Making the switch to KETO was the best thing I ever did..
I have been training in the gym for over 4 years now, consistently strength training at least 4 times a week, playing basketball 3 times a week, and working a full time job. You could probably say that I am a very active person. My diet for years was very poor, I was always hungry and for this reason, snacking and over eating became my biggest struggle. In all honesty, you could probably say that I was addicted to pizza and that was my biggest weakness. I was seeing results in the gym but it was never good enough and I was always looking for more and something better, my goal was always to be lean, so September 2017 I decided to start taking my diet seriously.
First I tried counting calories, I worked out my maintenance calories and then determined a calorie deficit. This soon became very obsessive, tracking how many calories a day, in each food began to take over my life. I wasn’t enjoying food anymore, it was very repetitive and boring. Not only was I losing interest very quickly, my weight wasn’t dropping and my training in the gym began to suffer. Low energy levels and fatiguing almost instantly during each set. This became extremely frustrating. I knew it was time to look for and try something else.
I have always been a strong believer that carbs play a huge role in weight loss. I had heard about Keto but never really looked closely into it. It started becoming talked about more and more, I was hearing about it and seeing it everywhere, so I started researching. The first thing that caught my eye was KETO PIZZA. I looked further into the types of food involved in this diet and was literally amazed to find out all the things that were low in carbs or no carbs at all. Cheese, Bacon, Salami, Olives, the list goes on. Another benefit I found was not needing to count calories. At that point I decided this was now my diet.
The first day was a massive shock to me. As someone who in the past was always hungry, simply substituting carbs in the morning for a high fat breakfast such as Bacon & Eggs, I couldn’t believe the difference. I then began to base my food around, Cheese, Eggs, Chicken Thighs, Peanut Butter and Bacon. The type of meals I began preparing for the week included: Pizza, Chicken Kiev’s, Nachos and Spaghetti Bolognese. All LOW CARB meals! How could this not be the most enjoyable diet?!
The first week is supposed to be the hardest week, but I found that drinking at least 2L of water each day, and including LOTS of low carb, high fat snacks helped beat the ‘Keto Flu’ for me. Salami and Camembert Cheese, Carrots with Peanut Butter, Olives and Strawberries with Dark Chocolate were my new favourite things. Not only were all these foods super tasty and enjoyable, they helped my energy levels dramatically and decreased my hunger levels significantly.
Two weeks in I bought Ketone Test Strips to find out that my body had reached the Optimal Ketosis State and was producing Ketones. This was the beginning of changes I had never seen. Before I began Keto I was sitting at 22.5% body fat, and within 4 weeks of Keto I had reached 16% body fat.
Not only did I see these changes with my body, I’m now the strongest I have ever been in the gym and am lifting weights I never thought I could. For those who are skeptical about whether restricting carbs from your diet is going to affect your training, it has done the complete opposite for me. I understand everyone is different, and some people can function/train better on High Fat diets, but you won’t know until you experiment and try new things. Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone, and find what works best for you and your body!
Keto has changed my life.