You want to lose weight. You want to transform your body. You’ve heard that the keto diet has potential to do these things but you don’t know where to start.
This post is to help you get started on keto. While it isn’t the end all, be all guide to keto it does cover some things that you might not think about when trying to change your current lifestyle.
And that’s what this is all about: changing your lifestyle.
Specifically, with a keto diet, things are going to be different right off the bat. Change is coming and you need to make sure you’re fully prepared for it.
How to Start a Keto Diet Routine
Some people don’t like the word routine because it often means doing the same thing over and over again.
The fact of that matter is that people that are able to build positive routines are the ones that generally see the most success.
The goal of this post is to help you establish a positive routine that will help you stay on track with your keto journey.
Make the Commitment
The first thing you need to do is fully commit to the diet. Decide in your mind right now that you are going to start this diet and stick to it through all the ups and downs that are going to happen.
When you set your mind to fully committing to a keto diet, you are already on the right path. You haven’t really started anything yet, but you’re making a promise to yourself. This promise is going help you stay accountable for when you actually begin the diet.
One of the best things that you can do is establish your Why.
Why are you doing this diet?
It’s important that you find a why that has emotional pull. Yes, you want to lose weight but what is the Why behind losing weight?
Staying motivated for months just to be able to fit into some old jeans usually isn’t going to make you stay committed.
Understanding that you want to smile at yourself daily in the mirror is something that can cause you to stay committed.
You never want to go into anything without setting yourself some goals. Setting goals are going to allow you to see what you need to reach for. Goals help keep you accountable for what you are doing.
Make sure the goals you set are realistic. You don’t want to set a goal that isn’t attainable in a reasonable time frame. This will only set you up for failure because discouragement starts to set in and then your desire to succeed slowly starts to fade.
Having goals will allow you to stay motivated throughout the entire diet. That is something that is extremely important with a diet. Having the motivation to stick with it every day isn’t easy. Some days are going to be better than others.
You just have to make sure you can do whatever you can to keep going. This is when your goals come into play. When you see the progress you’re making and how close you actually are to your goals, you’ll want to keep going and striving to make yourself better.
While most people think that numerical goals are the only goals that they should aim for when starting a diet, there are many more goals that you can strive for that will help to keep you on course:
- Do a 16/8 intermittent fasting routine for a week
- Meal plan for a month straight
- Stay below 20g of carbs for 90 days
All of these goals will get you closer to your main goal with Keto.
Clear Out the Pantry
When I say clear out your pantry, you need to clear it out almost entirely based on what’s in there.
You need to get rid of all the carbs, starches, and sugars that are hidden in your pantry. Get rid of the pastas, rices, chips, and candies. Either get rid of the food or toss it out. You no longer need these foods in your life. It’s going to be hard to get rid of these foods because your body is so used to having them on a near daily basis, but it’s something that needs to be done.
Having these foods remain in your pantry will become too much of a temptation once you actually start the diet.
Taking away as many temptations as possible is going to make the entire process much easier for you to handle when you start having those days where you want to give up on the diet.
It’s important that you understand what not to eat on keto.
Hit the Grocery Store
Now that your pantry is cleared out, you’re going to need to buy foods that are going to get you through this diet. This is probably going to be the best part of starting a keto diet. You get the chance to sweep down the aisles of a store and grab all kinds of foods.
Here is a list of foods that are considered keto friendly that you can make hundreds and hundreds of keto-friendly recipes with. You will never be short on variety and you can always keep your taste buds guessing.
Here is a typical day of meals for the average keto goer:
Breakfast: Eggs and bacon
Lunch: Tuna salad with greens and olives
Dinner: Steak with sauteed vegetables
This is a basic day, but you can see that the food you’re going to eat doesn’t seem like that of a different diet you may have tried. You get to actually eat and enjoy what you’re eating the entire time.
Balancing Your Meals
Once you’ve gone a little crazy at the grocery store and gotten everything you need to become a master keto chef you need to try and understand how to balance your meals.
By this I mean you need to understand how to balance your fats, proteins, and carbs. Atypical keto diet will have a balance of 75% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbs. Sticking to this will get you into ketosis and keep you there.
Depending on what your end goals are, these percentages can change, but this is a good place to start.
You can use MyMacros+ (the app we recommend to all Keto Dash members) to help guide you with your percentages when you’re about to start eating every meal.
Take Your Measurements
Since you’re so close to actually starting the diet, now would be a good time to take all your measurements. Write down your weight, size of your waist, the size of your legs, and if you can, your body fat percentage.
Body fat percentage is hard to measure and you need the right tools to do this since a lot of other methods aren’t 100% accurate.
The purpose of doing this is so you can see your starting point. This directly relates to the goals you already set for yourself.
You need to know where you’re at so you know where you want to go. This will also help you see if you need to re-evaluate your goals. Remember, your goals should be realistic. I’m all for shooting for high goals, but you need to have other goals in between to show that you are taking the necessary steps to get to where you want to be.
By now, you should be ready to start your keto diet. The journey to a better lifestyle can finally begin.
The road to the starting line clearly isn’t that easy, but the race could be a little more difficult. All the steps leading up to the starting point lay out a good foundation for anybody that wants to start a keto diet.
This isn’t a diet where you just want to jump in not knowing all the details first. Knowing a lot about the keto process is going to allow you to have more success.
Because of that, you should follow the steps above without question. You will be starting ahead of those people that think they can jump into this diet blindfolded thinking it’s like every other diet they have tried.
This is going to be the diet that finally works for you. If you stay disciplined and mentally tough, you will be able to handle all the challenges you face throughout this process. Eventually, you’ll be going through the motions and not even realize you are on a diet.
Over at Keto Dash it is our goal to guide you through a successful transition to the ketogenic diet. With a helpful community, 1-on-1 support, and a growing library of resources, it’s a great way to enter the world of keto.