Sushant Chavan is mobiefit’s Head of Technology and here he takes us through his fitness journey as he looks to become healthier and fitter. Follow him on Twitter.
As someone who is always playing with technology, I was looking for a modern way to kick-start my aim to become healthy and fit. I browsed through many trendy diets before settling on the Ketogenic diet because it seemed the easiest to adapt to. But as I found out it was not all that easy either. Like any great lifestyle change, I had to rethink how I ate completely. So this is how I got started. Simply put a Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. So naturally I needed to make changes…
Eliminate sugar from your life
Flush down whatever sugar you have at home. Yes, I mean it. There is no bigger culprit for all that unnecessary fat around your waist than those sweet white enticing crystals. They are the worst offenders. You could go for alternatives such as Stevia, however it is recommended that you learn to overcome your Sugar cravings to practice Keto as it’s meant to be
Drink water like there is no tomorrow
Brace yourself for a heavy protein diet, so naturally you will need substantial amount of water intake to flush down those ketones and keep your kidneys well-hydrated. Consuming at least 2-3 gallons of water will not only keep you hydrated but will prevent you from having nausea and the dreaded kept smell. Keep a bottle handy and keep sipping water on an ongoing basis.
Stock up on those eggs
While on Keto you will be having a lot of eggs. And you will likely save more if you buy them in bulk. In case if you are worried about looking like a freak picking up 50 eggs in one go, I would ask you to drop your hesitation right away. Also I would recommend getting them from a local shop where you can bargain and get a good deal. Supermarkets add a mark-up on the price, along with the excessive plastic packaging, which tends to increase the price.
Learn to count your macros
Regular things which always seemed healthy may very well become the reason to kick you out of your Keto routine. Tomatoes, capsicum, onion and even garlic have substantial amount of carbs, which is a big no-no in Keto. You will have to regulate their intake to ensure that you don’t throw your diet out of the window. Starting by googling food items which you think you might get away with having while in Keto; you will be surprised knowing most of them don’t fit the bill because of the carbs in them.
Get kitchen friendly
It is advisable that you start preparing your own meals to closely monitor what goes into your body. If you have never stepped in the kitchen except to check the refrigerator, now is the time to change that. If you are a cooking ‘n00b’ then start by learning how to boil eggs and then slowly graduate to making proper meals. Learning to cook is the best skill you can acquire when going through a Keto. Bonus: It’s an important life skill to have.
Get rid of non-Keto items
You might have stocked up a lot of things which you probably won’t be eating for the next 2-3 months. The best way to get rid of them is to throw a party and make that big announcement and let your friends gorge on those packets of biscuits and chips which you had been hoarding for that Sunday Netflix binge.
If you are going to go through Keto without milk, you can turn any unopened cartons into paneer, with a lemon or some vinegar.
Master the spices
The food you have during Keto might be limited but there is no restriction on the spices you can eat. This is the best time to experiment with the variety of spices you always wanted to try but just didn’t have the right recipe. So be it black pepper, nutmeg, dried onions, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, rock salt or any fancy Italian spice mix; experiment and try different combinations to change up your paneer or chicken dish.
And those are just the basics. For me going through Keto was about making a healthy choice and choosing my fitness. Eating is just a part of it. Follow my journey through mobiefit to know exactly what goes into getting fit the modern way.