I heard of the ketogenic diet from the Joe Rogan podcast (the dude from Fear Factor). He has a really successful podcast with some pretty interesting guests. He started to go ‘keto’ several months back and has had excellent results.
Well I don’t exercise every day with 70 lb kettlebells like him, but I started to get intrigued the more I researched the ketogenic diet.
What is the ketogenic diet? If you’ve heard of the Atkins diet, it’s kind of like that by being high fat, low carb. Basically you eliminate all sugars from your diet (that includes all carbs) and consume max about 20-50 grams of carbs a day. These mostly came from veggies. You eat meat, fats, some veggies, dairy, some nuts and seeds.
By eliminating sugar, you force your body to use your fat as an energy source rather than glucose (sugar) which puts you in a state of ketosis. Apparently you feel fantastic and since sugar is bad for you ( I have a sweet tooth) I decided to give it a try for two weeks.
Note: I’m not a doctor and just telling you about my experience, so do whatever you want but don’t blame/sue me for anything. (People are becoming so soft, eh?)
I recommend doing some meal and snack planning ahead of time, otherwise you’ll screw up the diet and eat stuff you shouldn’t because you’re hangry and impatient.
Some of my meals included:
- Soup made from homemade beef broth
- Lettuce tacos
- BBQed chicken
- Steak with veggies
- Hearty salads with chicken and hard boiled eggs
- Eggs and bacon
The meals weren’t too bad. I was full and satisfied. For me, snacking was the issue as I like to have a bit of something sweet in the evenings. I made sure to have different snacks on hand to curb any cravings.
Some of my snacks:
- Veggies and dip
- Cheese (I love babybels)
- Seeds (sunflower and pumpkin)
- Beef jerky
- Cold cuts
- Homemade whipping cream with seeds and cinnamon
- Yogurt with seeds
So how was being keto for me? It started off alright but giving up bread was tough. I had a few cravings but pushed through it. The first night, I was so incredibly sweaty at night which is very unusual since it was a cool evening and I’m always cold. After that, I was fine.
At work, we had ice cream cake one day and happy hour with drinks and carb-filled snacks but I resisted. It seemed like smooth sailing.
On day 7, I woke up feeling gross. I felt nauseous and just generally unwell. I pushed through it and went to work. I felt like this all day and it sucked. I was hungry but I didn’t want to eat anything. I went home and felt a bit better, so I assumed it’d pass.
The next morning was the weekend and had a delicious breakfast of cheesy scrambled eggs with bacon. Shortly after, that gross feeling returned. The thought of eating meat and fats revolted me. I knew something was up when I was watching the Pioneer Woman on the Food Network and was disgusted to watch her cooking. I mean, her recipes sometimes have questionable ingredients (cough Velveeta cough), but I still enjoy her show.
I took some gravol, drank chamomile tea, and in true Polish style, a shot of vodka to cut through that gross feeling. I started to feel a bit better, but I was on my way to axe throwing (yes, you read correctly and it was awesome and I kicked butt) and still couldn’t shake that feeling. I was sick of feeling sick, so I gave up after a week of being keto. I ate a slice of pizza a few hours later and felt great!
I tried out being keto for the health benefits and from the great experiences others had, but I don’t want to feel like puking all day long so that was enough. After doing some research, it seems like this type of diet does not work for everyone and it does make some people feel atrocious. Also, the great experiences I heard were all men so who knows. I’m not a chemist or Columbo. I’m sure there were a number of reasons, but it didn’t work for me.
Anyway, try it out if you’d like. If it works for you, you’ll be eliminating a lot sugar from your diet which is very beneficial. I wish it worked out better but oh well.