Posted on October 03 2016
Wow - All I can say for the moment is wow. To be honest with you this has to be one of the most technical, strict and specific diets I have been on but the good news.....
This is Where it Started!
The Keto diet so far has actually provided me with some very pleasant challenges. With the types of foods you are allowed to eat you have to get creative otherwise things can get rather boring and bland.
Before starting the Keto Diet I was eating somewhat healthy. I was prepping my meals at the beginning of the week and sticking to it. The problem was that my meals consisted of a 200g piece of protein and a very generous sizing of Sweet potato. Like most people, I have found myself rather fond of this delicious superfood and coming into this diet I thought giving it up would be easy.
So I said goodbye to the sweet potato, goodbye to fruit, sugars and all carbs in general as the limit per day for carbs for myself was just 20grams. To give you an idea of what 20grams of carbs is, in 100grams of leek there are 15grams of carbs. So being strict is somewhat a scientific task.
Regardless of the food, then there is the Ketone monitoring that is needed to ensure the optimal state of ketosis. Those who are afraid of needles be warned!!!
One of the delights of this diet is the Bacon! Yum Yum. This makes breakfast the easiest meal of the day and my favourite. Avocado, Bacon, Sausage, Feta cheese, Halloumi, Spinach, Eggs... the list is endless but definitely the most rewarding.
For lunch & Dinner... This is where its starts to get challenging and I have had to start getting creative. You really have to limit the amount of protein that goes into both lunch and dinner as to much protein can have a massive effect on your ketone levels. A few of my recipes so far have been quiet creative and I have started to fall in love with cooking again. The silky science of chemistry is very much involved to get the protein, carbs and high fats right but also the flaovour in any diet is also important. So far my favourite 3 meals are;
- Chicken stuffed with fetta wrapped in bacon, baked with and cabbage and broccoli stir fry.
- Baked Meatballs stuffed with Halloumi, a homemade sauce with sautéed vegetables.
- And my new favourite. Australian Sushi - Lightly Fried asparagus and Halloumi, wrapped in bacon and fillet steak. SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!
On to the Monitoring;
This has to be done at least daily. This involves stabbing yourself with a medical needle and placing your blood into a ketone monitor. This is by far the best way to test for Ketones as the piss strips are rather inaccurate.
As for my energy levels, wow, these have taken a significant dip over the past few days which definitely shows that the body stores are being depleted. This is normal when in a diet of this magnitude as your'e starving your body of sugars and carbs usually what your body is used to.
Now for the Good stuff: Weight/Fat Loss.
One of the important things to watch out for on this diet is muscle loss, so a drop in weight is not always a good thing. The weight training must be kept up to at least maintain muscle mass. Ok Ok I've made you wait long enough. So far I've lost 4kg in 3 weeks and although i don't have any current pics to post i have lost a considerable amount of body fat around my trunk. So it is working!!
For that start it is proving to be a very tough diet but things are going well so the future will tell.
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