I’d like to call ketogenic nutrition the type of nutrition that keeps a person in ketosis. For those who don’t know what ketosis is, I will tell you that it’s that metabolic state in which the primary fuel of the body is fat, and not carbohydrates (most of the people, nowadays, use carbohydrates as primary source of energy).
In ketosis you use the fat that you eat and the fat that you have on your body to produce the energy that you need on a daily basis. To enter ketosis you have to deplete your body of the carbohydrates it has stored in your muscle and in your liver and then you have to maintain a daily consumption of less than 50g of carbohydrates (some people need to go below 30g) For more emphasis on ketosis, read this.
As I’ve been in ketosis for most of the time ever since October 2013, I’ve noticed several improvements in my physical state and in my mental state as well.
Thank you Ketosis!
First of all, I lost more than 4.2kg of bodyweight, which was all attributed to fat. I didn’t lose any lean mass. See my experiment over here.
Second of all, the level of energy that I have throughout the day is incredible. Many people experience tiredness after lunch or after any meal. They feel sleepy. I felt the same way when I was following a moderate to high-carb nutrition (like most of the people do). In ketosis I never experienced that, and it’s great because I can do much more in a day than I did before.
Third of all, I don’t require too much sleep and I never feel tired even if I deprive myself of sleep (however, that’s something that you should never do). I sleep 5 to 6 hours a night and I feel very energetic when I wake up. This is great in terms of productivity.
Fourth, hunger and cravings are gone! For good!
When I was on high-carb nutrition, three hours after a meal I started feeling hungry. I always had cravings for sweets. I had to exhaust myself on cardio to maintain a certain level of fitness.
In ketosis I never feel hungry because whenever my body has used the fat that I ate to create energy it switches to using my body fat for energy. Grehlin, which is the hunger regulating hormone, is not as active as in moderate to high-carb nutrition.
To illustrate: one day last December I fasted for more than a day just to see how my body performs under such conditions. To be honest, in the evening I was feeling slightly hungry but it was something that I could ignore if I didn’t focus on the sensation.
I also fasted when I was on high-carb nutrition and by 3 or 4 P.M. I felt like I wanted to kill someone for food.
Quit? Heck no!
People ask me when I will quit this type of nutrition. Right now I have no intention of doing so because the benefits are immense from all points of view.
Why would I quit keto if I eat chocolate (85% cocoa) every day? (ClicktoTweet)
Why would I quit it if I eat pancakes (made out of coconut flour) whenever I want?
Not to mention that my workout performances have been increased once I got keto-adapted. I will write about each of these benefits in detail in future posts.
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1. Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
2. Eric Westman, Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – New Atkins for a New You
3. Klok MD, Jakobsdottir S, Drent ML – The role of leptin and ghrelin in the regulation of food intake and body weight in humans: a review.