My Keto Diet: So it has been about a month since I started the ketogenic diet.
I thought it was about time to give a little update on my progress so far.
The first few weeks
The first couple of days I started cutting down on the carbs and soon I was down to less than 20g of carbs a day. I soon experienced a very common symptom of the ketogenic diet called the ketogenic flu. Which is exactly what it sounds like; flu-like symptoms caused by your body adapting to not receiving carbs and starting to shed your glucose stores.
The Keto-flu lasted about a week for me, and wasn’t too bad. My symptoms resembled a mild flu and wasn’t too bad. I have lost about 4kg, and although my target is quite a bit more than this; I still feel very positive as I can already see my body changing. My stomach is already flatter, my face and arms are also already thinner. All of these are very positive changes.
One thing to remember when doing a ketogenic diet is that it takes approx. 6 weeks for your body to become fat-burning. Before this you are mostly losing water weight. I can’t wait for my body to reach the fat burning stage, and I’m very excited for the next changes.
Since eating so much less carbs (so much less – it is actually scary how many carbs I was eating on a daily basis) I have realized that I don’t feel the need to eat as much; especially during the day. I can go a whole day without even feeling a little bit hungry.
Another great perk is that I don’t constantly crave carbs anymore. Every now and again I would think a packet of crisps or fries would be fantastic; but it isn’t a constant nagging craving and it passes quickly. Also, whenever I happen to eat something that is higher in carbs (which happened a few times early on, especially when eating at friends or families homes) I would feel terrible, I would get nauseous. This means I don’t even want to eat carbs, making this an easy diet for me to stick to.
So far I have only experienced positive effects on this diet and have discovered that (like most experts are saying) the ketogenic diet is more than just a diet; it is a lifestyle. I can easily see myself doing this for the rest of my life, even after reaching my weight goals.
I’ll also start sharing some keto-friendly recipes that are good for the whole family (kids included) as a ketogenic diet is safe for children, and even recommend in certain cases of ADD and ADHD!
Let me know if you are interested in trying a keto diet; or if you have any other diets that are working for you?