I've tried to lose the "baby weight" for 9 years now. It just wouldn't go away. No matter what I tried. I've worked out like crazy. I've eaten "healthy" or what I thought was. Nothing worked. I couldn't get my body back. Frustrated and discouraged, I assumed it was just me getting older and that was the way things were going to be. I was tired all the time anyway. It had to just be age, right?
Nope. I was wrong. Several of my friends were having similar issues and one of them stumbled upon Keto. She had success. And then another joined in and another and another. You see where this is going. I eventually jumped on the bandwagon, and I haven't looked back.
In 3 months I lost the weight I had been trying to lose for 9 years. I feel amazing and have more energy that I have in what feels like FOREVER!
I'll try to sum it up for you quickly in this post and go into more detail in other posts soon!
Basically, the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is used for energy. Glucose (basically sugar/carbs) gives us quick energy, but it doesn't last long (afternoon crash, anyone?). Our bodies can't use heaps of it all at once so it saves some in our liver and muscles, as glycogen.
Once there is enough glycogen stored in the liver and muscles the remaining glucose turns into fat. This is the primary reason we gain weight y'all! On the flip side, if there are limited carbohydrates in the diet, the body needs to find a new fuel source: FAT. So the brain signals for the liver to convert fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. These ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as the energy source for fat instead. And that is how you achieve a state of KETOSIS!
Was that clear as mud or what?!
To explain it better I want to share with you 2 of my favorite books on living a Keto lifestyle. They are not only filled with wonderful recipes, but they are loaded with amazing amounts of research and explanations!