9 Tips for Jump Starting Your Keto Diet in 2019

Thinking of starting the keto diet? Fantastic! Transitioning as quickly as possible into ketosis is the goal, but that can be difficult if you don’t have a game plan beforehand. Here are some tips for jump starting your keto diet in 2019!

Entering ketosis will be one of the best decisions you make in 2019. But I’m sure you’ve heard that some have difficulties getting started. Well never fear! There are a few ways that you can make this transition as easy as possible.

If these tips help you in any way, be sure to drop a comment and let me know! Let’s start a conversation! <3

Calling all beginners to the Keto Diet! This book will jump start your understanding of the keto lifestyle and how YOU can thrive within it: The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle (affiliate link)

1. Decrease stress

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Stress isn’t good for you in any area of life, but also for your physical health! Chronic stress will almost completely prohibit your body’s ability to enter ketosis. Stress hormone cortisol elevates your blood sugar levels, which prevents your body from burning fats for energy — which is exactly what you need in order to enter the ketosis state.

If you’re considering starting the keto diet but are in a period of stress, try to alleviate that high stress before attempting. Stress will only prolong the process if it allow it to happen at all!

Prolonging the process of entering ketosis is definitely not recommended. It’s possible, but be aware that the longer the transition the more likely you’ll encounter side effects like the keto flu.

2. Increase salt intake

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Sodium has a bad rep among health gurus. The common belief is that we should be limiting our sodium intake as much as possible; however, this is typically only the case on high carb diets.

You see, with high carb intake comes higher levels of insulin. This means your kidneys will begin to hold on to more sodium. Because of this, it is recommended with these diets that you don’t add on top of this sodium intake!

But with the keto diet, the opposite is true!

Low carb intake means a low insulin level! So to combat this, you’re going to need to up that sodium intake! Bring on the salt!

When you’re in ketosis, add an extra three to five grams of sodium in your diet.

Now, this doesn’t mean pack on the salty fries. That’s not what we’re saying at all.

So you might be asking yourself, “what are healthy ways to increase salt intake into my diet?” It’s your lucky day:

  • Eat low carb foods that naturally have sodium
  • Add Himalayan sea salt to your water and to all of your meals
  • Drink organic bone broth

3. Batch cook

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It’s always a good idea to have a plan when you’re on a diet. When you batch cook, you’re eliminating any excuse you’ll have during the week to cheat on convenience. Put in an hour or two on the weekend and your weekday self will thank you!

Here’s a truth everyone needs to understand: willpower is weak. You’re not going to be able to withstand every temptation. So, instead, try to remove as many temptations from your life as possible. Outsmart yourself. You can do it!

4. Clear your kitchen of carbohydrates

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Speaking of outsmarting yourself: create an environment that helps you stay and track – not hurt you.

A wise man once addressed the issue of obesity: “over-eating isn’t an eating problem at all, it’s a buying problem.”

The same goes for cheating on your diet. Your problem isn’t that you have a weak willpower. Your problem is that you bought carb-rich foods and left them around the house!!

Create an environment that lets you thrive! If you don’t have any carbohydrates in your kitchen and pantry, it’s going to be extremely difficult for you to cheat.

Get rid of bread, pasta, sodas, candy, and rice! Or, if your family still wants these things, keep them under lock and key! And then throw out the key!

If you’re serious about changing your life this year, take MASSIVE ACTION.

Believe me, you will not regret it.

5. Pack on the fats

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Switching from a regular diet to your new keto diet can be a shock to your system. This can cause you to go into what’s called the “keto flu”.

However, if you’re smart (which you obviously are because you’re reading this article), it’s recommended that you up your fat intake three to seven days before starting your keto journey.

This will prepare the gallbladder, liver, and digestive system for what’s to come!

And this will ease your transition into ketosis, which is exactly what we want! Why make it more difficult on ourselves?

6. Use herbs to quench your sweet tooth

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One of the biggest temptations I had going to the keto diet was my MASSIVE sweet tooth. I wanted everything at all times yet I thought I just had to ignore it.

Turns out, I was wrong (sort of).

Sure, I can’t have any of your typical sugary candies BUT I can have herbs like licorice root and cinnamon! Try them in tea or sprinkled onto desserts.

7. Drink lots of water

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Okay, something that not a lot of people know is that one of the possible side effects of starting the keto diet is a reduction of bowel movements. Well, that’s not fun!

Luckily, there’s something you can do!!

How much do you weigh? Divide that by 2 and drink at least that many oz of water every day!

8. Try out intermittent fasting

One of the TOP ways to get into ketosis is intermittent fasting. This is because you  are not consuming protein or carbs AND you are reducing calories in the process.

What is intermittent fasting (IT) exactly? Intermittent Fasting is an eating style where you eat within a specific time period, and fast the rest of the time.

The usual recommendation is to begin with 12-16 hour cleansing phases and 8-12 hour building phases.

Most people feel very good while they are fasting like this. You should try it!

9. Have an after plan

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A keto diet is designed to be short term. There are some people who continue to stay on keto, but in general, it’s best to use keto for it’s main benefits and then move on to a more sustainable diet.

Obviously don’t go back to the typical American diet, but your ultimate goal should be to use the keto diet to get you in a good place to start a healthier long-term lifestyle.

What is that for you? Well, that’s for you to decide. Keto will help you lose weight and basically detox from all the terrible American lifestyle choices. From there, the possibilities are nearly endless!

Calling all beginners to the Keto Diet! This book will jump start your understanding of the keto lifestyle and how YOU can thrive within it: The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle (affiliate link)

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