You want to lose weight. You want to transform your body. You’ve heard that the keto diet has potential to do these things but you don’t know where to start.
This post is to help you get started on keto. While it isn’t the end all, be all guide to keto it does cover some things that you might not think about when trying to change your current lifestyle.
And that’s what this is all about: changing your lifestyle.
Specifically, with a keto diet, things are going to be different right off the bat. Change is coming and you need to make sure you’re fully prepared for it.
How to Start a Keto Diet Routine
Some people don’t like the word routine because it often means doing the same thing over and over again.
The fact of that matter is that people that are able to build positive routines are the ones that generally see the most success.
The goal of this post is to help you establish a positive routine that will help you stay on track with your keto journey.
Make the Commitment
The first thing you need to do is fully commit to the diet. Decide in your mind right now that you are going to start this diet and stick to it through all the ups and downs that are going to happen.
When you set your mind to fully committing to a keto diet, you are already on the right path. You haven’t really started anything yet, but you’re making a promise to yourself. This promise is going help you stay accountable for when you actually begin the diet.
One of the best things that you can do is establish your Why.
Why are you doing this diet?
It’s important that you find a why that has emotional pull. Yes, you want to lose weight but what is the Why behind losing weight?
Staying motivated for months just to be able to fit into some old jeans usually isn’t going to make you stay committed.
Understanding that you want to smile at yourself daily in the mirror is something that can cause you to stay committed.
You never want to go into anything without setting yourself some goals. Setting goals are going to allow you to see what you need to reach for. Goals help keep you accountable for what you are doing.
Make sure the goals you set are realistic. You don’t want to set a goal that isn’t attainable in a reasonable time frame. This will only set you up for failure because discouragement starts to set in and then your desire to succeed slowly starts to fade.
Having goals will allow you to stay motivated throughout the entire diet. That is something that is extremely important with a diet. Having the motivation to stick with it every day isn’t easy. Some days are going to be better than others.
You just have to make sure you can do whatever you can to keep going. This is when your goals come into play. When you see the progress you’re making and how close you actually are to your goals, you’ll want to keep going and striving to make yourself better.
While most people think that numerical goals are the only goals that they should aim for when starting a diet, there are many more goals that you can strive for that will help to keep you on course:
Do a 16/8 intermittent fasting routine for a week
Meal plan for a month straight
Stay below 20g of carbs for 90 days
All of these goals will get you closer to your main goal with Keto.