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Are you wondering what to expect when you start eating keto? Given the many positives of the keto diet, it’s no surprise that this way of eating has grown in popularity over recent years. 

The undeniable keto buzz has led many people to try it for themselves. But the process of "eating keto" isn't as straightforward as one might hope. 

Switching to a keto diet is a big lifestyle change that requires a complete revolution in how you approach food. Your entire relationship with food will change.

If you are contemplating trying it, here are three things to expect.

1. Information Overload 

There’s a lot of information about keto online. That’s a good thing: information means people can share their tips, tricks, and recipes for this way of eating (WOE). But for someone new to eating keto, the sheer information overload can be overwhelming. 

There’s so much to learn. There's a lot of misinformation out there, too, and it can be tricky to pick through the noise.

If you find yourself experiencing "keto TMI", narrow your focus on experts like Katie Rollins or just one YouTube channel like Serious Keto.

stablish the basics you need to know, get into the swing of things, and only branch out onto other parts of the keto web when you feel ready to do so. 

2. Not Eating Enough Vegetables

Many people new to keto scrutinize carb amounts and realise that many of the vegetables they love are no longer a viable choice if they wish to stay under 20g of net carbs per day.

Potatoes, anyone?

This means that they start seeing keto as restrictive, focusing on low-carb options such as meat and cheese and eschewing vegetables. That's more of a carnivore approach, not a keto approach. 

There are plenty of vegetables you can include when eating keto. My personal favorites are cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, zucchini, and yellow squash. These don't break the "keto rules" like the starchy veggies do.

If you're confused about veggies, here's a fast-and-dirty tip. If it grows underground, it's a no-no. Make sure you read the nutrition labels thoroughly. 

3. Not Drinking Enough Water

When you’re eating keto, increase your water intake. Ketosis means that your water excretion will increase, as carbs are actually responsible for water retention. This is why a lot of people lose a lot of weight in the first several weeks of keto. They're releasing all the water weight that carbs held on to.

The more water you pee out, the more likely you are to experience dehydration.

Make sure you're getting enough water, even if you're still drinking diuretics like coffee. Alcohol will also worsen dehydration, so be careful with that.

Learn the symptoms of dehydration so you know what to look out for; should you develop any of those symptoms while on keto, look to increase your fluid intake immediately.

To Summarize...

If you try eating keto, I hope knowing what to expect from the first few months can help ease the transition. 

This is a lifestyle, not a fad. 

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About the author 


Life coach, author, podcast host, cat mom, wife, Ravenclaw, and semi-compulsive hiker living in the Montana Rockies.

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