When I decided to write on an Indian Keto diet plan, I never expected it is to be easy. After visiting many sites on Keto and after joining groups on Facebook, I was bowled over by what my Keto counterparts were eating in other parts of the world.
They were having a party!
The greatest advantage that they have, is that they can pick up any food scan its barcode, feed the data in any fitness app, and design their diet plan. But in India, it’s not that easy. I live in a very small town in India, where it is an uphill task to procure food that is low in carb and sugar-free. For example, before going on Keto, I had never heard of almond flour or chia seeds. No almond flour is available within 170 km of where I still live. And the cost of chia seeds is equivalent to a pair of silver hoops.
But I am not going to give up. I am going to make the best of the food I get easily and achieve my target weight no matter what. While designing my Indian Keto diet plan I have kept some essential points in mind:
- Simple food ideas, that are easy to cook and store
- Meals that can be carried to work
- Carbs and calorie break up for each meal
How does the Keto diet work?
When you design an Indian Keto diet plan for yourself, keep in mind the cooking time and shelf life of the food. My Keto diet plan includes dairy in the form of cheese and paneer and the use of stevia as the natural sweetener. I gave up dairy completely because milk is rich in lactose and can cause stalling.
Coming back to planning an effective Keto diet plan for weight loss, it doesn’t necessarily have to be overly complicated. Because the whole purpose of a diet plan is to simplify the meal prep process and save you time.
Here is a complete 7-day Keto diet plan, and meal prep tips to set you up for weight loss success.
|Monday – Day 1||Omelette Cooked in Butter with Bacon, Bulletproof Coffee||Mutton Seekh Kebab||Omelette|
|Tuesday – Day 2||Hard-Boiled Eggs with Mutton Seekh Kebab, Mint Chutney||Shallow Fried Cottage Cheese||Shredded Chicken Breast in Soya Sauce|
|Wednesday – Day 3||Masala Omelette with Cheese with Smoked Bacon||Parboiled Cauliflower in Mayo with Mutton Seekh kebab||Keto Butter Chicken/Murg Makhani|
|Thursday – Day 4||Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Sausages||Chicken Malai Tikka||Chicken Seekh Kebab|
|Friday – Day 5||Protein shake||Shami Kebab with Greek Yogurt and Sliced Strawberries||Chicken Broth, Hard Boiled eggs, Honey Smoked Bacon|
|Saturday – Day 6||Scrambled Eggs with Bulletproof Coffee||Capsicum/Peppers stuffed with Cottage Cheese (Paneer)||Keto Tandoori Chicken|
|Sunday – Day 7||Keto Cheese Rollups||Keto Quesadillas||Yummie Spinach Pie|
Monday – Day 1
Omelette Cooked in Butter with Bacon
- Whisk 2 eggs together
- Add salt and pepper
- Fry in 2 teaspoons of butter
- Add 2 Bacon (Pan-fried)
To the whisked eggs I add a spoonful of fresh cream, before pouring it on a hot non-stick pan. Once it is cooked to a fine golden color on one side, I flip it. Let it cook some more and take it off the pan.
Mutton Seekh Kebab
Since I work 6 days a week, lunch has to be something that is easy to carry and can be eaten at room temperature. In my freezer, you will always find a packet of ready-made mutton, chicken seekh kebab and of course bacon.
So I just thaw the packet and take out 1 seekh kebab. In a non-stick pan, I shallow fry it in ghee. Then I cut it into small roundels and pack it in a small Tupperware container. You can sprinkle some chaat masala on it. Different companies have different breakups, so be sure to check the label. Also, keep ready-made and half-cooked meats only for an emergency, and for days you do not have time to cook. Otherwise, always try to have fresh food.
Blanched Broccoli with Salt and Pepper
As I have mentioned before Broccoli comes in very handy in Keto. It is a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into all three meals. I always keep some blanched and ready in my fridge.
Milk is rich in lactose and carbs. Avoid it on a Keto diet. However, you can have yogurt, cheese and cottage cheese in moderation and do keep a strict watch, on whether they throw you out of Ketosis or let you be. In the evening I have a handful of peanuts. Somedays, I replace the peanuts with 6 almonds and 4 halves of walnuts.
Try Keto spinach egg omelette for the dinner. It is tastier and healthier than the non-keto delicacies. Also, the recipe doesn’t require much time to prepare, hence is the go-to choice when running low on time.
Tuesday – Day 2
Start your day with Bulletproof Coffee, but you can switch it with a cup of green tea or any other beverage that you prefer.
- Total calories: 310
- Carbs: 2 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Fat: 32 g
- Saturated Fat: 25 g
- Sodium : 40 mg
- Fiber: 0
- Sugar: 2 g
Hard-Boiled Eggs with Mutton Seekh Kebab
- Hard-boiled eggs 3
- Total calories: 51
- Carbs: 0.6 g
- Protein: 10.8 g
- Fat: 0.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Sodium: 165 mg
- Potassium: 161.4 mg
- Fiber: 0
- Sugar: 2 g
Mutton Seekh Kebab
You can have a single kebab and 3 eggs or change the ratio according to your taste. Choose your portion. In a non-stick pan. I shallow fry it in ghee.
- Total calories: 181
- Carbs: 5.2 g
- Protein: 14 g
- Fat: 11.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
- Sodium: 857.6 mg
- Fiber: 3.2 g
- Sugar: 0 g
I suggest to have the eggs with homemade mayo or mint chutney.
Recipe of Mint Chutney
- 250 gms Mint leaves, washed and chopped
- 100 gms coriander or cilantro leaves, washed and chopped
- Juice of 2 to 3 lemons
- 1 medium red onion sliced
- 4 to 5 green chilies roughly chopped
- Pink and White salt for taste
- Red chilly powder for taste
- Few drops of stevia optional
Grind all of the ingredients in a blender, till the consistency resembles a fine paste. Some Indian housewives also add a teaspoon of sugar to this recipe. Always store this chutney in an airtight container, and it has a shelf life of a week at least.
Shallow Fried Cottage Cheese
This is one of my favorite meals. It tastes wonderful both hot and cold. For this, you need 100 gms of cottage cheese.
- Total calories: 200
- Carbs: 10 g
- Protein: 24 g
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated Fat: 3 g
- Sodium: 840 mg
- Fiber: 0 g
- Sugar: 8 g
Ghee: 1 tbsp
- Total calories: 130
- Carbs: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Fat: 14 g
- Saturated Fat: 9 g
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Fiber: 0 g
- Sugar: 0 g
- 100 gms cottage cheese
- ½ tsp of turmeric powder
- ½ tsp of chilly powder
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp chaat masala (optional)
- ½ tsp dried mango powder
Make a thick paste of all these dry masalas, with water or oil. Fork the cottage cheese from all sides. Now apply this paste on all sides and let the cottage cheese rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat a griddle, add some ghee and fry this piece of cheese by turning it on all sides. When it gets a lovely golden color on all sides, then switch off the stove. If you have the time, before you apply the paste on the cottage cheese, slit it in the middle and apply the mint chutney.
After you are done frying, let it cool down, and now cut it into small cubes. Some days I also fry a few juliennes of green peppers or capsicum on the same pan and add to the dish. The chat masala* can also be sprinkled in the end, along with a few drops of fresh lime juice.
*Chat masala is a mixture of pungent dry spices, often used in Indian cooking to sprinkle over tikkas, and other fried stuff.
After a long day at work, we all look forward to a small snack at home. You can choose to have some chopped strawberries or some almonds or peanuts. Or just grab a glass of salted and chilled buttermilk. Whatever you have ensure that it is within your macros.
Half cup of cut Strawberries
- Total calories: 24
- Carbs: 5.8 g
- Protein: 0.5 g
- Fat: 0.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 9 g
- Potassium: 116.3 mg
- Sodium: 0.8 mg
- Fiber: 1.5 g
- Sugar: 3.5 g
Buttermilk/Lassi (250 ml)
- Total calories: 70
- Carbs: 11 g
- Protein: 7.3 g
- Fat: 1.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
- Potassium: 693 mg
- Sodium: 224 mg
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Sugar: 0 g
Tip: Make your lassi or buttermilk more interesting by adding 1/2 tbsp of roasted cumin powder and a sprig of fresh mint to it.
Shredded Chicken Breast in Soya Sauce
This an easy recipe, that can be cooked in a jiffy and has very little prep time.
- 1 chicken breast
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp soya sauce
- 1 tbsp of Ghee
- Salt if required
- ½ tsp of black pepper
Just cut a chicken breast in fine slices. In a bowl add soya sauce, black pepper, and if you want a few chilly flakes. Let it rest for half an hour or so. Now heat a wok and throw in a few cloves of garlic and just toss till pink. Now add the chicken and cook on high heat. The chicken will be ready in no time and it tastes delicious.
- Total calories: 382
- Carbs: 9.2 g
- Protein: 30.4 g
- Fat: 23 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Potassium: 0 mg
- Sodium: 1082 mg
- Fiber: 0 g
- Sugar: 0 g
Wednesday – Day 3
Masala Omelette with Cheese with Smoked Bacon
- 2 eggs
- a few cilantro leaves finely chopped
- a few mint leaves finely chopped
- 1 small green chilly finely sliced
- 1 Cheese slice
- 4 to 5 button mushrooms finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp Ghee
Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper till they become nice and fluffy. Now add the herbs, mushrooms and green chilly to the eggs. On a hot pan put some ghee, and pour the egg mixture on it. When slightly cooked, shred the cheese slice in the middle and fold the omelet. Cook till whatever color you please. I like it a nice golden and usually, have it hot with mint chutney.
Bacon is a very Keto-friendly food item. As it has carbs, proteins, and fats in the perfect Keto ratio. It is easy to cook and gives you immense satisfaction too. You can add the bacon in the filling or have it on the side.
Parboiled Cauliflower in Mayo with Mutton Seekh kebab
- 8 to 9 small florets of cauliflower
- Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the cauliflower for about ten minutes in water. Add some salt to the water. Now strain the cauliflower and toss it in butter, salt, and pepper. You can have the florets just like this or mix them with some homemade sugarless Mayo.
Mutton Seekh Kebab
You might think that I mention mutton seekh kebabs daily, and I admit I do. They taste delicious, are easy to make, and can be had in any meal. And they are pretty Keto friendly. If you want to make them at home try this recipe.
Peanuts Oil Roasted and Salted
For those of you who have never tried peanuts Indian style, I plead you to grab a packet (30 gms) from the closest Indian store. Believe me, you will get hooked onto them.
Some Ketoites are not snacking at all, and I must say that’s commendable. But Indians have a tradition of sitting with their parents, kids, or friends in the evening and sharing their day over a cup of tea with something to munch on. Eat them if they fit into your macros and occasionally only.
Keto Butter Chicken/Murg Makhani
- Prep time: 20 mins
- Cook time: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- 1 kg of chicken thighs
- Paste of 3 garlic cloves
- Paste of ½ inch piece of ginger
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp fresh Coriander or Cilantro green paste
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp red chili (optional)
- 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt
- 4 tbsp of butter
- 2 cardamoms green
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup chopped coriander for garnish
- 2 tbsp Tomato puree optional
- Pink and White Salt to taste
- Combine in a bowl the chicken pieces, the garlic and ginger paste, salt, red chilly powder and yogurt. Let it sit in the refrigerator for two to three hours.
- Now take a wok and melt the butter in it. Drop the cinnamon stick and the crushed cardamom in it.
- Next, add the chicken and cook it on high heat till it turns a nice golden. You can also grill it on a pan.
- Add the tomato puree and lower the heat. Keep stirring from time to time till the chicken is fully cooked.
- Add the cumin powder, coriander paste and the garam masala.
- The coconut milk or cream can be added now, cook for a few more minutes and garnish with the coriander. Add a little food color if you want it to look red.
Thursday – Day 4
Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Sausages
You don’t need me to tell you, how to make scrambled eggs. Just make them the way you like them. I make them in butter, with just salt and pepper. Make it three eggs and have it with 2 chicken sausages.
Chicken Malai Tikka
This is another world-famous dish, that has origins in North India. Very easy to make and tastes delicious. And it is completely Keto friendly.
- Boneless Chicken cut into 1-inch pieces 500 gms
- Ginger Garlic Paste 2 tsp
- Heavy Cream 2 tbsp
- Greek Yogurt 2 tbsp
- Green Chilly Paste 2 to 3 tsp ( optional )
- Garam Masala 1 tsp or Green Cardamom Powder ½ tsp
- Black and White pepper ½ tsp each
- ½ cup of grated processed Cheese
- Melted Butter for basting
- Lemon Juice 1 tsp
- Chaat Masala ½ tsp ( optional )
- Salt to taste
In a bowl put the chicken, sprinkle salt and mix half the ginger garlic paste. Set it aside in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
In another bowl add the processed cheese and some more salt, cream, cheese and now add the heavy cream to it. Whisk till a smooth paste is formed. Next, blend the greek yogurt to this mixture and whisk some more. Add the green chilly paste, the remaining ginger garlic paste and garam masala, and pepper. If you don’t want the tikka to be very spicy then skip the garam masala and green chilly paste.
Now add the chicken pieces to this marinade and make sure they are coated well. Let it rest for half an hour. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a tray with silver foil and spread some oil or ghee on it. Place the chicken on this tray, you can skewer them too. The chicken should be ready in ten to fifteen minutes. But remember to turn them at least twice and bast them with butter.
Eat them hot and do sprinkle some lemon juice and chaat masala over them. You can marinate a bigger batch and cook them at your convenience, over a period of few days.
Vegetarians; please note that you can make cottage cheese by this same recipe, only cut the cooking time to 5 to 8 minutes.
Chicken Seekh Kebab
Since I started sharing my journey, I have got many requests to share my recipe for Chicken Seekh kebabs. So here goes-
- Chicken mince, preferably with fat 500 gm
- 2 to 3 green chilies chopped
- Coriander leaves chopped ½ cup
- 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- ½ tsp Kashmiri or Deghi Red chilly powder
- Melted Butter or Ghee for basting
- Lemon Juice 1 tsp
- Chaat Masala ½ tsp (optional)
- Salt to taste
In the food processor grind together the mince, green chilly, and fresh coriander. Ensure that the consistency is very fine. Now add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Divide the mixture into equal proportions. Pat the mixture and form patties or with moist hands give it the shape of kebabs over skewers. The important thing to remember is that the mixture should not be overly moist or very dry, it should be of workable consistency.If you feel that the mixture is getting out of hand or not sticking to the skewer, beat an egg and add to it.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and cook the kebabs in it for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also barbeque them, but remember to baste them with butter or ghee at least two to three times. Enjoy them hot and remember to sprinkle some lemon juice and chaat masala over them.
Tip: Never overcook the kebabs, always remove them from the fire when moist, not dry.
Find out the full Indian Keto diet plan for Thursday
Friday – Day 5
Shami Kebab with Greek Yogurt and Sliced Strawberries
I am going to share another recipe of a famous kebab with you to your Indian Keto diet plan. This one promises to melt in your mouth. It is called the Shami Kebab. It is made with minced lamb, and can be made in batches and stored in the fridge. The preparation time is just 30 minutes, and cooking takes almost 20 minutes or less.
- Mutton mince without fat 500 gms
- 2 tbsp soaked Split Bengal gram
- 1 tbsp Psyllium Husk powder
- 2 tsp Ginger and Garlic paste
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- 2 green cardamom
- 1 stick cinnamon/1 tsp Cinnamon powder
- Half cup chopped fresh Coriander
- Mint leaves a handful chopped
- 1 beaten egg
- ½ tbsp lemon juice
- Ghee for frying
- Salt to taste
To the washed and drained mince add the Bengal gram. If you are apprehensive of using a lentil then replace it with almond flour. Although, I am just using 2 tbsp for 12 kebabs. To this mixture add the ginger, garlic and all the other increments except the herbs. Cook on low heat till well cooked and dry.
Now let it cool off. Blend this mixture in a food processor till a fine paste is formed. Add the herbs to this paste and give it the form of dough. At this stage, you can beat the egg and add it to the dough. Or you can make small balls, flatten them out like a kebab and dip them in the egg before frying. If you ask me I prefer to mix the egg in the dough and form the kebabs. That way the smell of the egg is not so dominant. You can also skip the onion if you want. You can either shallow fry them in ghee or deep fry them. Serve them hot with green chutney and a green salad.
My broth recipe is very simple I get chicken necks from my butcher. Put them in a pressure cooker with a few cloves of garlic, a piece of ginger and a small chopped onion. With a generous amount of water I let them cook for almost 45 minutes on low heat, allowing all the juices to come out. Later I shred the chicken from the bone and strain the broth. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
I always keep boiled eggs in the fridge, they come very handy when you don’t have time to cook. You can have 3 boiled eggs with the broth.
Honey Smoked Bacon
Plus you can have 3 smoked chicken bacon. This diet plan is meant to give you an idea of what all you can eat in a day. Please adjust the portions according to your macros.
Find out the full Indian Keto diet plan for Friday
Saturday – Day 6
Scrambled Eggs with Bulletproof Coffee
Beat three eggs to a fluffy stage with salt and pepper. I like to have them with crispy fried bacon, but that’s entirely your choice. If you can get bacon bits then that’s even better. Add some ghee to a pan and pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle in some oregano, chilly flakes. My twist in these eggs is to add a dash of Sriracha and make them really hot and mouth-watering.
I like to wash down my spicy eggs with my absolute favorite mug of Bulletproof coffee with butter and coconut oil.
Capsicum/Peppers stuffed with Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
Capsicum and Broccoli in moderation have become my favorite veggies on the Keto diet. For this recipe you will need medium-sized capsicums that have space for filling. You can go for any color of capsic
- 3 to 4 Capsicums/ Peppers
- ½ to 1 cup Cottage Cheese grated
- ½ cup of onions Chopped (optional )
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp Lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilly powder, optional
- ¼ tsp Chilli powder
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- White and Pink Salt to taste
Completely deseed the capsicums and cut out their tops. In a bowl add the cottage cheese, onions, lemon juice, cumin powder, turmeric salt, and red chilli powder. Mix well and add ½ tsp of olive oil and mix more.
Stuff the capsicums with this cheese stuffing. Now either cover the capsicums with foil or attach the tops back with a toothpick. Preheat the oven and set the mode to the oven and grill. Grill properly until the skin of the capsicum looks all shriveled up. I like to apply some olive oil to the capsicums on the outside too, in order to enhance the grilling process.
I have seen in-numerous recipes for Cauliflower fried rice on the Internet. This is my version of it.
Cut the florets of cauliflower and put them in a food processor. You can also use a hand garter. Make a fine fluffy mixture that resembles rice.
In a wok add some ghee, a few cloves of garlic, and fry till golden. Now add the cauliflower, salt, pepper and a pinch of chilly flakes. Cook some more, but prevent the rice from looking like a mash. You can also add some freshly chopped cilantro or coriander at the end. Your Keto-friendly fried rice is ready.
Keto Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori chicken is essentially chicken that’s has been marinated with spices and yogurt for some time. It is always cooked over an open fire, grill or in a tandoor. And I can bet that by the time you will get your second batch out of the fire the first one will be long gone.
- Prep time: 15 mins
- Cook time: 20 to 25 mins
- Serves: 4
- 1 whole chicken cut into 12 or 8 pieces or just chicken legs
- 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder
- 2 tbsp lemon Juice
- 1 cup Greek Full Fat yogurt
- 2 tsp Ginger paste
- 2 tsp Garlic paste
- ½ tsp Garam masala powder
- ½ tsp Chaat masala
- Salt to taste
- Red Food colour, optional
Start by making incisions all over the chicken with a fork or a knife. Make a paste of half of the red chilly powder, lemon juice, and salt. Apply it thoroughly over the chicken and let it rest for half an hour.
In the Greek yogurt add the rest of the Kashmiri red chilly powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder, two tablespoons of olive oil, and salt. Rub this marinate on the chicken and set it in the fridge for three to four hours.
When you are ready to eat, cook the Keto Tandoori Chicken on skewers and cook on a moderately hot fire or in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F. In a matter of ten to twelve minutes, they will be fully done. Baste the chicken once with ghee and let it cook for another three to four minutes. Remove from the fire and let it rest.
Sunday – Day 7
Keto Cheese Rollups
Let’s start this day with the delectable, fulfilling, and healthy Keto cheese rollups.
- Servings – 4
- Cook Time – 0 minutes
- Prep Time – 5 minutes
- 2 ounces of butter
- 8 ounces of sliced cheddar/edam/provolone cheese
- Cut thin pieces of butter using a cheese slicer or knife.
- Place a slice of butter on every cheese slice and roll them up.
- Ensure both are taken out of the refrigerator at the same time so that they are easy to handle.
Tip: You can add finely chopped parsley, paprika powder, salt flakes, and other herbs to give additional flavor to the already delectable Keto cheese rollups. A quick and filling breakfast that keeps you going till lunch.
- Energy– 335 kcal
- Carbohydrates– 2 grams
- Fat– 31 grams
- Fiber– 0 grams
- Protein– 13 grams
For lunch I tried my hand at Quesadillas and I admit I was pretty nervous, but the end result was pretty satisfying. So calm your nerves and give it a shot.
- Servings – 3
- Cook Time – 15 minutes
- Prep Time – 10 minutes
- 6 ounces of cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground psyllium husk powder
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 200 gms of grated processed cheese, any hard cheese
- 100 gms of baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil for frying low-carb tortillas
- Preheat the oven to 4000F
- Take a bowl for beating the egg with the egg whites in it. Add cream cheese to the mix and keep whisking until you get a smooth mixture.
- Take another bowl for mixing coconut flour, psyllium husk powder, and salt in it.
- Add this mixture to the batter and whisk for a little more till you obtain a smoothly blend mixture. Let it stay for a few more minutes.
- Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread the batter in a square shape over the parchment paper using a spatula.
- Bake each tortilla for about 5 to 7 minutes and then cut into 6 smaller pieces.
- Place a skillet over medium-high heat setting and add butter, or oil, to it. Place a tortilla in the skillet and sprinkle it with some leafy greens and cheese before topping it with another tortilla to get a quesadilla.
- Fry each quesadilla on each side for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- The batter must be nearly as thick as a regular pancake batter.
- Fry tortillas in the frying pan, like pancakes, to get round tortillas.
- Be very patient and if you are not a good cook, try one serving first.
- Energy– 473 kcal
- Carbohydrates– 5 grams
- Fat– 41 grams
- Fiber– 3 grams
- Protein– 21 grams
Yummie Spinach Pie
For Dinner, you can try making this simple Spinach pie. Which can later become your go-to recipe for days when you just want to relax in front of the Tv and have a yummy Keto meal. So make it a day before or on a weekend and keep eating it all week through.
- Servings – 4
- Cook Time – 45 to 50 minutes
- Prep Time – 10 to 15 minutes
- 250 gms of fresh spinach leaves
- 80 gms ounces of softened cream cheese or cheese spread
- 12 sliced mushrooms
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or any hard cheese
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1/2 onion (chopped)
- 1/4 cup of butter
- Take a skillet and sauté garlic, onion, and mushrooms in butter until turning tender. Then, remove and set aside.
- Now, add some fresh spinach leaves to the skillet and cook until well wilted.
- Try to eliminate as much water as possible from the spinach.
- Take a medium-sized bowl and whisk eggs in it. Add softened cream cheese and whisk once more.
- Mix veggies and 1 cup of grated cheese and pour it into a casserole dish or deep-dish pie plate.
- Now pour the cream cheese and eggs mixture on it, enough to cover it from all sides.
- Bake the pie at 3500F for about 45 minutes or until it turns brown.
Energy– 368 kcal
Carbohydrates– 4 grams
Fat– 22 grams
Fiber– 3 grams
Protein– 35 grams
My progress so far?
Most of you know by now that I have been on a low- carb Ketogenic diet for the last 4 months or so. My reasons for going on this diet are very simple. I want to get fit, healthy and in shape. I want my children to not feel embarrassed walking with me, and my husband to get jealous when other men look at me.
More than anything, I want to discover my inner beauty and feel good about myself.
The past 4 months have been full of discovery and knowledge. I have discovered the apps Fat Secret and Fitness Pal, they have been very helpful, although I have started using them diligently only a month ago. But they are not like super effective because many Indian food items are not on the index. The apps do come very useful in calculating the daily calorie count and my macros. If you ask me, I like the fact that I am not following the diet to the ‘t’, because it leaves me scope to be flexible, and takes off the pressure of eating within the numbers.
The fact that I have lost 19 kgs, is a sure indication that I must be doing something right.
I would also like to add that I have never used Keto sticks to date, for the simple reason that they are not available here.
Coming back to the Indian Keto diet plan, in the last four months, I have consciously tried to eradicate carbs from my diet and had 2 cheat days till date. For those of you who have just joined the Keto wagon please remember to maintain your electrolyte level at all times and keep yourself well hydrated, in order to tackle any symptoms of Keto-flu. I have been having lime water or Nimbu Paani regularly.
On a sunny day, it is like the most refreshing drink on the planet. You can add ice to it or even make it with equal proportions of plain soda and water. Green tea and a simple glass of chilled cold water can also come in very handy.
Recipe for Lime Water
- 1 glass of cold water
- Pinch of rock salt
- Half a teaspoon table salt
- Pinch of roasted cumin powder
- 2 pinches of dried mint powder
Also Read: What is Keto Flu
Do I exercise?
In the Indian Keto diet plan, it is the diet that matters foremost, and exercise only makes you feel good. The effects of the diet rest 90% on the food and the rest from exercise. Exercise is actually helpful when you want to tighten your muscles, and want to tone your body that has just lost its stores of fat.
I walk briskly to my workplace and travel back by bus in the evening. The total distance that I cover is almost 3.5 km and it takes me 45 minutes to reach. After going through my diet plan if you feel the need to add more snacks or to increase the fat value, please feel free to do so, according to your macros.
I felt extremely happy sharing a part of my life with you. Hope you had as much fun reading it.
FAQs about Keto Diet Plan
Q. What are the health benefits of the Keto diet?
A. If you follow the Keto diet correctly, then there are so many advantages of following it.
- Keto diet is a low-carb diet that leads to effective weight loss
- Boosts metabolism
- Helps reduce appetite
- Effective in controlling diabetes (Type 1 & 2) because it also reduces sugar levels
- Increases the level of good cholesterol
- Increased energy level
- Relaxes brain and removes brain fog
Q. Is Keto diet a mere fad diet?
A. No, it is not. The Keto diet is different from the rest of low-carb diets. It is a very scientific diet and should be followed under supervision only. It should not be tried off the net or by following somebody else’s diet blindly. And it requires a lot of discipline so sign up for it, only if you are determined to something about your health, finally.
Q. Isn’t high fat intake bad for me?
A. Keto diet is a balanced and low-carb diet that does not lead to weight gain. It does not cause high cholesterol levels or any heart diseases.
Q. What’s the difference between Keto and a low-carb diet?
A. Both are low carb diets. The major difference is in the carb intake and fat intake. In Keto, the carbs are restricted to below 30gms in a day, which is increased to about 50gms in a low carb diet.
Q. How do I know if I’m in ketosis?
A. A reliable method is that you can measure the levels of blood ketones by using a ketone meter. You also can use urine strips. In ketosis, you have a higher level of ketones than usual.
Q. Do I have to stay in ketosis for the rest of my life?
A. No, it is not necessary that you always eat the same diet if you have lost a lot of weight. You can switch to maintenance mode, which means you can have a cheat meal now and then. Or switch to a low carb diet and maintain the weight.
Q. How many carbs do I have to eat per day on a ketogenic diet?
A. 20-25 grams of carbs are recommended per day.
Q. I’m a vegetarian. Can I still do Keto?
A. Yes! You can follow the Keto diet even if you are a vegetarian. Click here to check out my vegetarian Keto recipes you can try. Keto diet is not all about non-vegetarian food.
Q. Can I eat fruits in Keto diet?
A. Fruits contain a lot of sugar, so no. And don’t forget that Keto is a “no sugar” diet.
Q. Can I eat dairy on the keto diet?
A. Yes, you can. But only in the form of yogurt, cheese, paneer and buttermilk.
Q. Can I drink alcohol on this diet?
A. Occasionally it’s ok! But when your body is processing alcohol, it does not burn fat. Alcohol like beer contains carbs. Vodka, gin, and wine are permissible sometimes.
Q. Can I work out while on Keto diet?
A. Yes you can, you should in fact. Any kind of exercise never hurt anybody!!
Q. What are macros and how do I calculate them?
A. “Macros” is the short term for macronutrients, which are categorized into three types of nutrients that provide most of the energy – protein, carbohydrates, and fats. When you calculate your macros, you are basically amounting the quantity of proteins, carbs, and fats that you are ingesting. Tracking the intake of macros can help you make smart and healthy food choices.
Generally, your macros intake should be around 5% carbs, 20% protein, and 75% fats. However, macros are specific to each individual; therefore the use of a Keto macros calculator is a good decision.
Q. Can I do Keto diet if I am diabetic?
A. Keto diet can help reduce insulin requirements and stabilize blood sugar levels in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Researches have also proved that people with diabetes have slimmed down and their blood sugar levels have lowered with the Keto diet. However, before making any major dietary adjustments, you must consult your doctor.
Q. Can Keto diet cause hair loss?
A. No! Keto diet does not cause hair loss. But if you are consuming too little micronutrients and proteins, there are chances of hair loss. So, make sure to consume enough micronutrients and proteins.