Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Ketogenic Diet & How It Is Helping Me Get My Life Back


Renowned as the month of purging your bad habits and grabbing the bull by the horns i.e. eating less rocky-road than usual; January seemed as though it would be as a good time as any to begin my journey to health and wellness with the Ketogenic Diet. It's exhilarating for me to say that I'm in control of my wobbly bits for once, but perhaps this has part and parcel to do with my latest read on how to 'Get Your Shit Together' with Sarah Knight, or maybe I've just found the willpower to inspire change this year - who knows. 

What I do know; is that after six years of offloading my emotions on food, I have gained five stone. FIVE STONE. I'm surprised I haven't ripped the arse out of my jeans yet, but let's not jinx it shall we. I won't lie to you when I say that I have literally tried every fad diet and intense exercise there is on the interwebs - I even tried CrossFit and without fail puked after every session (I did this for several months to). So when I landed on an article about the Ketogenic Diet and managed to watch copious amounts of YouTube videos on everyone else's successes with the trend, I knew that this was my last resort. I needed to get my life back before it was too late. 

What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

You're probably reading this because you want to know what the Ketogenic Diet is, so I'm going to do my best to summarize it for you. The Ketogenic Diet is a low carb, high fat and protein diet that turns your body into a fat-busting, fat-burning machine. When insulin levels drop you will feel the difference of an optimal body because you are now switching your fuel supply from carbs to fats. Keto has various weight loss, health and performance benefits for Type 2 Diabetes, Epilepsy, PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Mental Health and numerous Autoimmune Diseases.

Keto essentially restricts your intake of sugars and starchy foods such as; pasta, bread and potatoes (a nightmare if you're Irish and LIVE for mashed potatoes). And instead you will learn eat real, wholesome foods with selective protein, healthy fats and some vegetables for nutrients. I use the Lifesum app to track my Ketogenic Diet, as well as my water intake day-to-day. The app also suggests breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that you can easily make at home and it's a great way to get into a routine.

Ketosis & It's Symptoms

Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when your body begins to burn fat for energy, because it simply doesn't have enough carbs. During this process your liver produces chemicals which are called ketones (very sciencey). The Ketogenic Diet aims to induce ketosis in order to burn more fat - but with ketosis, there are symptoms. These include; increased ketones, weight loss, thirst, possible muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, stomach complaints, changes in sleep, bad breath, better focus and concentration. 

Basically... think of ketosis like a bad flu - it will pass. People in ketosis will experience a variety of side effects and symptoms; in my case I have thirst, weight loss, sometimes fatigue and headaches but I have better mental clarity and concentration than before.

How It Is Helping Me Get My Life Back

I'm hoping by the time you reach this part, you know a little more about the Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis and it's symptoms. But the most important thing I should mention is; how it is helping me get my life back. Let's start by addressing the elephant in the room - I'm overweight. Being overweight has had a detrimental effect on not only my mental health but my physical health; my knees being the worst part (if that isn't my body crying for help, I don't know what is). Since starting the Ketogenic Diet, I have dropped a total of 12 pounds - that's 12 pounds less than I used to haul around with me, or cram into suck in suits when I want to wear my favourite Jack Wills dress.

Being on the diet has helped me understand food and how it effects my body. It's taught me what I should and shouldn't eat, but also taught me that moderation is key. I can still eat a piece of rocky-road without worrying about the ramifications of weight gain, because I know when to stop. The Ketogenic Diet has given me a thirst for life - I no longer shy away from clothes, such as my Topshop jeans that haven't buttoned up or zipped since January 2018 (goodbye tummy). 

To condense it down; the Ketogenic Diet has given me my confidence back and I'm excited to see where the journey to wellness will take me.

Have you tried the Ketogenic Diet before? What are your thoughts. 
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Rebecca Ellis
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  1. I've been reading about the Keto diet and I would like to try it. I'm only concerned about the symptoms because I already have a stomach issue so I don't want to add any other health problems. Thank you for the insight into the diet. :)

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    1. If it's something that you're interested in definitely speak to a professional, especially if you have tummy problems already. I found that some foods really upset my tummy before, but since changing to keto I rarely bloat or feel sick x

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that you've found a diet that works for you and that you're able to keep up. I'd be interested to try the Keto diet and see if it works for me but I don't think I could go more than a day without carbs. Maybe, I could try it for a day and feedback to you on how I found it

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. I can safely say that I'm actually really grateful I stumbled upon it, it's changing my life daily! Cutting back on carbs is a hard sacrifice to make, but I really want to put me first this year and the keto diet just so happens to be a tool in the process of achieving that haha! x

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  3. I'd never heard of that diet before reading your post but it's really interesting!
    You should be proud of what you've accomplished so far!! Well done you but don't forget, you're beautiful x

    Anaïs | http://anais-n.com

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    1. It's still really new to me as well, but I'm glad that you've learnt something from me about it! Thank you so much Anais, you're too kind x

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  4. I once tried the keto diet but I just couldn't do it! I'm glad that it's working for you though.. 💕💕

    Eleanor | https://mxrshmallowqueen.com

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    1. It's really hard to stick to, especially since it's so strict but I'm really thankful that I've managed to get as far as I have! x

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  5. I really want to try the Keto diet this year, I think it would be really effective for me. You've done so well with your losses girl! xx

    Gemma Etc. ❤️

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it, solely because it's worked wonders for me. Thank you so much Gemma x

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  6. That's so great! I have looked at Keto diets before, but it seemed complex. Did you find it was a huge lifestyle change, or was it easy just to introduce little changes? How long did the ketosis phase last for you?

    Thanks for posting this!

    -Claire
    Nerdslikeme.co.uk

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    1. I surprisingly hadn't heard tell of it a few years ago, so it was definitely a major lifestyle change for me, just because I had to restrict my favourite foods i.e. potatoes, pasta & bread. I went completely cold turkey and used the Lifesum App to track my progress/show me what foods I was allowed to eat. Ketosis was really simple for me, I felt a bit offish for a few days, but after a week I was totally fine! I've been losing weight since the start x

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