It’s not abnormal to want to make healthy changes in your life in the early months of a new year. It’s also not out of the ordinary to be less than thrilled with the actual process of making these changes. February is a month of love, so why not also make it a time to fall in love with your diet and how you feel?
One diet plan you may want to consider is the ketogenic or “keto” diet. This very low-carb diet goes back to the 1920s when researchers at Johns Hopkins University saw how well it helped epilepsy patients. Fast-forward to present day and people are finding it beneficial for all kinds of health concerns and health goals from weight loss to the reduction of heart disease risk factors.
When you follow this type of eating plan, it puts your body into a state of “ketosis,” which is a metabolic state that occurs when most of the body’s energy comes from ketone bodies in the blood rather than from glucose from carbohydrate foods (like grains, all sources of sugar or fruit, for example).
Tips for loving a ketogenic diet
So how can you fall in love with the work of a keto diet?
Find helpful resources
Start by checking out this Keto Diet for Beginners Made Easy: The Ultimate Guide to “Keto.” Many keto diet guides and recipes have you loading up on bacon and cream cheese. While these foods may be enticing and certainly contain plenty of fat, there is a much healthier way to execute the keto diet and still love what you’re eating and how you’re feeling on a daily basis.
Stock your fridge
You can make the “work” of a keto diet as easy and tasty as possible by stocking your fridge and pantry with delicious, keto-approved food items such as grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, leafy green veggies, avocados, organic eggs, bone broth and olive oil. As you can see, this isn’t a list that is short on flavor, and it’s certainly not short on nutrients. If you keep the right ingredients on hand and educate yourself on keto-friendly foods, then it makes eating at home, and even eating at restaurants, that much easier.
Collect keto recipes
Many people don’t stick with a new way of eating because they keep tempting foods around or because they are at a loss for new ideas. Or because the food simply isn’t tasty or satisfying. The great news about keto recipes is not only are they super flavorful, but they’re also loaded with healthy fat that keeps you feeling satisfied longer.
Going keto isn’t a diet plan that makes you feel bored or deprived. It also doesn’t put you into the hamster wheel of counting calories, limiting portion sizes or resorting to extreme exercise routines (but regular movement while on the diet is certainly recommended). Instead, it’s a low-carb diet that takes an entirely different approach to weight loss and health improvements, and as many keto fans will report, it’s a diet that may easily have you loving “the work.”
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