1 week into Keto, is the hype real?
Has it been hard to cut the carbs, skip on desert, and find nothing to order while at dinner? It’s been an interesting 1 1/2 week journey, to say the least. In this time I learned that MyFitness Pal app doesn’t like me intermittent fasting or eating coconut oil. My mom was disappointed that I was doing keto since I wouldn’t be able to eat tamales. Finally, I found out that Keto Urine strips have a limited shelf life once you open them and “testing” to see if they work by dipping them in vinegar does not tell you if they’re functioning!
Why am I still continuing keto? The results.
1 1/2 weeks in and I’m starting to feel different. My energy is consistent throughout the day and my hunger has been well under control. Don’t get me wrong, the first couple of days I was having pretty strong hunger pains regardless of how many macadamias, pork rinds, and slices of cheese I had. But 4 days into switching my diet I finally felt like I had control of my hunger. I was able to eat lunch and dinner and not feel a ravenous hunger 1-2 hours after eating. I’ll give a break down of some of the meals I had eaten during this time. I know that there is no breakfast, since I always skip breakfast. As Jason Fung MD, author of The Obesity Code, states “breakfast is the most important meal to skip.”
I would normally never post these progress photos on social media, but I’m posting these because I really believe in this lifestyle because of the crazy amount of health benefits. The results you see is just me adhering to a pretty strict ketogenic diet (<20 grams of carbs/day & 70% of calories coming from fat) with yoga 2-3 times per week. I’ve also integrated 18 hour fasts to help get my body used to using fat as its primary energy source. What this means is that I give myself a 6 hour interval to eat. So I’ll eat my lunch at 1 pm and will eat dinner around 6:30 pm. I’ll talk more about the benefits of intermittent fasting in a later post, so you all can know the science behind it. Check out some of the meals I ate over the last 2 weeks.
|Mozzarella with prosciutto, salami, sopressata, and walnuts. Drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.||Kielbasa sausage stir-fried with organic broccoli in oyster sauce.|
|Pork rinds and hummus||In-n-out double double, lettuce wrapped|
|Caesar salad with no croutons||Wild-caught pacific rock fish cooked in butter, Cauliflower kale “rice”.|
-Will Leon aka the Keto Latino