Keto Cost? Start Where You Are!

Myth: The Keto Diet is Expensive! 

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"I can't start the Keto Diet because it's too expensive!" - Everyone considering the Keto Diet. 

Many people look into the basics of the Keto Diet and just immediately get overwhelmed thinking they need to run out and purchase hundreds of dollars worth of "Keto" products in order to get started. My suggestion? Just start where you are and when you are. 

The 5-Second Rule

I've recently adapted the 5-Second Rule for to combat procrastination. That's why I'm writing this blog right now - I thought outloud that I wanted to start a Keto blog to help educate people in the same way some of my favorite bloggers have and then I counted down to myself - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - and just decided to do it. That's the basis of Mel Robbins' 5-Second Rule (if you're not familiar, check it out here) that if you have a thought that you'd LIKE to do something, count down from 5 and when you get to 1, make your decision. 

Start Where You Are

So, if you go ahead and apply this 5-Second Rule to Keto, you'd already have started! Start with your next meal... instead of worry about what you need to go out and buy, use what you have. Do you have some ground beef? Chicken? Cheese? Maybe an avocado? You've got the makings for a Keto meal. Leave off the rice or bun and you're cooking with gas. 

Many people want to "start clean" on a Monday or at the first of the year, but honestly - there's no need to wait. I started in the middle of November on a Sunday night and I've never looked back! I didn't go home and clean out my cabinets, throw away a bunch of food, and drop $500 on new groceries. I literally chose not to eat the crackers with the cheese and pepperoni plate while watching football at a friend's house and then kept going from there! 

Keto On A Budget

Plenty of authority figures in the #keto world say that you can do Keto whether you're eating all grass-fed meats and raw cheeses or you have to eat fast food a few times here and there because you're #onthego. It's better to stop at McDonald's and eat a burger with no bun or fries, than to just assume you can't find anything Keto and go for the whole thing anyway. 

Recently, I watched a video from #KetoConnect on doing Keto on $5 per day and I went out and bought some of the items in the video. In fact, I prefer the ground beef from the video because it's got a higher fat percentage and better Keto macros than most places. You can do this and you can do it for cheap! 

My suggestions? 

As you're starting Keto, don't worry about checking all of the boxes (lower calories, up exercise, go grass-fed, cut dairy... whatever those boxes are). Just worry about dropping your carb intake to less than 20 grams per day and forget about the rest until you start to feel more comfortable. 

Once you figure out what you're doing and get your bearings, start looking into tracking calorie intake and calculate your BMR. If you're looking to lose weight, try cutting a small percentage of your total calorie intake per day. Don't go crazy! 

Don't weigh yourself incessantly! I fell into this quick because it was exciting to see what was going on. Now, I limit myself to weigh-ins on Fridays unless I have something the night before that I'm curious about how it effected my body. Also, weight is not the best measurement of progress on Keto because you may be dropping inches, but not necessarily losing weight. I'm living proof of that! 

Do you have good suggestions for those just starting on a Keto Diet? Leave a comment below or follow me on my instagram @carbnfiberketo and send me a message! 


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