How to Start a Keto Diet Without Having to Count Macros
Healthy meal planning is the cornerstone of any effective health and wellness plan. Yet for certain diets, it can also be one of the biggest challenges. The most successful meal plans rely heavily on natural, unprocessed, and unrefined ingredients. That eliminates the easiest-to-find foods at most grocery stores.
Ketogenic dieting is an excellent example of this challenge. The goal of the keto diet is to take advantage of ketosis, the body’s state of burning fat instead of glucose for energy. Naturally, this means your diet should be very low in carbohydrates, but it also means you need to pick up the slack by boosting your fat and protein intake.
Training your body to burn fat through ketosis requires maintaining an accurate proportion of essential macronutrients — fat, protein, and carbs. While this isn’t especially difficult, it can take more time and effort than usual to stock up on the right ingredients and prepare consistently delicious meals that maintain the right ratio every time.
The Benefits of Macro Meals
Macronutrients are the specific nutrients from which your body reaps energy and useful calories. They’re an important focus for many different meal plans. For instance, a paleo diet focuses on high protein, low carb, and moderate fat intake by cutting out foods that don’t come directly from the earth.
A ketogenic meal plan’s ultimate goal is similar — to optimize your body’s energy consumption and usage — but its approach is different. The point is to bring your body into a sustained state of ketosis, during which it produces ketone bodies by breaking down fats. This occurs when there’s an insufficient supply of glucose for it to burn. Therefore, your meals must consistently maintain the right high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb ratio.
When all of your meals meet this ratio, your body becomes more dependent on fat for its energy, seeking out and burning excess fat deposits at a higher rate than ever. Because it automatically limits your intake of carbs, which your body turns into glucose, this ratio also helps you better regulate your blood sugar and burn fuel more efficiently.
Tailoring meal plans to promote ketosis has been a trusted dietary strategy for treating epilepsy and seizures for almost a century. Today, it’s a popular way to optimize metabolism, regulate blood sugar, and improve weight loss and management. However, the macro ratio is so unique that your menu variety can seem severely limited. If you don’t like your meals, the plan will seem less worth sticking to, so how do you find the time to get creative?
Meals Delivered to Your Door
Combined with a consistent physical fitness routine, a ketogenic meal plan can offer many benefits for your health and well-being. It’s possible to learn the ropes and prepare your own ketogenic meals, but if you want to enjoy the diet’s benefits without having to become an expert in macro counting and meal planning, consider having your meals prepared by professionals and delivered to your home.
The Metabolic Meals chefs are highly trained and specialize in creating ketogenic and other meal plans. The chefs and skilled nutritionists do the macro counting, meal planning, and preparation so you don’t have to. For instance, the following is an example of a one-day meal plan for a ketogenic diet that has been personally optimized for an intermittent fasting schedule:
- 7 a.m.: 4- to 6-oz. Grass-fed Burger Patty (at least 70 percent lean), 1/2 cup spinach with 2T macademia oil
- 9 a.m.: one cup of black coffee with sugar-free coconut milk powder creamer
- 11 a.m.: 4- to 6-oz. chicken breast, 2T avocado Oil, 1/2 cup steamed cauliflower
- 2 p.m.: 1 keto cookie
- 5 p.m.: 4 ounces turkey meatballs, two tomato slices, 1/2 cup broccoli rabe with 2T olive oil
Metabolic Meals chefs partner with only trusted farms and artisans to ensure that every meal delivered is of the highest quality and includes only natural or organically grown produce and pasture-raised proteins. So not only does this plan account for every necessary macronutrient, but it also offers the healthiest versions of each ingredient.
If you’re interested in starting a ketogenic diet — or if you’ve already begun to change your habits but aren’t sure whether you can keep it up — consider ordering some premade meals that fulfill your needs and keep your taste buds happy for the long haul.
Disclaimer: Before starting a ketogenic meal plan, we strongly recommend consulting with your physician, as metabolic changes may impact any existing medical conditions or medications you are taking.