The Crappy Keto Run-down

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or expert at all. This is what has happened for me, and here are the places where I got a lot of information when I first started out:

This Video
Ruled.me
Reddit.com/r/keto
Healthful Persuit

I started the keto WOE last year with my partner to deal with his allergies to gluten and a few other things that were causing digestive issues. We did really well at it, and kept it up until we went overseas, where we both indulged, and came back a bit more bloated than expected.
I got back into it as soon as we returned because I was enjoying the feelings of digestive comfort, clear-headedness, and of course the weight loss.
Let me tell you though:
It can be rough. Especially the first few days when you get into ketosis.
The “keto flu” gets talked about a lot, and people complain a lot about early days in ketosis. I’ll discuss the “keto flu” in-depth in another blog post.

I thought I might start a little series documenting the stages of ketosis, and since I’ve started by getting back into ketosis after getting back from holidays, I can also document how I’m going, while also discussing many common topics brought up by keto beginners.

Currently I am on day 8 of being back in ketosis. Thankfully, I had been in ketosis before, so my body was able to get me back in quickly.

Weighty Stuff:

I started 9 days ago, and my weight started at 74kg (post holiday bloat).
By day 2, I had dropped almost 1kg of water weight, and 9 days in I have lost a total of 2.8kg.

Training:

I have had a lot of time to train lately, and have made myself a pretty intensive workout schedule while I’m so free up.

The Schedule:
Gym 6 days per week. Around 40 mins running, arms, back, chest, shoulders, core, legs, glutes and I’m also working on pull-ups.

I noticed the first few days of being back in ketosis my training suffered, as it does for most! My stamina was shot and I was super weak. Unfortunately, this feeling does tend to stick around for a little while, and it depends person to person how long this might last, or if it happens at all!

The last few days I have noticed a significant increase in my stamina, and a slight strength increase. Day 6 was when things started to click into place for me in the gym, and things have been on the up-and-up since then!

Mental Clarity:

Here’s a thing that I really didn’t take much stock in when I first started keto. I assumed it was all just bunk, until I got into ketosis.
I don’t mean a week into ketosis, I mean when you’ve been peeing ketones for over a week, have acetone breath (another lovely early stages (first 1-3 months) side-effect of keto – “keto breath”), and are waking up at 6:30am without complaints or issues.
That is when you start to notice that the fog has lifted off your brain, you can think clearly and BAM! You’ve now entered that next door of ketosis!

Extra Things to Note:

  • Ketosis isn’t something you can do 6 days a week then have cheat days one day. It won’t work like that unfortunately.
    If you’re willing to be kicked out of ketosis and go back through the whole process again, go for it. But my advice is to stick with it, eat over your calorie amounts if you want to, get bunless McDonalds burgers, or deep fry something, but try to stay away from carbs if your end goal is long-term ketosis.
  • Try to stick to healthy fats. Healthy fats are the ones that will help with your brain function, give you glowing skin, and give you good amounts of energy. Stick to avocado (also a good source of fibre, magnesium, and potassium), olive oils (unheated), coconut products, salmon, brazil and macadamia nuts, tuna, chia, eggs and many more that I might expand on in another post.
  • Drink more water than you think is necessary. It’s important to do this all the time anyway, but when you’re changing up your diet, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough H2O.
  • Don’t be scared if you poop less often. I was, then I realised that you’re replacing carbs with fat in your diet, carbs take up so much more volume in your body than fat, so you’re actually consuming less food (volume / calories), so your body needs time to adapt to having less volume. So don’t fret, it will pass. 😉

In my next post I’ll discuss “Fat Adaption” and how to tell when you’re a “fat burning machine” (If any of you have listened to Leanne Vogul’s podcast you will know)

P.S. Entering shark week this week. Wish me luck.

 

 

Recapping the Day

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me)

Wednesday

I woke up late, rushed around to try to eat something and get to work on time (Wednesdays are the new Mondays). I had packed my gym bag the night before, and had some lunch ready to go, then my colleague messaged me to tell me we were getting Turkish for lunch, so then the prepped lunch went out the window (not literally, we ate it for dinner, it was delicious).
I arrived at work on time even though the traffic was literally past my house, and I took a stupid way to work thinking it would help me avoid traffic. (Note to self: don’t do that)
Had a staff meeting, then spent most of the morning debating post grad studies with a colleague.

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me):

2 scoops protein (chocolate)
Vanilla Almond milk (unsweetened)
Dash of thickened cream (1-2T)
A drop of peppermint essence

OMG this is seriously the best protein shake I’ve ever had. If you’re a fan of mint chocolate then this is going to blow your mind!

At the gym:

I got to the gym with every intention of doing legs, but they were still sore from a couple of days ago so I decided not to push it and worked my chest in stead, which was a good idea because today the ladies are feeling it!

I then did 5km running on the treadmill, and 10min on the StairMaster, whom I am currently attempting to woo so she can become my bitch.
Current goal: 20 mins on StairMaster without dying.

All in all, it was a good day!! I did things, went to the gym, and didn’t have to cook dinner!

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So now I am sitting here at work sipping on a flat white and a protein shake simultaneously (who am I?!) and hoping for as good a day today as I had yesterday.

 

Why I Eat Low Carb / My Struggle With Weight

I am on a low carbohydrate diet. Not because I am some health goddess, but because I am currently trying to lose body fat. I want to lose body fat so that I can run more efficiently. Eating low carb/keto helps me to lose body fat. Win!

My History

So, here’s a quick run-down of my history with weight, and how I ended up here.

I was quite an athletic kid up until I hit puberty when it became unladylike to be sporty, (plus I’m not a super co-ordinated person with a very co-ordinated sister that I could never beat) and I was deemed the smart and effeminate one in my family, so I stopped doing any kind of activity that wasn’t walking or reading (I know, right?).
Plus, my mum isn’t athletic, so I thought it was ok to take after her (even though she was a notorious dieter and terrible at exercising, and she always struggled with her weight).

So then I was 18, I had just returned from my student exchange program where I’d gained about 15kg and I weighed about 82-85kg. I had gained it so gradually while overseas that I didn’t realise how much weight I’d put on until I saw my family for the first time in 10 months. Their reactions said it all.

Fat me

When I got home I began eating healthier and going for long walks, and I ended up losing around 15kg’s of the weight I’d gained within a year.

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This happened repeatedly after that. I gained weight, then lost some weight, then I would end up in a relationship, and I would gain weight again. Repeat.

This has kept going until about a year ago when I decided to start focusing a bit more on being healthy not skinny. I had been a vegan for about 4 years, vego for 7 years, and it had STILL been a struggle for me to control my eating habits. I ate so many of the bad things, as well as the good things, it turned out I actually just had a bad relationship with food! No magical new way of eating was going to fix my terrible relationship with food until I started to acknowledge it.

I started eating everything again. I ate everything that I had restricted for years. But once I got over the excitement of eating everything again, I started to focus on balance, finally.

Now

A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided to try out the ketogenic diet (info here and here). It seems to be pretty controversial in the health world, but it does work. We both decided to try it to lose some weight, and to our surprise, we did!
He lost nearly 10kg by eating a diet of 60% fat 30% protein and 10% carbs. I lost 4kg by eating around the same macros and by running sporadically (in one month).
Then came his birthday, and we indulged slightly too much on the sweets and the carbs, which meant that we both stalled slightly, but we are back at it.

It’s pretty basic, and I know it’s not the most exciting, but we both seem to thrive off it. So we will keep going until we don’t feel as good eating this way anymore, and if that happens, we’ll stop.

So I obviously still weigh a lot more than I think is optimal for my own performance, but I am not uncomfortable in my body anymore, and I feel a lot more confident than I have before. I’m also a hell of a lot happier than I have been with myself before! I am also more aware of my relationship with food, and how I use it to treat my own emotional struggles.

We shall see!