3 Tips To Easily Get into Ketosis
You have probably heard of the keto diet, but you may be wondering how exactly you get into ketosis - the state where your body burns fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel. Well, in this article I want to cover 3 tips to help get you into ketosis and burning fat.
Limit Alcohol Intake
First up, this is one that people often overlook. You need to be careful with alcohol on keto. The problem is that while some alcoholic drinks are keto-safe (they are low carb and low sugar), the effect that alcohol has on your metabolism will get in the way of you achieving ketosis. Your body treats alcohol as a toxin, so works hard to metabolize all the alcohol in your system before moving on to metabolizing fats. This can make it hard for you to achieve ketosis if you are drinking alcohol regularly.
Be Wary Of Pre-prepared Meals
In our busy day to day lives, it can be tough to find the time to cook. This means that sometimes you’ll want to buy a ready-made meal - especially for lunch when you are working. However, these pre-prepared meals can play havoc with your attempts to get into ketosis.
The problem is that packaged meals are often packed full of added sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. So, take the time to read the nutritional and ingredient labels of everything you buy. Or, even better, put aside the time to prepare your own meals, as that way you have complete control over what goes into them. Making a big, keto-friendly salad at the weekend, that you can use each day for lunch is a great way to avoid the cafeteria altogether at lunchtime.
Get Your Snack Game Right
Another common slip up from people trying to get into ketosis is that they prepare great, keto-friendly meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but then slip up with a sugary or carb-heavy snack during the day. While your body can take the occasional cookie once you are in ketosis, if you are in the process of trying to achieve ketosis this kind of snack is going to set you back.
However, this is not to say that you can’t snack on a keto diet - of course you can! You just need to find keto-friendly ways to do so. Nuts and seeds are a great choice, packed full of protein and other great nutrients. For a heartier snack, keto friendly meat jerkies are a great way of getting a huge protein hit.
Alternatively, you can prepare your own keto friendly snacks in advance, although obviously, this takes a little more planning ahead. Increasingly, you can also buy keto friendly snacks in grocery stores and online. However, the same warning goes as with the pre-prepared meals, make sure you read the label carefully to avoid hidden sugars and carbs.
Getting into ketosis at first can be a little tricky, hopefully, these three tips help you avoid some of the common pitfalls that stand between you and burning fat for energy.