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You can’t spell “diet” without “die” — unknown.
I would love to be one of those positive people that can talk about Keto and stress how it’s a lifestyle change and not a diet, but the truth is that Keto is a diet. It can become a way of life, but in everyone’s beginning it is a different prescribed way of eating. Your goal is to completely change the way your body burns fuel, switching from glucose (which we get from carbohydrates) to ketones (which happens when your body’s fuel is derived from fat.
There’s a learning curve to Keto, and if you do it wrong it’s going to suck more often than not, so this blog is going to help you. As I develop content I will add more static pages, like info about how to shop, how to drink, how to keep motivated, but this blog post is an intro to your first week. If you want to know more about me and why I Keto, read Why Keto? TLDR: I’m a classic yo yo dieter and the only thing that works for me is Keto.
First things first, hi! You are starting a diet that is legit going to change your life and metabolism, and it’s going to be amazing. Is it going to be easy? Hell no! But it will be amazing and the results are worth it. I have written this series of posts to give you some foundational info on how Keto works, the science behind it, and what you need to know before you begin. I do recommend doing research before you switch to keto so that you can be informed and thus more successful.
You have to determine if Keto is right for you.
As with any major diet, you really should consult your physician before you begin a diet that can change how your metabolic system works. There are doctors that will be for Keto and others against, but either way I would have a convo to hear their viewpoints.
I recommend getting some history on the Keto diet here: The Keto diet history
What you’ll learn about:
How the diet was developed by doctors for epilepsy patients in the 1920s
If you don’t like to read long articles, here’s why the doctors thought that: “The premise behind going keto was simple: patients could be kept in a fasted state indefinitely if they limited their carbohydrate intake so that their bodies burned fat instead of glucose. Shifting the dietary ratio in favor of fat removed sugar from the bloodstream and triggered the body to consume an acid known as ketone bodies instead. In other words, successfully following the diet convinced the body to act metabolically as if it was starving, even as the individual took in enough calories and nutrition to remain comfortable.” Source
The general method of thought was that you need to set your nutritional intake based on nutritional macros: particularly, the nutrients carbohydrates (5%) protein (35%) and fat (60%). I recommend getting your individual macros from this handy calculator from Keto gains: Calculate my macros!
While doctors don’t know why ketosis reduces seizure activity in the brain, what they did notice is that the diet had noticeable benefits on the children. In particular
“Soon after the diet first gained popularity for treating epilepsy, doctors started noticing benefits of ketosis that went beyond seizure control. Children treated with the diet were observed as being less irritable, more alert, and easier to discipline. These children also slept better at night and seemingly had more energy. (Further research in the early 2000s validated these claims).” Source
These benefits, in addition to weight lost, are often the ones Keto believers cite as the main ones they keep on the diet, in addition to better skin (bye, acne), improved symptoms for PCOS, no flatulence, and better,steadier, energy.
I will be having a section devoted solely to resources for researching the keto diet, so be on the lookout for that.
In the 1960s, a doctor named Richard Atkins came up with a version of the ketogenic diet called Atkins. The cardiologist believed that reduction of carbohydrates would result in weight loss in his patients, and he was right. See the timeline of Atkins’s diet Here
Atkins and other researchers made the connection between carbs and weight loss as well as the idea that carbohydrate restriction resulted in the reduction of cravings. Many modern researchers cite that we, as a modern society, are addicted to sugar. Gary Taubes discusses this here in this video: Gary Taubes on Why We Get Fat
In my next post, I’ll go over basic elements like WTF are macros (in detail), how to use food trackers, and what you’ll need to throw out before you get started.