Welcome back, Keto, oh how I have missed you!
Back in January, Hubby and I went on the Keto Diet together. It worked well for us, but we took different approaches. Hubby was looking to lose his winter weight, and therefore set a time limit on this style of eating. He arbitrarily picked the end of April, because he desperately missed beer and he was going to celebrate his weight loss success at a Cinco de Mayo party.
I, on the other hand, was looking at this as a lifestyle change. I do NOT do well on carbs. I bloat, gain weight, feel sluggish, get all brain foggy, and binge on ALL the white foods. ICK! All of that disappeared while on Keto.
Then it all went to hell in a hand basket for me, because Hubby loves to cook and I do not. So, I fell into my old pattern of eating all the deliciousness he was serving up which included bread, pasta, rice … AND all my carb symptoms came rushing back.
So, I am adding the Keto puzzle piece back into my Life Design Jigsaw. Just thinking about it, I feel better already.
If you have not done Keto, you are likely wondering what all the hype is about. Is it the diet fad du jour? Does it work? Is it sustainable? What is involved?
Well, for my innately curious peeps, I shall share my Keto journey with you. Starting in this post with what the heck is it?
What is Keto?
Keto is short for ketogenic, which means forming or able to stimulate the production of ketone bodies. Say what?
Our body transforms carbohydrates into glucose, which is an easy fuel source for our body. When I was a wee young thing, I could eat all the carbs in the world, and not gain an ounze nor impair my energy levels. By my forties, brain fog set in. By my fifties, weight gain set in; I have gained almost 20 lbs in 5 years. Fuel through carbohydrates no longer works for me.
When you dramatically reduce the number of carbohydrates consumed, your body goes into the metabolic state of ketosis. It switches to burning fat, instead of glucose, as fuel. Your liver converts fat to ketones. The ketones then supply energy to your brain. Win-win. Fat gets converted instead of stored and my brain gets fed.
What is the ‘diet’ part?
First let’s deal with the word ‘diet’ since it has a nasty rep. The original definition of diet simply means the food you habitually consume. It is part of your lifestyle. Unfortunately, it has now evolved to mean something you do to lose weight.
Keto is a lifestyle choice. Weight loss may be an effect of it. Many people choose to eat this way maintaining their weight, because it makes them feel so dang good.
There are several variations of Keto, but to keep it simple right now it boils down to the following:
- 60% – 75% of calories from fat
- 15% – 35% of calories from protein
- 5% – 10% of calories from carbs
To kick start the whole process, the goal is to keep your carb intake to about 20 grams per day.
But, what about …?
And this is why you are my peeps, your curious brain is churning with questions. I promise to keep providing information as I journey along this Keto Path.
I also know you have to get those questions out of your head, if you are anything like me. So, feel free to ask them in the comment section. I will make note of them to ensure I answer them in my posts.
If you have any experiences with Keto yourself (past, present) I would love to hear your thoughts as well.
Stay curious, my lovelies!
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