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The Best Lifestyle Change You’ll Ever Make

When we first started our low carb diet, everybody looked at us like we were crazy. Not only were we cutting carbs but we were adding tons of fat! We never thought we’d be able to keep it up it with all the overly tempting sugar-filled foods out there. Eating out? It was almost impossible. Hidden sugar was lurking everywhere we looked.

Everybody who starts eating low carb goes through this. Here are 5 tips to help change or improve your perspective and make your low carb diet into a way of life!

1. Don’t Limit Yourself

Diet foods don’t have to taste bad.

This is one of the most common misconceptions with diets – people think that diet foods have to taste bad. It’s simply not true! We’ve been low carb for over 2 years so far and we’re eating more deliciously than we ever have before.  Our hundreds of blog recipes are a testament to that. Creating low carb recipes has challenged us creatively and expanded our tastes beyond the standard American diet.

Explore your options and discover all the delicious foods you can make a daily part of your life (bacon, anyone?).

2. Don’t Starve Yourself

Another major misconception is that you have to starve yourself to see results. This is simply not true and actually damaging to your long-term health.

Use our keto calculator (low carb macro calculator) to calculate how much you should be eating based on your body, daily activity levels and goals. It will help you determine how many calories, fat, protein and carbs you should be consuming daily.

You can use MyFitnessPal to track what you eat every day or simply keep track yourself. It takes a few moments and will help you achieve your goals faster while reaching your healthiest state.

3. Track Progress The Right Way

Most people step on a scale every morning and hope to see a difference. Our bodies don’t exactly work like that. Don’t rely on numbers alone!

We recommend using a tape measure to track progress using the same points on your body week by week. For example, take the measurement of your waist once a week and track your progress in that way. Our preferred method is simply taking pictures. Over time, you’ll see a huge difference. Focus on the long term and remember, progress is slow and steady.

Tracking progress is critical because it acts as an anchor and shows you just how well you’re doing. It’ll motivate you to succeed too!

4. Think of This as a Lifestyle, Not a Diet

Most diets are not successful because they stay just that – diets. Short term solutions for long term problems. Low carb is a lifestyle change which has been proven by indisputable evidence to be the healthiest way to live. Make a commitment to this way of life and try to make your biggest and most common meals fast, simple and delicious. If you’ve got a game plan, you’ll more likely stay on track.

We created Dinner in Five and Breakfast in Five, our series of ecookbooks with 30 low carb dinners and breakfasts, to show that you can eat delicious and nutritious meals with only 5 ingredients and 5 carbs or less!

Check out our full list of low carb friendly foods to make new staple items in your life. Make sure you’ve got low carb snacks covered too!

5. Lead by Example

You may have people around you who will try to tear you down. Not everyone is very receptive to this diet. After all, following the low fat, high carb diet their wholes lives has understandably clouded their judgement. We found the best way to stop that behavior is to lead by example.

Focus on yourself and your progress. Once they see your health improving and weight falling off your body, they’ll get curious.

Try some recipes out of our collection, AllDayIDreamAboutFood, KetoDietApp, LowCarbMaven or other great low carb blogs. Once they see what you’re eating every day, they’ll be blown away and maybe even try eating low carb too.

If you’re fairly new to the low carb lifestyle, what issues have you been running into? If you’re a seasoned low carber, what tips do you have to newcomers? Make sure to leave a comment below

You’ll love our Keto in Five cookbooks!

We believe that the key to success is simplicity and satisfaction with your diet. That’s why we created our Keto in Five ecookbook series which includes Breakfast in Five, Lunch in Five and Dinner in Five.

Each ebook contains 30 recipes. Every recipe is made with just 5 ingredients and has up to 5 grams of net carbs. That means you can have seconds of any meal and you’ll still be within your daily carb limit!

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About the Author:

Rami co-founded Tasteaholics with Vicky at the start of 2015 to master the art of creating extremely delicious food while researching the truth behind nutrition, dieting and overall health. You can usually find him marketing, coding or coming up with the next crazy idea because he can't sit still for too long. His favorite book is The 4-Hour Workweek and artist is Infected Mushroom.

15 Comments

  1. Beverly Berkley January 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    In your 14 day meal planyou call for low carb tortillas. Are these store bought or homemade? The low card tortillas I saw in the market are too high for a keto diet. Thanks!!

    • Vicky January 19, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

      They are store bought! We use Mission Carb Balance Wraps, but you can also use Trader Joe’s brand tortillas or any low carb wraps you find.

      • Tracy March 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

        Mission Carb Balance Whole Grain tortillas are really, really good and only have 3 Net Carbs per tortilla for the small ones.

  2. Jamie January 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    So how would I know if I’m eating enough fat? For example, if I eat a ribeye that is marbled, how do i caculate the fat from that steak? The Keto Calculator states I should eat a total of 1970cal to lose weight with 166g fat, 95g protein, and 25g carbs. I’m not sure how to calculate I’m eating within and or getting enough of each category. Please assist.

    • Vicky January 19, 2017 at 6:21 am - Reply

      You can never really know exactly how much you’re eating. Even packages’ nutrition labels are based on a sample. These numbers will vary based on what brand of ingredients you use, how well you weigh your food and how you prepare it. Take these numbers as guidelines and use well known and reputable apps like MyFitnessPal to calculate your macros as well as you possibly can. Being as close to accurate is better than simply guessing. Hope that helps!

  3. Firma October 17, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I’m having a tough time losing weight. I did your Keto diet without success.
    I stick to 20 carbs a day & still no weight loss. I am hungry.

    • Vicky October 17, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Do you eat enough fat? If you are hungry, eat more! Make sure your meals satisfy you and are low in carbs. Have a fat bomb every now and then to keep your fats up. Make sure your enjoying butter with your veggies.

      Also, make sure you are really low carb. Are you tracking everything you eat? There are hidden carbs everywhere. Do you have a food scale? It’s important to weigh your food. You may be under estimating serving sizes and eating more carbs than you think.

      Let me know if this helped! Good luck!

  4. Firma French October 12, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

    How do I get 7 vegetable servings in per day & not go over 20 carbs.

    • Vicky October 13, 2016 at 6:17 am - Reply

      We don’t count our vegetable servings, nor is that what low carb’s about. If you’re trying to eat more vegetables, I would recommend choosing the lowest carb vegetables (try searching or sorting through these Low Carb Vegetables) and counting net carbs instead of total. Net carbs = total carbs – fiber. A lot of vegetables are high in fiber and since fiber cannot be digested by the human body, it’s isn’t considered a carb by many.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Vesna September 26, 2016 at 4:52 am - Reply

    I am on the keto diet for 6 week now and at firts I lost weight , but nothig for the last 4 weeks. I do admit I eat a leat of meat becaause to get fool, I simply dont know what is consiederd as fat in this diet. It talks abouth good fat and bad fat, but it is tiereing even reading about it, beacuse Englisch is not my first language. I would nees a list like you can eat this and this and this… in that amounth per day, but I can not find something like this.
    On the other hand I have an extreamly low ammount on Iron in my blood and I have a thyrode Problem (I take a pill A day , because the doctores destroyed my thyrode with radioactive Iodine. I hope I wrote it OK. Can this be a reason why I ama not loosing any weight?

    • Vicky September 26, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Hi Vesna, I understand it can be frustrating even if English is your first language. Many people struggle in the beginning. Look through this list of foods that are appropriate for the ketogenic diet 🙂

  6. John September 5, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

    When I try to start the keto diet, after 4 days I crave simple carbs. As a recovered alcoholic and addict with many years of sobriety, I find the feelings to be exactly like the obsession and compulsion I experienced as an active addict. Although I have no compulsion to use substances, I find the compulsion to use to use simple carbs the same. A feeling I find disturbing and don’t understand. Can you advise?

    • Rami September 5, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Hey John,

      Carbs work similarly to alcohol in terms of activating dopamine and receptors for pleasure and addiction. There is an actual physical withdrawal which manifests as a keto flu after stopping carbs within the first few days. This all goes away after a week or two so it’s important to remember you goals and focus on the reasons you decided to make this lifestyle change. In addition, getting rid of any tempting items from your home when starting keto can help prevent a weak moment from hurting your chances of success.

      Please remember, if you fail you can immediately start again and keep trying until you succeed!

      • john September 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

        Thanks Rami, appreciate the information and your support. I’ll keep at it.

  7. Kim | Low Carb Maven June 6, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Great advice, Rami. Thanks for including Low Carb Maven as a source. You guys rock!

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