5 Reasons Why You May Want to Give Up Keto
Having a hard time sticking to the Ketogenic diet? Here’s five of the most common reasons why you may want to give up… along with advice on how to battle and overcome them!
- Having to meal plan
Lunchtime is one of the first eye-opener moments you’ll have after starting a new lifestyle. After skipping several lunches due to not finding anything I could eat, I was not a happy camper. Suddenly, you can no longer just run down the street to the deli and grab the first thing that catches your eye.
The need to meal plan and bring your own lunch to work becomes apparent very quickly. If you don’t have enough energy to cook every evening after work, dedicate some time to meal prep over the weekend. Believe me, it will save you a lot of headache and uncertainty. Also, try to see it as a positive thing: now you know exactly what goes into your food.
- Social gatherings
Bars and restaurants - diet battlefields, where thousands of brave Keto-warriors sample the bitter taste of defeat. Imagine this: you’re at a pub and all your friends are getting burgers and beers… Do you succumb to peer pressure? Do you lose all that time and hard work you’ve put into getting your body Keto-adapted? Negative, soldier! You keep browsing through the menu, until you find something that fits your nutritional needs! Bunless burgers, burrito bowls, steak - these all are appropriate options. Feel free to ask your server questions and double check that what you’re about to order works for you.
And see this post to know which drinks you can order without breaking the Keto-bank.
- Grocery shopping
Grocery shopping is a very polarizing activity: some people love it, others just outright hate it. Notwithstanding your views on replenishing food reserves in general, no one enjoys spending half of their day reading labels and wondering “Is this Keto?”. Spoiler alert: it probably isn’t.
Overcome this challenge by making a grocery list in advance. Look through your favorite Keto recipes and see which ingredients are used often. Unlike the one I mentioned earlier, this fight can be won long before troops reach the battlefield, if you put in just a little effort. Oh, and for the love of God, don’t shop when you’re hungry!
- Peer pressure
One of the worst things that can happen during any diet or lifestyle change is the lack of support from those around you. Family gatherings turn into a platform for nutritional debates, where you will (most likely) be outnumbered. The same goes for nights out with friends. But, instead of arguing with your grandma for the fiftieth time, you can remind your loved ones that your health choices don’t personally affect anyone but you. It is your right to make your own nutritional decisions, based on what you think is best for you and your well-being. Stay strong!
- Developing discipline
Oh, the sneaky mindset of “I can’t do this”. Have you ever noticed how closely these thoughts tend to follow your cravings? I, personally, begin to debate the meaning of life every time I think I miss a brownie. However, what I’ve noticed is that my body never misses brownies specifically: it just misses nutrients. Once I focus on supplying my system with some protein and healthy fats, my cravings go out of the window, along with every desperate thought I’ve ever had.
I know it sounds cliché, but things do get better. Even if it doesn’t happen overnight, you eventually develop enough discipline to keep going. Until that happens, though, it’s okay to make mistakes. This way your personal experience can start telling you which instincts to trust and which ones to ignore. And remember: before you decide that the world around you has lost its bright colors... make sure that you’re not simply hungry.
Summary: yes, switching to the Keto lifestyle is a big change and it won’t necessarily be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy all the time. However, I’m sure you’ll have a much easier time sticking to it by following this short guide and by staying fearless in the face of nutritional, societal, or any kind of other challenges!