7 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting Keto

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Have you recently made the switch to a keto lifestyle?

Or maybe you’ve been thinking about it?

If so, you’re definitely not alone.

Keto has taken the world by storm the last few years for the simple reason that it works incredibly well.

There are countless success stories from ordinary people who’ve used keto to change their life.

Some people use it to get rid of stubborn body fat. For others, it helps with symptoms linked with illnesses like epilepsy, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. [1]

People have finally woken up to the fact we’ve been lied to for many years: eating fat DOES NOT cause you to gain fat. [2]

Just the opposite, in fact. When you supply your body with healthy fats, it then switches to burning fat as its major fuel source.

While the benefits you gain from this are too many to list here, it’s not always smooth sailing to begin with.

Many people have a difficult time for the first few weeks while their body adjusts to this new way of eating.

Believe me when I say I know what it’s like, because I was one of these people. For the first couple of weeks I wondered if this was something I could stick to, or if I’d made a mistake.

But looking back, it didn’t have to be that way. I was simply unprepared, just like many people who dive into keto without knowing what to expect.

I’m thrilled I stuck it out. However, many people don’t. They quit in the first few weeks, when they were SO close to revitalizing their health and enjoying increased energy.

That’s why I want to share the 7 things I wish I knew when I was first starting out on keto. So that YOUR experience is enjoyable and painless instead of tough and challenging.

Learn from my experience, and you’ll be well on your way to thriving on keto in no time!

#1 Supplements Are Your Friend

Before I began my keto journey, I made the decision not take any supplements. Looking back, this was a huge mistake.

It’s not that you can’t get great results by only consuming whole foods. But it’s a lot easier to thrive on keto with some extra help, especially when you’re starting out.

That’s because a quality keto supplement can help you get into ketosis quicker [3]… speeding up the health and fat-burning effects that keto is famous for.

The other big benefit I noticed since adding this supplement to my daily regimen, is it helps keep hunger at bay. If I had my time over again, I would’ve taken this from the start to prevent craving foods that aren’t keto-friendly.

#2 The “Keto Flu” Is Normal

If I’d done more research before jumping into keto, I would’ve known all about the “keto flu”. This is the term commonly used for the symptoms some people experience in the first week or two of switching to keto.

Don’t worry — it’s nothing serious or an actual flu.

It’s just that the symptoms can feel kinda similar. Such as fatigue, headaches, upset stomach and brain fog.

But because I wasn’t expecting this, it freaked me out a little when it happened to me. I thought maybe I was even doing something wrong.

So just be aware that this is something you may feel yourself, and it’s only temporary. However, a lot of people are able to avoid this altogether, and that’s thanks to the next point below.

#3 Keep Your Electrolytes Up

When you switch to keto, your body begins to burn fat as its fuel source instead of glucose (which you get from carbs).

As your glycogen levels drop, you’ll excrete a lot of water and lose electrolytes. [4] That means it’s important to stay hydrated and up your intake of electrolytes. Because when you don’t that’s typically when you’ll get slammed by the keto flu.

Now, the easiest way to increase your intake of electrolytes is by adding salt to your food and water. If I’d only done this one simple thing, it would’ve made the transition much easier.

Besides adding more salt, you should eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, salmon and avocado. This will help your electrolyte levels stay properly balanced.

#4 The Weight Can Come Off Quickly

I was hoping to drop a couple of pounds in my first week or two of keto. So it stunned me when the pounds rapidly dropped off.

Now, obviously that’s not a bad thing. It’s just that I wasn’t exactly prepared for it. I had to buy some new clothes all at once because most of my wardrobe no longer fit me.

Everyone is different. So there’s no hard and fast rule about how quickly you’ll see results when you adopt the keto diet.

But be prepared that it may happen quicker than you think. So plan any adjustments you may need to make for a new and slimmer you.

#5 Don’t Neglect Fiber

By switching to keto and cutting your intake of carbs, it can also reduce the amount of fiber you consume. That’s because a lot of the fiber most people consume comes from foods like wheat and whole grains.

This is something I didn’t plan for, and my lack of fiber contributed to some digestive issues.

Even though the whole topic of bowel movements is kinda embarrassing, it’s important to discuss. And because there’s such a drastic difference in the way you’re eating on keto, your bowel movements can be affected while your body adjusts.

If you don’t get enough fiber, then you may notice issues like constipation and diarrhea. While fruit and vegetables are a natural source of fiber, I wish I’d taken a supplement when first starting out. Fiber supplements have been shown to help dramatically with digestive issues. [5]

There are tons of fiber supplements you can buy in pill and powder form. However, it’s worth noting that most of these use psyllium husk as their main ingredient. You can buy psyllium husk as a single ingredient from all health food stores and many supermarkets, and it’s very inexpensive.

Simply add a teaspoon to a glass of water or cup of tea and it’s a great way to give your body the quality fiber it needs.

#6 Take Photos And Track Measurements

One of the best things you can do before you go keto is take some photos from different angles, wearing a bikini or underwear. Then once you’re on keto, take photos every week or so wearing the same thing.

The reason this is so important is it gives you visual proof of how your body is changing. If you just rely on looking in the mirror, that’s not really accurate.

That’s because our minds can play tricks on us and convince us we look worse than we really do. You may feel like you’re not making any progress, but when you look at side-by-side photos you might see a huge difference.

It’s the same with using a tape measure to keep track of different body parts. This is a better way to track your progress than relying a set of scales.

I wish I had done a better job of this because it allows you to make changes if necessary. For example, if you’re shedding pounds but your tummy isn’t getting smaller. In this case it’s a good idea to increase your protein intake so you’re not losing lean muscle.

And that leads to the final thing I wish I knew before starting keto, which is probably the biggest thing of all.

#7 Know Your Macros

I’ve left this one until the end because for me this was the biggest mistake I made when starting out. I was just guessing when it came to what I ate, only knowing I needed to eat more fat and less carbs.

But I didn’t know how many grams of fat, protein and carbs were in the food I ate. And that meant I wasn’t hitting the ideal macronutrient breakdown for keto — 70-80% of calories from fat, 20-25% from protein, and the remaining 5-10% from carbohydrates.

There are many free apps you can download that give you the exact macronutrient breakdown of everything you eat, and keep track of your daily intake.

This is well worth doing because it removes the guesswork out of being on keto. You won’t have to worry if you’re eating too many carbs that it may kick you out of ketosis and slow your progress.

And just because you’re on keto, doesn’t mean you have a green light to eat as much as you want. I know some people who think the more fat they eat the better. But if it means consuming too many calories, you won’t get healthier and slimmer.

The good thing about tracking your macros is you only have to consciously do this for a short time. Once you get accustomed to what to eat and how much, it becomes like second nature. You’ll intuitively know what to eat without needing to worry about tracking it.

So, there you go. If I’d known these 7 things when beginning my keto journey, the transition would’ve been smoother.

But you don’t have to suffer by making the same mistakes I did. In fact, I’m determined to make sure you don’t.

That’s why I’ve put together a free guide for you. It covers everything you could need to know to make the jump to keto, and removes all the guesswork.

It’s basically the all-in-one resource I wish I had when starting my keto journey.

You’ll discover my proven tips and techniques for thriving on keto, and how to keep your costs down.

On top of that, I’ll tell you exactly how to handle it when friends or family members challenge you on the keto diet (yes, this will happen!) I felt flustered when it happened to me, and it was a real challenge.

I’ve since discovered the perfect response that is positive and avoids any arguments or conflict. Try it out when someone tells you you’re eating too much fat, and you’ll see why it’s so effective.

This is only a taste of what’s in store for you inside this free digital guide. I’m so grateful for all the people who have shared their success stories with me and told me how this resource made it possible.

Let me serve as your own personal keto guide so you achieve the transformation you deserve. So go ahead and click here to join the Two-Week Keto Challenge and start your keto journey completely risk-free.

 

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2367001/
  2. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(16)30085-7/fulltext
  3. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2017.00848/full
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3533616/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25972618

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