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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Ketogenic Diet

Over the past several weeks I have had countless people email, text, or message me on social media asking if I can help them or give them information about the diet that I'm on. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that since the end of January I have been following a ketogenic diet plan. It's really not a diet... more like a way of eating. High fat (70-80%). Moderate protein (20-25%). Very low carb. And by very low carb, I mean that I typically eat less than 20 total carbs daily.

This is where I lose most people.

"How in the world can you eat less than 20 carbs!" (it's easy)
"Don't you eat fruit and vegetables?" (veggies, no fruit)
"I can't live without my carbs." (in that case, continue to eat them)
"Doesn't all that fat make you fat?" (absolutely not)

I have to admit, I started out in January with the same "diet" mindset that most of America had and just REALLY wanted to lose weight. I was back up to 316.4 lbs. My feet, knees and back HURT EVERY DAY. I was sad. I was out of breath. I had no energy. I was miserable in my skin. I had to do something. But after 3 weeks of trying to lower carbs and make good choices, I was struggling. The food addiction was still so real. So I just knew... the carbs had to go. Completely.



So on January 30 I just made the jump. I was going to try Keto one last time. But this time I REALLY did my research. I got into a great support group on Facebook (Ketogenic Success). I read. I read, And I read some more. I counted my macros and made sure to stay in the prescribed ranges. And guess what? I started losing. Steadily. Pretty much every week for the first 90 or so days.

But even more important is that I STOPPED dieting.

Somewhere along the line eating this way stopped being a diet. It didn't feel like restriction. I lost the desire to cheat. I was full, satisfied, and happy. Finally... peace with food! And the pain was gone. My feet, back, and knees were no longer painful. My energy is through the roof. My mental clarity is back.

Oh, and as of May 25, 2016 in officially down 50 lbs.



It's amazing.

So, in the keto community, there is a thing called "ketovangelizing". It's where we've learned this totally new "way" of eating, and we feel the need to share it with anyone that is also on a diet struggle. Especially if it involves Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes (because this diet makes it practically vanish). I have been ketovangelizing to many, and so many around me (both in person and online) are now trying this way of eating.

And guess what? THEY ARE LOSING WEIGHT. I had a co-worker just tell me last week she has lost 21 lbs in a MONTH. People who try it love it.

I've decided to start blogging about this lifestyle. Giving some basic information about this way of eating to hopefully help get someone started if they want to.

This isn't about products. This isn't about spending a ton of money on groceries or impossible ingredients (you'll actually save money). No gimmicks. Just real food.

And peace with food. Recovery from food addiction. Freedom from calorie counting or obsessing about macros.

It's truly a lifestyle. And I love it.

So over the next few days I'm going to give some information on the ketogenic diet. I am also going to share a little about what I've learned about the lies that have been fed to us (excuse the pun) by the diet industry that have made us fat and unsuccessful at diets. I might also touch on intermittent fasting (something new that I'm learning about that goes along with the keto way of eating). If you're interested, please read. You may learn something new. If you are unable or unwilling to CONSIDER there might be another way, or that fat is not the enemy, please keep scrolling through the inter-web.

Knowledge is power. Sharing is caring.

11 comments:

  1. I was very successful on keto, until I started an intense training program. I found the lack of glycogen stores really affected my performance, put stress on my body. I upped my carbs to 100g/day and am doing much better. So I would just say, keep in mind the level of intensity you workout, and you should be golden.

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    1. Every body is different. Some people are absolutely able to do intense training while on Keto when they are fat adapted. I wouldn't know because my exercise isn't quite intense! Ha! I'm glad you found what works well for you!:)

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  2. Very interested in your upcoming posts, ive heard of the ketogenic diet but then I see alarming info regarding the effects it has long term on your kidneys. Also i didnt bat an eye at the fat percentage, i had a doctor tell me about that a few years ago and i looked at him like he had two heads but then reserched and saw how effective it was.

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    1. Most of the negative information about the ketogenic diet has been scientifically refuted. The only people who need to monitor their kidney function while on this plan are those with Type 1 diabetes and those with kidney issues before starting the diet. Most doctors are well meaning, but just uninformed about this way of eating. But so many more doctors are learning and prescribing the diet.

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  3. I lost a lot of weight on this as well but found it hard to stay on with my husband and son eating tempting things around me. I'm slowly working my way back to it. I've followed your blog since you started and wondered a few times how you were doing. Way to go girl! Happy for you!

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    1. Thank you! I know how hard it can be when temptation is all around you. I am the only person on the keto diet in my family. At first it was hard, but now that my craving are gone it's pretty easy to ignore the carbage.

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  4. Great job and this post is very motivating. Can't wait to hear more about this lifestyle.

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  5. I'm very glad you are blogging about your n=1. Paleo/Primal/Low Carb/ Ketosis/ and also Fasting are underused in weight and health management. Real food for the WIN!!!!

    Onward Holly!!!!! Karen P

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    1. Thank you, Karen. You've always provided a wonderful example.

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  6. Thanks for the info. I am at a plateau with my diet and this might be the program for me. I am looking forward to your future posts.

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  7. I’m very interested in learning about the keto diet and thanks for posting this. I just finished the 3 Day military diet that I know is for short term use and usually for “diet emergencies”. I have an upcoming wedding in the family and the diet has helped me lose 6 pounds after days, although my diet weight loss goal is under 10 pounds only. What I learned about the diet is eating low carb meals work, and so is drinking tons of water to hydrate and feel full. Is the keto similar to the military diet? Or how is this different? Well, in the military diet made me focus more on what I can do and that is to strive to eat healthy food. I think having a goal also works well for dieters of all ages. You’ve just got to have a set of goals so you don’t lose your focus. Maybe you can do a quick review of the diet and see how it differs from the keto diet. I think this will benefit readers like me who would want an opinion from people who has known the struggle with weight. For a good resource page, here it is http://3daysmilitarydiet.com/results-reviews/3-day-military-diet-reviews.html

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