Why we are going on the Ketogenic Diet for 2 weeks.
Since ‘righting’ my iron deficiency anemia, I’ve gained 25lbs in just 4 months. OUCH!
I have a muffin top that just won’t go away no matter what diet style I’ve tried these past few months.
Shawn has been eating super good for 6 months and running every day. He isn’t losing any body fat or weight either.
We believe that we have two problems:
- We are at those ages (42 & 46) where our bodies just don’t jump back as easily with some simple diet and exercise tweaks.
- We need to shock our systems and kick out all sugars that are causing our fat stores to increase or at least not be burned/used by our bodies.
We’ve done this diet before. It’s not easy. There are NO CHEATS. No just having a nibble of something off the plan. Once you deviate you have to start all over.
So, if you are going to do this diet then you have to COMMIT.
No half assing it.
It’s been about 8yrs since we’ve done it so I had to refresh myself on the do’s, dont’s and foods allowed and not.
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
A ketogenic diet (or Keto diet) is a low carb diet. When you follow it, your body will produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy.
You might have heard of it as the Adkins diet, ketogenic diet, low carb diet or low carb high fat (LCHF). They all require you to enter a state of Ketosis but each is slightly different.
When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy and will be chosen over any other energy source.
Insulin is produced to process/handle the glucose in your bloodstream, by delivering it around your body. Since the glucose is being used as your primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. i.e. My Muffin Top!
Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy.
By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as Ketosis.
Ketosis, when you are truly in it and don’t cheat or stray, absolutely works. We drop weight and fat quickly and feel full of energy.
If you are struggling to reach a new plateau or nothing else is working for you, try it.
We are committing to 2 weeks starting today. Just Shawn and I. The kids are sticking to their own plans that are working for them.
Here are some resources I found that are great guides to use and follow:
This is a great list of NO Foods that you need to Avoid. It’s great to know what you should eat but it’s also great to know what to stay away from.
This site has a COLOR CODED list of foods that you CAN eat so it’s easy to follow as well.
Also, there are little Keto Strips that you can use to see where you are ketosis wise. Are you in the zone? Close? Halfway there? It’s really nice to have a measurable guide.
I will post updates as we go on our Facebook Page. Follow us and our Journey.