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Keto Diet 101

Keto Diet 101

Alright guys, so I get A LOT of questions about Keto. What it is, how it works, but mostly just a bunch of compliments of how awesome my hubby looks after losing over 50 pounds in 9 months! I am no doctor, nor a scientist, however I am my husband’s personal Keto chef and I will share what I have learned. Keto is short for ketosis, and the wiki definition of ketosis is….

 

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Generally, ketosis occurs when the body is metabolizing fat at a high rate and converting fatty acids into ketones.

 

In non-dictionary terms, it’s a high fat diet, different from a low carb diet, although it is that too. Not to be confused with Atkins or paleo, they are not the same.

 

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This next bit of information I am sharing is from my husbands own personal experience with ketosis, everyone else’s could be different. It takes awhile for your body to enter ketosis, initially you will lose weight, around 10 pounds or so in the first week to 10 days. This is mostly your water weight and bloat from the carbs you’ve been eating. After that initial weight loss you will plateau, this is the frustrating part, for my husband it lasted about 2 weeks. Now if you can make it through those 2 weeks keeping on the diet your body will start to burn fat, and fast. You have the choice of how many “net carbs” you want to stay under in a day, 50 is the general rule and that’s what my husband strives for. Net carbs are the carbohydrates in something minus the fiber. If you have a food label close by, give it a look. You’ll see under carbs it’s broken down into fiber and sugar, fiber is good, sugar is bad. Take this one for example, 8 carbs but 3 grams of fiber = 5 net carbs. Once you’ve set your goal, usually 50 or under, the hard work can start. I’m not gonna sugar coat it for you guys, carbs and/or sugar are in pretty much everything. One big thing you will have to give up to be on the Keto diet is fruit. I kid you not, one single mango is over 50 carbs. That’s your entire days worth! Vegetables on the other hand you can work with. I told my husband from day one I would support this diet, but I wouldn’t let him give up eating veggies. Vegetables, especially at dinner time with 3 small impressionable young children were non negotiable. That being said, you can eat a lot of veggies no problem. The most popular one probably being the zucchini, this is a staple in keeping his cooking streamlined with our own. Now another key to the Keto diet is ketones, you can get these naturally in coffee, avocado, dark chocolate and most protein. They also have boat loads of supplements. That’s not the route my husband chose to go, he does however love his Keto Bomb coffee. Keto Bomb does contain a lot of ketones and will help to jump start the process if you’ve taken some time away from the diet and want to get back into it. We are a coffee drinking household and Keto Bomb has been a lifesaver. No sugar, no creamer, no problem! If you miss the creamy aspect of your coffee, ready-whip is VERY low in carbs. I may or may not be proud of the fact that our baby knew what the sound of the whip cream can meant before he could even walk. Now the bad news about the Keto diet is, no cheat days. Once you carb load you’re out, that being said it can easily be gotten back into especially after your body has been in ketosis before. The process of getting back into ketosis will usually take at least 48 hours, and when off Keto, a bit of the water weight/bloat does come back. However, now the good news!! The research on Keto is phenomenal, like fixing cancer, diabetes, chronic pain and mental health issues phenomenal. I’ve seen first hand the positive effect being in ketosis can have, more energy, positive attitude, substantial weight loss and a clearer mind. Like I’ve said before, I’m not a doctor or scientist, do your own research, I know we have and I can tell you it’s mostly positive. The only real downfall is with Keto being a relatively new diet there’s not a lot of long term research. I hope that all made sense and cleared up some common questions you guys have. If not ask away and I’ll do my best to answer them, or forward them on to my much wiser Keto knowledged hubby. If you do decide to take the Keto plunge let me know, I’ve got LOTS of tips, tricks and recipes to make it all a lot easier!

 

For anyone interested, the picture is a turkey burger recipe I have been working on, but not yet perfected yet. The picture sure was pretty though! Expect this recipe soon.

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