That Fat Boy Slims – What is Keto?
I’ve had a lot of people asking me what keto is and how it works. Bearing in mind, I’m only two weeks into it, I am no expert. But I figured I’d put my spin on it for my regular readers. I’m not a public speaker for the lifestyle nor am I affiliated in anyway with any health authorities etc. but I’ll put it into terms that I say when verbally asked about it.
The ketogenic diet, in essence, is about cutting out the grains, sugars, additives and other shit that our bodies struggle to process. It’s about going back to our roots – as hunter-gatherers who were primarily carnivorous. So, to accomplish this, the idea is to keep carbs to an absolute minimum if they can’t be cut out completely. To counter this, we must consume a larger amount of fat. This is the bit most people struggle to comprehend. We’re told by TV shows, health professionals, Jamie Fucking Oliver et al that fat is bad for you. No sugar and low in fat are the buzzwords we are to use as our daily mantra.
I can’t go into the science of it but again, in layman’s terms, if we cut out the carbs and other complex shit our body struggles with and rely on pure fat, our body literally has an input that is used as pure fuel. We get out what we put in. Our metabolism is firing on all cylinders and thus gives us more energy so despite having an absurd amount of fat going in, we’re naturally burning it off because we’re becoming well-oiled machines.
I was sceptical, and months ago, I couldn’t imagine life without being on my prescribed antidepressants. At the time of writing this, I have weaned myself off my 30mg prescription of Mirtazapine and this is day three of me being completely off them. I feel great. I still suffer from tiredness and general aches and pains but nowhere near as bad as before. My IBS has been great too. Aside from some issues within the first week (which I’m attributing to my body adjusting to this way of life) my health generally feels like it is improving. My mind is clearer and I feel more driven. I feel happier than I’ve felt in a long time and it’s engaging my brain in a way that makes me excited for new recipes and changes to come as part of this lifestyle change.
I could recycle the same info I have read and heard about this diet and the huge improvements it can make to people’s lives but I would sound like a dietary evangelist and most people switch off with that shit. What I will tell you, as I tell the guys in work and my friends outside of work, check out ‘The Magic Pill’ documentary on Netflix. It is an eye-opener and it may even convince you to give it a try.
I’ll be completely honest, it hasn’t been as hard as I expected to cut out the carbs. I do get cravings but nothing that can’t be handled and if you’r looking to change your diet or become more body confident or even come off of all the meds you are on, this could be worth a look.
Additional supplements such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil etc. we get from Holland & Barett.
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