For the past two weeks, I have been working on getting myself into this strange thing called ketosis and learning about the “keto diet”. I have experimented with the diet in the past but had zero results, leading me to know that there had to be more to the diet that what I was doing at the time. The last time I did it, I was doing it through Chalene Johnson’s diet beta test group (which has now become her 131 Method – 131method.com) and was resistant to do a diet like that at the time as it also focused on intermittent fasting, something I am still not sure I 100% believe we need to do for more than 12 to 13 hours to reap the benefits and her diet called for longer (I love her by the way). Long story short, I needed to come and find “keto” in my own time after many podcasts, discussions and school learnings.
Ironically, a few days after starting the diet on my own, my nutrition class was assigned a project on popular diets and I was (thankfully) assigned Ketogenic. I wanted to share the slides I created as I think they will give a quick highlight into the diet and start a conversation as to whether or not this diet might be right for you. The link is the presentation (its simple as I am not very tech savvy but the information is important).
So you may be asking now whether or not it is right for you? All I can say is you don’t know until you try. That’s my life philosophy. Diets and life in general, is not one size fits all. We each have different genes, allergies, food likes and dislikes, etc. If it is something that interests you, I am happy to provide help down the road as I have had one poor experience and one that I haven’t decided yet but the studies of the benefits of this diet are out there – so it might be worth trying, even for a short amount of time.
As of right now, I do not think I have had any weight loss but I also think I have only been in ketosis, two weeks in, only 3 days (the last 3 days). It is tough for someone who works out like I do to get into ketosis but I have all the classic signs of extreme muscles soreness (no more glucose for fuel and recovery post workout), thirst, and mental clarity. I am giving it another full week to see how things go. I think at minimum we should always give things a 3-4 weeks for the body to adjust, keeping in mind it didn’t take a week to build what we are, it wont take a week to fix it.
I will do a status update after next week …and maybe share a few of my favorite products and eats to help you along the way. Reach out if you have tips and tricks too – I love learning from you all!