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.
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:
- 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.