Despite the fact that I have been a lifelong vegan, my weight loss has been at a snail’s pace when compared to keto. I am still not in ketosis despite my efforts.
I was taught to eat this diet and by far the most important piece of advice I got was to monitor my calories. Most people are under the impression that if you restrict your calories you will lose weight. But no matter how many carbohydrates and fats you eliminate you can’t expect to lose fat unless you increase your caloric intake to replace it. Of course, you could starve yourself but that would be unethical.
It is really difficult to maintain a healthy weight when you have type 2 diabetes or an unhealthy lifestyle that may be compromised by your health. Being a person with an unhealthy lifestyle, I am no exception. Although I have never had a medical problem I still experience intense health issues such as a recurring throat infection, sinus problems, anemia, constipation, high blood pressure, etc. I also have to take medication that causes me to lose weight by depressing me physically.
The health problems made me so stressed out I often tried to remove all the stress I could by giving up things like sugar, coffee, tea, alcohol, etc. However, as the days passed without me losing weight, I lost all my energy and just went through the motions.
Now that I have finally seen the actual facts, I see that although I am not keto-adapted, I did get some benefits from the diet. I also saw that I was probably too “protective” when it came to food, forcing myself to eat the “bad” foods and forgetting about the ones that I should have been eating all along.
The main benefit I have experienced is that I found myself craving food more often. I am not sure how many people I know to experience this exact same thing. When you are in ketosis, your body temperature drops dramatically making it very difficult to get excited about food. So by eliminating carbs, I found that I was craving foods at a much higher rate than normal.
As a result of that, I realized that keto has to be a way of life. This is really a long term diet plan and you cannot expect to just go on a crash diet and expect to lose weight. There has to be some sort of discipline behind the diet.
This is why the people who are sticking to this strict diet are usually the ones who have been working out, meditating, drinking plenty of water, and doing cardio regularly. These are the people who have actually learned to live on keto, and they are able to maintain their weight while using a low carb diet.
There are those that want to implement keto into their daily lives but find themselves frustrated because they are not feeling the results. This is another case where the lifestyle choice is key.
If you are not happy with your previous diet, it is always best to stick with something that you like the taste of and is healthy. If you find yourself avoiding carbs or sugars then that is another good sign that you may be getting to the point of keto. Remember, if you want to lose weight, you have to increase your caloric intake without increasing your caloric intake more than you can afford to burn.
If you get into the habit of eating more carbs, sugar, and starches than you need, you can put yourself at risk for getting your metabolism to slow down due to excessive amounts of insulin, high blood sugar levels, and other problems. Your body doesn’t actually burn fat when you are in ketosis, so you want to increase your caloric intake at least enough to burn through your carbs. The key to successfully losing weight on keto is to follow a healthy lifestyle and finding ways to prepare better meals that you enjoy.