I started Keto on August 26th, 2019. I have tried to lose weight SO many times in the past, each time failing even harder than the time before. I told myself that this time it would be different. I’m doing it because I care how others see me, I am doing this because I care about my health and how I feel. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure a couple years ago and have struggled with my cholesterol being slightly over normal range for over 5 years now.
Many of you have asked me how I got started with Keto and what I am doing to be so successful, so I thought I should share my adventure and some tips I have been learning along the way.
Keto Start Kit
Supplements & Testing
Kiss My Keto Test Strips – These test strips allow you to test your urine to know if you are ketosis. Seeing a positive result on these have helped encourage me by showing me that I know I am on the right path. And from the opposite angle, they can tell you if you are not in ketosis and you need to evaluate your diet.
Keto Vital Electrolyte Capsules – You may not think you need these right off the bat, but once Keto Flu kicks in, these pills are your best friend. I bought these capsules the last time I did Keto and also really enjoyed them.
Orgain Keto Protein Powder – I snagged this at Costco by accident and love it! It’s filling enough where this is all I need for breakfast. I made the mistake of drinking milk with these the first whole week, once I started tracking what I was eating I realized that milk has WAY too much carbs in it, so I switched to drinking these with Unsweetened, vanilla almond milk. I like this one. Do not just buy any protein powder, Keto is more about fat than protein, so be sure what you pick is Keto friendly.
Almond Flour – As you start to search the internet for recipes, you will notice that almond flour is a great replacement for flour. I get mine from Costco.
Monkfruit Sweetener – Natural sweetener to replace sugar. I made cheesecake with it and it was delicious. I could barely tell the difference. I also snagged mine from Costco, but it’s not listed on their website.
Swerve Sweetener (Confectioners) – This is a great replacement for powdered sugar.
Almond Meal – I haven’t used this yet, but I have quite a few recipes that calls for this.
Coconut Oil – Another item I haven’t used yet, but I have many recipes that call for it.
Unsweetened, Vanilla Almond Milk – I use this for my protein shakes, but find some type of milk replacement that is low carb because normal cows milk is full of carbs.
BlenderBottle – easiest thing to use for protein shakes.
Tools for Success
You need to figure out how many grams of carbs you should have each day, as well as the correlating amounts of fat & protein. I included a few online calculators you can check out below:
You need an app to track your food intake. I use Lose It, but there are many more out there. MyFitnessPal is another good one. I have an Apple watch that tracks my activity and syncs with Lose It. If you have a watch of some kind that tracks your activity, find an app that will collect that data. If I have a day where I endure more physical activity, it allows me more calories. I never take advantage of those calories, but it’s pretty rewarding to see yourself well below what you are allowed. One day last week (while traveling) I was under by 1,700 calories because I was so active that day and ate on the lighter side.