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When it comes to weight loss, I have EVERYTHING at this point tried: the cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet, the main cleansing (Beyoncé forced me to), Atkins, score points, juices and meal delivery. You name it, I tried it. Do not even let me start with infomercials to lose weight.
Eight months ago, I gave birth to my second child, Viviana. Together with my Viviana, 1
What I really want to "go back" is my self-confidence and ability to wear my pants without breaking holes.
So I am in a familiar area and search the Internet for a new diet . It's clear that the ketogenic diet has a moment (even Al Roker is a big fan of Keto.) I figured I'd try for 30 days and see what happened.
The Keto or Ketogenic diet is a low fat, moderately high protein, low carbohydrate diet … I speak low in carbohydrates to the utmost!
According to New York-based nutritionist Keri Glassman, only 5 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, 20 percent protein, and 75 percent fat. If you put that down to a 2,000 calorie diet, that's only 25 grams of carbs (which, thanks to my creamer, I can usually consume at 6 am.)
How can such a fatty diet actually work? ? The explanation actually makes sense: Normally, our body uses glucose (carbohydrates) as fuel. When you empty your body of carbohydrates, it becomes fat as a fuel source. This metabolic state is called ketosis and should turn you into a fat burning machine! The coming does not happen overnight, it may take several days to a few weeks.
Possible benefits include:
- Weight loss
- Appetite control
- Better mental concentration
- Increased HDL (the good cholesterol)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Nutrient deficiency
- The "Keto-Flu" (tired, irritable, sugar-addicted)  Changing to a ketogenic diet was overwhelming for me. I did not know that my whole life was about carbohydrates. Sunday pasta dinners were the norm I grew up in and I love carbohydrates – really, I love them! When I first opted for a keto, I thought I was starving because I could not eat. I'm glad to say that's not true.
Here are some keto-friendly foods:
- Fatty fish
- Full fat dairy
- Fat cheese
- Nuts and seeds
- Nuts butter
- Healthy fats like avocados
- Non starchy vegetables
The first week
I tried for 30 days with this diet. I'll be honest: These were the longest four weeks of my entire life. I've gone through every feeling you could think of.
First day of the first week was great! I was preparing to be completely miserable, exhausted, and desperately in need of carbohydrates. I was not at all day two … exactly the same! Then day three came and I was miserable. I'm embarrassed to admit that I was very, very close to stealing a bagel from a stranger's hand. And now every time I saw a carbohydrate, anger started. I tried to exercise, but had to stop heart after 30 minutes because I had no energy.
As bad as I felt at the end of this first week, when I weighed myself, I could not believe how fast the numbers started going down. I have never lost weight so fast. That was exactly the motivation for me to stay on the right path.
Let the diet work for me
In week two, I really got bored of eating, so I started looking for inspiration online and finding a really nice community. I turned to this woman Suzanne Ryan (@KetoKarma on Instagram), who lost over 100 pounds of keto. She gave me a set of recipes from her cookbook and that was a real change. I found that if I took the time to prepare my meals for the week, the chances of cheating and being bored were drastically reduced. Recognizing my weaknesses was a big change for me; Usually I just called it abandoned.
In week two, I realized how many things in my life are about food and mostly about carbohydrates. My weight loss stopped a bit during the third week and it is likely that I had some cheating days. That's the thing with keto, if you get away from it, it takes awhile for the body to get back on track.
The other thing I noticed was when I put carbohydrates into my body. I felt physically awful, and that feeling lasted a good two days. Cheating was simply not worth it on this diet.
In the fourth week I had actually lost the desire to push carbohydrates in my face from my point of view, it was a miracle! This diet was a lot bigger for me than just losing 8.5 pounds: It showed me my relationship with food, and it's not good at the moment. When I'm tired … I eat. When I'm bored … I eat. If I want to reward myself … I'll do it with food.
I realized that I often only eat to eat so as not to really feed my body and enjoy what I put in it. I've never noticed it before, but this diet was like a magnifying glass for me.
Here's the truth: I love carbohydrates too much to give them up permanently. It just is not sustainable for me. I wanted to do this to fit in my baby clothes again. And guess what I do!
More important than weight loss, I now understand my relationship with food and the changes that need to be made in my everyday life so that I am healthy and abstain from dieting once for all. In the future, I'm going to trying to adopt a low carb lifestyle, but let's be real: a girl needs a slice of pizza now and then.