Let me start by saying, I know very minimal about this diet. Well, that’s not true. I researched this diet like CRAZY when my husband mentioned he wanted to do it. Honestly, I was trying to find reasons to NOT do it. Because, well, bread. Is. Life. But then after the first week when he went all in and lost 6 pounds and I lost none I figured I better get on board!

Another reason I looked into it a lot is I was told the side effects can initially be really intense because it changes your metabolism. With me having hypothyroidism I am always nervous about anything that can mess with my body in regards to metabolism and hormones.

With that being said, I can also say that I still don’t do a “Keto” diet for real. If you research the diet you will find that to reach Ketosis (when your body switches from burning carbs for energy to burning fat for energy) it is recommended to eat 20 g or less of carbs a day. I used a little calculator (like the one found here: https://www.perfectketo.com/keto-macro-calculator/) and since I wasn’t interested in losing a lot of weight it gave me 54 grams of carbs.

I feel like based on the fact that I still consume 50 carbs or more a day I did not get a lot of the side effects you will find if you research the topic. So on to my amateur suggestions if this diet sounds intriguing to you!

1. If you are a fake coffee drinker like me (lots of creamer and/or sugar) you will need to find an alternative. I struggled with this the first two weeks. A lot of people just switch to black coffee. I wasn’t able…actually I was just completely unwilling to drink black coffee. Sugar free creamer is an option but I found for the one tablespoon serving those 5g of sugar was not worth it. I utilize a homemade sweet and condensed milk and it is AMAZING. I use this recipe: https://mymontanakitchen.com/2016/10/06/3-ingredient-sweetened-condensed-milk-thm-s-low-carb-sugar-free/.

2. Meal prep. You just can’t make it without meal prep. There is little to zero items you can just grab off of a shelf in the store for a quick bite. I have tried. Many times. I end up with like a beef jerky stick. Gross. I really cut out snacking completely. I have learned many recipes using cauliflower and “fake” bread. I will say for all my friends living in the states, apparently y’all got a lot of stuff store bought that is keto friendly. Our choices here in Japan are very limited. There is rice and noodles (yummm ramen) everywhere!

3. Some items I would recommend buying for when you start looking into recipes:

Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, cream cheese, cauliflower, whipping cream, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, A LOT of eggs, cheese, and tons of meat!

At this point I have lost 8 pounds using this diet in 8 weeks. The first 6 pounds came off in the first 4 weeks, however. That was most likely the water weight that carbs keep in your body. The keto calculator I mentioned earlier gave me 107g protein, 116g fat, and 1670 calories a day. I am certain I don’t hit the fat and protein daily but I still have lost the weight!

11 thoughts on “How to Start a Keto Diet

  1. This is a great post and you seem to know a great deal about this way of eating! It’s good to hear that you have given it a try, some people even if they are deep in ketosis never get keto flu symptoms at all if they get enough electrolytes so you may be in ketosis. No matter what I wish you luck and much success in whatever you do and if you need any help feel free to ask! Have a lovely day! P.S you have shirataki noodles there right? The ones with no to low carb pasta those are amazing!


    1. Thank you! After a few weeks I really did start to enjoy the diet and I love the results. I do work out 5 days a week, as well, so the weight loss is just an added bonus. I’m not sure about the noodles…I’m about to look for them ASAP!


      1. They really are pretty awesome and they are perfect for keto. They don’t taste like regular pasta but if you are craving they certain do the job!


    1. How exciting for you! Have you tried any other “diets” prior to this one? For me I have always been about balance so i calorie counted. Cutting things out was hard for me! Good luck and I will continue to post recipes for everyone that we enjoy!

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this post! I just started the diet today, so I’ll see how it goes. I am a sugar and creamer kind of coffee gal too. I have heard that the Keto diet allows half and half creamer and a sugar substitute like Truvia. Do you know if this is true? I can definitely down a cup of coffee with half and half in it! Just not straight black coffee. I’m looking forward to reading more from you. Good luck with the diet!


    1. Hey Caitlin! I do heavy whipping cream actually and I have started to enjoy it! I also have a recipe for low carb sweetened condensed milk that I really enjoy on my site! Good luck to you, as well!

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