I’ve been on the Ketogenic diet for about a month now and I thought I’d post about it here on my blog and you all a little update and insight to my experiences. Before I begin I feel it is only fair for me to give you a little disclaimer. I am in no way suggesting you go out and do this diet nor am I claiming to be any sort of professional with extensive knowledge. I am just a person trying to lose weight and using a method that works for me.
So here’s the sciencey bit. The Ketogenic diet is a High Fat, Moderate Protein, Low Carb diet. Eating this way allows your body to produce small fuel molecules that are called Ketones. These Ketones are produced in the liver using fat. So eating Keto changes the way your body burns fat, instead of running on Glousce the body switches to being fueled by fat allowing you to burn more substantial amounts.
Now that’s out of the way lets talk about how this month went. Firstly let me just put this out there. I am one of the fussiest eaters on earth, okay that’s a lie but I’m picky and when you start a diet all you think about are the things you can not eat. My first thought was fudge I can’t eat pasta or pizza or ice cream my favourite foods on this earth. Then I started to panic and question where on earth am I going to eat all these healthy fats from, how is one supposed to do this?
Let me just break it down. On a daily, I try to consume 1200 calories. I know a lot of people on keto don’t really count their calorie intake but I like to, however, that being said if I go over by 100 calories or I stay below it’s okay too as long as I am not hungry we are good. I count my macros, that mean macronutrients so I like to know how many carbs, how much fibre, how much and protein in is food I eat. I use my fitness pal but you can use whatever apps or sites you prefer to track your macros. I have personally found that if I set myself a goal of eating 65% of fats, 25% protein and 10% carbs daily, it is not as daunting and it’s something I am able to do. Here is a little example of what my typical day looks like!
So you can see I always no matter what eat more fats than anything else because I do not want to eat too much protein as that can, in turn, can be turned into glucose and we do not want that!
I always struggle with ideas on what to eat because you have to cook for yourself there is no easy way out. Eating halal makes this diet slightly harder just because you can’t really go out and buy sausages, bacon or burger patties. You have to make everything at home so it does get time-consuming.
In the start, I always used to have Bullet Proof Coffee so that coffee with butter and some coconut oil. Not my favourite thing to have but I wanted quick breakfast and I can not hack eggs first thing in the morning so bpc it is. Recently I discovered Chia seed and OH MY GOD I am obsessed like where have you been my whole life. I have a cereal type breakfast every morning and I could not be happier.
That’s the thing with this diet the longer you do it the more creative you get with your food and you find substitutes for sugary high carb foods. I even made a pizza today that was keto approved. I’m going to just insert a few meals I’ve had over the last month so you can see what I eat. But I can always do a full day of eating post or vlog if anyone wants to see what I have on the regular.
This month was a good month overall I think. I’m not going to lie and say it was perfect because what’s the point? I had three days where I was just like fudge it I want to order from pizza hut so I am and I did and I enjoyed it very much. It’s tough it really is but you just have to remember that you have an end goal and that you are doing it for you and nobody else. Sometimes trying to lose weight can be draining and so mentally exhausting. How did I get here, why did I get here? I gain weight so fast and it’s annoying so it’s nice for a diet to actually work for once.
I lost 8.4lbs this month which I think it pretty great and a step in the right direction. I can’t wait to continue this journey with all it’s up and downs and well I can not wait to hit my goal. Before I sign off if anyone wants to follow my journey on Instagram because I do tend to post more often on there about this feel free to its @kiranonketo I’d love to follow more people on that account!