How do I start keto and what can I eat?
As far as what you can eat, Ketogenic diets are done differently by different people. Eat dark green leafy vegetables, fatty red meats, chicken with the skin left on, fish, offal (organ meat), eggs, seeds & nuts, full-fat dairy, or anything else you can find rich in nutrition, fat, protein and fibre.
Carbs are a limit. Protein is a target. Fat is to be consumed to remove hunger and meet macros requirements.
Although fibre is a carbohydrate, it is not digested as a simple carbohydrate and is therefore not included in your daily carb count. It’s important to stress that fibre doesn’t NEGATE carbs – it just isn’t counted; so mixing a handful of flax meal into a bowl of ice-cream won’t work!
But the label says sugar free?
Just because the food wrapper says it is sugar-free, it does not mean it has no carbs. Or just because it is beef jerky, it does not mean it has no sugar. I’ve fallen into this trap a few times, turning around the packet to realise that its full of sugar!
Honestly, there are not that many keto friendly foods on the shelves at the supermarket. Keep to the outer edges of the supermarket and avoid the isles where all the packaged food is positioned. Every time you go, write down new foods that are keto friendly. In a couple of months, you will have a full list of foods that you can eat at your store.
Won’t I become tired if I cut out the carbs?
Carbs do equal energy, but like sugar, they only last for a limited amount of time. There is a by-product of fat consumption which are called Ketones. In a state of carbohydrate depletion, ketones are used in your body as energy, particularly in the brain. Which put simply means that burning fat whilst being in a low carb state, also equals energy! And much more of it.
Ketogenic diets often make you feel much more alert because your brain is getting much more energy from Ketones than it ever did from carbohydrates.