Here’s One Woman’s Story on What a Keto Diet Did for Her in Just Two Months
Is losing weight by going Keto on the top of your New Year resolutions? Here’s one woman’s story on what the Keto diet did for her in just two months with all the details she shared -- one of which you will not find in all Keto-related recommendations, but could make a difference in meeting your weight loss goals.
In a recent article in Business Insider, Silicon Valley tech insider and writer Melia Robinson writes about how that a Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages meals consisting primarily of fatty foods like butter and bacon has made a big improvement on her life in just two months. The diet referred to of course, is the ketogenic diet; or as some say, “Going Keto” with their daily food choices.
Basically, the keto diet is a low carb (5%), moderate protein (20%), high fat (75%) diet that works by making your body switch from burning glucose to burning ketones for energy. In comparison, the typical American diet consists of getting about 50% of the calories from carbs, 30% from fat, and 15% from protein.
Those obesity-causing carbs—composed of sugars—are the first source of energy for your body. Unfortunately, most of us eat more sugar than our bodies can burn each day, which is then stored as fat. However, if your dietary carbs are very low (resulting in relatively very little excess sugar in your blood to wind up as fat) the liver then takes fatty acids in the body and converts them into ketone bodies (ketones) to be used as an alternate energy source. The end result is that the excess fat that is stored around your waist and other parts of the body become the targeted source for providing the body with energy it needs.
At the start of her diet, Ms. Robinson sought counsel from a physician familiar with the Keto diet and had the typical panel of tests measuring her cholesterol and fasting insulin levels. Being relatively healthy, her test results did not categorize her as someone with a medical need for undergoing the keto diet, but she decided to go ahead to discover how going keto would affect her.
During her first week on the diet, Ms. Robinson began by consuming fewer carbs as she worked out how she would plan her future meals, but did not go cold turkey to lessen some of the effects of going into sugar withdrawal. Armed with Fitbit and Weight Watchers apps, she began tracking her meals and found that when reading nutrition labels under carbohydrates, it’s ok to subtract away the numbers listed for fiber since fiber is not digestible and thereby artificially inflates the carb count.
By her second week, she was “going keto” and followed the same dietary practices of a typical keto diet with meals like the so-called “fat bombs” that consisted of cauliflower made with butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon; cheesy eggs cooked in butter with two slices of bacon; and, lunch salads made of two cups of leafy greens, an ounce of cheddar cheese, a handful of nuts, and an avocado. She found that the perk of eating these kinds of meals, is that not only will they eventually lead to your body going into ketosis, but just as importantly, she did not feel deprived of eating food that she enjoys.
A Keto-Related Recommendation that Could Make a Difference
In her article, Ms. Robinson also lets readers know that she invested in a ketone-testing meter kit that measures the presence and amount of ketones from a small drop of blood. The benefit of adding this to a keto diet routine is that it provides assurance that what you are eating is correct for a keto diet, and that you can be assured that positive results are on their way. As it turns out, going keto does not happen overnight as many mistakenly believe. It actually takes up to about a week before you’ve burned off the excess sugar reserve that is in your blood.
During her first two weeks of going keto, her ketone meter placed her blood levels at 0.4 mmol/L--a low-level state of nutritional ketosis. What was especially interesting from her ketone measuring was that after a single weekend episode where she went off her keto diet very briefly, she entered a state of reverse nutritional ketosis that was evidenced by her meter readings showing that she had slipped with food cheating and was no longer in a state of ketosis. She tells us that when that happens, it takes an average of five days for the body to use up the leftover glycogen reserves and return to nutritional ketosis once one goes back to the keto diet.
After one month continuous keto dieting, Ms. Robinson reveals that her meter readings reached a new all-time high value for her of 0.9 mmol/L, which showed that she had achieved a state of constant ketosis.
The Effect Going Keto Had on Her
It was no surprise that like almost everyone else who has gone keto, Ms. Robinson experienced some of the same sequential effects listed below that progressed over time from feeling miserable to feeling like a superhero:
• Initial headaches and strong cravings for carbs
• Leg cramps and tingling sensations in the feet
• Feeling overly lethargic after eating a cheat food
• A decrease in the need for snacking during the day
• A sense of mental clarity and energy that arrives about three to four weeks into eating keto
• Weight loss
How Does the Keto Diet Compare to Other Diets?
According to Ms. Robinson, one of the biggest benefits—aside from weight loss—when going keto is that your body and mind off of sugar is much more improved than when those pounds were taken off dieting in a non-keto way. She wrote the following testimony to the power of going keto:
“When I lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers in college, I celebrated the numbers on the scale and how my clothes fit. But because I continued to eat carbs in smaller portions, I was still prone to sugar crashes and afternoon "brain fog." The transformation was incomplete.
“The keto diet made over my mind and my body. The sense of mental clarity and energy that came on about three to four weeks into eating keto was unlike anything I've experienced. I woke up feeling strong, confident, and capable of taking on whatever the day threw at me.”
For more about the Keto diet, here are some informative links to help you decide if going keto is right for you:
Reference: Business Insider “I went on the Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages butter and bacon for 2 months — and it vastly improved my life” by Melia Robinson
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