There has been A LOT of talk about the ketogenic diet lately. I have to say I was intrigued. If you know me, you know I love CARBS. I love craft beer and I definitely love my weekly chips and queso. Am I right?! I’m not ashamed to say that the servers at our local Mexican restaurant know us. In fact, I made a shirt strictly devoted to my love of queso.
First I have to start with a disclosure, I am in NO WAY an expert. You should always consult your physician before starting any kind of new diet or exercise. I am simply publishing my own thoughts and research.
I started with going Keto. The thought of being able to increase my fat intake in order to burn more stored fat, sounded AWESOME! The magic all happens when your body goes into a ketogenic state. What does it mean to be in a ketogenic state? It means your body burns your fat stores to use as energy instead of using carbs as the main source. This usually results in increased energy, more focus and the thing that everyone wants…WEIGHT LOSS!
I was strictly keto for approximately 5 weeks and here is a list of my pros and cons…
KETO DIET PROS
1.) Surprisingly, I was never hungry like I had been on other diets. The higher fat content really satisfies!
2.) You lose water weight fast, and fat even faster. I lost 10 lbs in 5 weeks and saw a number on the scale I haven’t seen in over 10 years!
3.) ENERGY! I had so much energy and even better focus. I could crush my to-do list without my normal mommy brain fog getting in the way.
4.) You can find a keto way to make anything you’re craving. Thank you Pinterest!
KETO DIET CONS
1.) As I incorporated harder HIIT style workouts, I did notice an increase in headaches. Likely due to low electrolytes. I increased my sodium intake and supplemented with electrolytes, but they were hard to get rid of.
2.) For me, Keto was a great jump start to weight loss, but just wasn’t sustainable for my life. I won’t say goodbye to pizza and beer forever and didn’t want to feel guilty everytime I ate something that wasn’t keto approved. You shouldn’t have that kind of relationship with food anyways! If you feel guilty for eating something, chances are something needs to change. Keep your relationship with food healthy like the goals you are setting out to achieve!
As I stopped KETO, there were a lot of great benefits of being low carb that I wanted to continue. I’ve continue to increase my HIIT style workouts, so incorporating days of eating carbs was just what I needed. Enter CARB CYCLING. This lifestyle toggles back and forth from low carb/higher fat days to low fat/higher carb days. Honestly it seems to be the best fit for me. I am still losing weight and getting stronger, but am giving my body a better chance to recover and replenish. I currently follow 2 days of low carb and 1 day of eating higher carb. Every 6th day is a flex day where I can enjoy foods not necessarily in the plan. On my higher carb days, I choose good carbs – I still avoid wheat, but fill up on fruits, sweet potatoes and rice.