I began the Keto diet February 20th after watching the scales go up, up, up. I was frustrated that my favorite clothes were tight and ill-fitting on me and I felt horrible.
I was fatigued
I felt sluggish
I wasn’t sleeping well
It was time for a change!
This was the first video I watched
That video led to another and another. Then I started visiting websites, Facebook groups and by the end of the weekend, I was convinced that I needed to give it a try.
It didn’t take long for me to begin seeing a change in my body, both structurally and health-wise.
I began by just doing a simple low-carb, high-fat diet, but quickly moved into a ketogenic way of eating.
The ketogenic diet is a more strict diet that typically restricts carbohydrate intake to 20 grams or less per day, increases fat to 70-75% of your caloric intake and keeps proteins at a moderate level of about 20% of your caloric intake.
The first week, while my body was adjusting, I experienced what is commonly called “keto flu”, which included flu-like symptoms resulting from a rapid loss of water weight, electrolyte imbalance, and my body adjusting to the rapid decrease in carbohydrate intake.
It only took about 3-4 days for that to pass and afterward I had a regular increase of natural energy, but I also noticed that many of my chronic symptoms had disappeared.
Before starting the ketogenic diet, my migraines were growing more frequent and lasting longer. In fact, I was beginning to have migraines every 2-3 weeks, lasting up to 5-6 days at a time.
Below I am keeping progress reports on my weight and inch loss.
But by now I am sure you are asking yourself: What is a ketogenic diet? Why is it so healthy? What am I allowed to eat? What do I do if my family doesn’t want to keep this diet?
I will answer those questions in the following links.
What is Intermittent Fasting? (coming soon!)
Here is my progress so far
When I started I wasn’t drinking any soda, juice or calorie-laden drinks (gave them up years and years ago), I wasn’t eating fast food, except maybe once a month (I haven’t eaten fast food regularly for over a decade), I hardly ever ate chips or cookies…or any desserts. So I haven’t seen the rapid weight loss a lot of people have. I have generally eaten healthily (by most people’s standards) for a long time. But here is what just cutting out the “healthy” carbs has done for me.
I will continue to update this page with my progress as well as recipe and meal ideas!
First month total: 8.7 lbs and 16.5 inches lost
Second month total 3 lbs lost and 4 in.
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