Use this post to learn the simple skills to be more motivated on a daily basis, prepare better, correct mistakes, and boost your ketone levels for peak performance.
Most people will tell you a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet is a journey in its own right, filled with triumphs and challenges. Climbing the ketogenic diet hierarchy of needs is simple, but not always easy.
If you are brand new to the ketogenic diet, you may want to know where exactly to start and what to do next.
If you have tried keto for a little bit, you may want to know where you’re at on the hierarchy and decide to retrace a step or make your next leap forward in ketogenic performance.
If you are a veteran, you already know that this journey is marked by learning and pivoting at every juncture. You may want to experiment with small refinements to maximize even more! 🙂
Regardless if you are a beginner or have been eating a strict ketogenic diet for years, take a step back and ask yourself where you stand on The Ketogenic Diet Hierarchy of Needs and then take the next action! Let’s get it!
First things first. What is your “why.” This is what will keep pushing you and driving you when your head is telling you to slack. It doesn’t have to be a magnificent “pie-in-the-sky” vision. Simply,
Identify your goal. Example: lose 5 pounds in the next 2 months, or, run a half marathon under 2 hours.
Identify the purpose behind your goal (why you want this goal). Example: So that I can have more energy with my family, or, to gain a sense of accomplishment.
Lastly, decide if you think a ketogenic diet can help you.
Motivation Stage Menu
- How to Use Keto for Weight Loss
- How to Use Keto for Better Exercise and Physical Performance
- How to Use Keto for Better Productivity and Mental Focus
- What is the Ketogenic Diet?
Here’s the Knowledge Stage analogy: Say we are hungry and want to go out to eat. It wouldn’t make much sense to sprint to the nearest restaurant, right? Wouldn’t we be better served to take the few minutes to learn about what’s available, and then make a plan? Yes, we would take the time to Yelp or ask a friend for some knowledge and use that information to decide where we want to go.
Knowledge Stage Menu
- What is Ketosis?
- What are Ketones?
- What is Acetoacetate?
- What is Beta-Hydroxybutyrate?
- What is Acetone?
- Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis
- Keto vs. Atkins
- Keto vs. Paleo
- What are Net Carbs?
- How do I Test my Ketone Levels?
Back to the restaurant analogy, this is the stage where you make a plan how you are going to get from your house to the restaurant. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Pull up a spreadsheet, notepad, napkin, anything… and make a plan. The most important questions to ask yourself are,
- How are you going to test your ketone levels?
- What are you going to do for meal prep, if any?
- What snacks do you want to have on deck?
- What supplements are you going to take?
- What groceries do you need?
Preparation Stage Menu
- Ketogenic Diet Foods List
- Ketogenic Diet Foods to Avoid List
- Healthy Ketogenic Snack Food List
- Guide to Doing Keto on a Budget
- Guide to How to Eat Nuts on a Ketogenic Diet
- Guide to How to Drink Alcohol on a Ketogenic Diet
- Guide to Good Fats and Bad Fats
- Guide to How Many Carbs You Should Eat on a Ketogenic Diet
- Guide to the Best Ways to Test Your Ketone Levels
- Guide to MCT Supplement (How and When to Use)
- Guide to Exogenous Ketone (How and When to Use)
- Ultimate Guide to Ketone Supplements
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Like Nike says, it’s time to Just Do It! This stage is all about dealing with the common issues of transition to ketosis. Of course, there will be some minor pains and challenges, but this does not mean you should quit. Having the motivation, knowledge, and preparation in place is all going to pay off now. 🙂
A great place to start is the Perfect Keto Macronutrient Calculator
Execution Stage Menu
- Ketosis Side Effects
- Why Ketones and Ketosis Can Cause Stomach Pain
- Why Exogenous Ketones Taste Bad
- How to Maintain Your Ketosis
- How to Exercise in Ketosis
- When and How to Use Exogenous Ketones
- Should You Have Cheat Meals
- Gluconeogenesis: What It Is and Why You Shouldn’t Fear It On Keto
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The first question to ask yourself is: am I testing my ketone levels? Many other Ketonians make this mistake for a long time before realizing that it’s the best way to reach new heights and performance.
There’s an underlying reason we don’t want to test ourselves. We might not get the answer we want. Pride and shame conspire to tell us we don’t need to check our results. The key is to not take yourself so seriously and just go for it. The two possible outcomes are
a. We are in ketosis. Great!
b. We aren’t in ketosis. It’s great to know that! Now we can make adjustments.
Think about, say, basketball practice. You wouldn’t shoot the ball towards the hoop but then walk away immediately, failing to wait and see if it actually goes in. Or… you wouldn’t get in your car and drive somewhere new without checking the GPS to make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Right? Same deal here.
Testing Stage Menu
- Guide to Testing Your Ketone Levels
- Testing Your Ketone Levels After Taking Exogenous Ketones
- How to Maintain Ketosis
- When and How to Use Exogenous Ketones to Boost Your Ketone Levels
Mistakes and Corrections Stage
Mistakes, refinements, pivots, corrections, whatever your want to call them… These changes are the vehicle that takes us from stage to stage of the Ketogenic Hierarchy of Needs. The good news is they are also the vehicle to break through plateaus and reach new performance levels. Changing habits is tough, no doubt about it, but have fun with it and go for it!
Are you not in ketosis? The correction may be to revisit a previous stage on the Ketogenic Hierarchy.
Do I need to lower my carb intake?
Do I need to start testing my ketone levels?
Do I need to stop cheating so often?
Am I on track to reach my goal?
Mistakes and Corrections Menu
- Foods to Avoid on a Ketogenic Diet
- Should You Have Cheat Meals
- Why Raspberry Ketones Have Nothing to do With Ketosis
- How I Fixed the Biggest Ketosis Mistakes
- When and How to Use Exogenous Ketones
- How Many Carbs You Should Eat
- How to Test Your Ketone Levels
- The Ultimate Keto FAQ (and Answers)
Summary – Starting Up on The Ketogenic Diet
You are the director of your own movie.
Are you thriving on a daily basis and rocking it from a nutritional standpoint? It’s because of you!
Are you unhappy with a few things (or maybe several) and feel like you are just surviving? It’s also because of your daily routine. This is the great news though because it means we may be the problem, but we are also the solution.
A business that doesn’t take a regular inventory usually goes broke – and it’s no different with us and the way we eat. Starting up on the ketogenic diet basically means we have to check in on what we need to start, what we need to stop and what we need to continue to make progress! It may be in the,
Motivation Stage – What do I want and why do I want it?
Knowledge Stage – Do I understand the main ideas of what I’m trying to do?
Preparation Stage – Am I set up for success here?
Execution Stage – Am I doing my best?
Testing Stage – Am I testing my results?
Correction Stage – Based on my ketone levels and results – what can I improve?
Check where you stand on the ketogenic hierarchy of needs image at the top of the post, then trust your instincts on what’s best for you to do next. Go for it and have fun! Share your thoughts and let’s help each other out too! 🙂
Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports chiropractor, functional medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of Perfect Keto.
Over the last few years, he has treated thousands of patients with movement rehab, internal diagnostics, and natural interventions, including NFL, MLB and NBA champions. After growing his sports rehab and functional medicine clinics to six locations in San Francisco, he shifted his mission to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health and well-being.