A handy guide for those of you about to take the keto plunge.

The title Master Trainer is not an honour lightly bestowed at Nike. So when Kirsty God so starts talking, you better believe we’re listening. Especially when the topic is something as notoriously difficult as the Keto Diet.

Kirsty is a self proclaimed keto veteran and told POPSUGAR that her fave part of the diet is “how electric you feel in your body.”

While she admits that keto is not for the faint hearted, she believes the diet is worth it for the change “to experience a type of freedom in your body from bloating and food sensitivities.” With that in mind, here are her tips to help you conquer keto.

#1 Energy levels

You might have heard of the so-called keto flu which typically hits in the first few days of stating the diet. Kirsty warns that, “your body will be going through what feels like an emotional time for the first week and a half. I always find day nine is where people start to feel that electric keto buzz!”

She recommends staying focused by removing “tempting distractions such as snacks in the house, invitations to indulgent outings, and prioritise some extra sleep. That will help you build an energy wall around yourself while you’re feeling a little lower.”

#2 Workout warning

We know that the Keto Diet and high-intensity training don’t mix. As Kirsty said, “don’t burn yourself out.” Remember to listen to your body and reduce the intensity of your workouts. She suggests trying strength training, Pilates or yoga, especially in the first few weeks.

#3 Have a plan

You’re much more likely to stick to a diet if you’re prepared for it. Kirsty suggests making a shopping list and planning your first couple of weeks of meals. She wisely also recommends making some keto-approved snacks ahead of time, so you don’t get caught out when you’ve got those 3pm munchies. “Once you’re in the motion of keto, you’ll never look back, but if you don’t nail the entry into it, you might not get the full experience,” Kirsty told the publication.

#4 Snack goals

“I rely a lot on raw nuts and a really high-quality protein powder. I personally use whey protein isolate, which is the only dairy I consume,” the Nike Master Trainer advises. She said to prepare yourself for the fact that you’ll start to crave “weird things” and that flavour will taste more intense.

#5 Enjoy it

It might sound counter intuitive but Kristy said a positive mindset can make all the difference. She said, “always remember it’s a choice and not a burden. It’s a high-maintenance way to eat, but as I like to say, your body is the most expensive thing you’ll ever own, so be bougie about it! You should care; you should invest.”

While we’re on the topic, make sure to check out the 4 biggest keto complaints and how to deal with them. Also Keto vs Atkins diet: what’s actually the difference?

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