Motivation is an energy, one that will keep you going when things get difficult. Most people use food to swallow down and hide from negative emotions. This means that when we are feeling sad, upset or annoyed our ‘helpful’ ego will suggest carb heavy foods like cakes, bread, biscuits and ice-cream to push down the unwanted feelings.
When you find yourself in an ego battle it is very helpful to have a strategy planned in advance and have your allies in place to win the fight. Understanding the long term reasons why you want to go keto will fuel your motivation. Having an inspiring vision will help you avoid the instant gratification of ego driven food decisions.
We highly recommend writing a list of the benefits you want from going keto and what they mean to you. For example “Losing 50lb” is not as motivating as “Losing 50lb so I can move with freedom and feel confident, sexy and proud of my body.”
When you have your motivation clear, write it out, put it on a poster, put a post-it on your mirror, put a card in your wallet – use any method possible to keep a focus on your motivation. Frequently reminding yourself why you’re doing keto will keep your motivation high.
We really recommend you share your journey with somebody who can support you such as a trusted friend or family member who can lend emotional support or maybe even practical advice. Let them know you are embarking on a journey to improved wellbeing and along the way you might need a hug or two. You may even want to enroll some friends to go keto with you.
There are online keto communities where you can ask questions, post comments, share suggestions and celebrate your successes.
Also, if you share your household with others we also strongly recommend protecting yourself from the addictive food habits of others. Consider some of these options: suggest they join you on the keto diet and sharing the immense health benefits. Asking for their support by keeping high carb foods hidden away. Ask if they are willing to eliminate the most toxic foods (so you don’t have to see cookies on the kitchen counter top.) Explain to them what you are doing, and why, and ask them to consider your needs.
Improving your health by going keto will take practical, emotional and physical effort, but the rewards will be immense. Finding people to support you, and your decision to improve your wellbeing, will help you get through any tough times and by recognizing your progress they can also help you to sustain your success.
Pick a date and go keto! Either dive right in, or gradually increase fats and reduce carbs. It’s up to you.
Some people like to experiment a bit first and find some tasty new meals before giving up old foods. Others prefer to go for it and get straight into ketosis to get maximum benefits immediately.
Choose what is right for you and remember to keep yourself hydrated to minimize adaption symptoms. In addition to planning your meals, we recommend tracking them too, at least for the first week or two.
Writing down what you eat and capturing how you feel afterwards in a keto journal can help you troubleshoot problems and highlight success. For example, “Day 3 – mascarpone cheese with buttered veg, felt crap afterwards, no more mascarpone for me!” “Day 4 – broccoli, hazelnut oil and salmon, delicious, felt energized and positive after eating.”
Record your food and how you feel so you can see patterns, progress and spot any problems early on. Choose your start date, choose your method (gradual or rapid) and go keto!
After 2-3 days you should be able to confirm you are in ketosis (after your body has used up any carbohydrates stored in the muscles and liver). Look out for the signs that you are in ketosis (thirst, smell, appetite, energy and clarity).
Consider testing for ketones using your urine, breath or blood with test strips or a meter. Also take baseline measurements which help you complete your smart goals, for example:
If your goal is weight loss, try to avoid weighing yourself too often. Your weight can change by up to 4lb in a day due to many factors. If you weigh yourself daily it can be very demotivating if you lose less than expected. We recommend weighing yourself weekly, fortnightly or monthly. The longer you leave it the more exciting it is to see how much weight you have lost.
This is a journey, starting is just the beginning. New habits and lifestyle changes take time to embed so finding more recipes, sharing ideas and gathering more knowledge will keep your keto adventure fresh and interesting. We have loads of resources to help you feel inspired and motivated to continue.
You will get immediate benefits, but, the majority of keto benefits are long term. If you make a mistake, get tempted to eat a cake, or even chose to eat non-keto for a period of time don’t let this be a reason to give up, keep going! You only fail if you choose to give up.
You may have been eating the standard Western high carb diet for decades.If this is the case it will take you time to mentally, emotionally and practically adapt to your new keto lifestyle. With time and by supporting yourself with the foods, people and resources you need you will fuel your motivation and success. Move on from any mistakes, pick yourself up, acknowledge your achievements and keep it keto!