In 2012 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I remember being so young, unaware that my life would drastically change. Everything the doctor told me was a blur, it didn’t seem real and for awhile I didn’t take it seriously. Within 2 years I went from a size 6 to a size 10. Overtime I began to feel very insecure and embarrassed about my weight gain. Everything changed from my style, to my social life. I fell into a deep depression and wanted to give up. After years of feeling sorry for myself, at the precious age of 26 I am determined to take back my life and fight this horrific disease. I started conducting research on ways to create a healthier lifestyle because that’s what it’s about, dieting is temporary, I needed a LIFESTYLE change. Throughout this process I realized that it’s not just about your physical health, it’s about your mental health as well as your emotional. Less sleepless nights, less anxiety, more energy and more focus. That’s what I craved for.
You can read more about My PCOS Journey HERE.
I decided to start a Ketogenic lifestyle. The Ketogenic lifestyle is a low carb, moderate protein, and high fat lifestyle which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.
When you’re body is in a state of ketosis, the liver produces ketones which becomes the main energy source for the body. Having PCOS means I am more prone to insulin resistance, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and sleep complications. I decided to go with this lifestyle change because it completely reverses how your body functions (in a good way) along with changing how you view nutrition.
Let’s break it down
When you eat something that is high in carbs (that yummy cupcake), your body will produce glucose and insulin.
• Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that is why it’s the preferred energy source for your body.
• Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by transporting it around your body.
The problem with this is that when glucose is used as a primary energy source, fats are not needed for energy and therefore are stored.
With the average person’s diet, glucose is the main energy source. This initially doesn’t seem like a problem until you realize that the body can’t store that much glucose. It becomes an issue for you because the extra glucose gets converted into fat which is then stored. Because your body uses glucose as it’s main energy source the glucose that is converted into fat doesn’t get used. When your body runs out of glucose it tells your brain you need more so you end up reaching for a quick snack like a candy bar or some chips. You can begin to see how this cycle leads to building up a body that you don’t really want.
When you lower your intake of carbs, the body begins to look for an alternative energy source and your body enters a metabolic state known as ketosis.When your body is in a state of ketosis, it produces ketones. Ketones occur from the breakdown of fat in the liver.
You might be thinking why isn’t the body constantly breakdown fats in the liver? Well, when your body is producing insulin, the insulin prevents the fat cells from entering the bloodstream so they stay stored in the body.
When you lower your carb intake, glucose levels, along with blood sugar levels, drop which in turn lowers insulin levels. This allows the fat cells to release the water they are storing (it’s why you first see a drop in water weight) and then the fat cells are able to enter the bloodstream and head to the liver. This is the end goal of the keto diet. You don’t enter ketosis by starving your body. You enter ketosis by starving your body of carbohydrates.
Some of the main benefits of Ketosis are:
– weight loss
– Blood sugar control
– Mental focus
– Increase in Energy
– Better appetite control
– Treats Epilepsy
– Controls Cholesterol and Blood pressure
– Prevents Insulin Resistance
– Prevents Acne
It’s important to understand that carbohydrates are not only in the junk foods that you love, but also some of the healthier foods that you enjoy. For example, on keto you nee to avoid wheat (bread, pasta, cereals), starch (potatoes, beans, legumes) and fruit. There are small exceptions like avocado, star fruit, and berries as long as they are consumed in moderation.
Foods To Avoid
• Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal
• Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup
• Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges
• Tubers – potato, yams
Foods to Eat
• Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, egg
• Leafy Greens – spinach, kale
• Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower
• High fat dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter
• Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds
• Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries
• Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low-carb sweeteners
• Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.
Over the next 2 weeks I will be releasing a Ketogenic Cookbook and Exercise plan to help kickstart this process for my readers. I have been doing this for only 3 months now and I’m already seeing a massive change to my body and mind. I had to share my experience and pay it forward to someone who just needs a little push in the right direction.
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For more information on the Ketogenic Lifestyle visit https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto for more info.