I’m going to share with you some of my best tips on getting back into ketosis, and what you can do about the feeling of overwhelm when embarking on a new lifestyle change.
A few weeks ago, I asked you a question. That question was “what stage of keto are you currently in?”
13% of the responses came back with “I have just started.”
15% of the responses came back with “I want to, but haven’t tried the ketogenic diet yet.”
32% of the responses came back with “I’m currently in ketosis right now.”
And 40% of the responses came back with “I tried it, but it was a struggle…”
These responses shocked me a little, so I dug a little deeper…
“I tried Keto, but it was a struggle…”
When you look over social media, whether that’s Instagram, youtube, facebook or even in print media, it seems as though everyone is having success with the ketogenic diet.
From body recomposition to weight loss, to improved cognitive function, treatment of epilepsy, reversal of diabetes… I could go on.
But even with all that success, there are still people just like you and me who struggle to stay ketogenic. So, if you’ve ever struggled with the ketogenic diet, this is for you.
It’s estimated that you are exposed to 5,000 advertisements over just one single day. Many of those advertisements have million-dollar budgets and have done test after test to find the right message, and time these ads are displayed.
The problem is that a lot of those marketing messages are selling food, or even worse, food that is unhealthy, viewed at what I call the “Cursed Hour” of the day.. the hour we are most susceptible to want to crave the foods which we feel most tempted.
Starting a ketogenic diet the “right” way might look something like this. Throwing out all the carbs (at the expense of everyone else in your household), trying to get fat adapted by eating as much cheese, butter and bacon as possible, then feeling deprived when you can’t eat the chips on the side of your steak when you meet friends for dinner….
There are a few problems with this scenario, so let me clarify:
- The ketogenic diet doesn’t have to look like bacon, butter and cheese.
- It generally looks like the recipes you have learnt to make (and since we’ve been cooking with carbs out whole lives, re-learning how to cook can feel pretty overwhelming)
- And deep down, craving carbs come back to a deeply rooted idea that if we feel tired, stressed, emotional or bored, carbs are the only thing that will get us out.
So, no wonder we struggle to try to remove carbs. It is deeply embedded in our culture.
Here are a few tricks that can get you out:
I want you to think of a food/drink that you don’t enjoy. I want you to hold this in your mind.
If you don’t drink coffee, think of coffee
If you don’t eat oysters, think of oysters
If you don’t like Cilantro (or coriander for all you Aussies), I want you to think of this.
Now, let’s flip that on its head.
When someone asks you… “Do you want to go for ice cream?”, what do you do?
Let’s replace “ice cream” for your most hated drink or food. For example, I’ll use oysters.
When someone asks you “Do you want to go for oysters?”
“No, thanks, I don’t eat oysters”.
Simply flipping every scenario where you might be tempted to crave carbs, or sweets, or bread, or pasta, or any of the foods aren’t doing us any good, you are not only taking back the power, but you’re suddenly empowered, strong enough to say no.
You might get criticism at first, but trust me. It’s easier than explaining the ketogenic diet to someone who honestly doesn’t care.
While this is a powerful tool, it may not work in every situation.
Here is another way to fix this:
There is a misconception within the ketogenic community, and that is this:
If you’re not eating grass-fed, monk blessed holy spiritual butter from the cleanest farms in this country, then you’re not doing the ketogenic diet right.
While this may not be the exact words those people might use, the fact is that it is not valid, plus it is also obnoxious. You must understand those people are putting themselves on a pedestal by saying that what you’re doing isn’t right.
Here is what you might want to do instead.
From wherever you are now, I want you to take one step at a time.
This approach might look like going from 3 cokes to 2.
This might look like eating fast food five times a week, to only eating three times per week.
Think of it this way. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of such a swift lifestyle change, then think of it like this:
How can I make this week easy?
Many of my clients have felt totally overwhelmed by sticking to the ketogenic diet for seven days straight. So instead, they just focused on breakfast three times per week.
Once you stick to 3 times a week, then say okay, let us try breakfast and lunch three times per week. Working yourself into a healthier diet over a more extended amount of time may not be the fastest way to get to your goals, but consistency wins every time. Don’t think about the results. Refine your process, and the results will come.
If you’re struggling to kick your carb cravings, then I’ve got something I think you’ll enjoy. It’s called the 5 Day Carb Cleanse, and it’s all about getting you back into ketosis as quickly as possible.
It’s FREE, it’s only for five days, and I promise that by the end of those five days you’ll be well equipped to handle any situation you come across, plus be totally carb-free, so you can focus on getting to your goals instead of continually fighting cravings.
- You will learn the 3 Secret Rules to No-Fail Keto
- I talk about the CURSED HOUR: The #1 time of day you crave carbs and how to avoid it.
- Listen to Expert Advice to avoid the mistakes my clients made when starting Keto.
If this sounds good to you, enrolments are now open, so it’s best to get in quick.
As always, if you loved this post, then share it with a friend, as I’ll be bringing more information to you about how to fight carb cravings, and how to get back into ketosis if you’re one of the many people who might not find it as easy as everyone else.