No matter what kind of diet you decide to do, if you are bored with the food, you will NOT succeed because simply put a boring diet sucks ! Especially when it comes to any low carb or ketogenic diet since your food choices are more limited. So here are 5 simple ways to keep the ketogenic diet fun and exciting:
Don’t Skimp Out On Fat
Fat has a bad rep because many people believe that eating fat makes you fat, but that is just a myth which isn’t true. See the only way you can gain weight/fat is by eating in a caloric surplus over a long period of time and it doesn’t matter what you eat whether it be healthy wholefoods or junk foods as long as you eat more calories than you require you will gain fat. Anyways eating a lot more fat on a ketogenic diet is extremely important because you should now be getting at least 60% of your calories from it, so skimping out on fat isn’t an option if you want to stay in ketosis. Furthermore, fat can add incredible flavour to your foods and even make even boring veggies taste amazing. Especially when things like coconut oil, butter or bacon grease is used.
Use A Variety Of Seasonings
It is okay to add some salt and seasoning to your foods even though some people believe it’s bad for you because of all the extra sodium. However, sodium isn’t something you should really even be concerned about because since you’re eating such few carbs you won’t hold onto much water weight. Unless you eat like 8000mg of sodium a day it won’t be a problem so just go ahead and shake that salt/seasoning on ! Lastly, don’t forget to use all sorts of different spices/herbs to keep all your foods tasting different and delicious. Just be careful of premixed spices because they often add extra sugar.
A net carb is simply the total number of carbohydrates a product contains subtracting the fibre and sugar alcohols (if applicable). The reason why you subtract the fibre is because fibre is a carbohydrate that your body cannot digest so it won’t raise your blood sugar levels or trigger an insulin response. Furthermore the presence of fibre in your digestive system actually slows down the absorption of other carbohydrates, alleviating blood sugar spikes and insulin release. Therefore, net carbs will be the only carbs you count when doing the ketogenic diet since it’s the only thing that will significantly impact your blood sugar levels. This allows you to eat a wider variety of foods that you probably though you could never eat again like lentils, beans, certain fruits, whole wheat pasta and even baked goods like cake or bread made with coconut/almond flour.
Try New Foods
This might sound simple, but don’t be afraid to experience new foods that you’ve never eaten before like raw salmon (sashimi), oysters or eggplant because you might actually end up loving it. Like anything with life you’ll never know until you give it a go, so by opening up your palate you’ll never be bored on the ketogenic diet !
Recipes, Recipes, Recipes !
This might just be the most important point on this list because on the ketogenic diet where your food choices are fairly limited you can end up eating the same meals all the time, especially if you’re new to the keto lifestyle and not used to cooking for yourself. Looking up recipes online or buying a keto cookbook so that you never run out of meal ideas is the best way to spice things up when you get bored with your keto diet.
To sum up when you are eating “keto friendly foods” it may seem a bit boring at first, but keep in mind that you have to give yourself and body time to adjust. It’s very likely that you’ll have to deal with some food cravings during the first couple of weeks and it maybe quite hard, but once your body starts to get adapted to the keto diet everything will be ten times easier especially once you start to follow the 5 tips above.
Hopefully this has given you a good idea on how to make keto fun forever so that you can make it your lifestyle because it’s one of the best ways to lose fat and stay ripped even when trying to build muscle. Lastly, if you have anymore questions about the keto diet please feel free to leave a comment down below.