With every New Year comes the inevitable New Year’s resolution. One of the most popular of these is the vow to clean up the diet, eat healthier and hopefully drop a few pounds along the way. In order to provide my clients with real evaluations I test every new cream, treatment and diet trend out on myself. The day after Christmas, I started the trending ketogenic diet.
The basic idea behind this diet is that you convert your body from burning carbohydrates to using fat as your main fuel source. This means eating more fat. Lots of fat. Lots and lots of fat.
If you look at my normal food intake, you would probably say that I’m a very clean eater. I track my macros, and in the past, have always been able to tweak what I’m already doing to drop weight. This diet was a complete departure for me, and I fully committed to it just to see what would happen.
The most interesting thing for me was that I never got the “Keto Flu”. I think this is probably because I don’t eat a lot of refined sugar or processed carbs, so the purge wasn’t so bad on me. I did feel less mentally sharp. I know this will happen when you diet, but this was different. It felt bad. It wasn’t craving or hunger related. It just made me feel less capable of functioning at my normal mental ability.
I also found that I didn’t enjoy eating all that fat. It just felt wrong. I recognized that it would not be sustainable in the long run. It’s not a diet that you can put to work out in the real world. It takes a lot of in-home prep, which is normal on a restricted diet – but to create a ketogenic lifestyle, it seems a bit consuming.
I lost a pound. That’s all. It was a painful pound to lose. After diving into the ketogenic diet, I am positive it ‘s not for me. I prefer a rounded, heathy diet that keeps me feeling good and holds the scale in check. I went back on my regular diet and dropped two pounds in the first four days. The results speak for themselves.
That being said, I understand the therapeutic use of this diet for certain medical conditions and that it can be a vital part to health for people meeting specific criteria. If your doctor tells you that the keto diet is best for your individual medical needs, as always, follow his/her advice.
I feel that the solutions for managed health and wellness through diet can be summed up with eat lean, eat green, and eat clean. There is no mystery. If you are eating wholesome healthy foods in the right amount, you are going to see your health improve. Be good to yourself in a way that’s sustainable each and every year. That’s a resolution we can all live with.
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