Ketogenic / Low Carbohydrate High Fat Diet
Over the years, in the course of trying to lose weight, I tried a few diets. For the next four episodes, I will be taking a look at some of these FAD diets and sharing my experience.
To start off, let me explain what a FAD diet is. This is a diet that is popular and usually eliminates one or more food group or recommends eating more of one type of food at the expense of others.
First up is the Ketogenic (Keto) Diet. This is the first FAD diet I tried in my quest to lose weight. This was over 5 years ago.
A Keto Diet is one that recommends the consumption of low carbohydrate, high fat [LCHF], with adequate protein. This diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.
On a normal diet, the body uses glucose from carbohydrates as fuel. On a Keto diet, there is hardly any carbs been consumed so there is no glucose for the body to use as fuel. The liver then converts fats into fatty acids and ketone bodies.
The state where your body uses fat for energy through the production of ketone bodies is known as ketosis. This is the state you want to be at when you’re on the Keto diet.
The Keto diet was designed in 1924 by Dr Russell Wilder. It became popular as a treatment for epilepsy especially in children in the 1920s and 1930s but was later disused in favour of anti-seizure medications.
I was on this diet for about two months and I boy did I lose weight – 2.5 stones. However, it was not sustainable for me as I love food especially my carbs!
So…I went back to my old ways and the weight came back – with a vengeance.
Watch out for Part II..