I started University about yesterday, and I have started doing the ketogenic for about 2 days now. And I thought my initial thoughts would be helpful for some people.
For those of you who do not know, the ketogenic diet is basically depriving the body of carbs, and only eating meats and vegetables, in order to get your body to go in a state of ketosis. This means that instead of your body using carbs as its main energy source, it starts using fats.
There are a lot of health benefits to this, and this diet was what most people were use to if you were to go back a couple thousand years.
- increased mental clarity
- increased hormones(testosterone for men, estrogen for women)
- elimination of spikes of energy
But I am not here to preach the benefits, but rather what I think about it after doing it for a couple of days.
The biggest problem that I have with the diet is reaching the calories that I need to maintain weight. I am not trying to lose weight, and including carbs make it a lot easier to reach my calorie count. I eat about a pound of beef a day, 5 eggs, 4 slices of bacon, 2 cups of vegetables, 1 cup of fruit, and I am still find myself about 1500 calories short of what I need.
This diet is very difficult if you do not have a lot of money to spare on food. I spent about $30 a week on food, I will most likely have to spend more if I want to keep up with this diet. I am going to look around the grocery store for more economic options, but I am also considering just going back onto my old diet, because I was still eating very clean anyways.
I will update you guys if I make any major changes. I would still like to keep this diet until I reach ketosis, just because I am curious as to what that feels like.
Thanks for reading,