Let’s talk about the Ketogenic Diet

After completing the 40 day egg fast, I decided I needed to get on a plan that I could easily follow.

My downfall for the most part, has been lack of motivation and lack of food choice.

In my previous weight loss attempts, I would eliminate a lot of the food groups, to the point where I did not enjoy what I was doing. It was depressing and I was constantly hungry.

The Ketogenic diet offers a lifestyle where you can enjoy some of the good things in life. In my life for example, cheese is one of those things I enjoy, and in this diet I can have it, so it’s a plus and it makes it a whole lot easier because I am happy.

So what is the Ketogenic diet and how does it work?

Simply put, it is a low carb, low sugar and high protein and fat diet.

Basically when we consume lots of carbs, our bodies produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is a lot easier to burn as energy and therefore our bodies burn it as our primary energy source, meaning that the fats which are not being used are being stored instead.

Ketosis happens when our food intake is low enough, to force our body to burn the stored fat for survival.

The Ketogenic diet is not about starving yourself however and it is not about counting calories. It is losing weight, through a well maintained metabolic state that is starved off carbohydrates.

What can I eat?

Eating a lot of fat is going contrary to what we have been painstakingly driven to believe, but it works.

70% of your diet is made of healthy fats. This includes avocados, olive oil, butter, bacon, coconut oil etc. Avoid anything that says skim or low fat on it.

25% is your protein. Meat, fish, eggs, and full fat cheese and creams (no milk)

5% is your carbs. Most of these should be made up of green vegetables and nuts. Avoid pasta, rice, sugars, grains and breads.

In the 6 weeks I have been on it, I have dropped a size in pants and that is with minimal exercise. I highly recommend it if you are trying to lose weight, as it is one of the easiest diets to follow.

Below, you can see a list of the things you are allowed to have and what to avoid.

Stay tuned for meal ideas and updates on my weight loss journey! I have taken before and during pictures but I am a bit too terrified to share yet!

xx Tina

As seen in Low Carb Alpha

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