Who test drives diets? I do. I want to experience their effects and give my readers the unabashed truth. It's part of my '12 Diets in 12 Months: 2020 Nutrition Challenge'.
This month I've selected KETO - and I am scared. I must double my fat intake and embrace the FAT BOMB. I sort of wish they called it something else. But for this month FAT IS MY FRIEND.
My body must learn to use fat for energy instead of glucose. This shift is so drastic, that it upsets your electrolyte balance and hormonal balance for a few days. This is affectionately called the KETO FLU.
Okay, the count is 0 - 2, but somehow the Ketogenic diet is popular.
NET CARBS is the KETO way of saying the final carb count is the grams in the vegetables minus the grams of fiber.
Net carb = (veg gm) - (fiber gm)
I know. That sounds like I'll need to have a calculator with me at all times. Thank goodness for online nutrition trackers.
The only carbs that are acceptable are dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus and cucumbers. Now, I'm okay with that. I love veggies.
Clearly there will be a lot of planning, and lots of full fat dairy.
I can tell you right now, I don't like the butter in my coffee.
I will certainly miss the toast with my eggs. I will miss dipping pieces of Italian loaf into spiced olive oil. I will miss pizza. I will miss spaghetti and all the wonderful pasta variations. This is going to up-end my normal eating routine, and I guess that's the point.
Time for me to buckle up and take this on. Stay tuned for future blogs that address many of the obvious questions:
1) Isn't keto-acidosis dangerous?
2) Won't a high-fat diet cause weight gain?
3) Won't a high fat diet increase my risk for heart disease?
4) Doesn't saturated fat increase your cholesterol?
5) Aren't low-fat diets a better way to lose weight?
It all seems very counter-intuitive. And difficult. Pray for me.
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