What is Ketogenic? — UPDATE

I was first introduced to the concept of a ketogenic diet when my husband decided to lose weight. He has a bulging disk in his lower spine that was causing him tremendous pain, even numbness in his legs.  Since he was pushing past 220 lbs, it made sense that weight loss would help relieve some of the pressure on his lower back.
As he researched better ways to work out, he happened upon ketogenic eating.  High fat intake.  No carbs, no sugar, and low protein.  I’ve never been a believer of fad diets, but he’s a young man with low cholesterol and low blood pressure.  What did he have to lose?

Dave did his part on working out differently, and improving his posture.  I helped by changing what we ate.  I still ate carbs and desserts, while he abstained from all sugars and carbohydrates.  Each meal had a simple leafy green salad with avocado, along with a fatty meat dish.  He quenched his hunger between meals with nuts and phat fudge.  (More on that later).

After four months, he dropped from 220 lbs to 190.2 lbs.

Granted, we haven’t had his cholesterol checked since he started this diet (September, 2016) but he says he feels more energetic, more alert.

Neither of us are nutritionists or are we biologists.  I have no personal knowledge of this diet working for anyone else, so please don’t this as an endorsement.   This is just our experience and it worked so well we had to share.

On a typical day on this diet, here’s what Dave ate:

Breakfast:  High fat plain Greek yogurt with some blueberries or strawberries.  Coffee with heavy cream.

Lunch:  Avocado and leafy green salad with a balsamic and oil dressing.  A side of fatty meat or fish.

Snack:  If he’s hungry between meals, he’ll have a Phat Fudge, a spoonful of almond butter or a handful of nuts until he feels full.

Dinner:  I think it’s important to note that Dave usually works out in the evenings before having a slightly heavier dinner comprised of the same things as lunch.

What does he do if he can’t eat at home?  Then it’s a meal-sized salad with lots of bacon and avocados and some sort of fish.  Nowadays most restaurants will carry all sort of gluten, carbohydrate, and sugar-free meal options.  You know it’s serious when Denny’s offers Gluten free.

One noticeable difference for him on this high fat diet was his appetite.  He didn’t feel hungry as often between meals, and would often forgo breakfast without adverse effects to his alertness.

September 29th, 2016

**UPDATE **  In recent weeks, Dave decided to ease off on this diet and focus on gaining a bit more muscle.  He started to eat the occasional pizza and fruit.  He found himself feeling hungrier faster between each meal.

For further information on the ketogenic diet, I suggest talking to your doctor and doing your own research.  Take to get started, take a look at this article on keto for epileptics, and what the Mayo Clinic has to say.  Good luck!


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