Okay everyone, I know my last post I was talking about Nutrisystem and how I was going to use it for my weightloss journey. But I have officially canceled my Nutrisystem subscription! Why? Because I felt like shit!! I was hungry all the time, bloated, tired, and just didn’t feel good. As you guys know if you’ve read any of my posts, I have PCOS and have pretty bad menstral symptoms as a result. I also alway feel fatigued, even after a good night’s sleep. I WAS losing weight with Nutrisystem, and I was great for helping me get into a habit of tracking my food and paying attention to what I was eating, but I needed to find something that would make me feel better. So I did A LOT of research. And I discovered Keto…
So What is Keto? I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because there are a TON of blogs and resources available with a quick google search! I will link to some of the resources that helped me, and if you are reading and have a keto blog or know of a great one I missed, please link in the comments!!
The basics of keto is that it is an extremely low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. There are tons of macro calculators available, but for me, I eat less than 20 net carbs a day, 30% protein, and 65% fat. So I’m currently eating 1500 calories, 20g carbs, 109g protein, 110g fat. A keto diet causes your body to go into ketosis, which means that it is getting energy from fat rather than glucose (carbs). The first few weeks are a transition period and can make some people feel really bad. It’s actually called “keto flu”. I did quite a bit of research on how to prevent keto flu and I actually didn’t feel bad at all!
The main reason that I decided to give the ketogenic lifestyle a shot is the amazing benefits!
- Amazing weight loss stories! So if you go to instagram or facebook or reddit and browse through some #keto threads you will see endless stories of crazy weightloss. We’re talking 100+ lbs in less than a year! It’s fascinating!
- Decreased hunger. Once you are in ketosis, your body has unlimited fuel in the form of your body fat. Insulin reactions that cause hunger are majorly reduced due to not consuming carbs. You just don’t get hungry. And you still have tons of energy! More energy than I ever had eating carbs, for sure!
- PCOS. A low carb high fat (LCHF) diet has been shown to improve symptoms of PCOS and even eliminate it! It helps with regulation of periods and hormones and increases fertility.
- Brain benefits! Increased memory, cognition, clarity, migraine reduction, and has even been shown to reduce risk of alzheimer’s and dementia (which runs in my family).
- Preventing heart disease. Lowers blood pressure, triglycerides, and improves cholesterol profile.
- Decrease in inflammation. This means less bloating, less acne, arthritis, IBS, etc.
- Improves energy levels and sleep. This was a major one for me. I have always had a problem with energy levels. Since I’ve started keto it’s been crazy! I didn’t even know it was possible to have this much energy!!
- Less heartburn and acid reflux.
- Curbing diabetes! The ketogenic lifestyle extremely effective for people with diabetes because it controls blood sugar and keeps insulin in check.
**CAUTION: I know I have used the word diet several times, but Keto really isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle. It’s not something that you can have cheat days on. If you have a cheat day you are going to feel really bad (physically not just mentally) and you’ll have to go through the transition (keto flu) again. Also, while eating Low Carb High Fat is extremely healthy and beneficial, eating High Carb High Fat is the opposite. It’s all in or don’t do it at all!
So I made a commitment on Monday, November 6, 2017 to go Keto. I am committing to 90 days of 100% Keto. No cheating. At the end of the 90 days I will assess my results and how I feel and make the decision on whether to continue. My weight on my first day of Keto was 249 lbs.
I’m excited to start this journey and share my results (good and bad) with all of you! Look for my post about my first week soon!
My favorite Keto Resources: