Section 3 Tools For measuring your diet

There are only two items which are truly necessary for measuring the diet. The first and arguably the most important is some sort of calorie/nutrient counter book. Many individuals are confused as to which foods have carbs in them and which foods do not. And while most foods are labeled with the proportions of carbohydrate, protein and fat many foods are not, especially meats and cheeses. In this case a food count book can be invaluable to ensure that carbohydrate intake stays low during a ketogenic diet. Although there are carbohydrate counter books available which only provide information on carbohydrate content, it is recommended that dieters obtain a book providing protein and fat gram information as well.

For those wishing to be meticulous about their diet, a full set of measuring spoons, cups, as well as a food scale is necessary. These can be bought at a variety of places from specific kitchen shops to grocery stores. With time, most individuals should be able to estimate their daily food intake but it is recommended that foods be measured initially. The generally calorically dense nature of many ketogenic foods makes it easy to exceed daily caloric requirements.

As a final option, there are computer programs that generally contain food databases which can be used to develop diet plans. As well, many individuals have used spreadsheet programs to track their intake of calories, protein, carbohydrate and fat.

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