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What Is This Keto Diet

Two months ago I was doing some serious searching on diets and how to lose weight fast, and I came across this diet I’ve never heard of before, called the Ketogenic diet. I researched it and it’s similar to Atkins with a few tweaks. It seemed a bit difficult but I had to try it, as so many people were claiming pounds would melt right off, effortlessly, with no exercise and with no hunger pangs. After gaining nearly a hundred pounds after 2 pregnancies in a row, I needed something that worked, and for my mental health, I needed something that worked FAST.

At first I only wanted to try it for ten days to see if it was feasible for me, but I was so happy with the results that I just kept going. My husband agreed to do it with me for support.

A bit about this diet:

Being on a Ketogenic diet means your body is in a state of ketosis. What that means, is your body is burning ketones instead of glucose. Ketones = Fat. Glucose = Sugar.

The normal human body burns glucose - as it’s easier to burn than ketones. But once you deprive your body of glucose, then it switches to burning an alternative fuel source (Ketones, or fat). To make this switch, you must stop eating carbs. You must think of carbs as the devil. Carbs are evil. Carbs make you fat.

The basic principles of this diet: Eat A LOT of fat, moderate protein, very little carbs. Once you’re body has transitioned to burning ketones as a fuel source, the more fat you eat, the more fat you burn.

That is so different from how I used to think about how to diet. It’s like complete opposite of your standard American diet, which is pretty much low fat and high carb.

On this diet, you must strive to eat less than 20g of carbs a day. To put that in perspective- one apple has 20g of carbs. Instead of having one apple for your daily carb allotment, it’s best to have more green vegetables, as they have carbs also, but not as much. You want to completely cut out all fruits (except lemon and lime), bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, honey, sugar, etc. You also want to cut out beans, grains, legumes, carrots, red bell pepper and tomatoes, or anything tomato based. Cut out anything and everything that tastes sweet.

Because I’m addicted to sugar (Btw- did you know sugar is 8 TIMES more addictive than cocaine?) I knew I was going to have a hard time cutting it out. So I turned to artificial sweeteners. Yes I know, they are bad for you. Whatever. I need my fix. I figure a little bit of fake sugar is better than a lot of real sugar.

These are some foods I turn to for my sweet fix:

Sugar free Jello, heavy whipping cream sweetened with Truvia, Starbucks skinny syrups (they sell these)- and are perfect for tea or coffee, and sugar free popsicles. Sometimes I may even sprinkle Truvia in my scrambled eggs (weird, I know).

So the thing about this diet is, that you CANNOT have a cheat day. You cannot cheat, EVER. If you do cheat, your body will go back into burning-glucose-mode, and then it’ll take up to a week or two to get back into Ketosis.

Once I started this diet, I felt ok for the first few days. But towards the end of the week and through the second week, I felt like death. Apparently you are supposed to feel like that, that means you are doing it right. When you feel like death, it means your body is transitioning from burning glucose to burning ketones. It’s supposed to make you feel horrible. If it doesn’t make you feel strange, then you are either really lucky or you are not doing it right. Towards the end of my first week, I felt a lot of heart palpitations. I would get dizzy all the time. I would forget EVERYTHING. They say to help with these side effects, drink LOTS and LOTS of water, and have LOTS of salt. Apparently drinking chicken broth helps with the symptoms of this “Keto flu” so I tried that, and GROSS! Who drinks chicken broth on it’s own? Ew.

Whilst transitioning to Ketosis, what helped me the most was drinking (at least 100 oz a day) and eating soup. A keto-friendly soup of course. Mines was made of cabbage, scallions, mushrooms, spinach, celery, all kinds of spices and chicken broth. It was SO good. Thanks mom. Oh, and mom, if you’re reading this, can you make me more please? :)

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So during the first two weeks of this diet, you will lose A LOT of weight. But do not be fooled, the majority of the weight you lose is water weight. You will lose a lot of water and electrolytes, so you need to replenish with water and salt. The reason you will lose so much water is because carbs encourage your body to absorb water. So when you cut carbs, you will start losing all that water.

They say that after a few weeks of being in ketosis, your carb cravings will start to diminish. I call bull$h!t on that one.

This is me:

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The best thing about this diet? Besides losing weight, I don’t get hungry as often. I don’t get sugar highs and lows either. I don’t need to eat every few hours. But I still hate it. It is, after all a diet. And who likes to diet??

I’d have to say though, this diet is probably not ideal long term. Maybe I’ll stop once I reach my pre-pregnancy weight, but maybe I won’t. I’ll have to see how it goes. I do miss eating fruit though. So maybe once I stop the diet I will just re introduce fruit. I have no idea.

I’ll post another blog entry detailing how much weight I lost in the first month and what I ate.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.