If you want to achieve optimal weight loss and health with the Ketogenic diet, eating Clean Keto is the best way to do that. Here is why…
Why clean Keto is the best way to “Keto”
So it’s the New Year. Time for that fresh start and the same resolutions; lose weight, get fit and improve your health. I know about that because I tell myself the same thing every year.
Even though last year I did lose the 60lbs I gained during my second pregnancy, and I did “get fit” or should I say am in the process of getting “fit” I am currently bloated and weigh 7lbs more than I did a few months ago.
Why? I would be lying to you if I told you I don’t know why because I know exactly why. Yes, I have been following the Ketogenic diet for most of last year give or take some cheat days when traveling, holidays etc.
Yes, I check my blood markers and am in “nutritional ketosis” which means I am following the diet properly.
So what is the deal? Well, let’s see. For the last few months I have been eating cheese like there is going to be a shortage for the next decade. Not to mention the amount of heavy cream I put in my coffee every morning.
Also, I have been baking at least one of not two Keto Desserts. I mean, come on, there was Thanksgiving, then our Annual Christmas Party, then Christmas, New Year. I NEEDED dessert.
I can’t forget about the nuts. Ah, the nuts. I have a bad habit of grabbing a “handful” as I pass my pantry 5 times a day. “Just a snack” I tell myself.
Then there is my bad habit of drinking too many Zevia’s, having too much wine and celebrating with the hard stuff (Vodka and La Croix anyone).
Not to mention all of the Quest bars, Know cookies, Lily’s chocolate and Kirkland protein bars. Sadly, that is what I have been “supplementing” my Keto diet with for the last few months.
I think you are beginning to see a pattern here.
Are all of those foods Keto? Yes, they are (mostly). Are they keeping me in Ketosis? Yes, technically they are.
What is Clean Keto?
Clean Keto, in my definition is the best way to do Keto. Some people also refer this as “Strict Keto” but I don’t like that word. It makes it sound uptight and not fun.
Here is what eating “Clean Keto is:
- Eating whole, real foods
- Choosing organic, grass-fed, free-range, non-GMO foods
- Avoiding Dairy,
- Eliminating sweeteners,
- No Processed foods,
- No artificial ingredients,
- Avoiding nuts or eating them in very small amounts
- Avoiding alcohol
Essentially, the point of Clean Keto is to eat real food and quite frankly, this is the original way of eating Keto.
This is a very powerful,
Tracking is recommended when eating Clean Keto, but to be honest with you if you are eating all the foods you should, you won’t really need to worry about tracking.
I would recommend you keep your carb intake 20-30 grams of total carbs per day. I say total because that is how the best results are achieved.
Counting net carbs is fine if you are in maintenance mode, but if you are trying to lose weight and achieve optimal results, I suggest you switch to total carbs at least for the whole month.
So, focus mostly on not exceeding your carbs and don’t worry too much about calories, protein or fat.
I can tell you my experience when I ate Clean Keto for a whole month last year, I felt and looked my best, ever. I had zero
I didn’t feel tired or sluggish, I had so much energy to workout, and my ketone levels were stable and not all over the place like they are when I eat whatever “Keto” foods I want.
That is why, for the whole month of January, I am committing myself to Clean Keto.
See, it’s not good enough to just eliminate carbs when you are switching from one bad habit to another (low-carb) habit.
This is what I have been doing. I know how to feel my best, and that is to eat whole, real foods without any of that other crap.
Later, I will be doing a post on all the different types of Keto and going into detail about the pro’s and con’s of each but today, I simply want to invite you to join me and try this way of doing Keto with me for a whole month.
I promise you, if you do, you will feel the best you have ever felt in your life. You won’t ever feel bloated because you are eliminating the main culprits of inflammation which are dairy, sweeteners, alcohol and artificial ingredients.
When I eat Clean Keto, I usually eliminate nuts as well, but I realized that sometimes I would find myself still hungry and since I am not snacking on those other foods, having a few months helped me stick to the plan.
However, I strongly suggest that you try your best to avoid eating nuts because they can bloat you as well.
To help you with Clean Keto, I’ve created a Clean Keto Reset for Weight L
oss plan that has helped me lose 15lbs in just one month.
CLEAN KETO Meal Plan
The Meal plans were designed to be around 20 grams of total carbs per day. I tried to make the meal plans as delicious as possible without being too complex.
I encourage you to take on this 30- day Clean Keto Challenge with me and experience the results for yourself.
You can join my Facebook Group where I will be posting additional tips and answering any questions you may have.
Will you join me? Let’s do this together!