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How To: Get Started On The Ketogenic Diet

How To: Get Started On The Ketogenic Diet

Hey everyone! When I first started the ketogenic diet I did lots and lots of research, which I highly recommend for everyone to do. Below you will see all the resources I used and still use to have success with the ketogenic diet. To learn more about my journey, tips, advice, and over 100 EASY low carb recipes check out my first book, Simply Keto. Educate yourself Learn about how ketosis works, what foods to eat and other helpful advice. I highly recommend reading Keto in a Nutshell and Reddit’s FAQs which are both linked below from Reddit. Set up your macros by visiting to the Keto Calculator! Easily calculate your personalized macros here! (The keto calculator is also linked in the top menu on the homepage, so feel free to revisit it anytime for easy calculations!) Remember, the macros you calculate will be a starting point. Feel free to make adjustments as needed to find what works best for you! Food Diary – Tracking Macros Sign up/Log in to MyFitnessPal (aka MFP – which is FREE!) You can also use LoseIt, but I really love MFP! Once logged in, click on goals, then customize and use your personal macros from the Keto Calculator to update your new goals! While you are logged in to MFP, go to community, and groups and find the Keto group! Having a support system is a HUGE benefit. There are lots of people there willing to help keep you on track and encourage you, so add some Keto friends! You will also get to see what other people are eating and get some great meal ideas. You can change your diary settings to friends only or public if you want to share your food logs. (I HIGHLY recommend sharing your food logs because it holds you accountable!) Log your food every day. I absolutely hated logging at first but after two weeks I got used to it. MFP has a barcode scan Continue reading >>

This Reddit User Swears The Ketogenic Diet Made Him Less Depressed—but Is That Possible?

This Reddit User Swears The Ketogenic Diet Made Him Less Depressed—but Is That Possible?

People swear by the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet for plenty of reasons—they say it can help lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and help you lose weight. But now one Reddit user says the ketogenic diet helped fight his depression, too. Under the title “Depression is gone,” Redditor willilikeit writes, “Six months on keto. Have lost 40 pounds. But the best result is how I feel. I've gone from waking up with dread and fighting suicidal thoughts off and on most days, to feeling energetic, positive, and only a rare, passing, suicidal thought. It is night and day! Omg. Thank you for all of your posts and support!" Several other people said in the comments that they experienced similar results with ketogenic diets. “So true, I sleep less, wake up ready for the day instead of dreading it. I have energy and want to actually do things now. So glad you feel it too!” Sea_Hag wrote. “I’m right there with you,” writes EffectedCat. “I don’t constantly think of how much I suck or constantly ask what I’m going to screw up today. …Anger and sudden emotional outbursts have dramatically decreased and everyone around me can notice the difference in my mood. This diet has changed my life.” Does the Keto Diet Really Fight Depression? It actually might, says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D. “Your diet can absolutely have an effect on your mood,” she says. “Many studies have shown a clear link between diet and a person's state of mind.” The keto diet in particular may cause certain bodily processes that can help fight depression, she says. I Tried It: Keto Diet Here’s how it works: For some reason, when you're on a ketogenic diet, your body produces more GABA, a major neurotransmitter that helps the brain function Continue reading >>

10 Signs That You Might Be In Ketosis

10 Signs That You Might Be In Ketosis

Republished with permission from Authority Nutrition. Original article here. CHECK OUT SOME OF MY OTHER FAVORITE LOW CARB KETO RESOURCES: 10 Signs that you Might be in Ketosis The ketogenic diet is a popular, effective way to lose weight and improve health. When followed correctly, this low-carb, high-fat diet will raise blood ketone levels. These provide a new fuel source for your cells, and cause most of the unique health benefits of this diet (1, 2, 3). On a ketogenic diet, your body undergoes many biological adaptions, including a reduction in insulin and increased fat breakdown. When this happens, your liver starts producing large amounts of ketones to supply energy for your brain. However, it can often be hard to know whether you’re “in ketosis” or not. Here are 10 common signs and symptoms of ketosis, both positive and negative. 1. Bad Breath People often report bad breath once they reach full ketosis. It’s actually a common side effect. Many people on ketogenic diets and similar diets, such as the Atkins diet, report that their breath takes on a fruity smell. This is caused by elevated ketone levels. The specific culprit is acetone, a ketone that exits the body in your urine and breath (4). While this breath may be less than ideal for your social life, it can be a positive sign for your diet. Many ketogenic dieters brush their teeth several times per day, or use sugar-free gum to solve the issue. If you’re using gum or other alternatives like sugar-free drinks, check the label for carbs. These may raise your blood sugar levels and reduce ketone levels. The bad breath usually goes away after some time on the diet. It is not a permanent thing. Bottom Line: The ketone acetone is partly expelled via your breath, which can cause bad or fruity-smelling breat Continue reading >>

The Easiest Diet In The World

The Easiest Diet In The World

Classic dieting is hard. Eating fewer calories seems to require super human will. Always balancing on the edge of temptation and craving. At any moment one misstep could cause you to fall off of that cliff, into the sea of guilt and binge. Logically, you know you don’t really want that chocolate bar. So why are you damn near vibrating, foaming at the mouth, lusting for your dark master, the coco bean? It’s because you’re human. We’re all animals. Slaves to the instincts and cravings of our primitive brains. Slaves to the demands of our basic desires. The problem with dieting is that you’re in a 24/7 battle against yourself. A tug of war. Amazingly, the Keto diet seems to turn all of this off. It’s the only diet with a short term, tangible destination — Ketosis—a state you achieve and maintain. Because ketosis is a state most people achieve within mere days of starting the diet, there is a short term, tangible motivation to avoid craving. It’s like an extra shot of willpower, a psychological weapon against craving. It feels like the Keto diet turns off the primitive brain. Once ketosis is achieved, you have motivation to maintain it. On a classic diet based on calorie restriction you could talk yourself into having a piece of chocolate. After all that piece of chocolate won’t totally ruin your diet. “I’ll just have a little less food at supper time” you tell yourself. But then you talk yourself into having half a bag of chips. And how about a touch of soda to wash them down? Then the guilt sets in… and before you know it you have talked your way through the whole pantry. You fell off the cliff into the sea of binge. The Keto diet pulls you off the edge of the cliff. Miles away from the sea of binge. You know that piece of chocolate could take Continue reading >>

Why Ketones (and Ketosis) Can Cause Stomach Pain

Why Ketones (and Ketosis) Can Cause Stomach Pain

This is not a “feel-good” post. We are going to talk about some of the not-so-pleasant side effects of transitioning into ketosis, especially looking at why ketones (and transitioning to ketosis, in general) can cause stomach pain. We will also talk about what you can do to solve the issues. Some are practical solutions; others have to do with summoning the mental strength to just deal with a little discomfort to get the rewards and results you want. If Captain Jack Sparrow were doing the ketogenic diet, he would probably say. “The stomach pain is not the problem… it’s your attitude about the stomach pain which is the problem.” I’ve been there too. The first time I ever tried exogenous ketones, I was about 16 hours removed from carbohydrates (In-N-Out burger) and I was feeling awful. I thought Perfect Keto would make it all better. I took a heaping scoop of Peaches and Cream and waited 30 minutes. The results? Significant stomach issues, to put it kindly. I thought surely these ketones are bad and I quit my attempt to “go keto” on the spot. Why Ketosis Causes Stomach Pain The short answer is dehydration. The process of keto-adaptation is going to dehydrate us. Remember that one purpose of taking exogenous ketones is to speed up keto-adaptation. This means taking ketones will also speed up the side-effects of keto-adaptation. Why Does Ketosis Dehydrate? Transitioning to keto means we are moving from using glycogen and carbs to using fat and ketones. There are two reasons this dehydrates us. 1) One of the main inefficiencies with glycogen and carbs is that it must be stored with water. It takes 4 grams of water to store a gram of glycogen.[1] As you run through your glycogen you will lose tons of water (not literally tons but you get the point). 2) High Continue reading >>

What It Feels Like When I Lose Weight

What It Feels Like When I Lose Weight

One quick look at my progress and you’ll see that my weight loss is not linear (first 1/3 of the chart notwithstanding). In fact, if you look closely enough, you’ll see that I tend to gain weight, or “spike”, right before I drop again. This drop, or what Lyle McDonald calls a “whoosh“, has a distinct feeling that I’ll get to below. But first, a pretty graph and a few notes about how things work when I’m not losing. I weigh every day. Usually twice. In the mornings, I weigh right after getting up and evacuating. This tends to provide some consistency when measuring a system that fluctuates a surprising amount from day to day, not to mention throughout the day. When I weigh in the morning after waking and flushing, I figure I’m going to be weighing myself at my lightest every day. I also weigh in the evening, usually when I return from work. Sometimes before bed. I don’t record these numbers anymore (though I spent at least half a year doing so). When I’m not losing weight, there is an unmistakable trend to the readings on the scale: in the evenings I’ll weigh 1 to 4 pounds more than I did in the morning. I suspect that the king’s share of that is water weight, and the remainder is composed of the food I’ve consumed (and have not passed or combusted). So this is how the majority of days go. Weigh in the morning, and see a gain in the evening. The next day hopefully I’m down a bit more than I was at the same time the previous day. Put enough of such days together and you start to see gradual progress. But sometimes it goes the other way: sometimes I start gaining, without an appreciable change in my eating patterns. I’ve grown to accept these times, as they usually precede a whoosh of increased rate of weight loss. Since I’m going through Continue reading >>

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting The Keto Diet

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting The Keto Diet

Thinking of starting on the ketogenic diet? Here are 10 thinks I wish I had known before I started. A few days ago I posted a progress photo of myself on my Instagram. In just 2.5 months on the keto diet, I’m feeling so much better and have lost 26lbs. A lot of my PCOS symptoms have disappeared and my hormones are slowly returning to normal levels instead of being out of whack from the PCOS. It’s super exciting to be seeing this progress in my own body! In case you missed it, here’s that photo! (And sorry about the big watermark, but I don’t want to end up on a sketchy ad anywhere.) Isn’t it crazy how much difference a few lbs makes? This post contains affiliate links. Sustaining the Powers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. When you use these links to make purchases, I earn a portion of the sales at no extra cost to you. Thanks for helping to keep our pantry stocked! <3 They have a ton of great advice and many people there have been doing this diet for quite a while. It’s actually where my doctor sent me to find out more info. Reddit is an interesting online community – sometimes scary, sometimes crazy – but the keto community over there is the most welcoming and supportive that you’ll ever find. They have daily “check-in” threads too that really help keep you on track. “Macros” which is short for macronutrients, are the amounts of fat, carbs, and protein your individual body needs. The calculator will make sure you’re getting the right amounts. When you use the calculator: Set your daily carbs at 20g, your activity level at sedentary (you can always adjust later if you’re st Continue reading >>

Feeling Euphoric On A Low-carb Diet? The Effect On Your Brain Is Similar To An Illicit Drug

Feeling Euphoric On A Low-carb Diet? The Effect On Your Brain Is Similar To An Illicit Drug

Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite. Going low-carb might even mimic the effects of GHB – the recreational drug better known as fantasy, liquid ecstasy or grievous bodily harm – on the brain. To understand why we need to look at how the body processes a very low-carb diet, one that typically limits carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day. That’s one cup of rice, two slices of bread or roughly 10% of your total daily energy needs. Your body thinks it’s starving A very low-carb diet flips your metabolic switch from burning more carbs than fat, to more fat than carbs. This usually takes a few days in a process known as ketosis. During this time, your body thinks it’s starving. Once it uses up most of your glucose (carb) reserves, the body stimulates the breakdown of stored fat into fatty acids and releases them into the blood. When fatty acids reach the liver they’re converted into acetoacetate, an excellent metabolic fuel that belongs to a family of chemicals called ketones. That’s why very low-carb diets are sometimes called “ketogenic” diets. Acetoacetate decomposes to carbon dioxide and acetone, the smelly solvent best known for its ability to remove nail polish. This is why very low-carb dieters and people who are fasting often have sweet smelling breath. A healthy liver minimises the acetone lost via the lungs by converting most of the acetoacetate it produces to a more stable substance, called beta-hydroxybutyrate or BHB. And this is where those euphoric feelings could come from. BHB is almost identical to GHB, the naturally occurring neurotransmitter, called gamma-hydroxybutyrate, that in synthetic form is used as a recreational drug. BHB and GHB have exactly the same chemical fo Continue reading >>

The Diet Trend Reddit Is Obsessed With (and Whether It Will Work For You)

The Diet Trend Reddit Is Obsessed With (and Whether It Will Work For You)

If we know anything about dieting and losing weight it’s that though the method is extremely simple (more calories out than calories in), the execution can be incredibly difficult. So difficult, that on the extreme high end, some studies have shown that 95% of diets fail. This is true in other areas of life, to be sure. What we know we should do for ourselves is simple: exercise every day, complete all the tasks at our jobs, save money instead of spending it, quit smoking or drinking to excess — we know all the right things to do, the knowledge we lack is how to get ourselves to take the right actions. To this end, a community on Reddit has become more and more popular by working through a diet that claims to work not just because it accomplishes the simple goal every diet accomplishes (helping people eat less calories than their body expends, resulting in weight loss) but because it helps people feel satisfied enough with what their eating that they can actually stick to it. It’s called Keto and it’s basically a high fat, low carb diet. What excites most people about this is that it’s a diet you can eat bacon on. Yup. Bacon. Advocates of the diet say that by strictly avoiding carbs (keeping their intake between 0-50g per day), they force the body to burn fat for energy rather than it’s preferred source of energy, glucose. Also, because you are not spiking your insulin levels with carbohydrates, you will crave less food. Some Reddit users have seen big progress using keto, like this girl: And this couple: Many people say the difference between keto and other weight loss strategies they’ve tried is that they’re able to keep up with the diet because of the satisfying meals they can make. For instance, look at this delicious keto meal: And keto calzones And Continue reading >>

The Fat-fueled Brain: Unnatural Or Advantageous?

The Fat-fueled Brain: Unnatural Or Advantageous?

Disclaimer: First things first. Please note that I am in no way endorsing nutritional ketosis as a supplement to, or a replacement for medication. As you’ll see below, data exploring the potential neuroprotective effects of ketosis are still scarce, and we don’t yet know the side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. This post talks about the SCIENCE behind ketosis, and is not meant in any way as medical advice. The ketogenic diet is a nutritionist’s nightmare. High in saturated fat and VERY low in carbohydrates, “keto” is adopted by a growing population to paradoxically promote weight loss and mental well-being. Drinking coffee with butter? Eating a block of cream cheese? Little to no fruit? To the uninitiated, keto defies all common sense, inviting skeptics to wave it off as an unnatural “bacon-and-steak” fad diet. Yet versions of the ketogenic diet have been used to successfully treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children since the 1920s – potentially even back in the biblical ages. Emerging evidence from animal models and clinical trials suggest keto may be therapeutically used in many other neurological disorders, including head ache, neurodegenerative diseases, sleep disorders, bipolar disorder, autism and brain cancer. With no apparent side effects. Sound too good to be true? I feel ya! Where are these neuroprotective effects coming from? What’s going on in the brain on a ketogenic diet? Ketosis in a nutshell In essence, a ketogenic diet mimics starvation, allowing the body to go into a metabolic state called ketosis (key-tow-sis). Normally, human bodies are sugar-driven machines: ingested carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, which is mainly transported and used as energy or stored as glycogen in liver and muscle tissue. When deprived of d Continue reading >>

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Keto Faq

Keto Faq

Q. What’s this “Keto Diet” all about, anyway? A. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. It has a lot of health advantages compared to the standard western diet. Most people do keto because of the weight loss, but it also has other health advantages like lowering risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and much more. (source) Q. Okay, low-carb. Got it. So how many carbs can I consume in a day? A. That actually depends. It varies per person, but standard protocol states that you should have less than 50g of carbs per day, but try for less than 20g of carbs per day if possible. (source) Q. But wait! You said this is a high-fat diet. Isn’t fat bad for you? A. No! Well, not if you’re eating the right kinds of fat. The idea that “eating fat makes you fat” has been a huge misunderstanding in our modern diets. On the Keto diet, you are encouraged to eat monos and saturates (like butter, olive oil, and coconut oil) for fuel and to limit high polyunsaturated fats (like soy, corn, and cottonseed oils). (source) Q. Hmm…okay, I’ve got it. But I’m used to eating bread, chips, and pasta. So where do I start? A. Step 1 is to start looking at the labels on every food item that you purchase. Go through your cabinets and collect all of those high-carb foods. The cereal, the crackers, the candy, the soda. It’s got to go. Then head out to the grocery store with a meal plan. You’ll want to stock up on leafy green vegetables, chicken, beef (the fatty varieties), eggs, seeds and nuts (play close attention to the nutrition labels), fish, full-fat dairy (again, play close attention to added sugar on the labels), and other keto-friendly foods. Pick up some avocados. And bacon. Do NOT forget about the bacon. Q. I can do that! Bu Continue reading >>

Should You Have Cheat Meals On A Ketogenic Diet?

Should You Have Cheat Meals On A Ketogenic Diet?

Damn does that cake look good! Cheat meals. Everyone thinks about them when following any diet, and the ketogenic diet is no exception. You might be wondering if you should have cheat meals while going keto. Is it worth it? Is it okay? Will it mess up your progress completely? Intellectually, why would you want to eat something that isn’t in line with your goals or your health? Let’s face it, cheat day meals are bad for you. We know it. The ketogenic diet is simple, but not always easy, and there are some grey areas, so lLet’s talk a little bit about what happens when you have cheat meals and whether or not they’re worth it. You might know people who do low-carb long-term and schedule cheat meals in at regular times, such as on the weekends or set days each month. While this creates a healthy mindset around not needing to be perfect, things are a little different with the ketogenic diet. Since keto is stricter than other low-carb diets, (see our post on keto vs. Atkins) it’s more tempting to have cheat meals. However, the effects of them can be more dramatic. Disadvantages of Cheat Meals on the Ketogenic Diet Here are some consequences of having cheat meals. These are things to consider before flying off the deep end with some emotional eating. Let’s get the big one out of the way first, Cheating Takes You out of Ketosis Since cheating on the keto diet more than likely will take you out of ketosis—especially if the cheat meal or snack is carb-heavy—you have to be prepared for this fact. Know that it’ll likely set you back some and take some time to get back into a ketogenic state. When you have eaten what you suspect was a “cheat meal,” put it to the acid test, and test your ketone levels. People are often surprised that they stay in ketosis after Continue reading >>

10 Signs And Symptoms That You're In Ketosis

10 Signs And Symptoms That You're In Ketosis

The ketogenic diet is a popular, effective way to lose weight and improve health. When followed correctly, this low-carb, high-fat diet will raise blood ketone levels. These provide a new fuel source for your cells, and cause most of the unique health benefits of this diet (1, 2, 3). On a ketogenic diet, your body undergoes many biological adaptions, including a reduction in insulin and increased fat breakdown. When this happens, your liver starts producing large amounts of ketones to supply energy for your brain. However, it can often be hard to know whether you're "in ketosis" or not. Here are 10 common signs and symptoms of ketosis, both positive and negative. People often report bad breath once they reach full ketosis. It's actually a common side effect. Many people on ketogenic diets and similar diets, such as the Atkins diet, report that their breath takes on a fruity smell. This is caused by elevated ketone levels. The specific culprit is acetone, a ketone that exits the body in your urine and breath (4). While this breath may be less than ideal for your social life, it can be a positive sign for your diet. Many ketogenic dieters brush their teeth several times per day, or use sugar-free gum to solve the issue. If you're using gum or other alternatives like sugar-free drinks, check the label for carbs. These may raise your blood sugar levels and reduce ketone levels. The bad breath usually goes away after some time on the diet. It is not a permanent thing. The ketone acetone is partly expelled via your breath, which can cause bad or fruity-smelling breath on a ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diets, along with normal low-carb diets, are highly effective for losing weight (5, 6). As dozens of weight loss studies have shown, you will likely experience both short- and long Continue reading >>

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Caveman Keto's 7-day Keto Meal Plan - Finally, a comprehensive guide to exactly what to cook for 7 days including a shopping list and recipes for keto! This ultimate healthy keto snack list contains 47 irresistible low-carb snacks that can keep you in ketosis without going hungry. Cheat Meals. I Breathe I'm Hungry. I'm happy to share this 7-Day Ketosis menu with you. Just put cheese and bacon on top of a breast and bake! This weeks keto meal plan helps you stay below 20 grams of carbs and offers a varied menu. How to plan perfectly balanced meals with solid keto macros. All of the delicious chewiness of a real soft pretzel, but low carb and keto friendly. Just put cheese and bacon on top of a breast and bake! Reddit/cfabriziostanton. So when you meal plan, ... reddit. Printable easy recipes and keto food pyramid. Browse dozens of low carb and keto recipes that are perfect for the paleo and gluten-free lifestyle. Keyword 1Ketogenic Meal Plan Reddit Keyword 2 Ketogenic Meal Plan Reddit, Keyword 3 Ketogenic Meal Plan Reddit Keyword 4 Real-life Induction meal plan Your complete plan to Go Keto and start losing weight with the keto diet. Here is the guide to ketosis. Browse dozens of low carb and keto recipes that are perfect for the paleo and gluten-free lifestyle. Lazy Keto Chicken: Sometimes you don't feel like cooking; enter lazy keto chicken. If you're looking for a delicious diet plan you've come to the right site. Ive had so much fun in my kitchen making this Savory Keto Bread Recipe! Simplify your first two weeks. A lot of people have been asking me what a good keto diet menu would look like. Posted in Guides, Keto, Nutrition, Quality Keto. Weight loss: This woman lost over three stone and shed belly fat on the Keto diet plan Related articles Low carb not working? To Continue reading >>

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