Well, I finished my first week on Keto. And I have to say, it was rough. You never notice how much you crave carbs until you cut them out. But it is entirely worth it. I lost 8 pounds in my first week, which is extraordinary given that I don’t have much to lose. I’m sure a lot of that is water weight and it will even out over the next few weeks, but it’s still a good start.
Starting off, I would eat a tremendous amount of spinach and chicken; mostly because I hadn’t quite figured out what I could and couldn’t have. I’ve since been learning what foods are high in fat and low in carbs and balancing them on a day to day basis. I calculated that my macros are at about 75%, 20%, and 5%; fat, protein, and carbs, respectively.
I reached a state of ketosis by my third day; which came at a cost. The keto flu happens when your body transitions from burning carbs, to creating the enzymes required to burn fat. When it happened, it was brutal. I was practically incapacitated for an hour or so. If you want to try this, I can’t stress enough the amount of water and salt you need. I’ve even gotten into the habit of drinking chicken broth for the sodium.
Other things I’ve done in this past week has been to intensify my workouts, which has surely helped, and attempt to get a proper nights sleep. I’ll update again at a month.
Yup, you read that right, I’m trying a diet. It’s no secret that when my wife got pregnant, I gained a lot of weight. I went from 215, which I was at for a number of years, to over 250. Well, I made a few lifestyle changes and dropped down to 205. My initial goal was to reach 185. After hitting a major plateau, I decided to add exercise. After that, I quickly dropped my weight and reached my goal. I did it all without ever going on an actual diet. Obviously, I took up water as my main liquid source (instead of pop), cut out a lot of sugar, and stopped eating so late. I feel great and have a lot of energy. The only problem, there are still a few problem areas from my initial weight gain that I can’t seem to shed. And the only way I can get rid of it is to drop my body fat percentage. Enter Keto.
Keto, short for Ketogenic Diet, is all about putting your body into Ketosis. When entered, your body burns fat, instead of carbs, for energy. You do this by eating very little carbs, I choose under 10g a day, and A LOT of fat, while maintaining a calorie deficit. After quite a few weeks of research, it has also been linked to various other health benefits as well. Most of my information came from Craig at ruled.me.
Anyway, yesterday was my first day and I have to say, I’m hungry. But I’m sure that this is because of my caloric/carb consumption beforehand. Considering most people’s experiences in the first week or so, I’m looking forward to different side effects. As my body hasn’t had to adjust yet, the only thing I’ve noticed is that I have been peeing a lot. More than I think I ever have.
I’ve created a meal plan somewhat based on Craig’s plan but is catered to me, and eventually involves intermittent fasting. By time I’m done, I’ll post results and supply any recommendations to anyone else looking forward to trying Keto.
Please check out the information at ruled.me, as well as all the different recipes. It’s an excellent resource.!!