I am back baby! I took a hiatus to get my act together and make myself a priority again. The last month has been a wild ride. I finally took the jump and started the keto diet. I haven’t looked back since I started.
In case you don’t know what keto is, it’s a way of eating that focuses on getting your body into a state of ketosis where your body is burning ketones for fuel and not carbohydrates. In layman’s terms, you pretty much start to eat your own body fat for fuel. That is pretty damn cool. You achieve this by eating low carb and high fat. Typically, your carbs stay under 20g but everyone is different. I have found that I can take in up to 30g of net carbs and my urine tests will still show moderate to high ketones. I plan on getting a blood meter so I can pinpoint my sweet spots when I am closer to goal. I believe in moderation so I follow more of a dietary ketosis plan where I allow some grains and ingredients as long as they fit in my macros (macros are your carb, fat, and protein allowances). In a therapeutic ketosis diet, you do not allow any foods like grains that might trigger an inflammation response. This is the kind of keto diet that is recommended to people who suffer from epilepsy.
When I explain the diet to people they typically look at me in horror. No bread? No sugar? How do you do it? The first week was difficult. I was a sugar addict and I felt sluggish and I had some cravings but the amount of fat that I was consuming was keeping me full enough to get through the day. I don’t count leafy veggies into my carb count so I was making sure I got plenty of those as well. Once the sugar cravings passed the only issue I had was with a slight electrolyte imbalance because this woe (way of eating) has a diuretic effect and you can lose a lot during the day. I combat that by drinking my own electrolyte mixture that has a salt substitute (potassium) and pink salt throughout the day. I also take magnesium and a multivitamin. Soon I will also add a collagen supplement for healthy skin and hair. Aside from one migraine that was dehydration induced I think, I have felt better than I have felt in years.
But wait, isn’t high fat bad for you? When you are not eating carbohydrates with your fat, you are not triggering an insulin response and your body doesn’t store that fat. Now, if you go on Pintrest so many keto recipes will be cheese laden or bacon based. I do allow myself some bacon every week but I do not eat it every day. I also try to keep dairy to a minimum. I use coconut almond milk in my coffee and my fats are mostly coming from avocado, eggs, and healthy oils. This should be helpful when I get my first comprehensive metabolic panel in October. My doctor is going to lose her mind when she sees how well I have done with it.
I just this week added exercise to my diet. I am allowing moderate cardio up to 3 times a week and strength training 2-3 times a week. I have my Zumba certification scheduled for June so I am building my stamina up for an entire day of training. I should have no problem once that time comes.
In my first month on keto the proof is in the numbers:
Starting Weight 2/22/18 220lbs Current Weight 3/22/19 203lbs -17lbs
Starting Waist: 39 inches Current Waist: 35 inches -4 inches
Starting Bust: 39inches Current Bust: 36 inches -3 inches
Starting Arms: 14.5 inches each Current Arms: 14 inches each – 1 inch
Starting Legs: 28 inches each Current Legs: 26 inches right, 27 inches left -3
So far this has been the easiest plan to stick to and the most results I have ever seen. I am so close to being under 200lbs that I can almost taste it. I’m kissing “onderland”. I am not brave enough to post the before body pics yet. Once I see more visible results I may become bolder and just do it. I am looking forward to wearing shorts this summer for the first time. I am looking forward to seeing a size 12 or smaller (something I have not seen since I was in grade school). I am on my way to being a super fox in no time!