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What is the Keto Diet?
“The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates” (from Wikipedia).
As Wikipedia notes, the ketogenic diet (“keto diet” for short) started to help cure seizure disorders. It was noted over time that people on it were losing weight, and it started a trend.
The Keto diet is about lowering your carb intake and upping your fats so that your body will use fats (instead of carbs) as a form of energy. That usually means about 60-75% of your calories from fat, 15-30% of your calories from protein, and 5-10% of your calories from carbs.
Your body will go into a state called ketosis after a few days of eating like this. That means that your body does not have enough carbs to use for energy and it starts making ketones, (which are organic compounds) that your body then uses instead of those missing carbs. Your body is also burning fat for more energy, hence the weight loss.
Is the Keto Diet a Good Thing?
I”m sure it’s annoying to read, but the truth of the matter is that Keto works for some people and doesn’t for others.
Some people respond fantastically to it and others just don’t.
For people that don’t, their blood pressure might go up, and they may get negative physical reactions to the fat in the keto diet.
For the people that respond well, it can be fantastic on many levels. Seizures may be controlled, people lose weight, have more energy, clearer thinking.
Many people say that it is not sustainable, but in his book, The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever Mark Sisson begs to differ. He says that plenty of people make this type of eating a lifestyle and it’s fine. It’s really a matter of doing it right.
The Keto Reset Diet
The Keto Reset Diet is what Mark Sisson offers in his book as a way of warming a person up to Keto. Going in gradually, if you will.
He lays out the science, then delves into food lists, recipes, meal plans. If you follow this for 21 days, then you will be ready to actually “go keto” – to fully engage in a keto diet, if you so choose. The point of the Keto Diet Reset is to reset your eating habits, give your metabolism a boost and see if this is something you want to further engage in. No more or less.
I entered the Mama Be Strong 21 Day Wellness Reset Challenge intending to get stronger. That was my fundamental goal: to be stronger, physically, spiritually and to have a more conscious approach to my food/fuel and eating. I chose to follow the The Keto Reset Diet because it seemed well-thought out, I liked the smarts behind it, and oh, recipes!
What I noticed:
- I did get really tired in the beginning of this. The fatigue eased though and I found myself way more clear-headed than usual, with a renewed sense of energy.
- I did not crave carbs or sugar. I couldn’t believe it. I really thought I was all about both, but I didn’t understand that with the addition of fats, I would become full – like really satiated – and wouldn’t particuarly want anything.
- I enjoyed a fresh take on meals and learning how I could do things differently. I don’t need – or want – carbs with every meal. I had no idea!
- Fat is fine: I learned to not be so scared of fat in food. Fat has a purpose: it really fills me up and prevents big-time cravings later.
- Keep an eye on the calories. I think it’s easy for me to go overboard with the protein and fat in this because the keto reset diet is about whole food, not calories. But after I was gaining weight, I went over to Mark Sisson’s website and he said to remember that you are still consuming calories. Keep an eye on how much is consumed of what.
- It’s expensive. I live in Hawai’i, where food is more expensive than the mainland. The recipes in this book call for a lot of expensive stuff that I wouldn’t normally buy. I did like that it was completely cutting out crap and processed foods though, so I tried to work around the expense and find solutions and substitutions for the more expensive items.
- I liked it. This was easy to follow and didn’t feel like a “diet.” I was not measuring everything and obsessing over stuff. I just ate, but kept an eye on moderation in portion size. I really liked tuning out the carbs and sugar – that felt great!
Did I lose weight?
Yes, I lost 5 pounds over 21 days.
Where Will I Go From Here?
I am not feeling the need to change or do much differently.
I would like to keep the carbs and sugar out and down from my regular eating and continue to be inflexible about allowing processed food in my home. I like that.
I also like setting the great example to my kids of eating what I’ve been eating: lots of greens, lots of vegetables, protein and healthy fats. I’m not taking them to McDonald’s anymore. It’s pretty awesome.
Awesome, and also expensive. This is expensive.
One thing that was helpful to me in reframing thoughts on the expense was Marianne Williamson in her book, A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever. She states that people will talk about the expense of good food, and she counters by asking what is cheaper – a strong and healthy body in the long term or continuing with the processed crap in the short term?
So, yes. It’s worth it. I want to get my vegetable garden up soon; this $5.70 lettuce is killing me.