Keto Diet Tips: 18 Essential Tips for Success on the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet (or keto diet) has become one of the hottest trends due to all the new research showing how beneficial a low carb diet can be to your health.

It requires you to cut out a large portion of carbohydrates in your diet and replace it with healthy fats.

When you restrict carbs from your diet, you re-adjust your body to run off dietary and body fat as its main source of energy.

Adopting a low carb, high fat diet has been shown to provide several health benefits like reduced inflammation, improved brain function and rapid weight loss[*][*][*].

But just the thought of cutting carbohydrates out of your diet can discourage many people from following this way of eating.

Luckily, there are several tricks you can implement immediately to help you start the low carb, high fat diet with minimal effort.

Here are 18 tips to help you on your keto journey:

  1. Try intermittent fasting
  2. Decrease stress
  3. Prioritize sleep
  4. Increase your salt intake
  5. Exercise frequently
  6. Don’t drink diet soda
  7. Eat protein in moderation
  8. Drink plenty of water
  9. Consume carbs from vegetable sources
  10. Use MCT oil regularly
  11. Improve your gut health
  12. Invest in a food scale
  13. Use exogenous ketones
  14. Count your carbs
  15. Measure your ketones
  16. Always have convenient keto-friendly snacks on hand
  17. Clear your kitchen of carbohydrates
  18. Be prepared when going out to restaurants

#1: Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is arguably the most effective tip you can put into action right away to get into ketosis and help you lose weight — if that’s the goal.

IF means you don’t eat or drink anything that contains calories for an allotted period of time.

A Harvard study has shown that intermittent fasting can manipulate your body’s mitochondria in similar ways as the ketogenic diet to increase your lifespan[*].

When you don’t consume calories for a few hours, your body starts depleting all of the excess glucose that’s stored in your body from eating carbohydrates.

To start burning fats for energy — the whole point of a keto diet — your body needs to first burn through any glucose that’s present in your body.

There are several types of intermittent fasting protocols that will help you enter ketosis faster.

If you are a beginner to IF, skipping breakfast in the morning is a great way to start.

If you are already keto-adapted, fat fasting is a common way to help with a weight loss plateau. This is when you consume 80-90% of calories from fat for a set period of time (no more than three to five days) while limiting everything else. Doing so will allow your body to speed up its metabolism to burn more fat.

#2: Decrease Stress

Chronic stress will severely hinder your body’s ability to enter ketosis. This is because the stress hormone cortisol elevates your blood sugar levels, which prevents your body from burning fats for energy because there is too much sugar in the blood.

If you are currently going through a high stress period in your life, starting the ketogenic diet may not be the best idea.

It’s best to begin this nutrition plan when you can keep stress to a minimum and you’re able to devote a large portion of your waking hours towards staying in ketosis.

If you definitely want to start a keto diet now, it’s still doable. Just be sure to take steps to reduce the stress in your life such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, taking time to do something you enjoy (like listening to your favorite podcast) or adopting relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation or yoga.

#3: Prioritize Your Sleep

Poor sleep will increase levels of your stress hormones. As we explained above, that can prevent you from getting into fat-burning mode.

Maintaining a proper sleep schedule on a keto diet where you go to bed at the same time everyday will help improve your quality of sleep.

It’s critical to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. But if you’re currently getting way less than that, try scaling back by a half hour every night until you hit your sleep goal.

Numerous studies have found that not getting enough sleep can greatly hurt your ability to lose weight[*][*][*].

Sleeping in a relatively chilly room (around 65 degrees) along with keeping a dark room will help you get into a deep, restorative sleep more frequently.

If you have trouble sleeping, supplementing with a natural sleep aid like melatonin can also work wonders.

#4: Add More Salt To Your Diet

Many people have a negative stigma when it comes to how much sodium you should be consuming daily. We have been taught that our sodium intake should be very low but this is typically only the case on high carbohydrate diets.

This is because higher carb diets means naturally higher levels of insulin. When insulin levels are high, your kidneys begin to retain sodium[*][*].

When you adopt a low carb, high fat diet like the keto diet, insulin levels are much lower and your body excretes more salt since there are no carbohydrates present in your body to spike insulin and hold onto the sodium.

When you’re in ketosis, add an extra three to five grams (3,000 to 5,000 mg) of sodium in your diet.

This will help you avoid electrolyte imbalances. The healthiest ways to get more salt in your diet include:

  • Adding Himalayan sea salt (or pink salt), which contains natural trace minerals, to your water throughout the day
  • Drinking organic bone brotheveryday
  • Sprinkling pink salt on each one of your meals
  • Eating low carb foods that naturally contain sodium like cucumbers and celery
  • Eating salted macadamia nuts

#5: Exercise Frequently

Maintaining a regular exercise schedule while on the keto diet can boost your ketone levels and help you transition into a low carb, high fat lifestyle much quicker than without exercise. To get into ketosis, your body needs to get rid of any glucose present in the body.

Exercising uses different types of energy for fuel including carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. The more frequently you exercise, the quicker your body depletes its glycogen stores.

Once your body has gotten rid of its glycogen storages, it will seek out other forms of fuel and will turn to fat for energy through ketosis.

Be sure to incorporate a workout regimen that includes both high intensity exercises in conjunction with low intensity steady state exercises like walking or jogging. This will help you balance your blood sugar and aids your body in entering ketosis.

Here is a beginner keto exercise regimen you can implement right away:

  • Monday — Lower body weight training for 30 minutes. Perform five sets of five repetitions of squats, deadlifts, and lunges. If you have time finish it off with a walk on the treadmill.
  • Tuesday — Rest
  • Wednesday — Upper body weight training for 30 minutes. Perform five sets of five repetitions of bench press, dumbbell rows, and shoulder press.
  • Thursday — 30 – 45 minute walk around the block (low intensity).
  • Friday — Rest
  • Saturday — Full body weight training for 45 minutes to one hour. Perform five sets of five repetitions of squats, bench press (or pushups with more reps), barbell rows, and lunges.
  • Sunday — Rest

Keep in mind this is a beginner workout for people who want to incorporate an effective exercise program to aid with their journey to ketosis.

#6: Stop Drinking Diet Soda and Using Sugar Substitutes

Just because diet soda has zero calories doesn’t mean it fits into your ketogenic diet plan.

Diet sodas use several sugar substitutes that can signal to your body that a large amount of sugar is entering the body. This can lead to increased blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that the body may react in a similar way to some sugar substitutes as it would to regular sugar[*].

Plus, when you load up on zero-calorie sweeteners, you’re only going to increase your cravings for sweet foods and drinks in the future. One of the big benefits of a keto diet is that you re-calibrate your taste buds to crave healthy, low carb whole foods — but this can’t happen if you’re constantly bombarding them with sweet tasting foods.

Instead of diet soda, sparkling water can be a great alternative without the unnecessary sugar substitutes.

#7: Eat Protein in Moderation

Eating too much protein on the ketogenic diet can be just as harmful as consuming carbohydrates. When you consume an excess amount, your body will convert the protein into sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis[*].

If you cut carbohydrates out of your diet but you’re still not in ketosis, make sure you aren’t consuming too much protein.

The frequency and type of exercise you’re performing will determine how much protein your body can utilize before turning it into sugar through gluconeogenesis.

If you are doing high intensity, heavy weight training exercises frequently, you can get away with more protein.

Someone who does low intensity exercise should be eating less protein.

The general rule is to aim for one gram of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. Then divide your body weight by 2.2 to figure out the grams of protein per kg of bodyweight.

Increase this amount by around 30 grams if you are more active and decrease it if you are less active.

Here is a protein protocol to follow to maintain ketosis:

  • Sedentary: 6 – 1.0 g protein per kg of body weight. Stick to the lower end of the threshold if you don’t exercise.
  • Moderate Activity with no high intensity workouts.8 – 1.0 g protein per kg of body weight. If you are following a workout regimen similar to the beginner program listed above, you can increase your protein intake up to 1.0 g protein per kg.
  • High intensity workouts— 1.0 – 1.6 g protein per kg of body weight. The more you are exerting yourself (exercises that leave you out of breath), the more protein you can consume while still staying in ketosis.

#8: Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is important no matter what diet you’re on but you must pay extra attention when starting out on the ketogenic diet. This is because your body excretesmore water from your body when carbohydrates aren’t present.

Aim to drink half of your bodyweight in ounces of water at the minimum[*].

Be sure to drink more on days where you are sweating more often such as hot summer days or after intense workouts.

#9: Consume Carbs From Vegetable Sources

It’s important to incorporate vegetables in your diet to ensure you’re consuming all necessary nutrients, including fiber, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy gut (more on that later!).

You should aim for nutrient-dense, non-starchy vegetables like:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts

Non-starchy vegetables are generally low-calorie, too. So if you’re the type of person who likes to feel physically full after a meal, it’s important to include plenty of these vegetables in your diet so you’re not eating an entire bag of macadamia nuts in one sitting.

While that would be delicious, it wouldn’t be helpful if you’re using a keto diet to lose weight.

#10: Use MCT Oil Regularly

Supplementing with MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil will help you get into ketosis even if your glycogen storages aren’t fully depleted. This allows you to consume slightly more protein and carbohydrates while still running off ketones.

MCT’s are immediately metabolized into ketone bodies and used for energy instead of having to go through your stomach for digestion[*].

While many people think coconut oil is the same as MCT, they are molecularly different.

MCT oil is made up of 100% medium chain triglycerides — caprylic and capric acids — while coconut oil contains 35% long chain triglycerides and 50% lauric acid. Coconut oil is only made up of 15% medium chain triglycerides. So your body has to go through its digestive tract to turn coconut oil into energy whereas MCT oil is converted directly into energy.

#11: Improve Your Gut Microbiome

Gut health is linked to just about every system in the body. Several studies have proven that your gut microbiome affects everything from your mental health to your digestive system and several other systems in the body.[*][*].

When you have healthy gut flora, your body’s hormones, metabolic flexibility, and insulin sensitivity become more efficient[*]. These processes directly affect your body’s ability to transition from carbohydrates to fats for energy.

When your metabolic flexibility is functioning optimally, your body can seamlessly adapt to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. But when your body is metabolically inflexible, it has difficulty utilizing fats for energy, instead, it will convert into body fat. Focusing on improving your gut health will greatly impact the health of your body’s metabolic flexibility[*].

Eating a low carb, high fat ketogenic diet also helps with your gut health. When you eliminate carbs from your diet, you’re getting rid of processed foods, which are known to harm your gut microbiome.

Focusing on improving your gut health can greatly improve your body’s ability to become a more efficient fat burner.

#12: Invest in a Food Scale

Weighing the food you eat can be a huge difference on the ketogenic diet, especially as a beginner.

Many people like to eyeball the amount of food they’re eating but doing so can cause you to overeat and kick you out of ketosis.

The difference between burning glucose or ketones as your primary source of fuel can be that one extra tablespoon of almond butter that you eyeballed.

For comparison, just two extra tablespoons of almond butter comes out to an additional 200 calories and 6 grams of carbs.

Once you get used to what proper portions look like, then you can begin to eyeball your meals.

#13: Use Exogenous Ketones

Similar to MCT oil, consuming exogenous ketones is like a shortcut to getting into ketosis.

The most popular exogenous ketones on the market contain beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), which is the active form of ketones that flow freely in the blood and are easily used by your body.

Taking a ketone supplement will drastically help during the initial phases of your ketogenic journey because you are signaling your body to start using ketones for energy instead of carbohydrates.

You still have to adopt a high fat, low carb diet to fully benefit from this way of eating, but exogenous ketones have the ability to kick you back into ketosis even after an unintentionally high carbohydrate meal.

It is also an effective tool for avoiding the keto flu that is common in beginners.

While your body is still getting used to using ketones, you can use an exogenous ketone to help eliminate all of the flu-like symptoms that come during the induction phase of the ketogenic diet.

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#14: Count Your Carbs

Measuring your carbohydrate intake is extremely important. Be careful for hidden carbohydrates in certain foods that may seem keto-friendly but are actually loaded with sugars.

Here are some examples of keto foods that may have hidden carbohydrates:

  • Chicken wings loaded with barbecue or buffalo sauce
  • Milk
  • Most fruits (blueberries are fine in small amounts)
  • Low-fat foods like yogurt
  • Breaded meats

Make sure to look at the nutrition facts of everything you eat until you understand where those hidden carbs are coming from.

You should only be consuming 50 grams maximum in carbohydrates on the ketogenic diet.

When calculating your carb count, you want to determine the net carbs of your total daily intake.

Total carbs – Fiber = Net Carbs

The general rule of thumb is to consume 20 to 30 net carbs daily. If you exercise more frequently, you can get away with the upper threshold and still stay in ketosis.

Here’s a genius 5-minute hack that allows you to calculate your net carbs on MyFitnessPal.

In the beginning, it may seem like the only thing you do is count and track carbs all day, but we promise, it becomes more intuitive.

#15: Measure Your Ketones

Using keto sticks or a glucose meter will give you feedback on whether or not you’re following the diet correctly and if you’re actually in ketosis.

The most accurate measuring tool is a glucose meter. It’s also the most expensive alternative which is why most people are deterred from using them daily.

Keto sticks are also a good alternative because they are cheap. Keep in mind, many people claim that the keto sticks are not entirely accurate because the longer you stay in ketosis, the more your body is able to utilize ketones for energy rather than excreting it through your urine. So you’re ketone count may appear low when it’s actually not.

#16: Always Have Convenient Snacks on Hand

Time is a huge factor when it comes to sticking to the ketogenic diet. Many people are discouraged due to the amount of homemade meals you have to make.

A great remedy to this is to prepare as many keto-friendly snacks as you can so you aren’t turning to convenient, carb heavy snacks when you are short on time.

Here are some examples of keto snacks you can take on the go:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Beef jerky
  • Premade guacamole
  • Keto MCT Matcha Fat Bombs
  • Pre-cooked bacon

#17: Clear Out Your Kitchen

Most people can stick to a healthy keto diet if they only have access to healthy keto foods. The majority of people fall prey to carbohydrate-laden foods simply because they’ve failed to remove them from their home.

Cleaning out your kitchen and pantry of all carbohydrates including bread, pasta, sodas, candy and rice will pretty much force you to stick to your ketogenic diet.

It may sound drastic at first, but replacing all of your carbs, except for non-starchy vegetables, with keto-friendly foods will help you stay on track. So when those carb cravings kick in, you won’t have any comfort foods to turn to.

#18: Be Prepared When Eating Out at Restaurants

When you first start the ketogenic diet, it can be difficult distinguishing what’s keto-friendly and what’s not.

But it gets easier with time. Almost every restaurant you go to will have a meal that’s ketogenic diet friendly, and with a little creativity, you will never have to resort to a carb heavy meal just because you went out to eat with friends.

Here are some of the best ways to stay keto when eating out:

  • Breakfast — Always opt for eggs and bacon. Instead of going for pancakes or toast, substitute it with more eggsand a green salad on the side.
  • Lunch— There are always salad alternatives in almost any restaurant you go to. Replace the sugar filled dressings with strictly olive oil and vinegar.
  • Dinner— Every restaurant will have a meat dominant meal. If you are going out for dinner, ask for their fattiest cut of steak (such as rib eye) and replace the potatoes with an extra serving of vegetables.

It’s also a great idea to look at the menu beforehand so you know what the best alternatives are.

Follow These Tips and Start Benefiting From the Ketogenic Diet

People who are just starting out on the ketogenic way of eating need just about every trick in the book to stick to the diet.

After all, carbohydrates have been a major part of everyone’s diet. It’s not your fault that the carb urges are so strong.

As long as you steer clear from carbohydrates and incorporate the keto tips listed in the article, you will be well on your way towards a healthier, focused life.

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Keto Friendly Alcoholic Drinks

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Keto Approved Alcohol

Types of Alcoholic Drinks That Are Keto-friendly

Want to stay in ketosis but enjoy life a little bit? This list of keto friendly alcoholic drinks will help!

Hard Liquor

There are a few types of alcohol that contain zero carbs and these are the hard liquors, such as:

  • Vodka
  • Whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Gin
  • Brandy

Of course, they are zero carb if they are unsweetened and unflavoured, and you should either consume them pure or with sparkling water or ice.

There is an ongoing debate in the keto community regarding diet sodas, as they contain artificial sweeteners and some people find that these stall them. If you have one or two diet sodas (with 0 sugars and 0 carbs) for the night because you need to mix your hard liquor with something, you should be fine.

Dry Wines

Both red and white, are also rather low in carbs and can be consumed in moderation.

Red wines

The ones that you should opt for are:

  • Pinot Noir – 3.4 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – 3.8 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving
  • Merlot – 3.7 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving

White wines

Some keto-friendly choices are:

  • Sauvignon Blanc – 2.7 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving
  • Chardonnay – 3.1 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving
  • Champagne – 2.8 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving
  • Pinot Grigio – 3 g net carbs per 5 fl oz serving

Make sure that you’re properly measuring and tracking each serving.

Light Beers

There are also some beers that you could fit in your daily macros, and these are the light lagers, such as:

  • Budweiser Select 55 – 1.9 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving
  • Michelob Ultra – 2.6 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving
  • Budweiser Select – 3.1 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving
  • Busch Light – 3.2 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving
  • Beck’s Premier Light – 3.8 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving
  • Coors Light – 5 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving
  • Corona Light – 5 g net carbs per 12 fl oz serving.

Regardless of what you decide to drink, you should plan for it in your daily macros and not have more than one or two drinks for the day.

Regarding the other types of alcohol, anything that tastes sweet is a no-no, and you should avoid sweet wines, mixers, cocktails and flavoured alcohol. If in doubt, skip it and stick to the safe options of beverages listed above.

What You Should Know about Alcohol and Weight Loss

As you can see, there are some types of alcohol that are keto-friendly, and you can still enjoy them from time to time.

However, you should keep in mind that alcohol slows down fat loss. Alcohol comes at 7 calories per gram, which makes it highly caloric, even more than protein and carbs! The excess energy intake can lead to weight gain if not consumed in moderation (1).

Unfortunately, alcohol does not give you any feelings of satiety, which means that you need to make place for it in your daily caloric allowance and not rely on your feelings of fullness.

Alcohol has virtually no nutritional value, which means that you’re ingesting empty calories.

In addition to that, your body needs to burn alcohol before any other macronutrient that you might have consumed, and before your own body fat, too. While your liver is busy processing alcohol, you cannot burn fat.

Bottom line:

When you have alcohol in your body, the first fuel source your body will use is the alcohol. During this time, our fat burning process is disrupted because our body is trying to get rid of that alcohol quickly. Once all the alcohol is metabolized in the liver completely, your body will start burning the carbs that you eat on that day (if any) and then fats.

When you are fat-adapted, your body will burn fat very efficiently, and if you have a little bit of alcohol, your body will burn this alcohol very quickly and come back to burning fat.

So if you want to drink alcohol on special occasions, it’s best to try it after you have successfully transitioned to the fat-adapted phase, not at the beginning of your keto diet.

Other Things To Consider

While you can still enjoy an occasional glass of wine or some vodka, you should do so with caution and you should take responsibility for your decisions and track what you’re consuming in your food diary, in order to maintain a caloric deficit (if your goal is weight loss).

Another thing to consider is that if you’re at a social event that involves both drinking and eating, you should be particularly careful. Alcohol will lower your self-control and you might find yourself overeating on food that you shouldn’t be eating at all in the first place, such as carb-heavy snacks or sugary desserts.

For some people, alcohol kills hunger, but for others, it can act as a mild appetite stimulant, and late night snacks with your friends are usually not the healthiest ones.

A Winning Strategy: Planning Your Evening Before Going Out

For the reasons listed above, it’s always good to plan your evening in advance and stick to your plan as much as you can.

You should decide in advance on a reasonable quantity of alcohol that you will be consuming and stick to it.

Keep in mind that a lot of people report getting drunk much easier when following a keto diet, so always start with drinking less than what you would usually drink and see how you feel.

A good idea would be to not to eat while drinking (unless you’re at a family dinner, of course) but to prepare some kind of keto-friendly snack for yourself for when you get home, in case you feel particularly hungry. This might be a few slices of deli meat or a couple of nuts. Plan it and prepare it in advance to avoid accidentally eating too much.

Additionally, you should pay particular attention to keeping yourself well-hydrated. Alcohol causes dehydration on its own, and when combined with a ketogenic diet, which is diuretic too, this can quickly dehydrate you and make you feel weak or sick.

That’s why it’s essential to drink enough water and to also replenish your electrolytes, namely sodium, potassium, and magnesium. You can do that by adequately supplementing with these during the day (before going out) and especially on the next morning.

A lot of people report getting drunk much easier on a keto diet, which is why you should be particularly cautious the first couple of times you go out.

If your regular consumption is around 2-3 glasses of wine, have just one and see how you feel after that.

Hangovers on a Keto Diet

Hangovers can also be tougher on keto, and this is likely due to the massive dehydration that you might suffer from if you’re not careful. The best strategy to avoid that would be to drink enough water before/while/after going out, and to also make sure to replenish your electrolytes.

Pickles and pickle juice can be an excellent snack after a night out!

You should also be careful with the amount of alcohol that you’re consuming, as many people are more sensitive to it while in ketosis, and hangovers could be much worse also because of that.

If in doubt, it’s always smarter to drink less and feel okay on the day after than drink a little too much and feel horrible.

Of course, if you drink moderate amounts of alcohol, you should be fine on the next day. Just remember that these “moderate amounts” should be lower than usual if you are in ketosis, and that hydration and adequate electrolyte supplementation should be your top priorities.


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What You Can & Cannot Eat on A Ketogenic Diet

The keto diet has been one of the most talked-about health trends in the past year. The low-carb, high-fat diet induces a state of ketosis in your body, creating ketones that burn fat instead of the glucose converted from carbohydrates. In other words, the keto (short for ketogenic) diet forces your body to burn fat instead of sugar, which can lead to potential weight loss.

Just like any other diet, the keto diet has its pros and cons, and while it remains highly controversial among dietitians and nutritionists, some devotees have reported successful weight loss.

So which foods can you eat and which ones should you avoid? If you’re curious about trying the keto diet, read through for a helpful guide on everything you can and can’t eat.

What to Eat: Meat and Protein







Bacon (yes, bacon)


*Choose organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed meats whenever possible.

What to Eat: Seafood
















*Choose wild-caught seafood, and try to avoid farm-raised fish.

What to Eat: Fats and Oils



Olive oil

Coconut oil


Duck fat


Macadamia nuts

*Try to get your fat from natural sources, but you can also supplement with saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated omega-3s.

What to Eat: Low-Carb Vegetables




Swiss chard

Bok choy











*Try to stick to vegetables that grow above ground.

What to Eat: Low-Sugar Fruits








What to Eat: High-Fat Dairy

Hard cheeses like parmesan, swiss, feta, and cheddar

Soft cheeses like brie, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and blue cheese

Cream cheese

Sour cream

Full-fat yogurt


Cottage cheese

Heavy cream

What to Eat: Nuts

Macadamia nuts


Brazil nuts




Pine nuts


What Not To Eat on A Ketogenic Diet

What to Avoid: Grains and Carbs












What to Avoid: Tubers


Sweet potatoes


Potato products

What to Avoid: Large Fruits and High-Carb Fruits






What to Avoid: Sugar



Maple syrup



Sports drinks




Breakfast cereal

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Eating a Keto Diet with HCG Drops? Can It be done?


Thinking about eating keto with hcg drops? Find out what you need to know.

The original HCG protocol derived from Dr. Simmeon’s studies nearly 8 decades ago, works and works well. With #ketomania going on, a lot of my clients want to know if they can indulge in cheese and dairy and bacon on phase 2 of the drops.

We are testing this theory out right now in the Bee-Xtreme Community. 

Let’s talk about the difference between Keto and HCG.

The Keto diet is high fat, low carb, and moderate protein. Most people eat in upwards of 100g of fat a day with the keto diet way of eating. Also keeping carbs (net carbs) at a maximum of 25g a day. This is very different than the HCG protocol.

The HCG protocol is a very strict 500 calorie protocol with very limited foods. The reason this diet works is BECAUSE OF THE LOW CALORIE diet, not because of the drops. The drops prevent your body from going into starvation mode and releasing your fat stores to be used for energy. Where as the keto diet uses fat consumed and fat stores as energy, the HCG Diet will strictly use stored fat because you are consuming such low amounts of fat on this diet (10g or less a day). So if you’re eating higher fat, wouldn’t you think your body will use that fat first before tapping into your fat stores? I would think so, yes.

However we do know that the HCG Diet protocol is very hard for someone to follow. We also know that not all fats are created equal. Also in my experience guiding customers through these transitions in the last 5 years, a 300 pound man will consume more than a 150 pound woman and still see great success on the hcg diet.

I’ve taken it upon myself to provide a modified food list for those wanting to try a keto way of eating with the drops. Who would I recommend this for?

Those who have 50+ pounds to lose and cannot stick to the very low calorie foods. 

I’ve tried the keto way of eating with the drops. ( I usually have a few vanity pounds to lose each time I do a round of drops) I did lose 6 pounds in 11 days on the drops with the keto way of eating, however I felt as if my body fat went no where. I still felt “fluffy” rather than toned and trimmed like i usually do after a round of drops.

I’ve made a modified HCG protocol for anyone who has 50+ pounds to lose but for those looking to lose their last 10-20 pounds I’d highly recommend sticking to the original protocol foods with a low calorie intake of 500-800 calories.

Let’s keep some things in mind when eating keto with the hcg drops.

  1. Both of these eating styles will get your body into a state of ketosis, which is the ultimate goal.
  2. You can follow phase 2 original protocol and always transition to keto way of eating in phase 3 for optimal results. This is Bee-Xtreme’s recommendation. 
  3. You may not lose as fast as you would following the original protocol.
  4. If you only have 10-20 pounds to lose, stick to original protocol.
  5. You will most likely still have keto flu symptoms, so if you’re trying this in hopes to avoiding that, it won’t work.
  6. This is a general plan of using some fats and oils, cheeses, and a few high fat snacks and fat bombs, try different things and report back to me if you’ve found success eating other foods.
  7. The HCG Diet was meant for a total body detox from foods with adding them back in slowly to see how the body tolerates them. I would still recommend following phase 2 original protocol during week 1 of the modified diet.

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