Monday, March 14, 2016

The Ketogenic Diet.

I'm on day twelve of a new ketogenic meal plan. Without a doubt, eating this way produces results. I've dropped eight pounds since I started. Currently, I am clocking in at 267 pounds, the lowest I've ever weighed as an adult. In total, I've lost 76 pounds since I started my weight loss journey. The ketogenic plan is easy to follow (as long as you like meat) and my drive to continue is unwavering. It's a shame I didn't discover it sooner.

All that being said, the ketogenic method is kicking my ass.

What does it mean to eat a ketogenic diet? Well, it involves consuming a high amount of fat, a moderate amount of protein and few carbohydrates. By eating in this manner, the lessened amount of carbohydrates puts the body into a state of ketosis. During this metabolic state, the liver begins to break down stored fat in the body to create ketones. Since the body is starved of carbohydrates, the ketones are used as the primary source of energy for functioning. Hence, ketosis forces your body to burn your stored fat to survive. Right now, I'm eating less than 20 grams of carbs per day, and some days as few as 10 grams.

Obviously, that means I can't eat anything with a high amount of sugar, whether natural or processed. No fruits, starchy vegetables, breads or grains. Thankfully, I already cooked and ate in a healthy manner with real, unprocessed foods. Moving into the modified ketogenic meal plan wasn't too hard to do. I just had to cut out starches and fruit.

So, what am I eating? Lots of eggs, protein shakes, tuna fish, sardines, olives, pickles, green vegetables, chicken, pork and beef. Honestly, that's the best part about eating a ketogenic meal plan -- all the meat. I LOVE meat.  Don't get me wrong, I like vegetables and fruit, too. But, if I were a dinosaur, I'd definitely have been a carnivore.

"Feed Me!"

As I edge closer to completing my second week on the plan, I'm encountering the normal side effects of transitioning my body into ketosis -- general weakness, lethargy and some brain fog. It's to be expected, but will eventually pass as my body burns the last of my stored sugars. From that point on, my body will rely completely on stored fat reserves for energy.

Be advised -- the ketogenic meal plan isn't for everyone, especially people with diabetes. It takes a fair amount of research and dedication to make a ketogenic diet work. That being said, I'm glad to finally be in the in the 260's (haven't been here since middle school) and look forward to eclipsing 100 pounds of weight loss.

Further Information:

A Guide to the Keto Diet
Ketogenic Diet Plan

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