After a couple of months of trying different things with my macro-nutrients, my PT has decided to put me on a Ketogenic Diet. Wikipedia describes this as; a high fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
Now before you run out and decide you are not going to eat carbs again, please DON'T!!! I can't stress that enough. You have to make sure that your calorie intake is still sufficient to be able to cope with your daily activities. I am taking my advise from Tom, who will be keeping an eye on me and I won't be on low carb all the time, having a higher carb day once a week to sustain my metabolic rate.
I started this on Thursday last week. It is Sunday now. We are gradually bringing my carbs down, rather than all of a sudden bringing them down, this is to prevent my body from going into melt down. However, I have been away this week to see a friend and go to see Derren Brown (FYI he will blow your mind live!!,). I found staying low carb extremely difficult and did mess up on one day. But I'm back on it today and feeling very strong, I really want to kick my body into start losing weight again.
I'm having flash backs to previous posts, saying this before.... You have to keep going, I haven't had a good time this year, but that doesn't mean I will give up and just stay where I am, or go back to where I was! I'm pushing forward, trying new things and striving to achieve what I want.
On this diet you may be thinking that I'm gong to run out of energy, without carbs. Actually I don't think that this will be the case, the fats in my diet have been brought up, therefore I will have an energy source being put into my body.
FATS, sounds like a dirty word for most dieters, I learnt a long time ago what a lack of fats will do to you. For me, I felt like my brain stopped working!! I'm not exaggerating, I literally felt like it wasn't functioning. Your body needs fats, 'good' fats are essential for your body and brain to function. Low fat foods are all well and good, but not if you don't have a sustainable 'good' fats source!!!!!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best fat source in my eyes is.......... COCONUT OIL
Cook with it, eat it off the spoon, or my personal favourite, put it in your first black coffee of the day (please do not put it in coffee with milk - yuck! Good thing is, it also works wonders as moisturiser, hair conditioner, etc, Google coconut oil uses. You can buy it from most supermarkets, around £7.99 a pot, mine lasts month or so.
I will keep you posted on what the results of this diet is and how I feel, everyone fingers crossed, I really want this to work