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So you finally decided to get into the Keto diet. Let me congratulate you first! You’re now on your way to a low carb diet that will benefit your health so much. And whether your reason is to get in shape, lose weight, or you just wanna stay healthy, the Keto diet is no doubt a great solution for your fitness goals.
And to help you stick to your Ketogenic diet, I’ve compiled some Keto hacks and tips that’ll keep you on track. These are proven and tested ideas that’ll make your Keto lifestyle less frustrating and more achievable.
Also, they are super easy to follow and give great results. So check them out, bookmark this post, and let me know what you think!
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1. Choose Eggs and Bacon over Cereal
As you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day since it fuels you to be productive and efficient all day long. But many of us tend to have sugary high-calorie meals like cereal. (In particular, the budget cereals are usually the worst for high sugar content).
So instead, try having eggs and bacon for your next breakfast.
This meal is high in protein and low in carbs which is essential for your Keto diet. You can also try a different recipe for your eggs to make it tastier or more interesting.
And for your bacon, be sure to use coconut oil when frying them to keep it a little more healthy.
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2. Replace Rice and Pasta with Cauliflower Rice or Veggie Pasta
These two are unhealthy carbs you want to ditch in your diet. Instead of eating rice or pasta, consider replacing them with a healthier version, like cauliflower rice or veggie pasta. Both of these are relatively easy to make. For the cauliflower rice, you can get it pre-made at your local store. If this is not your thing, you can make your own by using your food processor with the pulse setting.
And for your veggie pasta, try some zucchini and put it into your Spiralizer. In just a few minutes, you can have spiral pasta and cook it over the stove.
3. Prepare Your Own Lunch
For all the newbies in the Keto diet, I suggest you make it a habit to prepare and bring your own packed lunches to school or the office. It doesn’t just make sure you’re eating healthy but saves you money as well.
You can also have a meal plan to strategize what meal to prepare for the whole week. And you can consider making them in batches ahead of time and then freeze them. This way you can just grab and go for busy days!
4. Try This Quick Snack
In case you miss the sugar cravings, instead of heading to the nearest store to get some chocolate bars, I suggest getting almond butter, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. These ingredients make a great healthy recipe that tastes like a sweet dessert but is still low in calories.
To make one, just pour all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it until it’s a fine consistency. Put it in the freezer for around half an hour or take out once frozen. That’s it! You’ll have a quick snack that’ll benefit your health.
5. Replace Regular Flour with Almond or Coconut Flour
Just like with the rice and pasta tip, you might also want to replace your regular flour with almond or coconut flour. They taste good and can be used with any of your baking recipes to make a Keto friendly treat. Hop on the Pinterest and you’ll find plenty of great recipes for low carb diets that use these alternative flours.
6. Skip the Acidic Foods & Drinks
Say goodbye to your acidic foods and drinks that include alcohol, sodas, low-fat dairy products, and sweetened teas and coffee. These are foods that negatively affect your health and alkaline balance which is essential in your diet. This doesn’t mean you’ll ditch them forever, you just need to skip them temporarily as you go with Keto diet.
PS. Try drinking things like protein shakes, reduced-sugar juices, almond milk, or green tea!
7. Buy Vegetables in Bulk
One of the best ways to save money on vegetables is to buy in bulk when on sale. And don’t worry about them going bad, you can just store them in your freezer.
But before you put them in, wash, peel and chop them into different sizes for your different healthy recipes. You’ll find this super helpful especially for busy, lazy days where you can’t have healthy foods on hand. Implement this tip and you’ll save so much time and money.
8. Go on Intermittent Fasting
Make sure to ask your doctor before going on any diet like this.
Compared to calorie restrictions, intermittent fasting only limits your eating windows to just a few hours a day.
So for instance, for 14-16 hours of the day (and yes, this can include the time you sleep), you won’t eat anything with calories, only drink water. And for the rest of the day, you’ll eat healthy meals.
Your body will break down extra fats that are stored and use it as energy during fasting days. It’s pretty simple!
9. Plan for the Week
To make sure you stick to your Keto diet all week, make sure you plan out your meals for the entire week. That way you know exactly what ingredients to shop for and you won’t be tempted to cheat.
There are plenty of awesome Keto recipes out there, so try to get a week ahead for your diet!
10. Think “Shalom”
Here’s a fun little Keto hack some of you might appreciate! If you want a memory aid for some of the dos and don’ts of Keto, simply remember this Shalom acronym and be at peace. (Shalom is the Hebrew word for “peace”).
Sweeteners — If you just love sugary flavors, low-carb sweeteners will be your best friend on the Keto diet. The best sweeteners for the Keto diet are natural ones like Stevia that can help lower blood pressure (Source) and Monk Fruit which can help regulate blood sugar levels (Source). Though artificial sweeteners can be fine too (e.g. Sucralose).
High-fat dairy — Seriously, avoid low-fat dairy options. Go for dairy products high in protein and fat, but low in lactose. So skip goat’s milk, regular milk (or at least cut intake down a bit and still definitely only drink full-fat), and buttermilk, and eat more full-fat cheeses, creams, and butter.
Avocadoes — For 2 grams of carbs for every 100 grams, eating avocado is such an awesome Keto hack! It’s tasty, versatile, and you can’t say enough about its many other health benefits…
Low-carb vegetables —Bell peppers, artichokes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, sprouts, kale, garlic, tomatoes, celery, green beans, zucchini, and mushrooms, are just some great low-carb options for Keto.
Other fats — The “good” fats for Keto are saturated fats, natural trans and polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats, whereas the “bad” ones are processed trans and processed polyunsaturated fats.
Meats — Some good meats for Keto are porterhouse, New York strip, ribeye and t-bone steaks, chicken thighs, lamb chops, pork belly, bacon, baby back ribs, and any other meats where you leave the skin on with it.
11. Focus on More Than Food
Lastly, after applying all the Keto hacks above, I suggest you reduce all the different factors that can negatively affect your Keto diet.
So have enough sleep, reduce your stress, exercise, be active, and stay positive. All of these things will contribute to your fitness goals and benefit your health.
Seriously, being on a Ketogenic diet doesn’t need to be a challenging and intimidating task. There are always plenty of tips and tricks that you can use just like the ten ideas above that will totally help you stick to your healthy lifestyle. So give them a try and let me know what you think.
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