The ketogenic diet has been around for a long, long time, but over the last few years it’s been talked about more than ever.
The primary function of the diet was to help reduce the effects of epilepsy, and it’s often recommended to young children suffering with that affliction.
The diet is high-fat and low-carbohydrate, a combination that allows for a reduction of glucose in the body that leads to a lower chance of an epileptic seizure.
Lately, people have discovered the benefit of adopting a keto diet as a means to lose weight and for various other benefits.
It’s a diet worth trying, but it will take a bit of getting used to. There’s a lot that you’ll need to think about before you start, so here’s a few tips to get you on the right track.
Monitor your ketosis.
Ketosis is the state that you are trying to achieve when eating a keto diet. Keeping an eye on this is especially important if you’re taking up the diet to control epilepsy.
When there is less carbohydrates in your diet, your liver will convert fat into ketone bodies, which will then replace glucose as your brain’s energy source.
That’s ketosis. And when you’re body is in this metabolic state, the chances of suffering a seizure decrease pretty significantly.
Now, there’s more to ketosis than that, and there is other benefits too, but the goal of the diet is reach this state and so you should always be monitoring it.
If you’re diligent with the diet you should achieve it pretty quickly. Keeping your carbs to less than 30 grams a day should get you to a state of ketosis in less than a week.
It’s not that hard to monitor it either. Convenience stores and supermarkets tend to stock ketosis monitors, which are also known as ‘ketostix’.
Know what you can eat.
This is a given for any diet that you might want to attempt, but it’s actually a little bit harder than people might think.
Many foods are too high in carbohydrates to be suited to the diet and once you cut them all out, you’ll realize just how significant of change this will be.
Chocolate and soda are out as I’m sure you can imagine, but certain things that are a staple of many healthy diets also don’t work for keto.
You can’t have pasta, bread or rice either. These things are all base ingredients in many dishes so there’s a lot that you’ll be giving up.
If you put some thought and planning into it, you should be able to substitute these high-carb foods with keto-friendly stuff.
Something such a delicious guacamole for example, would be a great dip you could make that would be entirely in-line with the restrictions of keto.
This is just one of the many things you can try out as a part of your varied low-carb diet.
Plan your meals.
With the last tip in mind, planning ahead is something you can do that will make life much easier for you.
As we mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of great keto meals you can easily put together and there’s also a lot of ways that you can take a non-keto meal and modify it.
If you take the time to do your research and gather a good list of meals that you know to be keto-friendly, you’ll never be at a loss for what to make.
And because there’s so many people trying this, there’s actually already a lot of recipes online that you can check out for yourself.
So don’t go into this one blind. Make sure that you have a significant collection of ideas and that your fridge and cupboards are always stocked and ready to go.
So in short, there is a lot of sacrifices and a lot of considerations that are going to go into taking up a keto diet.
It’s not going to be easy, especially not at the start. You should probably also make sure that it is in fact the best option for you personally.
But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, and if you familiarize yourself with the best way to tackle the changes, you should start seeing results very soon.