Keto for beginners – new video course!

178,983 viewsDo you want to learn how to do keto right, for weight loss, increased energy or some of the many potential health benefits?

Check out our keto video course! I hope you’ll like it a lot, and you can watch the first part above.

For more, here are parts 2 to 8, available with a free trial:
 
Keto course - how it works
What to eat
Keto for beginners: Side effects
7 steps to ketosis
In ketosis?
Weight loss on keto
Health effects

 
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For more (free) keto content mentioned in the course, check out our main keto guides, 300+ keto recipes and the 2-week get-started challenge.

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14-day keto diet plan and menu

 

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How about a week of eating our most popular dishes? Thanks to all who rate our recipes we’ve been able to put together this week’s keto meal plan. It has three meals per day and will keep you below 20 grams of carbs.

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51 comments

  1. Gloria Edwards
    What does one do after the 2 weeks?
    Reply: #2
  2. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Gloria!

    You could join as a member if it turns out that you like this way of eating .... we have a whole bunch of meal plans available.

    You also could continue to eat keto and use our recipes without joining as member. :)

    What does one do after the 2 weeks?

  3. Quentin
    What kind of guidance can you give to professionals such as myself. I am an executive advisor/consultant and thus travel 4-5 days a week and do not have access to cook for myself.
  4. Diane D Butler
    I do not desire to lose weight. I am already a thin person. I do however have a number of health problems ie. Cancer plus and malfunctioning valves on my heart. I am a sugar junkie so I know I need to eat better. Will this diet make me lose more weight because I need to gain not loose.
    Reply: #20
  5. S marlia mubeen
    Hello. Im a muslim. And right now we are having Ramadan going on. We have to fast. Can i follow this diet durring fasting?!?!
  6. kireen
    hi
    my gal bladder has removed so is it ok to follow keto diet?
  7. Tara
    I have chronic pancreatitis and take Creon is high fat okay ?
  8. Patricia
    I am lactose intolerant and I noticed most of the recipes have milk products in them. There was even one that was supposedly dairy free and the second or third ingredient was heavy cream. That I don’t understand
  9. Linda
    is Keto diet helpful in reducing fatty liver??
  10. Linda Lee
    My name is Linda with delivery program do you have to cook? And how much is it monthly for 3 meals a day.
  11. Linda Lee
    Linda Lee and how do you get started? Especially in Ketos?
  12. Odette
    What happens when your weight is at goal and only want to maintain but still want to stay on Keto.Do I add more carbs?
  13. Dms
    Currently I am taking steroids which causing a lot of weight gain
    Any hope to start any new diet now or I have to stop the steroids first?
  14. Marci
    I have stage four liver disease and Diabetes 2. I am on Januva. I am over weight and need to lose 40 lbs. Will this wok for me? My doctor is 1 1/2 hours away from me so I cannot go all the time.
  15. Carol
    Yes just do it. Cut out the white stuff and up your fats (just not trans fats or omega 6 oils) and you will improve overnight.
  16. Byre Wols
    All the vidoes on this page are the same two videos?
  17. Bambang Rudi
    starting to day......I try and I go to Keto
  18. Barbara Harkness
    I have a ileostomy, and can not eat raw vegetables, cooked are fine, I don't know if this Keto diet is good for me. I need to lose weight but not sure if this is safe for me.
  19. Henrietta Langue
    how do i start.....should i plan my meals ahead.....also my family isnt doing it....it is just me so how do i go about the keto diet
  20. Alexg
    Hi Diane, Did you find an answer to this question? I'm also a skinny person seeking to optimize my diet without weight loss and it drives me nuts that the entire world is obsessed with losing body fat.
    Reply: #23
  21. Danielle
    I just like to lose 15 lbs. I tried Keto. The problem is that the food is so great. What you don’t understand is that people who have diet all their lives and eat emotionally are scared of all that good stuff and don’t know what “ stop when you are full “ means or feels like. Counseling ??? Please!! We have done it. I know it works....my son lost 35 lbs and my niece 57....They say keep it simple....no fancy recipes.
    Reply: #24
  22. Ángela
    I have read in fitness sites that a very restrictive carbohydrate diet, if followed too much time can cause insulin resistence. What about that??
    Reply: #25
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Alexg, Low carb and keto are about optimizing health. Weight loss is a pleasant side effect for people who are overweight. If you are not overweight, your body should not continue to drop pounds. If you find that you are losing more weight than you want, you can increase vegetable carbs or increase protein or portion size.
    --Kristin
  24. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Danielle, that is so true! We have a meal plan of quick meals that you may be interested in.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/meal-plans

    --Kristin

  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Angela, eating low carb does not cause insulin resistance. Consistently high insulin, which happens when we eat high carb and have high blood sugar, is what causes insulin resistance. Here is a good article from Dr Jason Fung.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/new-paradigm-insulin-resistance

    --Kristin

    Reply: #27
  26. Ángela
    Thanks!
  27. Gentiann
    Kristin, are you a new member of DietDoctor team?
    Reply: #28
  28. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Yes! I am mainly focused on answering questions and helping people on the website and the Diet Doctor social media platforms.

    --Kristin

  29. dorothy
    Help! I seem to have raging diarrhea with almost 5 different sugar alcohols. Includes: xylitol, swerve, erythritol, stevia, durkin gold. Am afraid to walk my dog, go to the grocery store etc. This is 3-4 times a day, therefore, 3-4 showers pr. day. Can't make it 10 feet to my bathroom........obviously, trying to avoid all sugar substitutes now. Is one of these a bigger culprit than another? Am afraid to test each one as I do not want to become more housebound. Am on low carb Keto diet with 2 days a week of fasting. Started Sept 16th, have lost 28 lbs. and am no longer in the range for diabetes. I do not know of a Doctor locally that will support my efforts.....my current Dr. just wanted me to go on medications. She knows nothing about Keto. Dropped my A1C by one point in 90 days: now is 5.7 from 6.6.; Cholesterol was: 243 now 218; triglycerides 110 now was 126; blood pressure: was 140/86 now 112/72. So I am a big Keto fan. Can you help me on the sugar issue?
    Reply: #30
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    You can read more about the different sweeteners and their pros and cons on this article on our website.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/sweeteners
  31. Will
    Hey Kristin, I've been hoping to solve a blood sugar mystery but have been unsuccessful at uncovering clues anywhere. I've been doing the keto diet and IF (intermittent fasting) for about 1 month now. I currently eat either 2 regular or 1 large meal p/day within a 6-hour 'eating window'. My question is, after the recent purchase of a glucose/ketone monitor, my FBS (fasting blood sugar) is consistently high (130-135 mg/dL). A recent blood panel meanwhile (pre-fast/keto diet) showed my HbA1c to be 5.5 (low)... any idea what's happening?!?
    Reply: #32
  32. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    A higher fasting blood sugar is not uncommon when eating keto. You can read more about it here.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/fasting-blood-glucose-higher

    To bring that number down, try a small protein snack at bedtime like nuts or cheese. If you are on any medication, check with your doctor about any potential dosage adjustments that may need to be made.

  33. Pat
    Hi there. On day 2 of 2 week challenge and want to keep track of my meals each day, total water intake, weight changes, and any special notes I may want to record. Do you have a record sheet already made up that I can use?
    Reply: #34
  34. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi there. On day 2 of 2 week challenge and want to keep track of my meals each day, total water intake, weight changes, and any special notes I may want to record. Do you have a record sheet already made up that I can use?

    We do not, as there are numerous apps and websites that provide that function.

  35. Roger White
    Several years ago I was about fifty pounds overweight and thought I would try the Atkins diet. Boy did the pounds melt off and in a couple of months my weight was close to normal but a problem developed. I started craving meat and potatoes and gravy. All of the high carb foods that I stopped eating were now calling me. I am now about 25 pounds overweight and would like to try the keto diet. Will I be faced again with these super strong cravings?
    Reply: #36
  36. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Several years ago I was about fifty pounds overweight and thought I would try the Atkins diet. Boy did the pounds melt off and in a couple of months my weight was close to normal but a problem developed. I started craving meat and potatoes and gravy. All of the high carb foods that I stopped eating were now calling me. I am now about 25 pounds overweight and would like to try the keto diet. Will I be faced again with these super strong cravings?

    Many people find that the higher fat of keto, as opposed to the higher protein on Atkins, greatly helps reduce the cravings.

  37. Janice
    How does this diet affect medication please? My total cholesterol is now 4.2 (UK) and my HDL/LDL are close to me being able to stop taking Statins (10mg per day). It used to be higher but I have been on a a 'normal' diet of 13-1400 cals per day and am very mindful of what I eat + always 1 apple per day + CoQ10 (100mg per day).
    I need to lose weight so I can qualify for a knee replacement and have reached plateau having lost just over 1 stone (15 lbs). I am very interested in the keto diet because my mobility is rather limited due to joint pain but am concerned about the cholesterol issue. I have another 4 stone to lose and this diet seems ideal. Can you offer any advice please - my doctor is happy for me to live on pain killers and still thinks I am just overeating.
    Reply: #38
  38. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How does this diet affect medication please? My total cholesterol is now 4.2 (UK) and my HDL/LDL are close to me being able to stop taking Statins (10mg per day). It used to be higher but I have been on a a 'normal' diet of 13-1400 cals per day and am very mindful of what I eat + always 1 apple per day + CoQ10 (100mg per day).
    I need to lose weight so I can qualify for a knee replacement and have reached plateau having lost just over 1 stone (15 lbs). I am very interested in the keto diet because my mobility is rather limited due to joint pain but am concerned about the cholesterol issue. I have another 4 stone to lose and this diet seems ideal. Can you offer any advice please - my doctor is happy for me to live on pain killers and still thinks I am just overeating.

    Unfortunately we can not offer medical advice about your medications.

  39. Amy
    I have no gallbladder . how do i eat and cook on Keto?
    thank you
    Reply: #40
  40. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I have no gallbladder . how do i eat and cook on Keto?
    thank you

    Many people on keto can handle the higher fats when the carbs are low. If you have trouble, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist about digestive enzymes.

  41. heather hahn
    Can I get a personalized email of suggestions based on me, like a personal plan? Please, there's so much info it's overwhelming. Please, pre-diabetic and nobody local sounds educated enough.
    Reply: #42
  42. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I get a personalized email of suggestions based on me, like a personal plan? Please, there's so much info it's overwhelming. Please, pre-diabetic and nobody local sounds educated enough.

    You can always sign up for our two week challenge. It's specifically designed to meet keto macro ratios, as are all of our keto meal plans.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/get-started

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  44. Martin
    First day of the two-week challenge today for myself and my wife. We have done the big clean out of the fridge and pantry ! So many things have been given away.

    Tried coffee with coconut milk for the first time, acquired taste but I think ill get used to it. I already do not have sugar :)

    Excited to give this a go ! Signed up and paid up :) Let's do this !

  45. Teri K.
    I have Hashimoto's and am on Levothyroxin and a statin. Will doing the Keto diet help or hinder the thyroid issues?
    Reply: #46
  46. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I have Hashimoto's and am on Levothyroxin and a statin. Will doing the Keto diet help or hinder the thyroid issues?

    Keto may help reduce the need for medication. You can read more here - https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/controversies#thyroid

  47. tonya
    I'm new to IF (16:8) but I do workout vigorously 6 days/week. Switching on and off from high intensity cardio to strength training. IF I find is very easy for me because I am not a huge breakfast person but have been eating breakfast because I felt I had to. IF works perfectly for me and takes the stress away of feeling like I am constantly eating (3 meals and 2 snacks/day). My question is, do I still need to try and consume the same amount of calories (1900/day) I normally eat during the feasting time because of my workouts?
    Reply: #48
  48. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I'm new to IF (16:8) but I do workout vigorously 6 days/week. Switching on and off from high intensity cardio to strength training. IF I find is very easy for me because I am not a huge breakfast person but have been eating breakfast because I felt I had to. IF works perfectly for me and takes the stress away of feeling like I am constantly eating (3 meals and 2 snacks/day). My question is, do I still need to try and consume the same amount of calories (1900/day) I normally eat during the feasting time because of my workouts?

    We recommend eating to hunger rather than counting calories. If you are hungry, enjoy a good keto meal. If you are not, feel free to skip it. Some days you may naturally be less hungry than others.

  49. Marissa Rojas
    Is keto diet helpful in reducing fatty liver? What kinds of keto diet do i take
    Reply: #50
  50. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is keto diet helpful in reducing fatty liver? What kinds of keto diet do i take

    Many doctors use keto to help treat fatty liver.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/groundbreaking-study-low-carb-effective-tr...

    You can get started with our free two week challenge - https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/get-started

  51. Ugyen
    Hello I am from Bhutan. An overweight middle aged woman. I was going through the net for healthy diet to lose weight as soon as I was notified as an overage group. Thankfully I came across with this LCHF diet and I am very much excited and glad with the results and videos uploaded in the site. My immense gratitude towars this site. Please help me to access more. Thanks
    Reply: #52
  52. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello I am from Bhutan. An overweight middle aged woman. I was going through the net for healthy diet to lose weight as soon as I was notified as an overage group. Thankfully I came across with this LCHF diet and I am very much excited and glad with the results and videos uploaded in the site. My immense gratitude towars this site. Please help me to access more. Thanks

    Welcome! Make sure and check out our amazing recipes to help you get started.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/recipes/meals

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