I'm back on the wagon!
A coworker of mine lost 80lbs doing the Ketogenic diet, so I figured I'd give it a try!
Basically, you cut out all carbs, the max allotment I allow myself is 20-25g of NET carbs (carbs minus fiber) a day. Your body's main source of energy is glucose. When you stop consuming carbs your body can't use glucose for energy and it's forced to use fat for energy, aka Ketosis. Fat is more difficult for your body to burn so you end up burning more of it, even resting.
I've only been doing it for 4 days so I cannot personally attest to to results, but I can vouch for how AWESOME it's. Unlike any other plan, like weight watchers, I feel satisfied by the food I'm eating! I don't care about skipping on bread, potatoes and rice because I like what I'm eating so much more (i.e., chicken salad, cabbage sautéed in bacon, salad with goat cheese and walnuts, cheese, etc). I can really see myself sticking with this for a very long time since I've found it, honestly, pretty effortless... minus the meal prep of course!
As for weight loss, nothing significant yet. I started calorie restriction on Novermber 18th and I was 242lbs. After starting the Keto diet I went up to 244lbs (I think my body was still burning through its glucose and glycogen). This morning I was 239. So again, not a tremendous weight change, but it's only been 4 days! Next time I'm off I think it will take measurements of my arms, legs, hips and neck.
Now, you may be think "OMG ketosis is no good for you! It puts diabetics in the hospital!" This is different. This website should do a better job at explaining it then me: https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/2014/11/dka-nutritional-ketosis-are-not-the-same/
Yay! Officially in ketosis!
My dinner last night, steak with cabbage sautéed in bacon, apple cider vinegar and a touch of stevia sweetener.
The meal I packed for myself today. Leftover steak and cabbage. Salad with cucumbers, walnuts and crumpled bacon with sugar free raspberry vinegarette. Homemade chicken salad and two sugar free jellos. I work 12 hour shifts so I basically pack all my meals.
Here's the breakdown of my daily macros. Yes, this is a high fat, moderate protein and low low low carb diet. I had 29g of carbs, but of those 7g were fiber... so 23 carbs for the day!
Any other low carb/no carb dieters out here?
Any success stories?
Anyone want to share a recipe?