I couldn’t figure out why, when I ate a really good diet I couldn’t lose weight. I didn’t eat a lot of junk food, didn’t eat cakes, desserts, chocolate, biscuits or pies or even much bread.
My diet consisted of an egg for breakfast, a healthy salad or soup for lunch and a one of a number of different healthy dinner ideas I consistently thought of.
I was on supplements to rebalance my minerals after a hair mineral analysis test showed it was pretty out of whack. If I was doing all this good stuff, why wasn’t I shifting the weight that had piled on in the last 6-7 years since menopause?
Diets made no difference whatsoever… how could that be?
I am an avid reader and googler of information in an effort to get my health and general well-being back on track. I have suffered from fibromyalgia for around 8-9 years and tried various prescriptions from my doctor. Some which helped, but all that added to my weight gain.
So, I stopped the daily medications and instead turned to taking Voltaren just when I really needed it.
This in turn had a dreadful impact on my stomach health and lead to severe acid reflux and most likely leaky gut.
I read a lot about leaky gut and about paleo and ketogenic diets.
With some apprehension, I started a ketogenic diet in the hope that this would be the thing to work where nothing before had.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
Ketogenic diets cut out grains and sugars from the diet and are essentially a whole food, non-processed food plan that incorporates moderate protein, low carbs and moderate healthy fats.
One way to quickly increase the results of your ketogenic diet journey is to rely on vegan protein sources and vegan foods, more than animal products. This combination can work exceptionally well for most people!
Wow! I quickly realized this was going to work for me and make the diet changes I needed. I lost 2.5kgs in the first week which really blew me away. To get the scales to budge at all previously was a mission.
After the first few days your body goes through a detox but it wasn’t really bad then it became easy as the body adjusts to using ketones (fat) for fuel instead of glucose.
One of the benefits is that you don’t feel hungry and you lose cravings for carbs and sweet things.
13 weeks on and I have lost 12kgs and I am pleased that I am getting my old shape back. I still have around 10kgs to lose but I am relaxed and confident now that it will be achievable.
Two weeks into the program and inspired by my ability to lose weight, my husband wanted to start the diet.
11 weeks later for him and he has lost 16kgs!
Out of interest I did an IgG food intolerance test and found that I was highly intolerant to eggs, pineapple, bananas and whey protein.
Such a worthwhile test to do – as I would never have known and I was eating eggs and having whey protein in my smoothie daily!
How Does the Ketogenic Diet Benefit Your Health?
The health benefits of eating the ketogenic way have been really noticeable.
This diet reduces inflammation in the body. My fibro symptoms have reduced considerably. I no longer have sore hands, feet, knees and legs.
When I get up in the morning I can walk normally instead of hobbling to the bathroom! I am sleeping better.
My mental clarity is better.
I am not fatigued and my energy levels have increased. My digestion has improved so much – I no longer suffer with acid reflux or bloating.
I no longer look 6 months pregnant!
The puffiness in my face has disappeared. I know I will stay eating a ketogenic diet for life now. There is no going back to eating grains for me. I’m amazed how much I have learnt about food and its effects over this period.
We are just constantly bombarded with the wrong messaging about what we should be eating – even down to the ‘accepted’ food pyramid.
It is just all wrong and I have no doubt has contributed to why so many of us have issues with weight these days.
I interact with other women every day and recognize the same issues that I struggled with. It just makes me want to reach out and say – this is the answer….
There are many free online resources for eating ketogenically.
I would thoroughly recommend the Ketogenic Switch program though – It can be a little daunting knowing how to get started and how to get around any issues or concerns so to have the expertise, knowledge and the online support group in this program I think makes all the difference to making it an easy and sustainable transition.
Additional Tips for Successfully Making the Ketogenic Diet Switch
Ketogenic diets made their debut in the 1920s when they were used to treat difficult cases of epilepsy in children. After a while, they were replaced by other anti-seizure medicines. But today, it has become popular in the fitness and weight loss world as an excellent diet to lose weight fast. Ketogenic diets are easy to get on and off.
I have heard people say the following about a ketogenic diet.
- It is restrictive.
- It is too expensive.
These assumptions are both true and false, depending on your perspective. There are many things that can make the keto diet yield such surprising results. Here are the top 5 on my list:
Be Creative With Recipes
Personal research had taught me the basic science of a keto diet. So I knew that a keto diet was well-known for being a low carbohydrate diet and that it involved the body producing ketones in the liver to be used as energy.
Further research helped me create a comprehensive list of keto-complaint foods that were available in my little corner of the world/ So I saved up about fifteen thousand naira ($45, then) for the food items I needed to last me for a week. I knew I would have to improvise with the food items to come up with my own recipes.
I bought a lot of cucumbers, a large bulb of cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise and a crate of eggs.
Of course, I made sure I had different kinds of soups (vegetable soups, okra soup and egusi soup) stacked in my freezer. From time to time I invested in tiger nuts, coconuts, groundnuts and avocado pears
These healthy foods were ultimately filling and were easy to play around with. If I became hungry in between meals, I snacked on garden egg leaves and/ or garden eggs, carrots or nuts. This made the keto diet less frustrating for me.
Exercise Makes A World Of Difference
Most people I know fancy ketogenic diets because they know they can lose weight even without exercises. While this is true, there is something they are missing. A keto diet will not tone your muscles and no one wants flabby skin.
I knew the many benefits of exercises and wanted to continue enjoying them, so I incorporated a variety into my routine. I chose short, specific workout routines because I wanted to burn fat in my butt and thighs, my stomach and arms.
Of course, I included full body workouts such as jump ropes exercises. But I recommend rebounding exercises because they are short and effective full body workouts anyone can enjoy.
Once I began bouncing on my Needak rebounder, my routine felt more like fun than exercise.
The results were unique and amazing. I lost much more weight than my counterparts who hadn’t exercised. When my former boss saw me at a shop, he said, “you look like someone shaved 10 years off your age.” I smiled and thanked him.
Exercises improve blood circulation, tone the muscles and renew your body so that you look and feel younger and healthier. When you’re on a keto diet, you’ll need the exercises to help you feel energised and stronger.
Learn More: Keto Diet for Athletes
Don’t Be Scared of Fats and Proteins
Fats have been called all sorts of terrible names in recent times. But they aren’t as bad as you think. Someone once asked, “isn’t it possible to die from too much fat?” To which I replied, “Possibly. Just as you can die from too many carbohydrates.”
Too much of anything is bad for you. I was fat phobic before my keto diet and had to learn that ingesting healthy fats can help you lose weight.
Dietary fat is perfectly healthy for you if taken in the right portions. While on a keto diet, you’ll need to ingest a sufficient amount of healthy dietary fats for energy. You can choose your fatty foods from a variety of sources. I recommend avocado pears, coconut oil, tiger nuts, butter, olive oil, fish, cashew nuts, groundnuts, almond nuts, and coconuts.
You’ll also need to increase your protein intake to improve muscle recovery. There is a lot to be gained from the calories derived from your protein intake.
In my opinion, vegan protein sources are the best protein that you can find and use in your diet.
Eat a lot of meats, fish, eggs and almond milk (if you can afford it).
Further Reading: Coconut Products
Drink Green Tea and/or Oolong Tea.
Drinking green tea and or Oolong tea is a wonderful way to improve your diet. It is no secret that tea drinking increases your body metabolism. It is also an effective stress buster and mental alertness enhancer.
Both Oolong and green tea are gotten from the same Camellia sinensis plant as black tea. The difference is in the processing. While black tea is fully fermented, green tea is unfermented. The oolong tea, however, is partially fermented. I love Oolong tea for its high nutritional value.
It contains carotene, calcium, manganese, potassium, Vitamins A,B,C,E, and K.
I noticed that drinking tea right after my exercises made me feel more relaxed and mentally alert. Moreover, the tea detoxified and cleansed my system. The pores of my skin opened up and let out toxins. My skin and hair were healthier as a result. Tea drinking is one habit I continued even after my keto dieting came to an end. It has helped me keep off the weight.
Alternatively, you can try out ketocoffee. I heard it has similarly wonderful benefits as the green and oolong teas.
If you want even more results try drinking green tea before a workout to boost your metabolism even more!
Drink A Lot of Water
When your body is being starved of carbs, the body naturally stores less water. You’ll need to increase the quantity of water you ingest so that your body can stay hydrated. This is very important especially since you won’t be eating a lot of the watery fruits that provided your body with alternative sources of water.
I particularly missed watermelons, oranges, pineapples and pawpaw.
But I kept my eyes on the prize.
I noticed that when I had a headache, two glasses of water were all it took to dispel the pains.
Once you get on that keto diet, drink up.
In conclusion, don’t give up. It gets easier as you go along. But medical experts have advised against going on the ketogenic diet for long stretches of time. Three months is often the limit.
You can slowly incorporate the carbs in small portions. If you still need to lose more weight, try intermittent fasts. Intermittent fasts are healthier and just as effective.
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