What Makes Keto Different From the Rest?
Welcome back, babes!
It has been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post! Life happens sometimes and time just escapes you. But today, I’m writing about a topic you all know is very close to my heart and has helped me immensely, the keto lifestyle!
I want to start this post off by saying, I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian. I solely write from personal experience, books / articles I’ve read, and advice given to me from keto experts. So, let’s get started!
Keto does much more than just help you lose weight.
When most people think of diets, the first thing the think of is weight loss. Why else would you restrict yourself from eating all the tasty, delicious food in the world?! Truth is, not all "diets" were intended for weight loss. This includes the Keto Diet.
The Keto Diet was originally intended to treat patients with epilepsy in the 1920's. The popularity it had in the 20's and 30's quickly faded once big pharmaceutical companies took to the market. Many decades later we are now seeing the "Keto Diet" in headlines everywhere. Most people think it is just another one of those fad diets that will soon be replaced. Even I was initially skeptical about this “new” keto thing that was taking the world by storm.
After several weeks of dabbling with keto back in 2017, I learned of all the great benefits that came with a ketogenic lifestyle. I lost 30 pounds in the course of two months. I had more energy than I could have possibly ever asked for. My horrible acne breakouts were clearing up. I was evolving into a happier and healthier me!
I can honestly say that keto changed my life.
There are many different ways to go about Keto.
The Keto Diet is not limited to one approach and that’s one of the things I really like about it. Unlike many other diets, Keto can actually be achieved in a number of ways. I have had several vegan friends ask me if they could achieve ketosis without eating meat and the answer is YES!
To achieve ketosis, your body must adapt to using fats for fuel. This doesn't mean your diet must consist solely of bacon and eggs everyday. The goal is to simply restrict your carb intake and make sure 70%+ of your daily calories come from high quality fats! I have personally seen 3 main approaches to achieving ketosis.
The Basic Keto Diet Approach
This is your generic macro counting diet you have been reading about. It is the calculated approach to migrate your body from using carbs as fuel to quality fats.
The most common breakdown of this method is: 60-75% healthy fats, 20-30% high-quality proteins, and 5-10% complex carbohydrates. Consuming mostly fats and oils, your body will have to use it as its new source of fuel. This means you literally are burning fat while you sleep!
The Intermittent Fasting Approach
If you are reading this article, I am sure you have heard of Intermittent Fasting or Time Restricted Eating. If you haven't, the idea is very simple.
Allow yourself a small eating period each day and fast until the following day. I have personally tried out the *16/8 method*. This approach can really help kickstart or boost your ketone levels. By feeding your body once a day, it learns that it must get ready for the fast ahead. Your body will then create more ketones resulting in more fat burned!
The Vegan Keto Approach
Maintaining a vegan lifestyle while also being keto, might sound ludicrous but, it is definitely still possible. When people think of keto, they usually imagine a plate full of meat and cheese. While that isn't too far from the truth, it isn't the only plate keto consists of.
Salads, zucchini noodles, cauliflower steaks, scrambled tofu. You will have plenty of options! It is going to be restrictive but, there are still options. Being a vegan on keto is hard but, it is definitely doable.
Diets are temporary, lifestyles are forever.
For the sake of this blog post I have been referring to Keto as a diet. I actually don't like calling it a diet for two reasons:
Keto is not something you should try this week, lose 5 pounds and next week go back to chocolate milk and donuts. Flipping back and forth from high fat to high carb just to lose a couple of pounds, is not the healthiest choice. Keto rewires your body by changing how it breaks down food for energy. If you don't allow your body to properly adapt and maintain, you wont reap the benefits of keto. You might shave a few pounds but, to truly experience the ketogenic benefits, you should live it and be consistent with it.
By referring to keto as a lifestyle, you mentally accept your new way of eating. After a couple weeks, you begin to feel like a new you and you don't get tempted with sugary snacks and beverages. And if you do get those cravings, you can find a substitute recipe for almost anything!
The word "diet" has become a toxic buzzword we love to throw around. It has a negative connotation to it in my opinion! If somebody were to say to you, "you should really go on a diet." How would you feel? I know I would feel a little hurt and insecure. On the flip side, if somebody said, "you should try out this lifestyle!" I think you would feel less offended and more curious to try it!
I use keto to feel good.
Keto has helped me change the way I see food and nutrition. I think about my food choices now and consider how my energy levels, skin, and mood will be affected by them! My relationship with food is still a work in progress because I’ve always been an emotional eater but I’ve been working hard to step away from those habits.
If you are thinking of starting the keto diet, take some time to consider if you will be turning it into a lifestyle. If you do it just for a few weeks, you will not reap the long term benefits of this lifestyle. If you go back and forth from low carb to high carb (which I have done many times), you will end up gaining more weight and you will feel sluggish and low energy. Turning it into a lifestyle is the way to go!
I hope all of this is good info for you all and as always, if you babes have any questions on this lifestyle, reach out to me!