Ditch the Carbs: Why You Need to Try the Keto Diet NOW!

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Fat isn’t the enemy! For years and years we were told that eating fat will make you fat, and even worse, it will basically make your heart and arteries explode. We are now realizing that maybe some fats aren’t so bad and are actually a much healthier alternative to low fat/ high sugar carbs (anyone else used to think a fat free muffin with a day’s worth of sugar was the healthiest choice?).

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Ditch the Carbs- Why You Need to Try the Keto Diet NOW! #keto #whole30 #lowcarb #paleo.png

What Exactly Is Keto?

A low carb diet, also known as a ketogenic or keto diet, is a diet in which you typically eat fewer than 50 net grams of carbs per day. (Net carbs are when you subtract the amount of fiber per serving from the amount of carbs per serving)

When you consistently eat a limited amount of carbs, your body enters ketosis, a metabolic state in which your body uses ketones (from fat) as the main source of energy instead of glucose (from carbs).

When you cut carbs and eat more fat, your body will start to use the fat consumed as well as stored body fat as its main source of energy.

The great thing about keto is that your body, when following the diet, will enter ketosis in just a couple of days which means you start losing weight immediately!

Benefits of Living Low Carb

When eating low carb or keto, most people:
–Experience more weight loss
–Have higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL) & lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL)
–Show reduced blood sugar and insulin levels
–Feel less hungry throughout the day and more satisfied with their meals
–Feel energized throughout their day
–Enhanced brain performance
–Lower risk for heart disease factors & certain types of cancer

What Can You Eat?

The keto diet isn’t very restricting either. You can really eat anything as long as you hit your macros (generally your macros will resemble 60-75% of calories from fat [or even more], 15-30% of calories from protein, and 5-10% of calories from carbs. I personally follow 20% carbs, 35% protein & 45% fat & that ratio has been working well for me – play around with your macros and find what fits you best!)

Calculate Macros

keto calculator Calculate your personal macros with this helpful online calculator here! This is a great jumping off point and will help you get started. Feel free to play around with your macros as you start following the Keto diet for awhile.

Testing For Ketosis

Ketone Strips

You can test yourself to see whether you’ve entered ketosis just a few days after you’ve begun the keto diet! Just use a ketone test strip and it will tell you the level of ketone bodies in your urine. If the concentration is high enough, you’ve successfully entered ketosis! This is a great way to see if your macros are working for YOU and depending on your results, the perfect time to stay on track or lower your carbs.

My Personal Experience

I have been on the Keto diet myself (you can see my personal transformation here). Since keto, I have lost about 25lbs (65lbs in total!) and have toned up considerably. I was astonished by the changes in my stomach, thighs & face!

Ditch the Carbs: Why You Need to Try the Keto Diet NOW! #keto #whole30 #lowcarb #paleo
To start my keto diet, I scoured through tons of sites finding the right recipes. I finally broke down & bought a couple of recipe e-books from my fave keto site that have been lifesavers. All the recipes are 5 net carbs or under, actually taste amazing & are super easy to meal prep (which is a must for me) since they all only have 5 ingredients each!

You can get those e-books here:

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My Favorite #keto recipe books I used to lose 25lbs!

Looking for even more structure for your meal planning? The same creators of the above ebooks have now created weekly low carb keto meal plans delivered straight to your inbox! Every meal plan has breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks with all their calories, carbs & macros worked out for you!

You can check out more info from me on the weekly meal plan here or start your 7-day free trial now here!

This is what a normal day (these calories are not for everyone, I personally eat around 1800 calories a day – I suggest ignoring the calories and use this as meal inspiration!) looks like with the recipes from these e-books:

You can also check out my FREE 7 Day Low Carb Meal Plan here. This meal plan has everything you need for 7 days of low carb eating – every day is under 20 net carbs!

Have you tried keto or a low carb diet? Let me know your experiences below!

46 thoughts on “Ditch the Carbs: Why You Need to Try the Keto Diet NOW!

  1. Amazingly I have been on Keto since January 1, New Years resolution; and have lost 74 pounds. Great information thank you for sharing.

    1. Congrats Krista, that is incredible! YOu are definitely inspiring all the New Year’s resolutioners right now 🙂

  2. I’m having trouble understanding how much, if any, WHITE carbs I can eat. For e ample, can I eat a small flour tortilla as long as my macros for the day are good?

    1. Hey Pamela, good question! If you are working with macros, then I would just make sure your macros are good for the day – you don’t really need to worry about what you are eating as much as meeting your macro requirements. It is of course always best to eat whole foods, a tortilla is absolutely fine if it fits in with your daily macro goals!

  3. Hi Lauren
    Just found your sight. Great information and links here. Just wondering. Do you have any links, experience or advice (or where I can go and find it) on how to incorporate a Keto diet with an allergy to Milk and Mild products, Corn (all corn products) and most fish. I also have a serious Auto immune disease where I eat no sugar or sugar products of any kind. I have about 70 lbs to loose. Its coming off but so slowly… when I ready about this diet on on the web sites and blogs I really want to try it but have so many restrictions.

    Any information on where I can get more information would be great.

    1. Hi Jackie, a keto diet seems like it would be a great fit. There is no sugar allowed & corn products are typically higher in carbs so that would not be a problem either. If you are looking for more allergen focused info, the Healthful Pursuit blog is really great! She has articles dedicated to dairy free recipes and advice – you can find her here: https://laurenrabadi.com/HealthfulPursuit

    1. Definitely personal preference! I do every so often if I’m stalling but there are other ways to fix a stall as well.

  4. LOVE this info!! I am currently on day 4 of the Keto diet. Mentally, I already feel so much better!! Physically, I have entered the Keto Flu. 😉 I feel this is progress!! Fat burning mode has begun!!

    1. Hi Erin, I’m so glad you are loving Keto! Definitely make sure you are getting enough water & electrolytes in your diet! You might want to try an electrolyte supplement if you don’t feel better!

    1. Hi, you can use the the macro calculator to find which macros will work best for you. Instant pudding still has a pretty high carb count so I would avoid! Definitely check the label on the milk before eating!

  5. Okay- I am on a Keto group on facebook and they say to keep your carbs under 20 net a day. Is that too minimal ?

    1. Hi Amber, I think its what works best for you and your goals long term. I started out with 20 net carbs a day but found it very difficult to maintain that. Other people thrive on 20 net grams of carbs or less! Find your sweet spot in macros, every body is different!

  6. Hey Lauren!
    Just came across your post on pintrest, and I’m hooked! 🙂 I was wondering if there is a good app you use to track everything, or what you use? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Jillian, so glad you found me! I use the free version of MyFitnessPal & adjust the macros in the GOALS section. Hope that helps!

  7. I have been trying to do the Keto diet but cannot seem to get to the right zone. I have had zero carb bread items like that. I’m so frustrated. I have very limited funds but would purchase a good instruction site. Thanks TJKeto

    1. Hi Laura, don’t be nervous! Definitely make sure you calculate your macros, don’t be afraid to eat fat to satiate your hunger, and always keep a pack of almonds with you for when hunger strikes on the go! Also meal prepping helps so you have food ready to eat.

  8. I have being doing Keto for 19 days, I have lost 2 Kg only but I feel I’m not doing it well, I’m stuck at the office all day and they give me the food for lunch so I try to eat protein and greens there but perhaps I’m not eating enough fats. Did you take Ketones to help you ?

    1. Hi Susana, I’ve never taken Ketones, I feel like they aren’t needed. Maybe you can bring a bag of almonds or an avocado with you to get extra fat at lunch time. Or even make your own salad dressing with EVOO, apple cider vinegar and dry herbs!

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