Welcome to The Best Ketogenic Diet Beginner’s Resource! Here you’ll find several keto meal plans, as well as keto diet recipes & tips to get started on a low carb diet!
I’ve lost over 90 pounds on the keto diet over the past seven years, and I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner! You probably have a ton of questions before you dive in and I’ll do my best to answer all of them! If you need more information about starting the keto diet, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Low carb diets are high in healthy fats, moderate in protein and low in-you guessed it-carbohydrates.
Ketogenic Diet Vs. Low Carb: Is There A Difference?
While all ketogenic diets are low carb, not all low carb diets are ketogenic.
The keto diet is a low carb diet that is based on the process of ketosis-a metabolic state in which your body uses ketones for fuel instead of glucose. For your body to reach a state of ketosis, carbohydrate (carb) intake must be limited to under 20 net carbs per day. (Sometimes a range of 25-30 net carbs works-it all depends on your body. Example: Your current weight, activity level, and gender all play a part in determining the number).
A Low Carb Diet is not based on ketosis & requires you to keep your carb intake to under 50 net carbs per day.
What Are Net Carbs?
Since fiber and some sugar alcohols are not metabolized, absorbed or broken down by our bodies, we do not count the carbs from these foods. Net carbs are calculated by taking the number of total carbohydrates & subtracting the dietary fiber. For the sake of easy math, if you are reading a nutrition label and the Total Carb amount is 20, and the Dietary Fiber is 10 you would end up with 10 net carbs.
Total Carbs – Fiber = Net Carbs
You can find more in depth information by reading Total Keto Diet For Beginners right here.
What Are The Benefits of Low Carb & Ketogenic Diets?
- More Energy
- Weight Loss
- Reduced Cravings
- Reduced Appetite
- Stabilized Blood Sugar Levels
- Higher HDL (Good Cholesterol)
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Less Migraines
- Better Complexion
- Improved Focus
Is The Keto Diet for Everyone?
No. There is no ONE PERFECT DIET for everyone. We’re all made differently. Sure, lots of people lose weight on low carb and ketogenic diets, but that does not mean they will work for you. Before starting any new diet, you should speak with your doctor or medical practitioner. If you are breastfeeding, on medication, or are under a physician’s care, then you must talk to your doctor first.
What Can I Eat On The Ketogenic Diet?
You can find a very detailed list of all the foods you can eat on the keto diet on the Keto Shopping List & you can print a copy for future reference.
The list is organized by sections to make life a little easier! It includes meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy and nuts & seeds.
The baking section lists low carb alternatives to flour & sugar, and the snack section provides a collection of low carb snacks you can purchase.
Keto Meal Plans
I offer several keto meal plans for you to choose from & they are all free!
Meal Prep Recipes
Keto Breakfast Recipes
Keto Dinner Recipes
Crockpot & Instant Pot Recipes
Keto Dessert Recipes
When you’re starting out on the keto diet it’s best to keep things as simple as possible.
Meal planning helps, but choosing the right (easy) recipes is a game changer.
Do not start with Martha Stewart-esque meals. No disrespect to Martha, but complicated ingredients & extra steps easily become obstacles that stand in your way.
I’ve found these fabulous Keto In 5 Cookbooks to be a lifesaver! 120 low carb Keto recipes all under 5 net carbs, using 5 ingredients & 5 simple steps.
Keto In Five also makes it easy to keep track of your macros since the nutrition info is plainly listed with each recipe. And did I say they’re delicious? Because they are insanely good!
Hopefully these recipes will be enough to get you started! Keep in mind more recipes are posted throughout the blog & I add new recipes once a week!
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