I have recently discovered something about Keto that changed my whole perspective. It was a good reminder to me that sometimes looking at something from a different angle makes all the difference.
So I have been following Keto for about a year now. Sure I lost a bit of weight initially but I am not at the weight I’d like to be or envisioned myself to be.
I know that weight loss is down to exercise and diet. We all know this. Last year I tore my left meniscus which put a damper on any exercise for most of the year. Now I am working my way back into finding a routine. As I get older, this is getting harder to do. Time flies so quickly. I feel like I just worked out last week and it turns out it was April. That is two months!!
So last year I decided to try it. People seem to lose 30 pounds a month and you can eat bacon, right?
It was great initially. I didn’t lose 30 pounds but I did feel better. This was due to cutting out sugar, carbs like pasta and bread. You know the usual low carb thing that we all do to lose weight.
I am not insane with Keto. You won’t find me counting Macros all year long – which is probably why I am not at the weight I’d like to be.
After listening to an episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy with Dr. Mark Hyman about the ketogenic diet, I had a few realizations that have led me on a little journey of self discovery.
I felt like I was failing at Keto yet I kept at it. In the podcast they talke about having low blood sugar, being able to easily skip a meal, the mental clarity all benefits of being fat adapted.
I haven’t had a low sugar hunger pang in a year. If I ever skipped a meal before, I would have shaky hands until I ate something (and usually it would be a bad choice as I was in the hanger zone).
Then I decided to experiment with how I feel if I skip a meal. Do you know that I easily fasted up to 24 hours. EASILY. I only ate at 24 hours because I felt physically weak but I still wasn’t feeling like “I”M STARVING!!!” Interesting.
I started on 24 hour fast, then tried again with a 48 hour fast – which wasn’t as easy as the 24 hour fast but it wasn’t the worst either.
I have been curious about the healing benefits of autophagy for some time now but never thought I could fast because my experience before was trying to fast from a glucose energy state – which is torture. It’s so hard to do it from that.
The experimenting continued.
I compare 3 days of eating with some carbs added in throughout the day (mostly a variety of breads with a meal and not a lot). I wanted to see how my body reacted and of course I was sleepy, low energy, bloated (OMG I forgot about that too) and I even started noticing eczema rear its head in various places on my body. By the 3rd morning I ate granola cereal. Not because it looked good and delicious but because I felt like I needed it. I had that “I’M STARVING” feeling. Haven’t had cereal in ages.
Back to Keto after that breakfast.
So here I was thinking I was failing at Keto but actually came to the following conclusion:
I was succeeding at Keto because my body was fat adapted – converting fat for energy. I don’t experience hunger pangs, I have more clarity, more energy and I don’t wake up each morning with a bloated belly. I can easily skip a mean without it affecting my daily performance.
Just because I don’t religiously count out Macros doesn’t mean I am doing it wrong. The story I was telling myself was that I was failing at it because I didn’t have a 30 lb weight loss success story or the lean fit body that I was telling myself everyone who does Keto has. Ridiculous, right? It’s amazing the stories we tell ourselves.
I have never been more convinced than now that Keto is a great long term lifestyle for me now in my 40’s and beyond. Perhaps that will change again in the future but for right now, this is the way forward.
I would encourage you to learn more about how your body reacts and get in tune with your body. This is the time to learn how to take better care of yourself to be the strongest and healthiest version of you.