Hey loves, I’m back!
It’s been almost three years since I lost my first 25 lbs and I’ve managed to maintain my diet and that weight with a few blips along the way. But in the last few months, I found that the weight I’d worked so hard to lose, began to sneak up on me. If I had to categorize my current figure, I’d consider myself as being “skinny fat”. Haven’t heard the term? Well, my definition of this would be someone who is not exactly overweight, according to the standard, but not exactly toned either. I have a little extra jiggle in the middle, love-handles, a sagging booty and thick thighs. These things together, just about complete my body make up. And while I love all of my so-called flaws, I continue to make strides towards being my best self.
So, what do you do, when you feel like you’ve tried everything you can to lose weight? Try something new!
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
I had been hearing so much about this Keto Diet, and how people were able to lose so much weight while doing it. I’d heard the same stories before, but what got me caught up was the idea behind the diet itself.
The Keto Diet, is a high-fat, moderate protein and low carb diet that allows your body to go into “ketosis.” Ketosis is when your body burns fat for fuel instead of carbs. Most fitness enthusiasts will say you need “carbs” for energy, especially if you are exercising. However, if you’re burning carbs for fuel this means you’re not burning fat …MIND-BLOWING! The high amount of fats you consume, turn into energy which you then burn at the gym. Instead of just burning the carbs, your body begins to burn fat. Hearing this perspective just made so much sense to me. I would load up on carbs right before the gym, and I don’t mean fatty carbs either. These were of the healthier version.
Now before starting keto, I definitely did my research, as you should with any new thing. I read tons of blogs, watched videos, dived into the science pieces as well, i.e., ketosis, glucose, types of foods, etc., you get the idea. I started keto on June 11th and in my first week, I lost 6 pounds. My diet mainly consisted of avocado, cheese, bacon, eggs, coconut oil, avocado oil, cauliflower, and meat. Of these food choices, coconut oil, avocado and meat were the biggest changes. One, I’d drastically cut back on meat in recent months. So increasing my intake of it was uncomfortable at first. Two, the only avocado I liked was guacamole and avocado had never been my thing. I’m an odd one I know because people swear by avocado, but to me it was just plain. Three, I can’t stand the taste of a strong coconut flavor. It’s just disgusting! 🤮 Keto praises coconut oil as consuming it can put you into ketosis fairly quickly. Although I wasn’t new to coconut oil, because I do have other uses for it, swallowing oil and putting it into my coffee just wasn’t right y’all!
The other thing I feared was catching the “keto flu.” The keto flu is basically an electrolyte imbalance. As your body enters ketosis, it begins to need more of three specific nutrients: magnesium, sodium and potassium, which are you guessed it, ELECTROLYTES. I’d read the horror stories about this flu and how it causes nausea, headaches and fever, similar to a real flu. Not wanting to catch this sickness, I quickly researched ways to prevent it and I was introduced to bone broth. In addition to it being low carb, bone broth contains sufficient amounts of sodium, magnesium and potassium and also provides 9 grams of protein.
Net Carbs & Macronutrients
Carbs make up 5% of the ketogenic diet. To land in ketosis, the average net carbs, with “net” being the key word, needs to be under 20 per day. This is the hardest part of the diet. I’d counted calories before, but I’d never counted macros or carbs. In order to stay in this range, I used an app to help me. The app did two things: helped me stay on track and feel guilty when I didn’t stay on track. The first 2 days I struggled to hit exactly 20 carbs and went over. By day 3, 4 and 5, I was on it! Within the first few days, I started to notice that I was feeling fuller and was less dependent on food.
Intermittent fasting is the practice of fasting for long periods of time ranging from 8 hours all the way up to 16 hours. Unbeknownst to me, I had already adapted intermittent fasting in my daily routine. There had always been periods of me not eating, but it wasn’t until I actually applied the physical term to it, did I realize this was what I was actually doing. I do not suggest fasting longer than 16 hours. I do recommend eating a hefty breakfast or lunch filled with fats, light protein and low carbs. For example, bacon or chicken for protein, sliced avocado for fat, spinach and scrambled eggs with butter. Many people eat three meals a day and two snacks in between because it is what they are programmed to do. Not me, I’ve only eaten when my body tells me too.
By week two, I was on a roll, but it was a rough week. I continued to struggle with eating coconut oil and finding ways of incorporating it into my diet without gagging. Emotional issues surfaced and I’d started to get bored of bacon and avocado! Needless to say, I fell off the wagon two days in a row and I just needed the comfort food. So I guess you can say I’m an emotional eater.
Week two is also the week I got introduced to Bulletproof coffee. The ingredients in this coffee were NOT appealing, but I jumped on the bandwagon along with everyone else and decided to try it. Instead of wasting money and buying all the things needed to make this ‘genius’ coffee that I wasn’t even sure I would like and also because I’m lazy, I decided to buy it. This BulletProof, the Original Ground Coffee, was $4.99 for 12 fl oz. at WholeFoods. The taste wasn’t bad, but to keep purchasing these at $4.99 a pop would be too expensive, so I opted to try and make my own, which I did. My version doesn’t contain MCT oil, which is just an enhanced version of coconut oil, but it does contain good, old-fashioned unrefined coconut oil as noted above. Here’s my recipe:
- 8-12 oz of organic black coffee (any brand you like)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (still working on the blend because the oil floats at the top)
- 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream (I like my coffee light like my man!)
- 1 packet of stevia (still getting used to the taste)
- 1-2 tablespoons of sugar-free vanilla syrup
It doesn’t taste exactly the same, but it’s pretty good. Let’s just say that I can tolerate it, and still get the same boost of long-lasting energy, I obtained from the branded kind. Somehow during all of this, I still managed to lose 1.5 pounds.
In week three, I began to stop tracking my macros and started relying more on the kind of foods I needed. Being on keto has made it fairly easy to choose which foods to eat in order to keep me full. I also began my workouts again, because I’d all but cut back during weeks 1 & 2. getting used to the diet. I didn’t want to stress my body. There was no change in weight this week.
As I write this blog, I am entering week four. Coming off of a mini-vacation and living my life, I jumped back on keto quick, fast, and in a hurry. That’s the thing about keto, it’s very easy to start again. I decided to start tracking again until I get on an good stretch, then I will just trust my gut. I have also began utilizing new keto recipes for variety and to keep my interest up.
Was I Ever in Ketosis?
So how did I know I was in ketosis? I assumed that I was due to the amount of weight I lost during the first week. But I can never be certain because I didn’t use keto strips or take a blood test. Those are supposed to be the two most best ways to confirm your ketosis.
FINAL THOUGHTS (Is Keto Sustainable Long Term?)
Now this was completely different from what I did the first time for my weightless journey. I ate healthy, juiced and did HIIT workouts and aimed to do the same things this time around. But, I wasn’t seeing results and discovered that my body had grown immune. I needed to shake things up, wake my body up and shock the damn thing!
Following the ketogenic diet is actually fun! I feel full, I have energy and rather enjoy intermittent fasting. Will I do keto forever? Probably not forever because I love food too much. I’d be lying if I said, I will never eat french fries, mash potatoes or fried foods again. However, I do intend to stay on keto until I’ve achieved my fat loss and weight loss goals. When it’s all said and done, I just want to be healthy, live my best life and be sexy AF!
Have you tried keto? Let me know in the comments below. Until next my loves ♡0