Yeah, so, I had no idea what this was going to be like when I agreed to this. Let me be honest with you, I just agreed to go through this experience because a friend of mine committed to a lengthy fitness program and this eating plan was part of it. Her program was approximately 16-weeks (phew!) and I joined her toward the end to lend support, share the experience, and see how it might affect me.
The extent of my knowledge of the keto diet was less than superficial - it comes from having a roommate some 6-7 years ago who is diabetic. She struggled with her intake sometimes not for lack of commitment or prep but just because her body made her life very difficult (something I can totally relate to and part of the reason we got along so well then and are getting reacquainted and comfortable again now). She told me about "dropping keytones" and I had to do an internet search to better understand her. She taught me so much about being diabetic and how every little thing affects her system.
Fast forward: As you may or may not know, I underwent spinal surgery in late June and have since gained about 18 pounds. The fact that I have had to be very still, not workout, not walk around too much, keep my head resting on things to alleviate pressure, and that I am taking medication that causes weight gain, constipation, bloating, etc. (you know the fun stuff that really help us to feel sexy and attractive, but not even a little bit).
Well, when my friend told me she was doing this specific diet I wanted to support her and keep her company on this stringent intake road so I did a little research.
I found some information on my new lifestyle here:
"A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects.A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter.
A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It’s possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance."
Alright, are we all on the same page? Great. The journey began.
At first, I thought I had the flu or had somehow gotten mono again (for the 5th or 6th time) or that there was just something wrong. Nope, these are the common "symptoms" as your body adjusts to the new lifestyle. For most people it goes away in a couple of days or as long as a week. You move into a phase where you feel so much better and your health improves. For some, that means a decrease in migraines, for others it is a reduction in IBS symptoms. For me, it was just more feeling like crap and begin tired.
So, my journey kind of ended. I mean, I am doing it about 80% but it also depends on what food is available in the cafeteria (cause this girl is using her meal plan as often as possible to save money and to prepare for a big 2017!) and how low my energy is on any given day. I don't know if the keto diet just isn't for me or if I never fully went into ketosis. I purchased some strips to try - to ensure I am indeed in ketosis - and plan to this diet once more before the year is over.
I would welcome any suggestions from those who have experienced a ketogenic diet. any success stories from those whose health has been positively affected, and any other input from those who have experience with this.
That's it - pretty long post that I have been chewing on and working out for weeks now. Hope it didn't put you to sleep and I really look forward to hearing about your keto diet experiences!! Take care of yourselves out there!!
I am Christian Straightedge Christ follower, an Army Brat, an ex-milso, founder and CEO of FitnessAnyaMind, a sofa CEO, a nomad, a fur baby mom, and a mindset builder. I enjoy nature, reading, music, cooking, and taking care of those whom I love.