So you want to be part of this ‘Keto’ thing? You have made a great decision and have landed in the right place. This is where it all starts, your journey to a whole new lifestyle. Let’s dive in and you can see exactly what a Keto Diet is and 5 Ways to start today!
The fact is, the Keto Lifestyle starts with the foods you eat. So, first let’s review what the typical American day of eating looks like. The morning probably starts with a coffee, oh and not black, lets add everything but the kitchen sink, or you might be a soda drinker and pop the top as soon as the alarm goes off. A quick stop at the drive thru for a breakfast out of a bag before heading to work and the buzz is ‘what are we ordering for lunch today’. The drive home and you are thinking about what you can make quick for the family before heading to football practice, gymnastics and on and on and on. In the end you settle for pizza delivery and vow to do better tomorrow.
Typical Keto Diet
A Typical Keto (ketogenic) diet consists of eating approximately 20 grams of net carbs per day as opposed to a low-carb diet which can vary anywhere from 0-100 grams of net carbs per day. Now, you have probably heard the dreaded word macronutrients or ‘macros’, and to some of you just the thought of calculating and tracking these ‘macros’ has scared you off from jumping into a Keto diet. Calculating what ratio of fat, carbs and protein and figuring out what is right for your Keto lifestyle should not stop you from starting Keto today!
I am here to tell you……Don’t Make this Hard…It is NOT Hard! The below image gives you a suggested starting point on where your macros should be when first starting a Keto diet.
So now you ask, “What do I do with this information?’. I can answer that! I personally use an app on my iPhone called Carb Manager. Carb Manager is just one example of a wide selection of apps that you can get to track macros. This app allows you to put in the macros that you are wanting to track and keep a daily log of your daily nutrition, fitness and overall weight and wellness goals. I can say, without hesitation, if you want to be successful and reach your goals, you have to know what and how much is going into your body. Keeping track of what you eat and drink by using an app like Carb Manager is one of the simplest ways to do this.
What’s the big deal about Macros?
I know, you are asking, ‘What is the big deal about Macros?’. Here’s the deal in a nutshell. The Keto way of eating is based on a very low carb (carbohydrate), moderate protein, higher fat diet. The goal is to get your body burning fat for fuel. When you reach ‘ketosis’, the body is no longer relying on blood sugars to supply your energy. The Keto diet has a multitude of benefits when the body switches to burning fat for fuel and here are just a few!
5 Ways to start the Keto Diet today!
Now you have the scoop on macronutrients (macros), the importance of tracking those for success and a bit on the amazing benefits of following the Keto diet. What are you waiting for? It’s time…lets get you started on this Keto lifestyle and improving your whole self; living a keto lifestyle for your body, mind and in your home. Here are 5 things you can do to start a Keto diet today! Plus, get your FREE Keto On the Rise Kickstart Grocery List here!