I recently made a lifestyle change, deciding to adopt the Keto way of eating. I’m super excited to start this journey and I can’t wait to share my weight loss and health-improving results with you, along with some delicious recipes along the way!
I’ve been a big girl literally all my life. I’ve never been thin or average or considered to be “carrying an extra few pounds.” I’ve always been straight up overweight, obese, and for most of my adult life, considered morbidly obese by physicians.
I feel very lucky to not currently have any health problems. I’m sure that some doctors would be surprised by that fact. My blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and hormone levels are all within normal levels, but I know that if I continue to sit by and not do anything about my health, that could, and likely will, change at any given moment.
Plus, my husband and I have discussed having another child and it’s something that we’d like to have happen within the next few years. My doctor told me that we’ll have a much better shot at conceiving and experiencing a healthy pregnancy if I lose weight first. Those are reasons enough for me.
I’ve tried virtually every diet and weight loss program and the same thing held true through all of them. I lost a little weight, the most being between 40 and 50 pounds, but I always end up gaining it back within a year’s time.
This time will be different.
I came across a post on Facebook post that referenced the “keto diet.” I had never heard of the ketogenic diet before so I joined a Facebook group full of women who supposedly swear by it. I was literally amazed at the before and after photos that some of the ladies were posting. Talk about wow!
So, what is the keto diet?
The ketogenic diet, or keto for short, is a low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat way of eating. In simple terminology, it changes the way your body gets its energy. Instead of getting it from the carbs you eat, it forces your body to burn fat.
The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones.” This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar).
Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose, or ketones.
On a ketogenic diet your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. Insulin levels become very low and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, like for example less hunger and a steady supply of energy.
When the body produces ketones it’s said to be in ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting – not eating anything – but obviously it’s not possible to fast forever.
A ketogenic diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast. — www.DietDoctor.com — A Keto Diet for Beginners
I perused the keto Facebook group that I joined for quite some time to see if it was something I thought I could do. After seeing pictures of everyone’s food and before and after comparisons, I decided to stop being content with my life and my extremely high-carb diet, knowing that I deserve better.
I have a lot of weight to lose, and there’s no better time to start than now.
As I go through my keto journey, I’ll be posting about my struggles and successes, and I’ll also be posting the delicious recipes I try. I’d like to encourage you to follow along with me if you’re considering trying the keto diet or if you’re currently on keto yourself and are needing some inspiration and recipe ideas.
Post a comment if you have any questions or if you are currently on keto. Let me know if you need a keto buddy! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy seeing my transformation and the delicious low-carb foods that I’ll be eating along the way!