by Charles Weller April 17, 2019
The ketogenic diet has been growing in popularity in the past few years, and has nearly doubled in interest in the past year alone. Before taking on the ketogenic diet, there are simple helpful tricks to starting the diet the right way for better and faster results.
Magnesium deficiency is a common problem, where many have faulted soil depletion being the main contributor for individuals have decreased magnesium levels. Since magnesium is essential for mood, sleep, and proper muscle contractions, it’s critical to get enough of this multipurpose mineral. Drinking bone broth is a delicious and easy way to add more of these minerals into your ketogenic diet.
While most people get enough salts such as sodium, those on the ketogenic diet are usually low in sodium. Those with low sodium levels experience fatigue, muscle weakness, and changes in mood. It’s important when on the ketogenic diet to get optimal levels of sodium.
Like sodium, potassium is excreted most often when on a ketogenic diet and needs to be replenished frequently, especially after a workout. Add potassium-rich foods such as avocados, bananas, and spinach in your diet.
One of the restrictions to a ketogenic diet is to consume fewer carbohydrates, where many interpret the rule as avoiding all vegetables. Although specific plants are filled with carbs, to ensure you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals, it’s essential to eat low-carb vegetables. Salads and smoothies are easy ways to incorporate more plants into your diet.
Making unhealthy food choices is one of many mistakes beginners make when starting the ketogenic diet. Eating processed food will delay your health goals tremendously because your body is preoccupied with fighting off inflammation and repairing cell damage. Help your body thrive by purchasing grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, wild-caught seafood, organic vegetables while eliminating processed foods.
For maximum results, it’s essential to stick to your ketogenic plan and make healthy lifestyle choices, which includes drinking water, regular exercise, eliminating stressors and toxins, and getting an adequate amount of sleep.
One of the best things about starting a diet is the opportunity to experiment and share information and ideas with others who are on the journey with you. Some individuals do better on eating more carbohydrates while others can eat slightly more fat. Discussing recipes, meal prep tips, and receiving support with other people in the community are extra bonuses to helping you stay on track.