It's been a long time! Of course I could start this out by going on and on about what we have been up to but lets just simplify it and say life has been rather busy.
One of the things myself and husband have been up to personally is losing weight. The great thing about the diet/new lifestyle we found is the fact that we are still able to lose weight and not become grouchy hungry every day. On this journey to-date, my husband has lost 58lbs and I have managed to shed over 20lbs. We didn't have to buy any special shakes or pills to lose weight. We simply sent the sugary, carb-packed foods to the chopping block and started eating foods high in clean fat content and lots of green veggies.
So what is the name of this diet/lifestyle change? It's called Ketogenic or Keto Diet. It's easy to get bogged down in the nerdy science of it all, so let me introduce it to you from a high level, basic facts perspective.
Diet Doctor says it this way: "Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose…or ketones.
On a ketogenic diet your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. Insulin levels become very low and fat burning increases dramatically. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. This is obviously great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, like for example less hunger and a steady supply of energy.
When the body produces ketones it’s said to be in ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting – not eating anything – but obviously it’s not possible to fast forever.
A ketogenic diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast."
And in more simple terms a Keto Diet is basicly eating High Fats food with low carbs and little-to-no sugar. Your body burns your fat rather than carbs. So the first thing people normally say when we say low carbs, is "Oh I can't do that, I like bread and pasta too much!" Me too! But my husband puts it this way, instead of looking at all the stuff you can't eat, look at all the incredible, good foods you CAN eat (like BACON!!!) to satisfy your body and satiate your hunger.
So let me seal the deal for you with a progressive picture.
Before May 2017 After August 2017
So how we got started is so simple. We began to research online and look for information about Keto, and what foods were allowed. We came across several charts such as the one below, and as simple as that we began.
Now the topic of counting carbs and how many carbs do we have a day, what is okay and what is not, etc. We keep it simple: the fewer carbs the better. This is especially the case for sugar. If you consume to much of either, it can throw your body out of ketosis and will take another 5 days to get back to burning fat (totally not worth the cheat day to me!!)
So let me continue to tempt you with some pictures of our dinners.
As you can see, these plates are filled to satisfy while still fueling your body.
A few final thoughts to leave with you...
- You WILL have questions, so stay in touch with your favorite search engine. Believe me, there is an article for every question you might have.
- The best piece of advice: KEEP IT SIMPLE! If you feel yourself drowning in information and it gets to overwhelming, just take a step back, and go eat an avocado.
Getting started is the hardest part, but you've got this!
Hope you all have a great day!
If you wish to follow more of our journey check out my husbands page here.