Keto Without the Crazy

If you’re considering the Keto diet you may have heard from those that have tried it that it’s a hard diet to stick with.  Although it’s true that there are some basic rules that you have to follow in order to be successful, that doesn’t mean that Keto needs to be super challenging!  The following article will explain the best ways to keep your Keto simple so that you can enjoy all the benefits of Keto without the crazy.

Top tips for keeping Keto simple

In order to be successful with Keto it’s important that you keep your net carbs to below 20-25g a day; however, Keto doesn’t have to be complicated.  As long as you’re getting plenty of healthy fats and you keep your net carbs low then you should see success.  If you find yourself struggling to keep up with your Keto, try the following tips.

Avoid any traditional carb loaded foods

This one may seem self explanatory, but it’s honestly one of the simplest ways to stick with your Keto and make it easier.  Although you do get to eat 20-25g of net carbs a day, you’ll find that these are going to be used up by the other foods in your diet that aren’t traditionally thought of as being high in carbs such as vegetables and fruit. 

Simply cutting out the potatoes, chips, bread, pasta and rice will have such a dramatic impact on your carb count that you’ll have to worry a lot less about staying below 20-25g of net carbs. This will allow you to eat vegetables without the stress of having to choose bell peppers over tomatoes in order to keep within your carb limits.

Use a tracking app

The most important part of Keto is keeping your net carbs low.  This can be difficult, if not impossible to do if you’re not keeping track of what you eat.  The easiest way to see success on Keto is to track your macros and the simplest way to do this is to get your electronics to do it for you.

Unless you enjoy keeping written records of every calorie you eat, where it comes from and the manual subtraction necessary to find out how many carbs you have left, it might be a good idea to make use of a computerized system.  In the last few years, apps specifically designed to keep track of your macros have made following a Keto diet a lot easier.  There are some apps that are designed for Keto meal plans while others, such as MyFitness Pal are designed for any meal plan; however, they can be adapted to fit Keto easily. 

One of the biggest advantages to these apps is that they do all the math for you.  They often have large databases of meals already added to their systems to drastically cut down on the work you need to do.  You simply look up the food item in their database and add it to your daily journal.  This will give you a detailed breakdown of calories, nutrients and the macronutrient breakdown so you know exactly what you’ve eaten and how much you have left in your carb budget to play with. 

These kinds of apps can make planning your meals a lot easier too.  If you add the hypothetical meals that you want to eat that day to your plan ahead of time and you see that one meal or one ingredient is going to put you way over your carbohydrate budget then you can easily make the switch before you even eat the food.  This allows you to stick to your allowed macros without any panic and stress.

Keeping track of your macros in an app or program also allows you to look back on the record of what you were eating when and what results you achieved.  This way if you ever hit a weight loss plateau or you find that you’re having trouble staying in ketosis you can look at what worked in the past and make the necessary adjustments.  It’s not difficult to stick to your Keto when you allow an app to do all of the hard work for you.  Simply plug in your foods and you’re done for the day in 5 minutes or less!

Plan your meals ahead of time

The above-mentioned tip on using a tracking app can really benefit you in trying to plan your meals ahead of time.  One of the biggest problems that people encounter when trying to follow a Keto meal plan is getting tossed out of ketosis when they’re stressed for time and they just grab the first thing in their cupboard (which may or may not be Keto-friendly).  In order to remove this stress all you need to do is plan ahead. 

If you look at your upcoming week on a Sunday, for example, and you see that you’re going to have a late dinner on Tuesday then you know that you need to either prepare something in advance (such as leftovers of Monday night’s dinner) or you need to make sure that whatever you make is quick and easy.  This way when Tuesday comes rolling around, you’re not left scrambling for meal ideas. 

Planning also helps you to know in advance how many carbs and calories you’re going to be eating every day.  It’s a lot easier to change your recipes in advance to match your carbohydrate goals than it is to change them after you’ve already eaten.  This also allows you to plan your grocery shopping tips in advance.  If you know what you’re going to be eating, then you can figure out what you’re going to need to purchase for those meals.  This leads us to the next tip.

Shop smart

Only buy the groceries that you need in order to make the upcoming weeks meals.  This prevents you from bringing home excess food that will spoil in your fridge.  It also allows you to make sure that you’re only bringing home food that will work with your meal plan, streamlining the shopping process.  If you’re like the majority of us, the lure of the junk food isle and the smell of the bakery section can be difficult to ignore.  If you have a strict list you’re more likely to stick with it.

Shopping smart also means sticking to certain aisles and avoiding others.  Try to focus on the whole foods that can be found around the exterior of the store such as the meats and dairy coolers and the fruits and vegetable section.  This helps eliminate the preservatives, sugar and chemicals that are found in the inner aisles of the store.  It also cuts down on temptation because if you’re not walking down the aisle it’s impossible to bring something home from that aisle.

Paying attention to where you’re spending your money can also help make the Keto diet easier.  As much as we all love a good steak dinner, that can get expensive and there are cheaper ways to meet your macros.  Try to shop at bulk food stores for all your nuts and seeds.  They often offer these somewhat expensive items for far less than if you were to buy them in your regular grocery store. 

When it comes to buying meat, you might want to stick with less expensive cuts such as beef roasts, bone in pork chops and whole chicken.  There’s a little more work involved in the preparation, but you can easily make a healthy tasty meal with less expensive cuts of meat. Buying your fruits and vegetables in season can also save you money.  Keto doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.  Planning ahead and shopping sales and deals can help you meet your macros while keeping more of your hard-earned money in your wallet.

Focus on foods that you enjoy

The Keto diet doesn’t have to feel restrictive.  There are so many foods out there that are tasty, full of nutrients and low in carbohydrates.  Sometimes all it requires is that you look outside your comfort zone and try foods you’ve never tried before.  Or you might just need to tweak a traditional recipe that you love in order to make it more Keto-friendly.  Whatever it is, just know that you’re not stuck in a boring, repetitive meal cycle.  

Find support

Having a great support system is an important part of anything you do in life.  This could be a friend that’s doing Keto with you that you can bounce ideas off and go to for moral support.  Or it might be your family physician or a nutritionist that can help you break through plateaus and look at any medical reasons that you Keto might not be working the way you’d like.  You could also turn to a spouse or family member and ask them to offer support (even if they’re not doing Keto alongside you).  If you’re having trouble finding support within your social circle you can always look on social media for a group that you can join or even a blog that you can follow.

Support is crucial to success because not every day is going to be a good day and you’re going to need someone to talk to when you’re struggling or running up against roadblocks.  This allows you to know that you’re not alone, no matter how isolating your diet may make you feel.  There’s nothing like having a good friend to reach out to after sitting through a meal with your in-laws where everyone around you was eating fresh sliced bread.  They can commiserate with you and give you the boost of motivation you need to push through any obstacles that come up.

Conclusion

The Keto diet doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult.  There are several tricks and tips that you can use to make keeping within your carb limit easy.  If you find yourself struggling to balance everything while on Keto, take a step back and make sure you’re following the tips recommended in this article so that you can get back to seeing great results.

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