When you’re embarking on any new diet regime, it can be a little daunting. And when it comes to the keto diet, it can be especially tough – because all the normal ‘rules’ of dieting seem to go out of the window.
If you’re new to the keto diet, one thing you’ll have to get used to is the fact that fat is now your new best friend. Seems counter-intuitive, right?
But when you do a little research, it actually makes perfect sense. The keto diet works by restricting carbohydrate intake, forcing the body into a state of ketosis whereupon fat is burned as the primary source of energy, instead of carbohydrate.
So explained very basically, when you don’t eat carbs – you have to burn fat for fuel. If you’re completely new to the ketogenic diet, then take a look at the following posts, just to get yourself up to speed on what this fantastic diet is all about;
- What is Ketosis? A Simple Guide
- Ketosis vs. Paleo vs. Atkins: Why Keto Rules
- 5 Keto Basics for Beginners
Now, if you have a basic understanding of keto, it’s time to jump right in to making this fantastic lifestyle change, and start embracing fats as your primary source of energy. And if you want to start your keto diet off on the right foot – you have to make sure you understand what foods you should be purchasing on your next trip to the grocery store.
What to Eat on The Keto Diet
We’ve already stated that you should limit your carbohydrate intake, and focus more on eating a diet rich in healthy fats. But what exactly does ‘restricted carbohydrate’ look like in terms of dieting? The following infografic from tasteaholics gives a nice visual representation of how your diet should look when you make the switch to keto:
As you can see – the majority of your diet should be made up of fats, with moderate protein and a little carbohydrate. You can also consume small amounts of berries if you wish.
but when it comes to the actual amount of carbohydrate you should be eating on the ketogenic diet, the number can vary – as it very much depends on your personal goals. However, a general rule of thumb is to reduce your carbohydrate intake so that you’re eating between 20g and 50g of net carbs per day (and certainly never more than 100 grams).
It’s important that you know the difference between net carbs and total carbs, so that you don’t trip yourself up and end up eating more carbs than you intended – so be sure to do your research.
Now that you have a basic idea of how your new diet should look, it’s time to hit the grocery store, and fill your kitchen with keto-friendly foods. Check out the keto-friendly shopping list below, which should give you a good idea of what foods to eat on the ketogenic diet. We’ve made it simple enough to print off too. Printer ink is expensive, after all 😉
Or if you’re having trouble printing the list from the picture, you can print the above list from the PDF file linked below:
So there we have it. A comprehensive food list for your first low-carb shopping spree! If you have any edits or suggestions that you think could make the list better – then please do let us know.
Happy dieting 🙂