Personal Review of the Ketogenic Diet
Lose Weight on the Ketogenic Diet
My weight-loss journey started on the 1st of March 2015 when I weighed 85kgs (191lbs) and felt generally uncomfortable and unhealthy. My blood pressure was high and I had been taking medicine for it for about two years. I had been wanting to get healthy for a while but lacked the motivation and willpower.
The wake-up call finally came when my size 18 (UK size 18, US size 12) work uniform was starting to feel too tight. I had been at my job for less than a year and had already gone from a size 16 to a size 18 during that time. I didn't want to ask my boss for another larger uniform and the thought of being a size 20 left me feeling a little ashamed of myself. How could I let myself get this big? How could I abuse my body this way? Things had to change. That's when I made the commitment to lose weight and get healthy again.
The first thing I did was to go on The Liver Cleansing Diet. I had done it once before and had managed to lose a few kilos on it. So I thought it was as good a place to start as any. To keep myself motivated and accountable I created an Instagram account to share my journey with other people who were on the same path as me. Doing that also proved to be an invaluable source of inspiration for me.
So, I started my journey and in 8 weeks I lost 5 kilos (11lbs) with only light exercise like walking. Wow! I thought, at this rate I'll get to my goal weight of 60kgs (135lbs) in no time!
How wrong I was. Right after those 5 kilos melted off, my weight-loss stalled. For a month, I didn't lose a single gram. I was getting frustrated and discouraged.
It was around that time that I came across someone on Instagram who was having a fair bit of success on the Intermittent Fasting diet. There are a few variations of this diet but I decided to follow the 5:2 version, made famous by Dr Michael Moseley.
Basically, I ate normally 5 days a week (sticking to a normal calorie intake of around 2000 calories per day) and the other two days I limited my daily calorie intake to 500. They didn’t have to be two consecutive days and I chose days when I didn’t have to work so that I could handle the feeling of hunger on those days. Over time I found that my appetite decreased and that even on the 5 days of normal eating, I wasn’t as hungry as I used to be. My weight-loss restarted and I lost 5 kilos (11lbs) in 8 weeks again.
Then, just like the first time, my weight plateaued. For the next two months I lost no more weight. I was busy with my studies and work and really didn’t have much time to exercise to try and kick-start things again. At around that time I also had to go interstate for a couple of weeks to visit my family.
It was during that interstate trip that someone on Instagram mentioned that they had lost a lot of weight by following a low-carb, high fat diet – also known as the Ketogenic diet. While I was away, I read as much as I could about it to educate myself and decided that it was worth a try.
The day after I got home I went grocery shopping to start on my new way of eating, that was 5 months and 8 kilos (18lbs) ago and I haven’t looked back since and in this article I will tell you why.
My Blood Test Results
Benefits of the Ketogenic Way of Eating
Good Cholesterol Levels
Contrarily to the belief of many doctors, including my own, following a Ketogenic diet has not raised my cholesterol levels. You can see for yourself in the photo on the left that my cholesterol levels are very good. (Click on the photo to see an enlarged view). The blood test was performed 5 months after I started my ketogenic journey.
Since being on the Ketogenic diet, my blood pressure has gone back into the normal range and I’ve been able to stop taking my blood pressure tablet. To me this is the most significant and most important change and benefit of following the low-carb, high-fat way of eating. My doctor had been telling me for two years that there was nothing I could do to reverse my hypertension. Makes me wonder… is he misinformed or is this something that doctors tell their patients to keep themselves in business?
Because my body has learned to tap into its fat stores, it now has a constant source of energy. I am no longer feeling tired by 10am everyday. My energy levels have increased ten-fold.
Because fats leave you feeling fuller for longer, I can go longer in-between meals without feeling hungry and without the need for snacks. Prior to starting on this way of eating, I would always be hungry within two hours of having had breakfast or lunch, so I often resorted to snacking to quell my hunger until my next meal. Now I feel full for 4 to 5 hours, sometimes even longer.
I suffered with Psoriasis on my scalp and back, but within a month of starting this way of eating it had all cleared up! People have also commented on how much younger I look… must be all that coconut oil I’ve been downing!
I find that for some reason I don’t get sick as often as I used to. My daughter has been sick three times with chest infections since I started this way of eating and in the past I would have caught whatever bug she had and gotten sick too. But since going Keto, I haven’t succumbed to any illness that she’s had. The only illness I’ve had was a stomach bug that left me with severe abdominal cramps for 24 hours. There are some germs that even the strongest immune systems cannot fight off before they cause illness.
I'm also around kids a lot of the time and one would expect to get sick when working with kids who cough in your face or have runny noses all day long.
Of course, this is the one that most people will hope for on this way of eating. From my own experience, I can tell you that IT WORKS! I have lost 8 kilos so far and although there are times when I don’t lose any weight for a couple of weeks, the weight-loss always restarts on its own. Plus all the other benefits of this way of eating make it worth sticking to it.
Scroll further down this page to see before and after photos of my weight loss progress.
Side Effects and Disadvantages
While there are some who report unpleasant side-effects such as the dreaded Keto Flu and Keto breath, I personally I haven’t experienced any side-effects of this way of eating.
- I do miss eating fruit (although I still eat berries and avocados) but the keto gains are well worth this sacrifice.
- People not taking my way of eating seriously and trying to convince me that it’s unhealthy even though I’m feeling better than I have in a long, long time (Hi Mum… I know you’ll be reading this, haha!).
Do You Have Any Questions?
If you have any questions about the Ketogenic diet, please refer to the links below, especially the KetoDietBlog that offers loads of information and advice about the keto diet.Alternatively, check out some of the books listed below that are available from Amazon, many of them are available as a Kindle edition.
I am not in a position to offer nutritional advice since I'm not a doctor or nutritionist/dietitian. However if you want to ask about my own experiences I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about that. Please leave your comments or questions in the comments section further below.
I would also love to hear about other people's experiences of the keto diet.
Before and After Photos of My Weight-Loss Progress
Questions & Answers
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