If you are familiar with reddit you may have heard of /r/keto. It is a subreddit where people talk and share their experiences with the ketogenic diet. I knew this subreddit for a long time because it often featured really fat people who got slim rather fast.
What will happen?
Someday while I browsing /r/keto I decided to just try it. The worst that could happen would be that I lost interest in it or that it didn’t work for me. My initial time limit was 4 weeks.
Thus, I calculated my macros (carbs, fat and protein). In the first 3 or so days I didn’t track anything and it also didn’t feel different. After that I started to get to do it seriously and tracked my food in myfitnesspal. I realized that my carb intake through vegs was simply too high.
I’m feeling sick
A few days later the infamous keto flu or carb flu hit me. This happens because you will at first lose a lot of water weight and this will wash out your electrolytes. Of course, the community had great tips and I drank about two to four cups of broth (with extra salt) everyday. And it worked. I no longer felt sick and now something strange happened.
Where does this energy come from?
The first day after my carb flu disappeared I woke up totally relaxed and full of energy. Really strange. I had no problems working out in the morning and eating a breakfast afterwards without collapsing. And this happened to me a few times while in school.
You don’t fart anymore
This is a really funny but interesting fact. It just stopped and my belly doesn’t feel bloated anymore. Some people basically stop eating fiber which can increase the time between poops. I however eat everyday at least 2g of fiber and my digestive systems works totally fine.
I don’t want to eat that anymore
About 2-3 weeks in I just wanted to stop keto. I wanted to eat pasta again and tons of fruits and all that. I was so tired of eating sausages, meat, and eggs all day. Again, I looked if other people had the problem. Of course. One of the most important things to realize in this stage is that you don’t eat food to satisfy your lust. You eat it to fuel your body. The first few days I just ate to get my macros and was done with it. But, afterwards, I enjoyed my food so much like I never did. The weight was lifted. I didn’t expect food to taste absolutely fantastic and it began to taste absolutely fantastic.
But it is expensive…?
I’m now 5 weeks in and a lot changed. Firstly, although the food is more expensive I spent less money because I just eat less. Before keto I basically ate all day. A snack here, a snack there. Now, I eat one to two meals a day. Mostly, one big meat meal and later a few hundred grams of green veggies.
Secondly, I lost about 20lbs in 5 weeks (from 222lbs to 202lbs). My belly fat reduced quite strongly. One of my first victories was that my t-shirt no longer rested on my belly but on my breast.
Thirdly, I’m no longer really hungry or carve food. It’s much more controlled and constant.
Fourthly, I’m more awake and don’t get super tired after eating meals. My energy level is pretty high all day.
Fifthly, I can eat lots of delicious food all day like beef, pork, sausages, bacon, eggs, salmon, trout, broccoli, spinach, chicken, … It’s freaking awesome!
Check out /r/keto if you’re interested and try it out. You will find all the information you need there.