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August 31, 2018

Are you thinking about trying a ketogenic diet and not totally sure where to start? Well, we polled our instagram family and asked them to share their best tips for keto newbies. We'd like to summarize them for you here!

#1 KISS - Keep it simple stupid

I'd like to elaborate on this for you. Nutritional ketosis is typically achieved by reducing your carbs low enough to make that happen. A lot of people like to overcomplicate that - too much protein, not enough fat, certain ingredients getting in the way. Reach for meat and veggies, use some butter and cheese and to add that decadency and drink lots of water! It's probably not a bad idea to track macros in the beginning just so you become aware of what the nutritional value of your food is. 

#2 Electrolytes - himalayan salt. 

Electrolytes are seriously the most important part of your ketogenic diet. That is why Keto Vitals exists! Keto flu DOES NOT have to happen!!! Keto flu is typically the result of a lack of electrolytes. In addition - muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms are the result of a lack of electrolytes. 

If you haven't tried it, pick up Keto Vitals! You will avoid all of these symptoms and transition into your keto diet so much more smoothly. 

#3 Do your research! Not everyone gives good keto advice.

This is the truth. Also, just because you google keto recipes, doesn't mean that everything is keto friendly. That's why I suggest using simple ingredients that you know don't contain a lot of carbohydrates. 

#4 Insulin is your worst enemy. Fasting is your best friend.

In case you didn't know, insulin is what your pancreas releases when your blood sugar rises. Insulin is what turns carbohydrates into energy in your cells. However, it is also a fat storage hormone. So if you are not utilizing insulin well, also known as insulin resistance, it can be very difficult to lose weight when your body is creating an insulin response. 

This is where it can get a little confusing, because protein does trigger a bit more of an insulin response than fat does. This is why people get a little scared of eating too much protein. It's just something to be aware of, especially if you're insulin resistant!

Fasting, especially intermittent fasting, is super popular right now. It's GREAT for increasing fat loss, promoting autophagy and even increasing your natural human growth hormone production. My personal suggestion is to ease into it. Start by eating breakfast a little later and skipping after dinner snacks, then push back breakfast more, have dinner a bit earlier, etc. This will shorten your eating window and increase your fasting window each day pretty effortlessly. 

#5 Be gentle with yourself. 

No elaboration needed here. Love this tip!

 

If you have any other great tips for Keto Newbies - please drop them below!


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