Ketogenic diet, a gem in the choices for weight loss. I actually learned from a friend that this type of diet helps you loose a lot of weight and fast. Ketogenic diet actually involves re-vamping your eating habits. A complete discontinuation on all carb intake, replacing it with a healthy mix of proteins, fat. and vegetables. Sounds yummy right? At first I thought of eating steak every day sounds good. However, as my mom often said when I was a kid, “anything taken in excess, is bad for you”. In this type of diet, you must create a balance.
In every new thing we experience, we need time to adjust. Diet is not an exception to this rule, there are physical are psychological effects to us. Before we talk about the physical changes let’s talk about psychological. Control of your mind is actually necessary in engaging this type of diet. Because, let’s face it, some “comfort foods” are addictive. A good article from cleaveland clinic talks about the Psychology of Eating:
What we eat affects how we feel. Food should make us feel good. It tastes great and nourishes our bodies. If you eat too little or eat too much, however, your health and quality of life could be affected. This can result in negative feelings toward food.
By learning how to make healthier and more mindful choices, you may be able to control compulsive eating, binging, and weight gain. By taking charge of your appetite, you may also gain a feeling of calm, high energy levels, and alertness from the foods you eat.
Common challenges of being in a diet is actually maintaining it. After loosing those pounds, we tend to go back to our old ways. Here are some insights from active that explain common dieting problems involving physical changes:
After losing those pounds you suddenly feel that, overnight, your body has changed, making you a charter member of the exclusive “fast-metabolism-I-can-eat-whatever-I want” club. Then one morning you wake up and the reflection in the mirror reveals a truth that cannot be denied. You were never in the club. Not only have you regained the weight you lost, you’ve actually added more pounds. When this happens, you probably feel frustrated, ashamed, powerless, and you’re probably ready to throw up your hands in defeat.
The good part of this diet is that you loose your weight very quickly because of eliminating all the carbs intake. However, the bad thing is that there is something called the “Keto Flu”. Keto flu is a common reason for stopping progress on a ketogenic diet. People report mood swings, irritability, fatigue, dizziness and nausea among other symptoms. It is usually experienced within a few days after carb elimination and it may last anywhere from a day to a few weeks. I have found a very complete and informative website about Keto flu which may help you in this battle for a healthier body.
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