Backpacking on The Keto Diet

Backpacking is an amazing way to appreciate nature as you wander through the trails discovering the world on a budget. Whether you’re doing it domestically in your own backyard or while on vacation, you’re bound to discover new sides of yourself. But what happens when you’re on a strict low-carb diet? Here’s everything you need to know about backpacking on a keto diet.

Going on holiday when you’re on a diet can be challenging. But it gets trickier when you’re backpacking. As you trek around an area far away from home, you’ll have to adjust your keto diet plan to ensure you consume the right foods. Luckily, there is a range of keto meals that you can enjoy, from pre-prepared keto vegetables to keto fruit that will give your body the kick it needs to keep you going.

 

Keto meals

Being on a low-carb diet does not mean that you are cutting calories. It simply means that you are eating the same amount of food but in a different form. When you are on a hike, you will find yourself not stopping for food breaks very often. So to make sure you have the energy to go on, focus on snacking frequently. Doing so will also help you stay full until your next big meal. Make a list of your favourite keto snacks before your trip to have a clear idea of what you would like to eat.

Estimating how much food you should prepare is not an easy task. But rather than bringing heavy meals that you may end up throwing away, focus on easy keto meals that will fill you up without slowing you down.

You will inevitably shed some pounds effortlessly when backpacking, as your body will be exposed to frequent movement and a decreasing food intake. With limited access to food, you will have to get creative and consume food that is not only healthy but will also keep you going.  Keep in mind that you might not be hungry as often as you will constantly be on the move.

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Assess your fitness level

So you are eager to pack your bag and dive into your next adventure, but are you ready for it? Hiking has an enormous effect on your mind and body, and you have to assess your fitness level to understand how the hike will affect you. Based on your level of fitness, decide on crucial factors like length of stay, the endurance level of the trek and the best time to backpack etc. Be honest with yourself about your ability to execute an intense outdoor adventure based on where you are on your keto journey. Hiking on the keto diet will most likely be less demanding for dieters that have been doing keto for a while. 

 

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Water, water, water

Hiking will require you to seriously up your water intake, especially if you’re trekking in a warm city. Your body will experience water loss on a low-carb diet, and as you begin to sweat, your body will start to function differently. That is why you should bring electrolyte supplements, as they include potassium, magnesium and sodium, which are minerals that will keep you hydrated throughout your journey.

 

What to expect

To conclude, backpacking is not an easy thing to do. But its intensity level shouldn’t deter you from trying it. One of the beautiful things about backpacking is going on an unplanned adventure and disconnecting from the world while connecting with nature. But it’s equally about challenging yourself physically and mentally.

 

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