What do I need to start a low carb or keto diet

Let’s be honest here. If you are reading  this post or one of the many groups on Facebook about a low carb or keto, you already did the most important step: you realized you have a problem. Luckily for you, it’s an easy one to solve.

There is no way around it, and anyone less than direct and brutally honest with you won’t do you any favour. If you are fat or obese, your life will be miserable and very likely shorter. Always tired, often sick, your joints will suffer and you’ll probably eventually need a knee or hip replacement, you’ll most likely become diabetic with all the risks involved (kidney failure, hearth disease, ulcers and amputations, early death).

Considering all the risks, you really think that you can’t resist that slice of bread or can of soda?

You know what causes your problems, and you know that already a few million people transformed their lives for the better simply removing carbs from their diet. It’s easy, and anyone can do it. This is not a diet, I know that you tried many before, and you failed every time. How could you not? You were hungry at all times, eating ridiculously small meals with no flavour and not filling.

But now you know that you can lose weight and get healthier without suffering, enjoying a large variety of foods, feeling satiated after every meal and having plenty of energy and mental clarity. You simply have to ditch the carbs.

The good news is that you can replace the carbs in your diet with all those fatty foods that have plenty or nutrients: roasted pork belly with broccoli cooked in butter and garlic, fatty ribeye on the barbie with a garden salad of mixed leaves, generously drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt, eggs and bacon for breakfast, dark chocolate and a few berries with sour cream for dessert. Does this sounds like a bad life? Really?

How to get healthier and leaner, first step:
Ditch the carbs. Eat whatever real food you like, as much as you like: all cuts of meat, including fatty cuts, eggs, bacon, cheese, seafood, butter, olive oil, green vegetables, cauliflower, mushrooms, olives. In this first step eat only a handful of nuts per day, or even better none at all if you are morbidly obese. Stay away from anything sweet, even if it’s sweetened with a keto sweetener. Don’t worry about weight loss in this phase, some people will loose a lot, others a little or none. It doesn’t matter.

Second step, once you have adapted (three months):
Use our macro calculator and try to adapt your protein and fat intake to the ones suggested. Eat all your proteins quota, you need to keep your muscle mass while you are losing fat, you don’t want to get saggy and strong muscles are very important for a good health. Beef is the best meat, and if you like it try eating liver once a week (so many micronutrients!). In this phase you could have to reduce your fat intake a bit to keep the weight loss going, that’s also why it’s important to keep the proteins high, so you don’t feel hungry.

Third step, once you are close to your ideal weight:
Add a handful of berries, nuts, very dark chocolate (from 85% and upward), you can also start adding some keto desserts to your diet, there are plenty of fantastic recipes for threats that are simply delicious (but remember that they should be a treat, not something to eat every day!). Add alcohol if you like, a glass of dry red wines or dry sparkling wines (brut or brut nature). Careful with white wines because even the dry ones have quite a high content of sugars, especially the Australian ones.

That’s it. Easy. Really.

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