First, there was Atkins Diet, then there’s the Paleo Diet, and now, a new weight-loss diet is taking over the crown and taking names in the process – the Ketogenic Diet.
I’ve heard about the Ketogenic Diet from a friend who was prepping herself for a weight-lifting contest and when she first explained it to me, I was more like, “Nah, I can’t eat that much protein because I don’t even lift weights.”
That was me 8 months before I decided to try it after weighing myself using a newly-bought scale and finding out that I weighed 80 kilograms – about 25 kilograms overweight for my height.
That was the point when I truly decided to turn things around.
Believe me when I say, I have tried EVERY DIET there is – Paleo? South Beach? Military Diet? Atkin’s? Cookie Diet? I could go on and on.
And yet, none of those diets ever worked long-term for me because, among other things, I was always hungry. And if you ask me, is Keto any different?
Why, yes, my friends, it is.
What Is Ketogenic Diet?
Keto is a low-carb, low-sugar, moderate protein and high fat diet that’s aimed at putting your body in a metabolic state called ketosis.
When your body enters into ketosis, it becomes a “fat-burning machine.” For years, the ketogenic diet has been recommended by for diabetic patients and even those suffering from Alzheimer’s, Cancer and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
So how do you start with Keto?
You cut out all the carbs and sugar in your life – that means, no bread, no cakes, fries, and even root crop vegetables and replacing them with leafy greens and food that are high in fat such as avocados, eggs and nuts.
To be honest, there was no major changes in my body when I started. Some people reported decreased bowel movements, but in my case, since I loaded up on leafy vegetables and made it a point to move around for light exercise (such as walking and taking the stairs), it was all good and dandy.
I noticed, however, that when I eat carbs (Yup, I cheated with a scrumptious plate of Italian pasta), I had a really bad headache and I felt sick for almost an entire day.
Foods That I Avoided
I swore off coffee with creamer and sugar, which was the hardest part of this diet because I would die without coffee. Eventually, my taste buds acquiesced with the regular black brewed coffee and the occasional zero-sugar sweetener.
I also threw out all the packaged goodies in my fridge (Bye, Twinkes. *Sobs) and snacked on peanuts, almonds and Spanish Chicharron instead (it’s basically deep fried pork fat).
Foods I Indulged In
What’s amazing about the Ketogenic Diet? You can eat bacon!
Seriously, bacon is filled with fat, which helps fuel you up in the morning. Toss it in your omelet or eat it on its own.
Eggs are also a great source of good fat and protein, so if you’re feeling a little hungry at work, it’s a great go-to snack.
To be honest, you can eat almost anything on Keto, just not the starchy, carb-y or sugary stuff.
In two weeks, I lost 3 kilograms on Keto. My clothes fit better and I felt more energized. I also felt a little less bloated and lighter on this diet. And I rarely felt pangs of hunger!
It could have been more, had I incorporated it with high-intensity interval training, but we’ll get there.
Baby steps… Baby steps.