Budgeting, building, fooding and other tips for those of us with champagne taste on a beer budget

Budgeting, building, fooding and other tips for those of us with champagne taste on a beer budget

Keto – In the beginning

Keto – In the beginning

I lost nearly 30 pounds in 3 months by listening to Nichole and curbing my skepticism about another diet. Yes, I thought it was a fad or some trick, and was wrong. Sounds like a bad diet commercial doesn’t it. The crazy thing, I’ve kept most of it off and not miserable. And there hasn’t been that much suck – and yes, Keto pancakes are tasty.

Here’s some tips that kept me going and reduced the suck of the Keto diet:

  • If you have a partner, do it together. Those first weeks are going to be hell if the person sitting across from you is eating pizza and drinking beer (thankfully Nichole had a killer pizza recipe for after those first few weeks so there’s some relief).
  • It will feel like you’re eating an uncomfortable amount of fat – but that’s OK.
  • Calculate your Macros and Track your food.  Use an online tool like myfitnesspal and track what you eat. A lot of people are on keto and have populated it with recipes. Track your food for at least the first couple of months so you get a handle on what you need to eat in a day. I was lazy and stopped after the second month, I only track again when I see the scale stop moving or feel like I’m overeating again.
  • You can still drink alcohol – just switch to low carb versions. Thank goodness scotch and gin were on the list. Mix with diet tonic water and if that tastes like chemical death, go for straight up no-sugar soda water and lots of limes. There’s lots of calories though so just watch it. Also, have a cheat day and sneak a beer in if you miss beer like I do – I just make it count.
  • Plan. Plan it out. Have your snacks, your meals, and your go to restaurants planned out. Know what you can and can’t eat – there’s lots of hidden carbs about.
  • When I had a hungry day, I obliged, it didn’t set me back.  You are going to have hungry days and as long as it’s not every day you are likely going to be okay. A hint though, make sure you’re meeting your fat goal to curb some of that hunger.
  • Get the pee strips.  They are relatively cheap and its reassuring to see that you’re in ketosis.
  • Talk about it with friends. I was surprised just how many people are doing Keto as well – even coworkers.
  • Find a good tailor – I had to have all of my pants that I bought in the last year taken in.  Nichole also treated me to a few new clothes as well.

Here’s Keto for a Week and some other Keto Success and Recipes to get you started. Good luck!