even I used to think that how the hell will adopting a fat rich food lifestyle help in losing weight. Fats are generally associated with weight gain. And here itself I went wrong. Keto diet involves a high fat and low carb diet. Obviously, here I am talking about healthy fats such as those found in avocados.
There are many other foods which contain healthy fats. These high-fat low carb foods cause a deficiency in carbohydrate in the body. This makes the body to burn fats for energy so that it can continue functioning properly.
The first step towards a low carb diet is going on a low carb detox diet plan. Why? Because this 3-day detox diet can work wonders for your body by eliminating the bad carbs from your body and giving it a fresh start.
4. What do you think about zoodles?
An alternative to the processed and not so healthy noodles! If you miss eating your favorite noodles, go for a healthy substitute. Replace your noodles with zoodles i.e noodles made from zucchini, carrot, butternut squash, and your other favorite veggies. All it contains is veggies (so its very healthy and keeps you full) and has very easy to make delicious recipes. Have zoodles instead of noodles!
A spiralizer easily helps you in turning your veggies into pasta and noodle shapes.
5. Frozen veggies are your friends
Frozen veggies and other frozen produce can be one of the cheapest items. Get the veggies in bulk from the market when are cheaply available, and store them in your freezer. The best part is that you will get the same amount of nutrients as fresh vegetables because these veggies are frozen when they are very much ready for consumption. They are as ready as fresh ones.
These frozen vegetables and other products can be instantly added to your preparations after defrosting. So they require zero preparation time.
6. Don’t end your love for dessert
We all love dessert so much. But its unhealthy right? So, should you dump it when following a keto lifestyle for weight loss? I will say NO. Not because I love desserts a lot just like anyone else. Switching to the healthy desserts will be the best option for me instead of quitting them altogether.
Yes, you can eat healthy desserts such as full-fat yogurt, frozen fruit, healthy desserts loaded with fruits and other keto friendly desserts. I guess keto isn’t that tough as you still get to munch on the desserts, though healthy ones. Haha.
7. Follow a meal plan
I think following a proper keto diet meal plan will be better so that you can stick to this diet and be consistent. It will also help you in being organized in terms of eating. Plan your meals to continue the habit of eating healthy and keeping away cravings for junk food.
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So try adapting to a ketogenic lifestyle to shed some pounds. What do you think about adopting a keto life? Shoot up in the comments section below. I am curious!