Interested in KETO or low carb living but not sure how to get started? Look no further, below is a quick start guide that includes meals for your first five days! With the help of a low carb lifestyle I have dropped 75lbs in 7 months. You can too! Don't put it off any longer, use this guide to get started. Once you have more time you can plan different and more in depth meals if needed. For now we are going with quick and easy! The reason for this is that not everyone has the desire to cook and most of us don't have extra time to dedicate to cooking. These meals are all done in under 15 mins and do not require extraordinary cooking experience. I have been eating these meals every week since I started, haven't got tired of them yet! Here's what your gonna need: Eggs, nuts, berries, frozen meatballs (6 carb or less), chicken, broccoli,pepper,onion,zucchini, lettuce, cheese, sausage, olive oil, and a variety of sauces. Any low carb sauce you like, try and keep them under 3 carbs per serving.I recommend anything from @ghughessugarfree they do a great job. Also, for a cheap option the Hunts sugar free pasta sauce is quite good! As far as quantities go that's up to you. We aren't starving ourselves here so get enough to fill you up!
Now that we have or ingredients let's plan the week. One of the keys to this type of diet change is to always make more than you need. The reason for this is that KETO or low carb living in not very snack food friendly. Most of the food needs to be cooked, so when the hunger comes on make sure your ready and have some leftovers in the fridge.
I incorporated intermittent fasting into my lifestyle change from the beginning and found that I was able to reach my weight loss goals fast! I definitely suggest you combine the two for maximum results. In case your unfamiliar, intermittent fasting is the process of containing your daily eating to an 8 hour window. Choose whichever window works best for your lifestyle, for me I eat between 1030am-630pm. I usually only eat twice but do occasionally eat a snack in between my meals. Again, you do what works for you. If your hungry eat, just make sure it's low carb food and that it's in your 8 hour window.
First Meal: Cheese and Veggie Omelette (while cooking go ahead and boil some eggs to use later). I tend to eat a lot so I'll use an entire zucchini and about 6 eggs!
Snack: Handful of nuts and a cheese stick
Second Meal: Meatballs with broccoli and no sugar added sauce. Don't forget the cheese on top! Also remember to make extra.
First Meal: Left over meatballs and broccoli from the night before
Snack: Raw zucchini sticks with Ranch or Blue cheese Dressing. @mariecallenders_ makes some great dressing!
Second meal: Sausage with peppers and onions. I like to top with some Parm cheese and a dab of spicy mustard!
First Meal: Omelette with the left over sausage and peppers.
Second Meal: Chicken and Veggie Alfredo. You can really have whatever low carb veggies you want with it. I just prefer zucchini and onions.
First meal: I bet you can guess! left over Chicken and Veggie Alfredo!
Snack: nuts and a cheese stick
Second meal: Mix up some egg salad with the eggs you boiled the first day. Throw in some peppers and onions, wrap in lettuce and chow down!
First meal: garden salad topped with chicken and cheese
Second meal: Leftover buffet! make a few deviled eggs/ a giant omelette/ or any other creation from the food you haven't used yet. Skies the limit!
That's your week! Following this guide will get you on track to begin your weight loss journey! It is incredibly easy to follow and requires minimal time. If you prefer different low carb foods then by all means use those, just stay in your window and keep making large batches.
I realize that some of you may consider the initial plan a bit repetitive. That may be true but it is not without reason. Making two meals out of one saves time and money (less ingredients to buy) which are two things we need more of! More importantly using two meals for one limits the amount of time you think about food. If you already know what your having for your first meal the next day then there is no need to think about what to make or what to have. The less we think about food, the easier it is to stay on track. The idea is to plan your meals ahead of time and to utilize left overs as much as possible to keep your mind free from thinking about food. The less we think about it the more likely we are to stay the course with our eating!
Let us know how you did on your first week by posting a comment!
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A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.