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Finding Keto Too Hard? Try These (Slightly) Easier Keto Variations

Did someone say cheat day?

Kourtney and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the many celebs who have pledged allegiance to the keto diet, and we’re so glad ‘cos we want their bodies but we don’t want to have to do it by getting diarrhea from Flat Tummy Tea.

The keto diet is essentially a carb-free diet. It’s high in delicious fats, and puts your body into a state of ketosis, meaning it starts burning fat for fuel. The reported positives of this diet include weight loss, a clearer head, increased energy and is even linked to helping with serious health issues like Parkinson’s and epilepsy. The downside is you’ll probably suffer from the ‘keto flu’ for the first few weeks (where you’re cranky, tired and low-level nauseous), you might get bored of cheese (it is possible, yes), and it’s just kinda hard to do long-term TBH.

Read: The Keto Diet: Everything You Need to Know

But don’t give up just yet. If you’re struggling to go all-out keto here are three keto variations that are slightly easier to stick to:

Cyclical Keto Diet

Works best for: Someone who simply cannot live a life without carbs forever.

Also known as ‘carb cycling’, this variation involves one cheat day a week. For 6 days you’ll follow the regular version of keto, then once a week you’re free to eat carbs for a whole 24 hours (well, technically; don’t literally eat doughnuts for 24 hours, please). If you’re nervous about going too hard on the carbs then aim for 150g on your cheat day and stick to ‘good’ carbs, like starchy vegetables, and avoid processed and sugary foods.

Read: I Tried the Keto Diet for a Week, and This Is What Went Down

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High-Protein Keto Diet

Works best for: Someone who finds eating so many fatty foods slightly sickening.

One of the aspects keto fans rave about is how much fat you’re allowed to eat. But consuming tons of fat can leave some people feeling a bit sickly. With regular keto it’s recommended you consume 1g of protein for every kilogram you weigh, so if you weigh 70kg you can eat 70g of protein a day. The high-protein keto variation allows you to eat 120g of protein a day making it dreamy for any meat lovers who’d love to ease up the cheese and amp up the chorizo.

Targeted Keto Diet

Works best for: Someone who works out, a lot

If you exercise a lot you’ll know the importance of a good carbo-loading session, but what if you want to try out this keto thing too? The Targeted Keto Diet is popular among athletes (and yes, you can call yourself an athlete if you really push yourself at the gym most days) and involves eating 20-30g of carbs just before and straight after your workout. Examples of what 30g of carbs looks like include one banana, a whole head of cauliflower, one and a half slices of brown bread, or two whole red onions if you have weird taste buds. It’s recommended you stick to healthy whole foods, like full-fat yoghurt, nuts, fruit or vegetables.

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