What is the Ketogenic Diet?

Ketogenic Diet Book is on Amazon and not expensive. This book is the simplest way I found to get the information I needed on this diet. I prefer something I can hold in my hand and reference when needed. That being said I still love to read about the different recipes online and the success stories you find when researching the diet. I personally have myself and 3 friends that are doing this way of eating right now. One is a mom of 6 and nursing a 5 month old. Always check with your doctor about this way of eating and nursing, she is doing this under doctor supervision. She has lost 25 lbs  and lots of inches to date. Also you should definitely check with your doctor if you are taking insulin or blood pressure medications. During the first few weeks of the new way of eating medications can have a stronger effect on the body while it goes through the adjustment.

A little history on this diet, which I find really interesting considering I work in direct care with the mentally and physically disabled for the last 15 years, it was created by Dr. Russel Wilder of the Mayo Clinic over 92 years ago. It was initially created to treat those who suffered from chronic seizures prior to 1940’s when the first anti-seizure medications came to be used. Personally over the last 8 or so years I have had my eyes open to natural remedies and diet based treatments of chronic conditions and love to learn more about them.

So basically this diet is high good fats ( coconut oil, avocado, grass-fed butter, olive oil ect.) medium amounts of protein and low carbohydrates. I have found this site to help me calculate the amounts my body needs each day to lose weight at the rate I would like to lose. I am 5’3″ and 245.6 lbs so I am considered morbidly obese (BMI 44), personally I don’t feel that way but I have always been able to carry my weight well and never look as heavy as the scale says. Anywho my amounts will differ from yours. Mine are as pictured:

My Macros are:

Fat:  150 grams

Protien:  72 grams

Carbohydrates:  13 grams

For me to be able to lose weight aggressively.

EVERYONE will differ slightly, this is more of a detailed way to get into Ketosis. Ketosis is what we want to body to achieve. This means the body is using fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates like before and therefore you should be able to lose weight relatively fast. Depending on how much you have to lose. This can take several weeks so don’t expect for this to happen overnight no matter what you see everyone else say online! Be patient. You, well at least not me, didn’t gain the weight overnight and you won’t lose it like that either 🙂

Now how to begin the diet? Well I have found the book I linked at the beginning of this post to be helpful. I am apart of several groups on Facebook. Ketovangelist Kitchen  and here is a link to my Pintrest Board with more info and recipes. I have found great support in the Ketogenic success group. If you have kids that you would like to get on this way of eating here is the link to that group Keto Kids.

Bottom line for this way of eating is check with your doctor if you have any preexisting conditions.

Good luck and enjoy this way of eating!

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