Another fad diet attempt that will last less than 3 months?
About a month ago, I came across the Ketogenic Diet while surfing different channels on YouTube. There were a lot of very well explained and compelling videos that convinced me to give this a try.
What is the Ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet is centred around consuming a large amount of your daily calorie intake from fats, with the remainder being made up of proteins and minimal carbohydrates.
The principle behind this diet is as we progress on this diet our body starts to switch our primary fuel source from carbohydrates to fats. The biochemistry behind ketosis will be explained in further detail hopefully in a future post.
I also came across intermittent fasting while working my way through related videos. At this point, I was already familiar with this concept as in my younger years in search of the best way to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time I came across this.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is where you maintain a regular extended period of fasting. For example, you may alloeww yourself to eat from 8-10am in the morning and then fast till the following morning 8am (2 hour feeding window, 22 hour fast).
What am I doing at the moment?
I am doing a combination of the two – a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting.
I currently only eat one meal a day (dinner) and try to keep this dinner high in good fats with a reasonable amount of protein and minimal carbohydrates.
Results so far?
I have been very pleased with the results so far. I have definitely lost a lot of fat as towards the end of last year, I started putting on a lot of fat around my waistline which has reduced significantly.
I recall weighing around 84kgs towards the end of 2016 when I was trying to put on weight to bulk up and I was eating anything at anytime I wanted (not good!). I weighed myself a couple of days ago and I weighed in at just under 77kgs! So that is 7kgs of probably muscle mass and fat lost over in about a month. Pretty impressive I must say.
Alot of friends have been commenting on how slim I look now. Additionally, my ‘skinny’ pants that were on the verge of being too small towards the end of last year fit perfectly now.
My energy levels have been a lot more consistent throughout the day. Most people tend to think that the traditional three meals a day is the most healthy pattern of eating. As I continue to eat one meal a day, I am becoming more convinced that this common belief is incorrect.
I definitely feel that my emotions have become more stable. I feel like I have more composure and peace of mind which helps me control my actions, speech and thoughts.
As I only have to worry about a single meal a day now, it has freed up a lot my time. As I am only eating dinner as my single meal at the moment, I now don’t have to worry about breakfast and lunch. This has allowed me to dedicate this freed up time to other things in my life that I thought I didn’t have enough time for such as reading and catching up with friends.
I will continue to blog about my progress on this diet. I am trying to do some regular weight training as well to build some muscle but have been unsuccessful in the recent weeks. Hopefully, I can get this back on track as well and share some of my weight training experiences as well. Until next time, choose to be healthy and choose to be happy!