In case you are not on the diet bandwagon or have never heard of Keto, let me tell you all about it. The keto diet is actually the Ketogenic diet. This is a low low carb, high fat diet. However, this is not Atkins. What makes it different is this diet focuses on getting the body to produce ketones in the liver to be used as energie. Thus the ketogenic diet or keto for short.
Even after hours and hours wasted in Anatomy and Physiology I had no idea what Ketosis even was. I am assuming you don’t know either. Well friends Ketosis is a natural process that the body initiates to help us when food intake is low. When we are in this state the body will produce ketones to breakdown fats in the liver. Again the main focus of the keto diet is to get your body into the “keto” state.
I know you don’t care about “the science” behind the diet, you all only care about if you are going to starve. To be completely honest, the answer is No. You will however suffer from weight loss and physical and mental performance benefits. So even if you are “not active” you will drop a few lb’s here and there.
This diet has a ton of benefits, number one weight loss. But it also has some draw backs. For instance you can suffer from the keto flu, it involves headaches, fatigue, nausa and cramps. A lot of beginners suffer from this, but don’t worry the diet gives you ways to power through. There are other issues, much much more serious issues involved in this diet. So I fully suggest you talk to your doctor or a nutritionist before taking the leap. If you want more information to see if this is right for you, google it. There is a lot of useful information out there. I suggest looking into Drew Manning. He is very informative about the keto diet, and regularly blogs about issues, recipes and advice. Click here to check it out!
Why I am doing keto
I decided that I wanted to get rid of the last ten pounds left over from my baby. The other reason I decided to do this was diabetes. This runs into my family and I have been trying really hard to maintain my lifestyle while trying to prevent this disease from happening to me. I assumed getting a better handle on my diet would help me in this fight.
Again, I am not an expert nor do I play one on television. I whole hardheartedly suggest you talk to a doctor before you take the leap.
Is this diet hard?
Honestly, any diet is hard. It is all about mind over matter. For me I do not see it as hard because I keep in mind the reason I am doing this. I am not trying to fit into a bikini or fit into my ball gown for the Met Gala, I am simply doing this to not have to worry about what is to come in the future. I am a firm believe that taking steps to prevent or at least try to prevent, keeps you more motivated and focused on your diet. Doing it for “society” or because you think it will make you a better person is setting yourself up for failure. Anything you do should be for you. (when it pertains to you).
My relationship with food
I love food. There I said it out loud! It is now law. I especially love the heck out of bread. So why in the world would I give it up? Truthfully, I did not give it up. I merely do not have it all the time. I have learned that just because I love something doesn’t mean I need to have it all the time. Aside from that carbs do not love me. They are like a bad boy boyfriend, they make me bloated. Yet I can’t quit them! ha ha. I am super lucky that I don’t eat when I am super sad, happy or whatever. I will just eat. Growing up with a European mother I was raised with little to no snacking. I am not sure if that is a European thing or if that is my mom’s thing. When and if I had a snack it was not until later in the day, say around 4. No, I don’t have a horrific I need intervention type of relationship with food, I just need to learn that bread is not the only thing I should have through out the day.
If you are miserable with your body, then I do hope you will click the link above, or RIGHT HERE to get some insight on this diet. I recommend doing other readings on the diet, and write down some questions, then before you make your final choice contact your doctor.
Suggestions on diets? let me know. Or if you are a Keto dieter please send recipes! 🙂
Until next time!