Guide To Making Keto Work

Beyond the basics of keto, these tips have helped thousands of patients make their low-carb lifestyle sustainable over the long term. Enjoy!


Add fat to your foods so you aren’t hungry, but beware, adding too much fat will stall your weight loss. Keep a staple like spreadable butter blend on hand and customize it with your favorite herbs or flavors (like garlic!)


Substitute ‘must-haves’ and treats with a low-carb option

Maple Walnut Ice Cream

Pecan Bundt Cake

Toscana Soup



Keto doesn’t need to be meat heavy. Focus on carbohydrate restriction and eat foods that appeal to you in order to make this work long term.


Try new foods and recipes to avoid boredom. For example, this low carb bread recipe.


Pack snacks for travel or emergencies. See our travel and on-the-go tips.


Some of our favorite snack options that travel well:

Take low-carb dishes to parties and gatherings that no one will realize are low carb.

Green Bean Casserole

Mashed Cauliflower

Dinner Rolls


Hydrate smart. You will need to make sure you’re drinking enough water and adding electrolytes like sodium to avoid some common side effects.*


* If you have high blood pressure, are on blood pressure lowering medications or on blood sugar lowering medications, make sure you check with a doctor before starting low carb or keto)

Schedule two bouillon into your daily routine (unless otherwise prescribed) and salt your foods to taste.

Consume at least 64 ounces of fluids daily.

You don’t have to stop drinking alcohol but cap it at two of these lower carb alcohols. Cheers!


Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir


Sauvignon Blanc

Chablis, Zinfandel





Whisky (Bourbon, Rye, Scotch)


+ mixed with diet soda or sugar free additions

Dry Wine

Distilled Liquor


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