Keto Diet Menu For Beginners...
Keto Diet Menu For Beginners..
I bet when you typed into Google, " Keto Diet Menu For Beginners", you didn't expect to see a piece of cheesecake sitting there looking at you, did you? As I have said time and time again: Keto is so much more than meat! There is so much variety that it will make your head spin! But maybe you're just asking exactly how to start if you're a beginner. Keep reading and I will help you with that!
First and foremost the Keto Diet menu is MASSIVE! I'm talking about desserts like that piece of cheesecake that see sitting at the top of this page. I'm talking about all kinds of cake and cookies and everything that you couldn't even imagine that you can eat on this type of diet! But I digress, let me help you to understand the best way to start a Keto Diet.
First of all, unlike conventional diets you will be counting carbs instead of calories! You want have to worry about consuming too many calories because it won't matter. Your sole purpose on this diet is to make sure that you don't exceed your daily carb count. What works best for me is to try to stay under 20 carbs for the day.
That may sound extreme but it works for me. The best way I found to count your carbs is to look at the back of the item that you buy from say...the supermarket, the gas station, anywhere! Turn the item around and look at the back of the item and look for the amount of carbs that the item has. It might take you a while to find it because it is listed a little ways down on the back of the bottle or bag...but it's there! Like I said before if the carb count is lower than 20 grams then you are in good condition! Diet soda's, tea's and other drinks naturally have no carbohydrates. But as a rule I like to limit my intake of diet soda's to maybe 1 a week...just to be on the safe side.
As far as your other Keto Diet menu items, you should know that you can eat all the meat you want! You can eat all the cheese you want! You can eat certain vegetables, but you have to look at the back of the bag to check on the carb count. You can eat lettuce, peas, carrots, corn, cauliflower...stay away from certain beans because some beans are high in carbs. Stay away from potatoes as well because they are high in carbs.
There are certain fruits that you can eat as well while on the Keto Diet. You can eat strawberries, some berries, and a small amount of apples. As far as fruits are concerned you will have to do your research on Google and check for their carb count. That is easy to do because all you have to do is to type in " ...cherry carb count..." and Google will spit out the carb count and the serving size as well.
There is so much information out there when it comes to the Keto Diet that you will pleasantly surprised when it comes to what you can and cannot eat. There are numerous web pages that will help you on your journey as well. You have numerous groups on Facebook than can help you as well as Instagram. So please don't feel like you are alone. We are right there with you!
A typical Keto Diet menu for me involves a meat and a vegetable. I don't eat any potatoes or starches. So no macaroni and cheese, no scalloped potatoes, no mashed potatoes or anything like that. Those starches are full of carbs and that is something that you don't want! I am in my "maintenance phase" right now. Meaning I eat on the Keto Diet during the week and on the weekend I cheat! I find it very satisfying because I am at the weight that I want to be but if I continue to do keto, I will lose even more weight! And I don't want to be too skinny!
I call keto a lifestyle because that's what it is to me. I stay at the weight that I want to be and if I choose to lose more I can continue to stay away from the carbs. Why does it work so well? In a short explanation, the Keto Diet starves your body of the carbohydrates that it craves and forces it to use your own fat as an energy source. Thus you lose weight. It takes me about 3 days to get into the so-called "Ketogenic state!" When I'm in this state I can lose as much as 3 pounds a night!
It depends on the person too. My wife loses anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds a week when she is in the keto state. I lose 5 to 7 pounds a week. I have always used keto as my way to lose weight and I am glad to share this information with you. Hopefully it has helped you on your journey to lose weight.