Starting A Keto Diet Plan
A keto diet plan has helped millions of people lose weight and keep it off. Is it the right diet plan for you to follow?
There are many benefits to starting a low carb diet plan such as losing weight, building muscle mass, lowering your risk for heart disease and improving your digestion. The key is learning how to properly implement it in your daily routine. It is very similar to the Atkins diet program but stricter because you are eating natural foods and not processed foods. You can use the analogy of the Atkins plan to explain the basic principles of this type of diet. Basically, the dieter has a choice between a limited carbohydrate diet and one that is low in fat.
The First Steps Can Be The Toughest On Any Diet
During the first week of your keto diet plan, you should go without any food except for keto snacks. This means you won’t have any pasta, rice, breads, sweets or other carbohydrates. Most people follow a normal two or three meal-per day eating plan. But some individuals on the keto diet also practice intermittent fasting and even either just skip a meal or just eat during different windows of the day throughout the week.
For your first meal of the week, choose a protein snack such as a non-wheat cracker with a slice of 1 medium orange (made from skim milk and one tablespoon of psyllium) and a cup of water. The protein in this snack will give you an energy boost and you can use the orange to make a sauce for your salad later. You can eat this entire protein snack between meals if you feel hungry. As an example, if you are having a turkey sandwich with your dinner, you would eat this entire sandwich without having another snack.
On your second day of your keto diet plan week 2, have a protein drink made of protein powder, vanilla soy milk or organic whey. This is a good time to experiment with vegetables, instead of junk food. This could include cucumbers, bell peppers, spinach, celery sticks, broccoli leaves or even artichokes. Vegetables are low in carbs and high in fiber, so this should be a good choice if you’re trying to curb your sugar cravings.
For your third day of your keto diet plan week 2, make a healthy dinner by combining four ounces of skim milk, one tablespoon of sour cream, one tablespoon of tuna salad, half a cup of low carb tortilla chips and one tablespoon of green chili peppers. You can jazz up this dish with chopped fresh cilantro and reduced-fat sour cream, to give it some extra kick. Add your high-fiber veggies to the dip and you have a healthy, delicious, low carb diet snack that you can eat every other day as well. If you’re trying to lose weight, low carb diet plans such as this one are highly effective at helping you do so.
Your fourth day on your keto diet plan week two, include an ounce of unsweetened iced tea, a glass of skim-milk, a whole grain rice cracker, a slice of unsalted and softened whole-wheat bread and some fresh berries. Stick with water-based juices, preferably filtered, to avoid creating unnecessary calorie crashes. If you crave sugar (which I do), replace the iced tea with either a low carb or low sugar iced tea. And remember, the more fruits and vegetables you can fit into your diet plan, the better off you’ll be. This is a great place to start out with your new diet so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t immediately take effect like you were hoping for!