When I first embarked on this journey last month, I wanted to jump in headfirst so I researched the keto diet and gave it my very best shot. I was not good at keto hence why my name is LowCarbGiantess and not KetoGiantess. The keto diet is a very strict form of a low carb diet, allowing a maximum of 20 net carbs per day. If you have ever tried the Atkins diet, keto is basically the induction phase of Atkins…..but forever. Both a keto and a low carb diet will put you into a state of ketosis, which means your body becomes a fat burning machine versus a sugar burning machine. The best analogy I’ve read for this transition is to think of a gas burning vehicle converting itself into a diesel fuel burning vehicle. Both vehicles perform but they use a different fuel source. I have successfully become what is called “fat adapted” in the low carb world. My body uses its own stored fat for fuel since I don’t give it any new sugar to use. It had no choice but to adapt, and so it did! The body is truly fascinating.
I am also not necessarily a clean eater. I drink Powerade Zero to help balance my electrolytes and we all know that teal blue coloring is not a natural food source. The keto diet forums that I was following were very anti-chemicals and unnatural food, which again was not sustainable for me long term. I gave up Dunkin’ Donuts, there’s my chemical sacrifice for the year.
For a while, I was religiously tracking every morsel of my food into the free version of MyFitnessPal to get a feel for how many calories/carbs/fat/protein I was consuming each day. I never successfully stayed under 20 net carbs per day but I was really good at staying under 40 net carbs per day and sometimes in the 30 net carbs per day range so I decided low carb was a better lifestyle for me. I don’t have to track as religiously anymore because I let my body tell me when to eat after my 16+ hour daily fast ends of course. For me, not having to weigh and track EVERYTHING makes this a much more pleasant way of eating. I always got burned out in the past when I had to weigh/measure everything. I want a lifestyle and a way of eating I can do without a kitchen scale.
Which reminds me, I didn’t eat ALL DAY yesterday! It wasn’t planned and it wasn’t strategic, I just turned off my fasting alarm when it went off and continued on with my day. By the time I looked at the clock again, it was 3PM and I did a self assessment and decided that I felt really good. I wasn’t hungry. I wasn’t thirsty. So I continued on with my day again. I did Google to be sure a 24-hour fast wasn’t going to hurt me in any way and there are lots of cultures/religions who fast for 24+ hours for various reasons, so I knew I would be OK for one day. That was the first time that’s ever happened. I woke up today and ate a healthy breakfast. I survived my first 24+ hour fast and it was actually really easy.