Would ya look at that? Only a few weeks went by between posts that time! Watch out world- new year, new me.
I told y’all I would keep you updated on the Keto challenge I’m doing. The challenge ended today so it’s time for an update I suppose. I’ll get back to my experience in a minute, but for those of you who haven’t heard about this extremely popular, “fad” diet, I’ll tell ya!
The Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, and extremely low carb diet. Carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and fibers and they’re filled to the rim in almost everything we consume in the daily Standard American Diet. There’s a reason that acronym is SAD. Anyway, once we ingest these evil things they turn into glucose in our blood stream and our body uses that glucose for energy. Now there’s a lot of other aspects that go into this fuel transaction, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time, but whatever glucose isn’t used for energy, it is then converted and stored as fat.
To put things into perspective, the Mayo Clinic states, “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day.” Basically we eat a shit ton of carbs every day. Raise your hand if you’re the literal definition of a couch potato! *Raises hand high and proud*
On the keto diet, you’re limited to around 20 grams of net carbohydrates per day, or 5% of your daily calories should come from carbs rather than 45 – 65%. Insert WOW face here. The idea is, by drastically reducing your carbs you put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When your body runs out of carbohydrates to use for energy, it turns to your fat stores and burns fat for energy instead. Oh, and just as a side note, carbohydrates are worth 4 calories per gram, whereas fat is worth 9 calories per gram. *Mic drop*
Outside of weight loss, there are many benefits to living a ketogenic lifestyle. However, there are also many people that disagree with the safety and sustainability of eating low carbs forever. [Fuck those people though] These are both convos for another time.
Now back to me…
I fucking miss ice cream.
Not kidding about that, but “all joking aside,” I’ve been doing great. The challenge that I joined came with a meal plan and an additional cook book on the side. The woman that runs the challenge also provided us with macronutrients and calories to follow. I normally over-eat and I’m a food addict, so although the portions were smaller than I’m used to, this is what I needed to be successful. I’ve also incorporated intermittent fasting into the diet. That means I only eat during an 8 hour window each day and fast for the remaining 16 hours.
I’ve stuck to the diet 98% of the time. Unfortunately (fortunately), we went out of town one weekend and had my husband’s step father in town the next – which led to us eating out more often than not, making it hard to accurately track what I’m eating.
The challenge was 21 days in total and I lost 6.7 pounds. I definitely could have tried harder, and next time I will, but this was a great start. I feel less bloated, I don’t have stomach aches on a regular basis, and I’m not starving all the time. I still have cravings for sweets and pastas, but that’s probably because my asshole husband still eats them in front of me. (Just kidding babe.) No, but seriously, the other day he bought pretzel pop-tarts from Sam’s Club…
Anyway, I’ll continue to eat keto and I’ll still incorporate my intermittent fasting (there are a lot of benefits to that as well). I’ll keep y’all updated on how things go, of course.
Here’s my embarrassing before & after photo
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