Yesterday I did a lot of research on some of the new fad diets out there. I realized through recording my food intake without changing many of my habits for a few weeks that I tend to eat a high fat, high carb diet. It sucks if you are trying to gain muscle. But Keto has been all the rave and on Keto you apparently can eat a stick of butter and lose weight as long as you consume under 5% carbs only after your body goes into ketosis. It’s getting your body to ketosis, that is the tricky part. Your body goes into ketosis after a few days of this ratio: 5% carbs, 75% fat and 20% protein. The idea is that if you aren’t burning carbs, which is the first thing you start to burn, then you’ll burn fat next instead of just water weight that carbs often consist of. So limiting carbs and raising fat is supposed to help you lose weight. (That’s the idea at least.)
So I researched and researched and Keto was sounding really good to me. I mean bacon, no problem, butter on certain “approved” veggies, I can do that. I spoke to a few friends that use the keto diet to build muscle and they gave me a few tips and also said they use this collagen protein with MCTs to help their diet. But I’d have to give up two of my loves, bread and pasta. But I figured if I just found the right substitutes for them I can pretend these things are bread and pasta! 😉
Upon trying to build my Keto menu for Monday, I realized it was down right impossible for ME. I don’t know how people remain in ketosis!? As soon as you consume more than 5% carbohydrates you are no longer in ketosis, which means your body is no longer programmed to consume the fat in your body. If you don’t understand Keto, just go look it up. It sounds wonderful, but I’m not getting how you do it successfully.
So let’s just say I start the day with a hard-boiled egg on Keto:
That gives me the perfect carb/fat/protein micronutrients I need on this diet.
So I’m trying to figure out meats I can eat that don’t make me gag. So sticking with the low carb, high fat, high protein thinking, I thought, I’ll add in chicken for lunch. I love chicken and salmon it should keep me within my ratios.
I do okay until I add in a serving of spinach, then up over the 5% carb ratio. After eating that, I will no longer be in ketosis, so I can’t add any other vegetables or your not really doing Keto if you screw up your carb intake.
What do I have to eat now to get back into ketosis? So I mess around with the Fitbit app, adding in a steak, and other things that I know are high in fat and protein and there’s nothing I can find that will drop those carbs down to 5%! Here’s a meat-heavy, no veggie day I forecasted on Fitbit that gave me no option to be within the 5 percent range:
What worries me about people trying Keto are the ones that don’t track their macronutrients. I feel some may actually be making themselves gain weight with the belief they’ll soon start losing weight when their body can get into the ketosis state. But their body will never get into ketosis until the carbs are almost eliminated. This kind of diet is definitely not for me, it feels too restricting and let’s be honest here, I’m not trying to lose weight, I’m trying to gain muscle, but remain happy. I want to be a person who can easily say yes to a slice of cake without feeling guilty but can go right back to a healthy diet at the very next meal.
So I said no to Keto. I invite anyone who loves Keto, does Keto has been successful on Keto to leave me a blog comment because there must not be something I’m understanding about it. For me, I’d rather restrict calories and lower fat, and eat good carbs.
Now pasta is a huge weakness of mine. I know if I eliminate it all together, I will feel deprived and revolt. So instead of eating it 3 to 4 times a week. I will make it once a week.
This morning before my 3 miles walk, I had one slice of buttered toast for the carbs I’d need for the walk. After the walk, I had five baby carrots and a half a cup of cottage cheese.
While my carbs are 70 percent, (they are mostly good carbs) look at how low that fat is! 9% is a lot better, and I don’t feel deprived of foods I like to eat. I love vegetables, so eating more of them will be no issue. My struggle will be eating less of bread and pasta. But my goal is to simply consume fewer calories than I burn and to gain some muscle mass.
This morning’s walk:
While I am not into the jogging phase yet, because I’m still battling a cold and because I need to learn some good breathing techniques that don’t give me side cramps immediately, I am happy about this journey to turn this 3 mile walk into a legit 5K. I am hoping I can run it by the time my child’s school does their annual 5K fundraiser, I will need to be perfectly okay with the fast-paced walking I do and my lung capacity though. I learned when I was a teenager undergoing Scoliosis surgery that I only had 75 percent of the lung capacity normal people have due to an underdeveloped lung. I think it was compared to a 10 or an 11-year-old child. But I feel like the proper breathing techniques will help with this. Once I master the breathing, the jogging portions of it will come next until I can jog all of it. But I have to take baby steps.
These were my views this morning:
What are you working on!? Have you tried Keto? If so, how is it working out for you?
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