We are told to eat low fat, lots of fruit and vegetables, some grains and a little meat/fish. We need to eat less and move more. Yet despite this advice we are seeing more and more obesity, more and more heart disease, more and more type 2 diabetes. We are seeing an increase in cancer, parkinson’s, dementia and alzeheimers, what is going on?
In America in 1980 the cases of Type 2 diabetes among adolescents was zero, in 2010 it was 57,638, since the 70s we have been told avoid saturated fats, red meat eat more whole grains, vegetables and pulses. If we are doing this and getting fatter and fatter, sicker and sicker, isn’t it time to do something different?
So what is a ketogenic (keto) way of eating, you might ask. To put it simply it is a high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate eating regime. When you reduce your carbohydrate intake to very low levels and keep the protein moderated, the body has to produce ketones for energy. Your body changes from a glucose burning machine to a fat burning machine. If you take in less fat than your body needs each day, then the body will start to use up the fat stores. Fat should be 70-80% of your daily food intake. WHAT? I hear you think 70-80% how can that be? More to come on this subject.
I have often defied convention so this step is not new to me, inspiring others in a blog is new to me. So I am doing the opposite of convention, I am eating a high fat, no fruit (except a few berries every few weeks), some veg and moderate protein. I eat when I need to and when I need to satiate my desire and hunger.
My weight loss since June 2017 has been slow and that is because I wasn’t really doing keto. I was just cutting down on my carbs. Until January I didn’t know that the body needs to be in ketosis to start burning the fat, reducing sugar in the blood and start healing the damage that has been done to my body over the years.
I have started this blog for the next part of my journey, as I learn to be in ketosis, teach myself what works for me and experiment. Partly I am doing this for myself to keep me on track and accountable. I would like to inspire others to take up a regime which flies in the face of what we are told is healthy, to help peri and post menopausal women take control of their weight; reduce blood pressure; reverse or avoid diabetes; reduce the likelihood of Alzheimer’s and dementia and I would like to think that we might see a reduction in cancer.
This way of eating is not for everyone but if I can inspire someone, then that is fine for me. It will also keep me learning and researching. I am really excited about starting this blog and I hope you like it. Tell me what you like, what you would like to see more of, what you would like to see that isn’t being covered already.
Each week I am going to update you on my weight loss, my challenges and successes.
So In June 2017 I weighed my heaviest (other than when I was pregnant with twins) at 231.8 lbs on the 3rd February 2018 I hit my second weight goal - another 5% reduced.
I had been struggling to get into ketosis and that is because there is no set way of doing it. It is very much trial and error and seeing what works for you. In the middle of March I managed to get into ketosis but quite low levels. On the 22nd March 2018 I hit my weight reduction of two stone (28lbs).
I am going to write what I am doing and test what makes a difference. I have to find my way of getting keto adapted. My goal is not just to reduce another 5% of my body weight but to become healthier; avoid high blood pressure; avoid type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. If I can inspire you to get healthy, reduce weight whilst not feeling deprived or hungry then I will consider that a success.
Being healthy means eating freshly cooked foods, not processed foods. So for the moment I want you to consider if taking a bold step, to better health and maybe even weight loss, is for you. For this week write down your goals and why you want to achieve them. If you are happy to you can share them in the comments.