What is the Keto Diet?… and does it really work?

The Keto Diet has been life changing. After losing over 40 pounds on the Keto Diet, and learning to manage my symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I have to admit it has been one of the best health decisions and Lifestyle decisions I’ve ever made.

Everyone knows what its like… getting to that point in the weightless journey where it was either try Keto or Lipo. 40 pounds overweight, and having been prescribed metformin oral insulin by my doctor. My symptoms of PCOS were spiraling out of control. I knew I had to make a change, and it had to be soon. I’d come from a long family history of obesity and cardiovascular disease. I just felt like it was apart of my hispanic heritage, that as I got older naturally I would get larger.

I tried every diet

While some of them worked none of them worked long enough to keep the fat from sneaking back up on me. I could only eat greens for so long before I felt my body literally withdrawing from sugar. Little to my understanding at the time, my body was literally addicted to sugar.

The Ketogenic Diet restricts the intake of carbohydrates to under 20 grams daily. This causes the body to undergo a process where it converts the body excess fat to ketones for energy use. Our Body normally depends on Glucose for energy. Glucose is the byproduct of carbohydrates being broken down by the body for the purpose of energy. Often times we eat more than what is necessary for our body to break down. This results in excess glucose in our bodies. Glucose can only be used for energy or it will be stored in our body as excess fat. As a result, our body starts to break down our excess fat for energy… not a bad exchange right?

I began by first researching What is the Keto Diet? I got many results from various search engines online. While some of them stated it worked, there was evidence that there was something far more interesting present. Many sources reported negative health symptoms associated with the Ketogenic Diet. There was so much conflicting information. 

Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe?

With so much mixed media and information regarding the Ketogenic diet, I was conflicted as to whether or not it was healthy. As I continued to research, I became more and more intrigued. How could a diet that restricted carbohydrates such as Bread, Pasta, and unhealthy fats be considered so unhealthy? However, as I researched further I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the Ketogenic Diet and its ability to help woman manage their symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

The Ketogenic Diet is very healthy. In fact it was created in an attempt to battle childhood epilepsy. Weightless was simply a desirable unintended side effect much in the way that Viagra was created as a hypertension medication and its unexpected but very marketable side effect happened to be Penile erections.

The Ketogenic diet becomes unhealthy when deviations are taken. The ketogenic diet is 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Although simply removing the bun off a burger might bring you into ketosis temporarily. It will cause an unhealthy imbalance in your bodies PH that can result in serious illness. In order to receive the full benefits of the Ketogenic Diet, you have to have a healthy balance of vegetables. Which are alkaline and animal protein which is acidic.

What Can I eat on the Keto Diet?

As the Ketogenic Diet grows in popularity, the amount of ketogenic approved foods available has exploded!

Here is a list of some Keto Snacks to keep you on track in your Keto Journey

  • Almonds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Pork Grinds
  • String Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Sugar Free Chocolate
  • Pepperoni Sticks

For more Keto Diet inspiration, Check out our Pinterest Page for Keto approved recipes to help you stay on track.

Is the Ketogenic Diet sustainable?

The Ketogenic Diet requires preparation and research in order for you to be successful. Because Sugar is one of the cheapest preservatives available, it is found in the majority of foods on the market today. Although sugar free, low carbohydrate alternatives can be found both locally and online. Chances are when hungry strikes you will reach for what’s convenient. Which are usually foods with a long shelf life and an even longer time to burn off once it hits the hips. Preparation is Key.

XO

-Tianna

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