One of the less discussed aspects of taking up the keto diet is how difficult the first three weeks can
be. Everyone setting out on their keto journey has to endure the transition from a ‘standard’
carbohydrate heavy eating regimen to one based on fats and leafy greens. Gaining a state of
ketosis can be tough for some people (and a breeze for others!) and there’s simply no way of
dodging the discomfort should you be one of the unlucky ones. However, there are numerous tips
that can help to make the passage considerably smoother. Over this article, we’ll discuss how to
survive those essential and unavoidable first three weeks.
Research & Plan Ahead
Most people who fall by the wayside during the early days are those who just dive into their keto diet
head first. For ketosis to work, you need to understand not just the physiological changes that your
body will experience but also – crucially – what foods must be drastically reduced. Fortunately, there
are vast amounts of resources which can guide you on this. Starchy carbohydrates are obvious
(rice, potato, pasta, quinoa, etc) but others such as beans, legumes, and all sugar based products
(including alcohol) less so for those new to keto.
People who succeed with this diet will not just understand what they need to do in order to succeed
but will also time it appropriately. Most people will feel ‘Keto Flu’ two or three days in which will
cause either mild or pretty severe side effects depending on your body chemistry and luck. Usually it
only lasts a couple of days but of course, it is a bad idea for this to coincide with urgent deadlines or
significant dates. A lazy weekend is the best possible combination, which is why many people
choose to start their keto midweek.
Use Online Recipes & Resources
It can come as quite a shock after the first few days how difficult it can be to eat properly with next to
no carbohydrates on the menu. Fortunately and thanks to the growing popularity of keto (because
done properly it really does work) there are huge amounts of resources available. Keto recipes can
be easily found online and it may be helpful to look at keto forums on the likes of Reddit for support
It is evident that there are great tips out there you can use to remain on your keto diet. But you are
not limited to researching every little bit of information separately about this topic, which can be quite
One shortcut that I’m always recommending is to check out some programs to determine which one
will fit you best and begin on this life-changing mission. You’ll have all the vital information packed in
one place. In no time at all, you will notice outcomes that other diets didn’t give you and you’re going
to feel and look incredible!
One well-written and comprehensive program I always recommend is The 28-Day Keto Challenge.
A highly popular program that provides you with many different easy daily recipes as well as
uncomplicatedly written information about the keto diet.
Stock Up On Keto Friendly Foods
Cravings for carbs and sugar are near inevitable during the first three weeks. While it may be
impractical to remove all such products from your pantry – after all not many people stay on keto
long term anyway – simply boxing them up and placing in a loft, garage or so forth helps keep them
out of arms reach.
Stocking up on keto approved foods ought to be the next step. The diet depends on replacing a high
carbohydrate intake with a high – and unlimited – fat intake. Many people mix up keto with the
protein-based Atkins diet. While most people will eat plenty of meat with keto, the objective is to do
so with fattier cuts instead of an endless procession of grilled chicken breasts. Oils are also an
important addition to the shopping list with coconut highly recommended unless you suffer from a
pre-existing cardiovascular complaint.
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