So @rainbow asked me about my keto experience, so I thought I'd make a post of it. Here it goes.
First off, my experience with the ketogenic diet was not particularly positive. That being said, I think it does work for some people; we are all different. I have since found a diet which is a much better fit for me, but if keto works for you, I am glad to hear it. Also, I would like define terms, as "keto" is used pretty loosely sometimes. My understanding is that the goal of the diet is too keep the body in a state of ketosis- which means that the body no longer uses glucose for energy. In order to get and stay in ketosis one must severely limit carbohydrate intake.
Usually it is recommended to keep carbs between 20- 30 g a day, with many saying, to be safe, one should stay under 20. This is any carbohydrates in any food you eat; for example, an egg contains .5 of a carb, and cheeses contain .5- 3 carbs per serving, depending on type. It might sound silly to count .5 of a carb, but when you only have 20 to "spend", every little bit counts. For example, I often had eggs and fried cabbage for breakfast. Two eggs( 1 carb), 1 cup raw cabbage (just under 4 carbs). 5 carbs isn't much, but it's important to keep track of when it's 1/4 of what you can have that day.
I tried to ketogenic diet for several reasons. I was looking for improvement with several health issues, mainly hormone, digestive, and memory/concentration problems. I had already tried the AIP diet for these issues, with only a little success.I wanted to lose some weight(10-15 pounds). I was curious about keto, and I like to try knew things. Also, I really like fat; for once in my life I wanted to have alllll the fat I could choke down. Choke down is the appropriate term, as I will explain below.
I was on the ketogenic diet for, I believe, 9 weeks last year. Your body has to adapt to fat burning, so now matter how strictly you keep the diet, there will be a transition(though I have heard that if you have been in ketosis before, you can get back into more quickly than someone who has not). I wanted to give it at least 9 weeks, just to see it my body liked it. My body did not; in fact, my body took a very dim view of it.
Wow, this is getting really long and we all have a life to live. I will give in short what did not work for me, and if anyone wants me to elaborate I will be happy to.
- I saw almost no improvement in the issues I had tried the diet for. Just didn't fix much for me.
- I have heard that the high fat content is so satisfying that you naturally control portions. This was not the case for me. I was almost always hungry even though the amount of fat I was eating sometimes turned my stomach.
- counting carbs is a pain, especially if you are hungry all the time so you are trying to eat all that you are allowed. I try to eat lots of vegetables, and most vegetables are not very low carb.
- My digestion slowed to a crawl- I could not go- it was really bad.
- I just felt icky. I never got past that, despite being very careful with my carbs, drinking water, etc.
- I only lost a little weight, probably because I usually didn't feel well enough to exercise
- electrolytes, electrolytes...When you severely limit carbs, your body does not retain water. You need to drink a lot more water, and you visit the bathroom a lot more frequently. It is very easy to get your electrolytes out of balance. I supplemented with magnesium, consumed a lot of potassium and calcium, and found out the hard way about sodium deficiency. I never had such severe leg cramps as when I was on keto. I would be so thirsty that I would wake up at night to drink, despite drinking right before bed.
When I was still struggling with these issues 9 weeks in, despite being very careful, I decided keto was not for me. The electrolytes were the clincher for me; I didn't think it should be such a struggle to keep them in balance. Yes, I know about "carb flu" but it should not be lasting for months, in my opinion.
So there's my piece. Now you all can give yours.
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