You are probably reading this because you have heard of this Keto Diet Plan (also called Ketogenic or LCHF) and you wanted to check it out. Maybe you googled it or maybe you read the Huffington Post article that showed that the keto diet plan was one of the top ten searched for diet plan in 2013.
In any case, you have landed in a friendly place where you can get started on this life changing plan. I’m not a Keto guru, but I know where I can find them. I’m not a chef, but I make some pretty mean Keto meals which I share on this site. And I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. I’m just a metabolically broken person who has never had any success losing weight until I started following the Keto diet plan.
This Getting Started page will offer you a few tips and tricks and a few resources to get you going.
What is the Keto Diet Plan? The Ketogenic diet is low carb, high fat and moderate protein. Lately I have been trying to make my ratio 75% fat, 15% protein and 5% carbs. Most of my friends stop listening when they hear this and think that I am headed for the nut house. Read about how I first learned of ketogenic as a plan for epileptic children. After that I stumbled across Jimmy Moore while looking for low carb information and it was on his site that I learned that Keto was not just for epileptics! I recommend spending time on his site, you will learn a lot!
Use a Tracker. I use MyFitnessPal to keep me on track. You can change the ratios to target the ratios for the keto diet plan or anything else out there. I also use it to enter recipes so that I can figure out what macro nutrients are in each serving and then adjust them to get it right.
Understand Ketosis. I say this because most people don’t know what it is and this will be their criticism to undermine your efforts. They will say things like ‘Ketosis is dangerous’ and what they are referring to is a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. Nutritional Ketosis or adapted ketosis is when our bodies produce ketones in the absence of glucose. In the absence of glucose, our bodies use fat for fuel and this is the goal of the keto diet plan. I have super simplified this explanation! I advise reading a book which I own, called The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable
Stay Motivated. This is where I fall down sometimes. I start to believe my old stories about not being able to do it, I believe that ‘everything in moderation’ lie (it’s a lie for sugar addicts like me!) and fall into old bad patterns. This is where going back to Jimmy’s blog and reading a few posts does me a world of good. Heck, even reading a few of my own! Did I really say that back then? Wow, I was in a better space then (maybe because I was in ketosis which is a great place to be both emotionally and physically!). So stay connected with keto bloggers and forums. We are a nice bunch of people and we need you as much as you need us!
So let’s do this together! If you are on Pinterest, I pin keto recipes on my Ketogenic Woman board. You can also follow me on Twitter here. I would also love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.