69 - Keto Rules
If you have started any weight loss journey, be it keto or any other, you know that the information out there is overwhelming. Somebody says one thing, and someone else says something that completely contradicts that. Having so much contradictory information about a specific diet can make it difficult to follow.
That is why it is essential to understand what works for you and how it is serving you. Here are the many ways you can stay on track and understand what is helping you better.
1. Are You Getting What You Want?
Weight loss looks different for everyone. That is because all of us have unique bodies and differences in our system. So, what works for you will not necessarily work for someone else.
That is why instead of listening to the overwhelming amount of information out there, listen to your body. If you are getting what you want and are still losing weight, you don't need somebody else to tell you what is right or wrong. You get to decide this yourself.
Your goals are different than other people's, and your habits are different too. That is why the changes you make should serve you and your body. If you are getting what you want, enjoying your journey, and still making progress, then you don't need to worry about any of these rules.
Ketosis is a process of trial and error. Initially, you will make some mistakes, and you will learn from them too. Keto looks different for everyone, and your keto lifestyle will not be the same as anyone else out there.
However, you have to understand that ketosis is created in the absence of carbs. There are no good, bad, or okay foods as long as you reduce your carb intake significantly. When you start, you need to experiment and test to see what works best for you.
Initially, don’t focus too much on what you are eating. Instead, focus on how much you are eating. You have to reduce the volume of food you are consuming before you start making any other changes. Doing this will ease your body into the transition, and making healthier choices will become easier.
3. Track Your Progress
Motivate yourself by understanding how far you had come from when you started. Progress looks different for everyone and takes its own time. Initially, ensure that you eat a healthy diet and stay in a deficit.
As long as you are eating better than you did before, it is a vast improvement. You have to see how far you have come to keep moving forward. If you were in the habit of drinking soda every day, but now you have made the switch to diet soda thrice a week, that is still progress.
Because of this, you don't need anyone else to tell you what is wrong or unhealthy for you. You can decide this for yourself as only you know your previous habits. As long as you are taking steps in the right direction, you don't need to worry about anything else.
Taking these steps one by one will help you reach your goals quickly. Over time, you will stop drinking that diet soda too. That is why you need to track your progress to understand how far you have come and what works best for your body.
4. Make Gradual Changes
Everyone wants fast results. We want our weight loss to happen fast because we don’t want to give up the things we love for a long time. However, that is never sustainable and will not serve you.
You have to ease your body in the transition and make gradual changes. For example, if the first change you have made is to cut sugar out of your diet, that is a significant milestone. If you want to reach your goals, you don’t have to quit everything and make things difficult for yourself.
You can always make gradual changes. Doing this will help you enjoy the process as you will not have to give up on everything you love to eat. A few doable changes will help you stick to your goals better in the long run.
Tiny swaps and changes can make all the difference when it comes to reaching your goals. That is why you should gradually reduce the amount and types of food you love eating. Soon, you will not need them anymore, and staying on track will be a breeze.
5. Don’t Rely On Social Media
Almost all of us are guilty of following hundreds of Instagram accounts for information. For example, if you are a beginner at keto, you have probably followed many other people on Instagram that promise keto can get you the best results. The only problem is that all these accounts are contradictory and will confuse you even more.
These people are just sharing their experiences and what works for them. It does not mean that the same thing will work for you. That is why it is essential to understand your body and experiment to see what works for you.
Everything can be done, and all goals can be met. However, how you reach those goals depend on you and not anyone else. You will have to be willing to make a few mistakes to understand what weight loss looks like for you and how it works best for you.
That was your complete guide to understanding keto “rules” and what is wrong and right. The answer is that there is no such thing because it will differ from person to person. No one else can tell you what works for you unless you see it for yourself.
That is why it is essential to make changes according to what your body needs and your habits. Even small changes add up and make a big difference in the long run. Don't worry about all those rules out there, and start making changes that serve your goals and body.