Some of you may know, but to those who don't, I'm in the midst of a ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet consists of consuming 30g or less of carbs per day. The super low carb consumption puts your body into ketosis wherein your body starts using fat for fuel versus carbs.
A lot of people have asked, "Why are you doing that? Weren't you just doing strict paleo? And didn't you also try zone?" My reasons are two-fold. One reason is, I get asked a lot, and I mean a lot, of questions regarding diets and how a person should eat. I'm not of the mind that there is one diet to rule them all. There are definitely certain foods that are better than others but, in terms of overall eating habits, I think a lot of it is individually based. So if I want to help others and answer diet-related questions, I feel that I should have at least some experience doing it instead of having just read about it. The other reason, results. This includes: aesthetics, performance, and how I feel overall.
I did pretty well on strict paleo. I felt good, I achieved some desired aesthetic results, and I had energy for days. But when my cravings for the not-so-paleo foods (cookies, ice cream, etc.) hit, they hit hard. I felt deprived and I found it very hard to eat enough every day. Also, my bank account suffered significantly in keeping with paleo compliant foods.
When I tried zone, I didn't feel deprived at all. I could factor in my poor food choices and make them fit my blocks for the day. But I didn't get very good results, aesthetically or performance wise. You can say "well, just be stricter about the foods you eat." But if you put a cookie and a big bowl of broccoli in front of me, and tell me to pick one or the other, I'm going to pick the cookie. I'm human, not perfect. Also, weighing and measuring my food was very time consuming and with my schedule it wasn't the most efficient.
Now on to keto. So far, it's all good. The lack of carbs is rough and as my body shifts into ketosis, workouts feel worse than they should. But I'm never hungry and for the first time in a long time, I'm easily consuming the appropriate amount of protein for my body. Although I am craving a piece of fruit, I'm not going crazy over those cravings. On Saturdays, between the hours of 4-10pm, I get to back load my carbs. Quite frankly, that makes things during the week a bit easier to deal with and I can imagine it is easy to maintain this type of diet for a long time.
So I tinker with my diet because I want to know more about what works best for me in terms of performance, aesthetics, health, and longevity. By learning more about how it all affects me, I can give some personal insight on top of the scientific reasonings, instead of, "Well, from what I've heard, this is what will happen..." If you have any questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with me before/after class!
Brgr having fun during a hollow hold
22 kb swings (70/53, USA)
22 box jumps (24/20)
22 wall balls (20/14)
Posted by Megan