I’ve recently started on the Ketogenic Diet, and I must say I feel like a rock star! I run everywhere, whereas I would normally walk. I jump out of bed in the morning, coffee is optional. My mood is always steady, and I don’t get cranky. And I never get that middle of the day feeling of wanting to crash. I miss pigging out on snack cakes and ice cream, but that’s okay because the way I feel more than makes up for it.
And the belly fat? Melts away in weeks. And I’m not even working out these days. I would be a best in no time if I was. Lots of people love to sit around and question things like the ketogenic diet, saying that you’ll get very sick or shut down your liver. Let’s just stop entertaining stupid, negative nancy thoughts and look at the facts.
What happens when we follow a “normal” diet?
We’re taught that the body needs carbohydrates for fuel, that’s why I used to include them with every meal when I was body building. We’re told all kinds of crap in our lives, guys and gals.
But what happens when we eat even moderate amounts of carbohydrates?
Let’s get technical here.
When carbohydrates are absorbed into the body, it’s broken down into the least complex molecule possible, which so happens to be glucose. Glucose needs insulin to be transported and either stored or burned for energy. There are other choices your body can make as far as what to convert the carbs into, however glucose is the easiest for both the conversion process and later use. That means it’s the first choice. Path of least resistance, right?
Insulin is then produced to allow the glucose in your blood to be processed in order for your body to transport and store it when necessary. The glucose is then used as its primary energy source, so your body no longer needs to burn fat. That makes it much more probable that your body is going to store fat just in case your energy levels get low.
What does that mean in English?
Basically, when you eat even “normal” amounts of carbohydrates your body turns it into sugar. That’s why you crash around noon if you don’t slam coffee or drink an energy drink. When we lower our intake of carbohydrates, your body goes into ketosis, which is a natural process that’s also used for when we go without a lot of food for a period of time.
Does that mean we’re starving our body on the ketogenic diet?
In one word, no. Ketosis is associated with starvation, but is not only used in this situation. Your body starts to produce ketones from breaking down fats stored in your liver during this process.
I’ve already seen a great boost in energy and my feeling of well-being just from a few weeks of following the Ketogenic diet. I’ll post more information about my experiences, and also some nice meal plans I’ve been seeing around the web.
Until next time!