The Keto Trend

This week I have begun my journey into attempting the Keto diet and its effects through weight loss and other beneficial factors. This diet is gaining increasing popularity and I want to find out why.

What is the Keto Diet, some may ask? It is a high fat/moderate protein and very low carb diet, but it is not just a regular low carb diet. This diet involved an extremely high carbohydrate deficit in your diet. The goal of this diet is to get into a state of ketosis, raising levels of ketones in the body tissues, it is said to turn your body into a fat burning machine. This diet makes it easier to access the fat stored in your body and burn it off, even the stubborn fat cells.

Ketogenic-Macros

It is advised to eat only healthy fats, such as:

  • Olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, avocados, butter, bacon fat

Any type of proteins, such as:

  • eggs, beef, chicken, steak, bacon, etc

And to be strict with this diet it is best to consume 20g of carbs or less OR for more flexibility less than 50g

Throughout this journey so far I have learned that your macros add up very quickly, 60%-75% of your diet should be healthy fats, 25%-30% of protein and about 2%-5% of carbs.

This diet craze has taken over the social networks so I decided to give this a try myself. I began this keto diet August 31st, 2018. It is now day 10 and I can say this has been a true rollercoaster. In the first 2-3 days I had so much energy, my workouts were enhanced, and my overall energy was very much improved. What I was waiting on was the affects of what they say is the keto flu. The keto flu is a result of your body adapting to this change in diet.

The Keto Flu Symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sugar Cravings

On my 7th day I began to feel all of these symptoms all at once. My workouts became very difficult. I was constantly dizzy, uncomfortable, feeling sick and cravings have been out of this world. Symptoms are supposed to last a few days and I have been feeling them even here on day 10.

Daily I have stuck to this strict diet and am at a loss of 11lbs in 10 days. The journey continues for at least 5 more days… stay tuned.

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