Keto Diet: The Start of a Journey to Get Fit..

in #health2 years ago

I've been struggling to turn my life around this year.. I told myself that I would get on top of it after we finished the big move, but that was nearly a month ago.. So I reset the lifestyle change for when I got a new job. That was two weeks ago..

This past weekend it all came to a head with a sub-par half marathon performance.. I have done about a half a dozen half marathons by now, but this one was the worst, in terms of time and fitness.. im out of shape.. I saw a picture of myself from the run.. one of those.. oh crap, that's not really how I look right? types.. I have to admit that I've been letting myself go lately.

Well, it's time to tighten up the ship..(and the belt).. Starting today, diet and fitness are going to be bumped up priority wise.. Today, I'm going to begin a Keto Diet!


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I know, I know, I may be late to the game, but better late than never, right?

While there are TONS of diet and weight-lose plans to choose from, I've heard good things about the Ketogenic Diet and a book I started reading, Why We Get Fat.., seems to support that evidence.

"What is the Keto Diet?"

So basically your body needs to burn fuel for energy. It's go-to for that is typically the carbohydrates that we get through a lot of our food like bread, rice, etc. When the body doesn't get enough carbs, or burns through all the available carbs, it will switch over to burning glucouse which our body stores as fat.

The Ketogenic Diet severely limits the amount of daily carbohydrates you are allow to consume, instead it promotes getting you caloric intake through protein and healthy fats.. Here's a visual breakdown of the ratios:


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yes, that's right.. to lose weight on this diet, you must consume MORE fat... But fat has traditionally gotten a bad rap in the food & healthy industry do to marketing. It's easy to blame fats for making people fat, but that's not how it works at all. Monosaturated fat, or animal fat, it's actually a vital step in helping the body stay lean while feeling full. The Obesity Epidemic has been a result of an overabundance in energy-rich carbohydrates..

From an evolutionary standpoint, our bodies (and brains) are conditioned to seek out carbs as a vital source of fuel. However, historically, finding such energy dense food was scarce (think finding a hive full of honey) and the energy gained from these treats had to be carefully weighed against the energy exerted to obtain it.

In the modern world, the elements found in traditionally energy rich carbs have been refined to base elements and added to almost everything we eat. MSG, salt, sugar.. these ingredients are added to nearly every packaged item you can find on the shelf at your local supermarket. The food industry has hacked our evolutionary drive that still seeks out these elements, and ramped up production. They have also made it a LOT easier for us to obtain.

Rather than going on a 7-day hunt, we can get on the phone, or online and have an energy-overloaded meal delivered to our doorstep.


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When your body has an over-abundance of energy, it causes a production of insulin, which takes the excess and stores it for later use in fat cells.. it will keep doing this over and over again and we balloon in size.. there's a whole lot more we could go into about why we get fat, but you get the idea.

When you aren't burning carbs for energy, as mentioned earlier, you burn glycogen which results in Ketone production in your liver. At that point you are said to be in Ketosis.. this is an ideal state for weight-loss because now your body is actually using those stored fat cells for energy.

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[I actually ordered these a week ago, they came today!]

"How Can I Know if I am in Ketosis?"


Well, aside from visiting a doctor or purchasing an expensive blood testing kit. There are a wide range of Ketone Test Strips available on the market. They vary in price and accuracy, so do your homework before purchasing, but they can test your urine for traces of ketone production in the body, thereby letting your know when you are truly in ketosis.

I'm not going to lie, it is all very intimidating. I will do my best to follow the diet, but it's definitely made me aware that I need to be more aware when eating.

what about you? What are your experiences with dieting and weight-loss? What works/doesn't work for you? Please share in the comments below!

Until then.. stay savvy! 😎...

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Not personally a fan of keto, it's a survival mechanism, not a lifestyle. IMO the only thing it's good for is epilepsy.

However if you are in a calorie deficit you will lose weight. Good luck with your journey!

I hear it's also good for diabetes. But you're right, the more I'm finding out about it, the more it seems like low carbs is the most important thing.. I'm planning on using keto as a rough outline for dietary decisions.. im not going to punish myself though or go into starvation mode just to shed a few kgs.. Thanks for your input and support! 🙂

The only time keto works for diabetes is when it's low calories, any low calorie approach can be beneficial short term for diabetes management. The only approach that reverses diabetes type 2 without unhealthy restriction is a whole foods high carbs approach. This is because higher fat diets literally coat your cells with fat which in turn makes it harder for carbs to make it into the cells, this means the same amount of insulin can't do it's job to varying degrees, prediabetes / diabetes.

I'm not a fan of low carb, but I do know some people who are plant based and low carb and they say it works for them.

Hi Striderpunk

While I am not a fellow Keto lifestyler, I am a fellow low carber, and coach.
I would just like to pass on some info on the keto sticks. I see this often, and the disappointment with these sticks are a daily occurrence.
The best way to check yourself is using a blood glucose meter. They are more accurate and doubles up to see what you meal did for you, or not. Here is SA the sweet spot reading is 4.4, and checking after meals also helps you to make sure you do not spike your blood sugar levels. It is wonderful to see these healthy lifestyles reaching far and wide.

Here's a link to my story
Coach lost 67kg (147lbs) on LCHF

Warm greeting, Coach Ilze

Hi @coachilze Thanks for your insight! To be honest, the strips are a bit intimidating. It's confusing and awkward.. of course I'm not in ketosis, but I'm also not pregnant.. I think 😂😂

But joking aside, I am mostly leaning towards reducing carbs, from what I read about weigh-lose and healthy dieting. That's the main reason I chose keto, so I guess I'm not a die-hard keto lifestyler. I will look into your story. 67kg is quite the feat!

👍 Congrats and thanks for your support and advice! 👍

I nearly chocked now hehehehe!!!!
OMW, I never even thought of it that way.

Well done on your changes, it's great to see people (not overweight) still looking into getting even healthier.

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