I have decided to give the Keto Diet a try. With the recent popularity of this diet we wanted to have some 1st hand knowledge of the positives and negatives of eating a high fat keto diet. There are many known benefits to a ketogenic diet, the therapeutic effects are shown to improve not only cognitive function and mental clarity, but also minimize complications resulting from:
* Multiple Sclerosis
* And even cancer!
If you are not familiar with the Keto Diet, I will be eating most of my calories from fats like nuts, oils, avocados, etc., about 70-75%, then about 20% from Proteins like meat, eggs, etc and only about 5% from carbs like greens, peppers, celery, etc. This will alter what my body will use for fuel. Normally we use glucose as a fuel source and this comes from carbs but since I won’t be eating many carbs my body will start to produce ketones to use as energy and ketones will come from fat, not just what I consume but also the fat I already have stored (hopefully). You might be thinking Atkins diet? The main difference is that the Atkins diet worked in phases, each phase adding in more carbs and also had a history of raising people cholesterol. The Keto Diet is a life style change. It does not mean you can’t have a bagel though but you will have to put your body back into ketosis, which can take 2 to 4 days.
I will be following a meal plan from Drew Manning. The 60 Day Keto Jumpstart. You may have seen him on Dr Oz or as the host of Fit2Fat2Fit TV show. I will be eating 2 to 3 meals per day mostly fats. My days will start of with a Bullet Proof Coffee or Hot Chocolate. Coffee, Clarified Butter and MCT(Medium Chain Triglycerides or Coconut Oil) Oil. The high fat content will make me feel full longer and not need to eat as often. If I feel hungry I will eat. I will be tracking my foods on My Fitness Pal to make sure my macro % stay on track but will not be tracking my calories that much. If you want to follow my daily food dairy my username is Buttahchops or use my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the side effects can be the Keto Flu. The most common keto flu symptoms are sugar cravings, dizziness, irritability, poor focus and concentration, stomach pains, nausea, cramping, confusion, muscle soreness, and difficulty falling asleep. There are ways to avoid or diminish this and I will be trying my best to avoid the Keto Flu, luckily it only should last about a week. Other side effects can be bad breath, which comes from the acetone your body creates while in ketosis. I will be keeping sugar free mints handy to help if this happens. Trust me Beth will let me know. Tomorrow is day 1 so stay tuned for my 1st update.