The keto diet becomes more and more popular each day. It’s because of its health benefits. Namely, it helps people lose weight, improve their skin, improve their heart health, protect the functioning of their brain, lower their cholesterol, and so on. It’s no wonder why many celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Halle Berry, LeBron James, have tried it.
To be honest, sticking to this diet, as with every diet in general, can be a real challenge. But it’s possible due to the variety of delicious foods you can eat, such as a keto shake, which will satisfy your sugar cravings. However, the key is to have a will to succeed and not give up until the diet becomes your lifestyle. Here are several tips to help you stick to your keto diet.
1. Have A Goal
We always have a reason to start a diet. However, to stick to a diet, you need a reason with a good goal. That will help you following the diet.
“I want to lose weight” isn’t a good goal that will help you stick to your diet. But, if you have a precise goal, such as “I want to lose weight so I can sign up for the next fashion model competition”, you will succeed. Additionally, you can make your dieting interesting by betting with your friends at $50 or even $100 that you will lose weight.
2. Stick To The “Do Eat” List
You already know the foods you can and can’t eat when on the keto diet. So, you can write a list of those foods and place it on your fridge to see it every time you are around it. Moreover, the list will also help you surround yourself with the things you can eat. You can take the “Do Eat” list when buying groceries, so you can buy only the things you can eat. In this way, you will fill your fridge and your home with keto-friendly products and reduce the temptation of trying things you shouldn’t eat.
3. Make Small Steps
When starting a diet or a new habit, in general, we tend to do it all at once. But, that’s wrong. If you start your keto diet by ditching out all the food you used to eat, your body will be shocked and exhausted. Hence, after a couple of days or even 2 weeks, you will crash and give up.
Therefore, instead of ditching out all foods as once, you should do it gradually. Start by choosing the smallest change you can commit to, such as no soda or no added sugar in your tea and coffee. By making small steps, you will slowly change your eating habits and will adapt to the keto diet without a problem.
4. Repeat The Meals
This might sound boring, but it will actually help you stick to your diet. It’s because when looking for different meals to prepare, you might get upset or stressed and make a bad decision like eating fast food. In order to avoid situations like this, it’s a good idea to repeat your meals every second day.
So, you will need to prepare only two meals (referring to breakfast, lunch, and meals separately) each week. You can change the meals every week. In this way, you won’t have to stress over what to prepare and will have time to look for new ideas without rushing.
5. Take Your Food With You
To be honest, we aren’t always in keto-friendly places. You might be attending a party or a family gathering where the others don’t follow the keto diet. That’s when you are most tempted to cheat and give up your diet. To prevent that from happening, you can put some food, like keto cookies or nuts, in your bag and eat it when you feel tempted.
The keto diet might be hard at the beginning, but it becomes a habit after some time. The above-mentioned tips will help you with that. But, you need to remember that no one’s perfect. So, don’t focus on perfection but on progress. And, don’t forget that, even if you take a non-keto snack once in a while, it’s not wrong. The most important thing is to not give up and continue with the diet after that snack.