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The Ultimate Keto Diet Guide

There are so many guides and resources online about the Keto Diet, but I know all too well that it can be completely overwhelming.

The Keto Diet journey is one with its highs and lows, challenges and triumphs.

It is a really effective diet with straightforward rules, and huge rewards, but that doesn’t make it easy. 

Read on if you want to lose weight fast using a highly rewarding Diet – A diet I have found brilliant for losing baby weight.

ultimate keto diet guide

What is the Keto Diet?

In short, the Keto Diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet.

It requires your diet to include 70-80% of high fats, 20-25% of adequate protein and 5-10% of low carbohydrates.

From this, you’ll achieve nutritional ketosis. 

I know!

What on earth is nutritional Ketosis?!

Ketosis is when your body stops converting glucose in the body to energy, and instead turns to alternative resources, A.K.A. your fat stores.

This creates Ketones in your blood, which are then utilised by cells to power your body. 

So by reducing your sugar and carb intake we naturally switch to burning fat for energy. Which means we can also eat more of those essential healthy fats (often found it delicious foods!!)

This is exactly what makes you lose any unwanted weight…fast.

Perfect as a postpartum diet. 

The Pros and Cons of the Keto Diet

I have talked about the Keto Diet before, comparing it to the Atkins Diet.

Spoiler alert: The Keto diet came out on top (for me, anyway) in the keto vs atkins competition.

To briefly recap, the Keto Diet had its pros and cons, like with every diet, but overall it was the most effective way to shape up my post-pregnancy body and also maintain my accomplishments.

It gave me a newfound energy and alertness – and goodness knows I need it running round after two children!

Now, let me point out, I am not a scientist or nutritionist.

Just a mum with a geeky interest in fitness and health. I am not going to blast you with scientific terms.

I will say, Keto works well for me, and further down this article are the products that helped me the most.

The positives of the Keto Diet: 

Burns Body Fat – It burns A LOT of fat – I lost a large percentage of my post-baby tummy in next to no time, something which I had been aiming to do for months. 

Metabolic flexibility – Your body gains some kind of superpowers, allowing you to switch what fuels your body runs off – either fat or carbs, without any negative side effects. 

Keeps your blood sugar low – Those blood sugar levels stay nice and low, a really important factor for those who are trying to lose weight. A lack of sugar spikes means you stay more balanced in terms of hunger.

Improves exercise performance – It can really improve performance results. There is a reason why bodybuilders and athletes go on the keto diet before a big date.

Enhanced Mental Performance – Once you have transitioned and got uses to these stages of Ketosis, many people claim a higher state of alert, better mood and mental performance.  

The negatives of the Keto Diet:

It takes a lot of monitoring – Making sure you stick to those percentages isn’t a walk in the park. 

It can feel restrictive – It was hard for me to cut out bread and pasta, but I soon found creative alternatives, this is a short-term negative that you just need to push past.  

You might get Keto Flu – it’s the name given to the withdrawal symptoms your body will experience when you cut out glucose and carbs. Headaches, body aches, low motivation, mental fog etc. This is also a short-term negative too. 

There are tonnes of resources out there, all claiming to make following the keto diet easier.

Below are my honest opinions on all the keto diet resources I decided to try out, hopefully giving you information on which one might work for you. 

In need of Food Inspiration for the Keto Diet?

Check out the FatSense Guide to Keto Food 

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The Essential Keto Cookbook Reviewed

The Essential Keto Cookbook aims to end the confusion and boredom that many associates with the keto diet.

It’s 200 pages long (so, you won’t run out of ideas) and allows you to just jump straight into the keto diet with nutritious, tasty recipes. 

This book will teach you anything and everything you need to know about Keto.

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***Hands down the best keto diet book out there***

One of the most difficult things in the beginning, for me, was to find delicious things to eat from a supermarket shop.

The Keto Cookbook really helped me with this.

It made me realise that I didn’t have to give up the foods I loved – making it so much easier to carry on with the diet. 

As well as 120+ AMAZING Keto recipes, The Essential Keto Cookbook also includes 5 bonuses with a wealth of Keto information and Guidance:   

It was such a relief for me to start enjoying the food I was eating, whilst improving my post-pregnancy body at an accelerated rate. 

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anybody interested in the Keto Diet, especially those struggling with the cooking part of the keto diet.

The Essential Keto Cookbook is about REAL food – No Sugars, No High Carbs, No Preservatives, No Dairy, No Wheat or Grains. Just Real Food – Meat, Veg, Nuts & Seeds.

Think – Burgers, Buffalo Wings, Fish Tacos. Yum Yum Yum!

It can be the deal-breaker for many, but before you give up just try out this cookbook

Truth About Keto / Thin from Within Reviewed 

Thin from Within by Brad Pilon, a two times national award winner in female health, is a program which is designed for women who want to burn fat and take control of their health, whilst reshaping their body in the process. 

The program allows you to lose weight without sacrificing your favourite foods.

How does Thin from Within compare to the Essential Keto Cookbook?

In truth they are both EXCELLENT Resources and you won’t be disappointed with either.

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Pilon has split the program into three different phases – making it feel like you haven’t just been thrown into the deep end. 

Phase One: Microflora rebalancing This gives you an extensive look into a study which shows the link between your metabolism and the digestive health of the body.

This gives you the motivation to start the diet and gives you all the information you need on the foods that you should cut out. 

Phase Two: This gives you strategies to burn fat. Nutrition plans and exercise guides are all included in phase two.

Phase Three: Support is so important during a weight loss journey, and that’s exactly what phase three provides you with. 

Obviously, Brad Pilon knows exactly what he is doing – he’s a female health expert.

He’s enabled the ketogenic diet to be completely unrestrictive.

It is available in a digital and physical copy so that it suits your needs and lifestyles perfectly.

You also get a 60-day money back guarantee; if you don’t see results in 60 days then you can get a refund.

I also loved the community support – the inspiring stories from other users really pushed me to be better. 

This program is perfect for everybody who needs a more focused guide with the ketogenic diet.

At the end of the day, what do you have to lose? There’s a 60-day money back guarantee.

Find more information and an informative video here. 

Download my FREE Weight Loss Tracker Spreadsheet Here

Perfect for tracking Weight Loss in a Group (or on your own)

3-2-1 Keto Meal Plans Reviewed

Are you extremely busy?

Does all this talk of Diets put you off as you know its potentially a steep learning curve to figure out what and how it works?

3-2-1 Keto Meal Plans is perfect for you.

The premise is that they send you a weekly update, all based around losing weight with the Keto diet.

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Each week you will receive:

14 Ketogenic Meals per Week (plus optional breakfast recipes/meals)

  • Fewer than 30 ingredients per week to make your shopping easy and to keep costs low.
  • Less than 20g of net carbs per day to keep your body burning fat and your energy high.
  • You can download the meal plans from your Member’s Area or from email. Easy to print or use on any device.
  • All recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, legume-free, and Paleo. 
  • Meal plans are designed for 2 people but can be easily scaled for any size family.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied during the first 30 days, we’ll refund you with no questions asked.
  • There are also Bonuses depending on the package you sign up for…

Bonus One:

Delicious Keto Fat Bombs Cookbook – Easy-to-make snacks and desserts that won’t take you out of ketosis.

(Snacks / Desserts can be tricky with Keto, so this is a great bonus for Keto Dessert Inspiration)

Bonus Two:

Keto Breakfast Cookbook (Annual Members Only). 60+ Keto Breakfast Recipes (including 40+ egg-free recipes!)

That’s quite a lot packaged in for a very reasonable price.

It isn’t a subscription box where they send you the ingredients – I actually don’t like those – soon as you get one or two meals you don’t like your losing out. I also like to choose my favorites and stick to those.

However it is a great way of learning how to use the Keto diet to maximum effect. Gradually teaching you new recipes that won’t break the bank either.

So for Keto Newbies this is a superb product to get you started with a Keto Diet.

For more information, CHECK OUT THIS LINK – where they are often adding extra offers and discounts for 3-2-1 Keto Meal Plans.

Purefit Supplement Reviewed  

Alongside one of the books above, you may wish to assist your Keto diet with supplements – ensuring your body can maximize effect in a more convenient form.

I was very wary of supplements, even before the Keto diet.

Weight loss supplements always seemed so unnatural to me.

A friend who was also trying out the Keto diet recommended me this supplement. Normally I wouldn’t bother but i trust her and they worked for her.

Weirdly, it did make me feel a bit better about the decision.  

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Purefit Keto is supposed to make you lose the weight faster and tone up your body.

It enhances your metabolic rate and controls your hunger.

One thing about being on the Keto diet; you will crave a lot of food, especially in the beginning.

I welcomed anything that controlled my appetite and these pills did just that.  

Purefit Keto Supplements contain ingredients like Hydroxy-citric Acid, Garcinia Cambogia and Green Tea Extract.

All of which change how your body works; it stops those pesky food cravings, suppresses hunger pains, breaks down fat cells and enhances the metabolic rate.  

This is great for those that want to lose weight with the keto diet at an accelerated rate.

This is NOT safe for women that are breastfeeding, please contact your doctor if you have any concerns about this product.

Weight loss supplements should be taken with caution or medical advice if you have any doubt.

I am not a big fan of them, however I appreciate a lot of people prefer them to full diet control.

Keto Coffee Creamer Reviewed

Yes, a way of achieving weight loss using a Keto drink.

There is one thing that really frightened me about the Keto diet…no more nice coffees.

I Loooooooooooovveeee my coffee!

Shock horror.

Then, I found out about Keto Zone’s amazing alternative to creamer. Every morning I could down a cup of joe with absolutely no regret.

MCT Oil keto coffee creamer  

This Keto Coffee Creamers is made up of MCT Oil, which in the marketing spiel says:

Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil powder is made up of medium-length chains of fats referred to as triglycerides. While standard dietary fats are long-chain triglycerides. The MCT’s shorter length make them easily digested. MCT’s also contain many health benefits which are linked to the way our body breaks down these fats.

This incredible product burns fat, fuels the brain, suppresses the appetite and boosts your energy, all at the same time.  

This is perfect for anybody who, just like me, may be looking for a way to have an amazing cup of coffee…this was so much more than I could have ever envisioned, though.  

Therefore, for all you Coffee lovers looking for a simple Keto solution look no further than this little gem.

I hope this offers a little more insight into the resources of Keto, just remember to always put your health first.

If weight loss supplements or appetite suppressants aren’t for you, please don’t force yourself to use them, and always consult your doctor first.

Everybody is different.  

I believe that with any Diet you should really understand what is involved, how it will make you feel, and have some inspirational recipes to motivate you.

That is why my number 1 Keto resource has to be the Essential Keto Cookbook.

Page after page of explanations and inspiring recipes. 

All in all, these resources will all either help with your ketogenic diet or enhances your keto weight loss results.

Please, let me know if you try any of these means out and what you thought of them.  If you have any other recommended Keto products then I would love to hear about them.

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Sara

FATSENSE.COM

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