At this point in your dietary journey, your Keto plan is almost complete. Congratulations on making it this far! Now you’re at a crossroads: should you continue Keto, or should you return to all that bready goodness? It’s time for you to make an informed decision for your health.
Ask yourself: “do I feel better?”
If the answer is yes, then Keto is the right diet for you! Continuing Keto can help you keep off the pounds you’ve already lost. Weight loss reduces your risk of diabetes and heart disease, all while boosting your self-esteem. These simple Keto benefits make it that much easier to resist going back to processed sugar and carbs.
There are other benefits to consider, as well. More often than not, people on Keto report better sleep quality than before they started the diet. This is because Keto can lower stress hormones and boost the ones that make you feel sleepy. Improved sleep increases productivity, helps you wake up refreshed and reduces the need for caffeine. You won’t want to go back to your old ways once you experience the impact Keto can have on your sleep!
Tips for continuing Keto
Keto is easy when someone makes the meals for you. Once you start cooking for yourself, it’s important to make smart choices so the body can stay in ketosis. These tips will help you continue your Keto journey beyond a meal plan:
- Buy whole foods: Dieters can easily lapse into “dirty” Keto, which involves prioritizing convenience over nutritional content. You’ll be tempted to eat fast food and prepackaged products with “Keto” on the label. Instead, fill your shopping cart with green veggies, fibrous fruits, nuts, seeds and lean proteins.
- Measure your ketones: Without a curated meal plan, the number of ketones in your bloodstream can become guesswork. Check your blood ketone levels once every few days with either a glucose meter or Keto urine strips. These tools will help monitor how well your body is staying in ketosis.
How to get off Keto if it’s not right for you
The Keto Diet isn’t for everybody. Consider building carbs back into your diet if Keto isn’t helping you lose weight or you’re struggling to stick with the macronutrient ratios. Follow these tips to safely get off Keto:
- Slowly introduce carbs: Don’t go nuts on the bread and dessert! During the first week off Keto, eat one serving of carbs per day. For the second week, increase the carbs to two servings per day. Choose carbs that are hard to digest like beans and whole grains.
- Monitor portion sizes: After weeks of unlimited fat intake, you’ll need to relearn the appropriate portion sizes for fat, protein and carbs in order to avoid regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose.
Listen to your body above all else
No one knows your body better than you. If Keto doesn’t help you feel your best, it’s time to reintroduce carbs back into your diet. Don’t sweat it if Keto didn’t turn out like you hoped it would. There are still plenty of ways to stay healthy and lose weight. You just need to listen to your body as you try other diets, exercise regimens and lifestyle adjustments. You can do it!
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