How the Ketogenic Diet Really Affected My Health
I Was Tired of Being Fat!
FAT: that three letter word is so synonymous with being unattractive, unhealthy, and unhappy. When you think about it, fat is not a positive word. It has become a negative word in our "thin-imaged" media and "look-at-me" society.
Remember how our favorite celebs such as Opera and Kirsty Allen struggled with their weight seemingly all their lives? Up and down, up and down on the weight loss/gain yo-yo ride. But what if you can really loose weight and keep it off?
Now I sound like an informercial ready to sell you an expensive secret! However, this is not an infomercial and I have yet to make a dime on this information. This is the FREE secret to my weight loss success and it's easier than you think!
My story starts with me being a skinny girl stuck in a fat girl's body but I had no way out. I was so desperate for a change, desperate for a solution that I would try anything.
Then, one day I read an article that changed my life. I remember the writer saying, "I could eat like this forever." I was one day into a calorie-counting, food-deprived diet and in that instant, I changed my weight-loss strategy to a ketogenic diet and it was the best decision I ever made in my life.
What is considered a healthy weight loss per week?
2 pounds a week is considered to be a healthy weight loss amount. Anything more than that can be cause for alarm. Gallstones, fatigue, and nausea are all negative side effects from loosing weight too fast. -Livingstrong.com
The Changes Are Unavoidable and Shocking
There was a lot of things I didn't do that a nutritionist or a health coach would have wanted me to do:
1. I didn't include high carbohydrate foods in my diet such as rice, oats, potatoes, and even carrots!
2. I ate processed meats such as bacon and hamburger, both would have been a no-no.
3. I didn't work out. While I didn't sweat it out at the gym, I did manage to walk at least 10,000 steps each day.
While you can safely argue the negative implications that processed meats would have on anyone's body, my results were anything but negative. I averaged a pound a week that I lost and sometimes I didn't loose anything. I slowly saw my body fat shrinking.
Now you're probably wondering what I actually ate every day. Was it full of bacon and bun less burgers smothered in melted cheese? For some of you, that combination sounds like a dream-come-true. There's nothing in the Ketogenic diet that prohibits you from enjoying a bacon-infused life but in reality, I found myself seeking so much more than this.
I piled on buttered veggies, avocado, and meat, daily. I snacked on cheese sticks, salted mixed nuts, and beef jerky. I ate two eggs a day for breakfast and I was never tired after lunch. In fact, I often saw an energy boost mid-day while everyone else was sluggish. It was amazing and still is.
The Answer to Cancer?
Research and debate is still ongoing but some of the reasons why Ketogenic diets are used to help cancer patients beat cancer is because it omits refined sugars and many carbohydrates that turn into sugar. It puts your body in a fasting state of ketosis. Low carbs + no sugar = Cancer can't survive! -thetruthaboutcancer.com
Day of Judgement: I Have my Vitals taken
Six months into the diet, I lost 20 pounds. I still had 10 more pounds to go but I felt amazing. People were noticing that I was loosing weight and everyone that knew me wanted to know what I was doing. They were shocked to know that I was doing Keto and it was working.
I was given the opportunity to have my vital numbers done. I was excited about it because I was curious to know if living a high-fat, low carb lifestyle was affecting me negatively without me knowing it. How was my cholesterol? Where my arteries going to be ok or did I just clog them up with cheese and fatty meats?
That morning I forgot all about it and ate two eggs and had a cup of coffee approximately 5 hours before I had blood drawn. The nurse said it was ok, I would just have to refer to the bottom numbers that factored in eating rather than the top numbers that were for those that fasted.
She looked at my number results and said, "whatever you're doing, keep doing it because it's working." Many of my numbers were better than had I actually fasted. The only numbers that were a little high was my BMI and body fat but I knew that was still going to change as time went on. I was so happy with the results I did a vlog and blogged about it.
Say Good-bye to Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes and being overweight tend to go hand-in-hand. Not only does Keto help diabetics loose weight, it also helps keep glucose levels in check! Many carbohydrates (rice and pasta!) turn into sugar in the body, causing glucose spikes. Omit them and it forces the body to rely on burning fat for fuel instead of carbs for fuel. -healthline.com
Keeping it Real!
It hasn't been all rainbows and butterflies. I've had my setbacks while on keto in several ways. Sometimes, I still eat carbs and may have a slice of bread or a little bit of rice. I'm also a beer drinker so sometimes I have a beer too.
I didn't start Keto because of health issues. I started keto to loose weight so having a little extra carbs here and there really doesn't bother me. However I did learn that there are some foods I just can't eat. For some reason, almond flour and coconut flour don't agree with my stomach. They are both low-carb favorites for baking but I learned I can't eat them without suffering stomach ache consequences.
I also eat way more vegetables than I ever did before. I have at least 1 cup of veggies with every meal! My snacks are also pretty healthy and I save money by not spending it at the vending machines. There's nothing in there for me anyway.
One of the other surprising results of this diet is that my psoriasis cleared up. After I had my first child, I started noticing, for the first time in my life, that I had patches of red bumps on the back of my arms. I became very insecure about showing my arms and it was hard to find clothes in the summer that were cute and still covered my arms above the elbow. In addition to being overweight, this was another physical attribute that I didn't like. The diet change or the weight loss has helped reduce this.
In it to Win it!
1 year into a ketogenic lifestyle and I have to say that it's something that I will continue doing. I consume mostly healthy fats from delicious sources such as steak, chicken, fish, avocados, and olive oil. I butter my veggies and I add a shot of MTC oil or a tablespoon of coconut oil to my evening tea.
I enjoy a sugar-free life and it doesn't bother me one bit that I'll never drink a Coke again. While I don't force my family to eat the same way as me, we eat much of the same foods. I cook one dinner and we all enjoy it however they may enjoy a side of rice or flour tortillas while I lettuce wrap my fajitas.
When we go out to eat, I look for items I can eat and substitute the side of fries for an extra side of veggies. Love those colorful foods! If you ask me, the ketogenic diet has been the easiest and most cost-effective. It's budget friendly and you don't have to starve yourself to see results.
Keto allows you to eat, be happy, healthy, and energetic. It has allowed me to regain my "thinner" self and be more confident with my outward appearance. I fit in clothes I haven't warn in over 6 years again and I love it.
Are you on a ketogenic diet? Interested in learning more about it or have a question? Leave a comment below!
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