People following a ketogenic eating style report effortless weight loss, reduced appetite, improved mood, lower and more stable blood sugar, fewer cravings, lower blood pressure, clearer thoughts, improved sleep, and reduction in gas and bloating.
Sounds amazing right?!, so I decided to find out more and even try it out for myself.
On a very basic level, a ketogenic eating style is shifting your body away from using glucose as fuel to using to using ketone bodies (beta-hydroxybutyrate acetoacetate) as fuel. How do you do this? By reducing your carbohydrate consumption to less than 5% of your daily calories, and protein to only 20%, and the rest of your calories must come from fat. By eating this way, you can put your body into a state of ‘ketosis’. In ketosis the body takes the high energy fat molecules store in our bodies and converts them to a form that can fuel the heart, muscles, organs, and brain.
I could really go on about what this shift in macro consumption is doing to the various systems in your body, and why it seems to have so many positive health implications, but I want to keep this short. The majority of people who aren’t eating ‘keto’ have very short attention spans.
Here are the main PRO’s and CON’s I found when I ate ‘keto’:
-clearer thoughts and better attention span
-lost weight with ease
-enjoyed my favourite high fat foods without guilt, like chicken wings, coconut, and avocado
-mood was more stable
-never felt hungry and had no cravings
-limited food choices; you need to give up a lot of quick food options
-hard to find good options when eating out
-counting macros is a lot of work
-the ‘keto flu’ is real; I felt really horrible for a few days while adjusting to the high fat eating style
-Be aware*-you will have a reduced tolerance to alcohol; I was not aware of this fact and became very sick after drinking a couple glasses of wine
I think I will go back to this way of eating at times in my life, but it is not something I could adapt to on a permanent basis. Currently, I am travelling in a van for 4 months with my carb-loving boyfriend, so it really doesn’t work for my current lifestyle, but I see the appeal. Once I was past the ‘keto flu’ and limited my alcohol consumption I really felt a lot of benefits by eating ‘keto’, and especially recommend it for those who want better concentration and more stable moods.
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