Yep, I was that girl who could eat just about anything, in moderation, and stay pretty lean. As a seasoned fitness instructor I thought I had a pretty good handle on my own diet and nutrition? And, I would say for the most part I eat pretty darn healthy…(who doesn’t love red wine and pizza on occasion)! I knew how to replenish and refuel my body post workouts and I knew that if I stayed with a healthy balance of carbs, protein and fat I could maintain my athletic body in terms of both lean muscle mass and performance.
So, when I moved in with my fiancé last year and gained 10 pounds overnight, without any change to my activity level, I started looking in to ways to maximally burn fat and lean up. Enter the Keto Diet.
A Keto-based diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet with less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Carbohydrates are stored as Glycogen in the body are the main fuel for the body and brain. When the body runs out of glycogen to produce energy whether it is for exercise or for daily living, it turns to fat for fuel. Over time, usually 3-4 weeks, this consistent state of using fat for energy produces a state called ketosis. Thus, the “Keto Diet”. Studies have shown that a body in ketosis burns fat for efficiently and can help anyone who has excess fat storage to shed fat more quickly. After researching the positives (weight loss–read more here) vs the negatives (aka possible side affects — click here to read), I decided I would take on cutting out carbs from my diet.
Sounds good right? Well, first week into the Keto Diet is pretty rough. I’m not going to lie. If you are like me, I found my self missing my favorite snacks like cheese and crackers and trying to find any creative way to turn broccoli or cauliflower into a carb-friendly pizza crust. But, after time, my body actually stopped craving carbs. In fact, it really stopped my cravings in general! I found myself having to remind myself to fuel up on protein so that I could continue to perform at an athletic level teaching classes and personally working out.
60 days into my plan I had lost 10 bs and people were commenting on how quickly my body changed. Many of my clients commented that they didn’t think I needed to lose weight but looked great and wanted to know more about how they too could make the change. More than the physical appearance positives, mentally, I felt great! I had a sense of clarity and calm. I was focused and feeling really emotionally stable. It was like I had a “mental edge”! Perfectketo.com states that a ketogenic diet not only can help with weight loss but also can help with mental performance. Read more on the why and how here at Ketoperfect.com.
Then…….. I fell off the wagon. (Sad face emoji)
Yes, like you, I am not perfect. My sister got married. And a weeks vacation with family where every meal had a course of “down-home carb cookin'” was too hard to resist. I quickly fell out of ketosis. By the time I got back to “normal” life, I had gained back half of the weight I lost. And, on top of it all, I felt terrible.
So, as I always do, I turn to my resources like podcasts and fellow bloggers who have gone through the same pitfalls. I listen regularly to a woman named Leanne Vogel. Her podcast “The Keto Diet” and website HealthfulPursuit.com is focused on living a Keto lifestyle– from what is keto specifically to resources for recipes and help with common side affects. In one of her episodes she talks about falling out of ketosis and a product called Exogenous keytones as a way of helping get yourself back into a ketogentic state quickly.
Exogenous keytones are a secret weapon for taking your body to ketosis quickly, but they should NOT be used to cheat the system. Don’t think use of ketones will erase last night’s raid of the potato chips in the pantry!
The word exogenous describes something that is developed from external factors; something outside of the usual production. So in terms of ketones, this means that exogenous ketones are synthetic: created outside of your body by scientists and then ingested for accelerated ketosis.
Ketones, are organic compounds produced by in your body when your system experiences starvation, or when you restrict carbohydrates and increase fats, which inhibits a starvation-like state that produces ketone bodies.
These ketones are an ideal fuel source for your body and your brain. Studies have suggested that when your body is in a ketogenic state, it utilizes oxygen more efficiently in the generation of energy. And, my experience with the keytones from Perfectketo.com was and still is my answer to the realities of life. I do practice a keto lifestyle, but if I know I need a little boost or reset, I have a resource.
A Keto Diet is not for everyone. It’s very important that you check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any diet. For more information of Keto diets check out the following resources.
Do Keto Diets work for Athletes? http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/ask-the-rd-56?utm_source=publications+september+2017+ifnt&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IFNT+September+2017+%282%29
Best Way to Use Keytones https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2017/09/testing-ketones/
Complete Guide to Ketogentic Protein Supplements https://www.perfectketo.com/category/keto/nutrition/