Once upon a time, I swore I would never try a Ketogenic diet. I thought it was a silly fad that couldn’t possibly be sustainable and could never lead to any kind of positive result.
Yet, here I am, typing away in my onesie, sharing my experience on over a week on Keto and why I am deciding to stick to it.
What is Keto?
Simply put, a Ketogenic diet eliminates virtually all carbs and focuses on consuming a high amount of fat (yes, even saturated fats) and a moderate amount of protein. Once your body burns through stored glucose it starts to burn fat for energy, in the form of ketones.
Once you reach ketosis, your body turns into a fat burning machine.
Consequently, I have been pounding down the butter, eggs, bacon, salmon, avocado, coconut oil, and all almonds in the world.
It has been delicious and I am down three whole pounds.
While three pounds may not seem significant, I have not been able to safely lose a SINGLE pound in over a year. My weight had stayed constant unless I cut down my caloric intake to around 1,200 calories a day. That little amount of food is no way to live, but I admit, I have done it……numerously.
Just a few days into my Keto diet, I found myself having to tighten my bra strap and fitting a lot more smoothly into a skirt that usually squeezes me like a sausage.
It’s pretty fantastic.
But It’s Not All About Looks
The wonderful thing about Keto is that I am always satiated, hit at least 1,700 calories a day, and can still lose weight.
Additionally, it has helped my focus. It surprises me how much less I think about food throughout the day and how being in a constant state of hunger negatively affected my productivity.
So far, it’s been great and carbs aren’t really a temptation. I do have Celiac Disease and this might be why carbs aren’t as tempting as they should be (for once this has given me the upper hand).
I leave for Europe this week and there is no way I am not going to be enjoying all German, Italian, and Irish carbs.
Foreign carbs don’t count, right?
I will give Keto a three month trial as soon as I get back and update you on the progress.
Who knows? Maybe it will make me gain ten pounds or lose five more. There is only one way to find out.
Let me know if you have tried this diet and what your thoughts are!