Friday, 2 May 2014

Low Carb for weight loss, what then? / Ketosis review

For the last 8 months I've been eating very low carbohydrate, and I've been in Ketosis for most of that time.
Even now I often intermittently fast by missing breakfast and going straight to lunch. I don't feel too bad when doing this because I'm fat adapted and don't even feel hungry when I'm doing it. 

But now that I'm fairly lean I no longer want to lose much weight. The ketogenic lifestyle was relatively easy for me to live by, but I did have some side effects. No matter what people say, Thyroid operation was effected. I'm only 30 and for the first time in my life I had cold extremities, and thats never happened before. No matter how much fat I added I had some hypo tension and tingling in the fingers.
I added magnesium and a good multivitamin for the majority of that time because I suffered with restless legs and other symptoms of a lack of magnesium.

This might sound like I'm critical of Low Carb Ketogenic Diets. However nothing could be further from the truth. This is how a ketogenic diet affected me, it might not be the same for you. 
Previous to going on the Low Carb diet I was in the darkness about Macro Nutrients and Micro Nutrients.
I was a total carbaholic, I could never get enough bread, pasta and sugars. Don't get me wrong I liked my fats as well, but the carb intake must of been huge.

However I've lost weight and I feel that I've done it relatively easily. And even better I've not done it as a fad but instead done it as an education into food and it's effect on my body.

What's next?
Well I know that I lost that weight because my blood sugar and Insulin levels were controlled. No longer were my fat store houses bolted closed.
But now I feel that my next progression is to real food only. This has been a transition over the last couple of weeks. I've eaten some more carbohydrates but these have been from vegetables and some home grown potatoes. Now, I've never been a huge fan of fruit, but now I eat carrots and a couple of times in a week some potatoes. 
I also eat slightly more almonds and slightly more dark chocolate. 
I'm still doing some intermittent fasting just because its easy, handy and I feel there are some definite benefits from it. This week I've also made some bone broth. I've never counted carbs and so I don't know what level my carbs have ever been, but now I know that they are higher.
I'm still not eating grains or sugars, even though I have done on occasion when at parties or the likes.

So from now on I'm going to continue to eat real food. This summer mainly from our vegetable patch!
I'm still going to eat plenty of fat and some protein, but my carbohydrate intake will be higher, but mainly from natural clean sources. I'm also looking into resistant starch and it's benefits. 
I'm sure I'll be ketogenic when I fast, but that's probably all.

My review: Ketogenic Low Carb diets are great for losing weight, regulating your body and for educating yourself. They help prevent diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Go for it, I'm glad I did. 
Then once you've achieved your weight loss perhaps transition over to a lower carb, natural real food approach.

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