Back when I was first trying to figure out how to lean down and build some muscle I came across all sorts of wacky and wild diets on the internet.
I came across the keto diet while skimming through an article on “the most popular diets of 2018”. The keto diet was certainly something I had heard of before. However, it wasn’t until I did some digging did I decide to try it out.
You might be wondering however…why would you want to diet, to begin with?
I have never been super overweight or out of shape for that matter at all. In turn, I never was eager to start dieting to shed dozens of pounds. Rather I was looking for a diet to stay on so that I could just shed a bit of boy fat and pack on some muscle as well.
To me, I was really in search of a change in eating habits to reach my fitness goals.
Checking out the keto diet…
What interested me the most about the keto diet was that users often claimed to feel much more energized while on the keto diet. Many users spoke of constant, endless energy all throughout the day. I mean some people on blogs and forums claimed to wake up in the morning feeling pumped up. Better yet, they could sustain this feeling until they went to bed. This was something I had never heard of before in any other diet.
Of course the fat loss and possible muscle gain you could achieve on the diet seemed incredible for me. However, there are a million other diets that advertise this claim. But the endless energy?? This was something I could certainly get on board with.
Because I had been feeling constantly tired before, this claim particularly spoke to me.
So I decided to give it a go. Since the diet would supposedly help me achieve my fitness goals AND gain more energy, I decided to give it a go.
I purchased a cookbook and went to the grocery store to buy the foods I needed. I even set up a weekly eating schedule. Once I had everything planned out I was eager to get started.
A rough start…
However, out of all the diets I have tried, this one was the absolute WORST to get acclimated to.
If you don’t know already, there is a period of time when you first start out on the keto diet where you feel tired constantly. This is known as the “keto flu”. During this stage of the game, your body is in a state of adjustment where it transitioning from utilizing carbs for energy to processing fats for energy instead.
I could have made this process much easier on myself if I had really committed to the diet, to begin with.
At first, I grossly overestimated the carbs I was actually eating. I did some basic research on the foods I was supposed to eat and the foods I wasn’t supposed to eat. However, I evidently didn’t do enough research to know how to properly do the diet at first.
I basically knew to eat meat and vegetables only on the keto diet but I was still fuzzy at first on specifically what vegetables and meats to eat. At first, I didn’t do a good job of restraining from eating starchy vegetables like potatoes and I also was focusing on eating low-fat meats like chicken. These were rookie mistakes.
Starchy vegetables have way too many carbs for the keto diet. Low-fat meats don’t give you the fat needed to function properly on the keto diet.
As a result, trying to get my body to transition from utilizing carbs for energy to fats was quite the struggle. Because I wasn’t doing the diet the proper way at first, I sort of got stuck in a keto flu limbo. My body was halfway between functioning on carbs and fats. As a result, my energy plummeted dramatically and for a week I felt incredibly weak and sluggish.
A change for the better…
Quickly I learned to adjust my eating habits. Days after I started the diet I began to do some more digging in which I learned which vegetables and meats I should actually eat.
Once I made some minor adjustments I finally got to the point where I was in full ketosis. It took me about a week to get there. This is a longer amount of time than usual but I got there nonetheless.
However once I got to the point where my body was completely using fats as energy, the experience was incredible. The concept of improved energy levels proved to be completely true. I not only felt generally more energized but more importantly, I felt a constant stream of energy. There was no mid-afternoon slump anymore about an hour after lunch. There was no morning fog that I would usually feel getting out of bed. I simply felt on top of my game all the time.
As I continued with the diet I also began to see some noticeable changes in my figure after a few weeks. I began to notice that my body was toning up quite nicely as my body fat percentage dropped bit by bit. For the first time ever I began to see the outline of my abs and obliques.
A few months after I started with the diet I am still on my keto grind. Even though I have made it further on this diet then most people have, I wouldn’t say at all that I am an expert yet. There is always something new to learn.
At this point, I have just started to branch out into other recipes. At first, I stuck with the same dozen recipes or so. This was simply because they were easy to make and because I knew they worked well. However, now that I am more experienced with the keto diet, and because I’m getting a bit sick of the same dozen recipes I am now spicing things up in terms of diet.
Regardless, if you are considering the keto diet, by all means, you should give it a go. It can be a bit tricky to get into at first but once you get into ketosis for some time, the changes in your energy and body can be life-changing.