by Sam Martin – The Keto Experiment
1. You can survive without your beloved carbs but it will be brutal
At first I was afraid, I was petrified! Carbs and I go way back. So removing them was not easy! And what happens when you remove carbs? The Carb Flu – when your body starts to freak out on you. You see, when you eat carbs your body turns those carbs in to glucose and that’s what your body uses as its primary source of energy. When you take that glucose away by decreasing the amount of carbs you eat, your body needs to look for something else to use for energy. So it turns to your fat stores. And that’s exactly what we want on our keto journey. This metabolic state is called Ketosis. I’m not going to lie to you, the first two weeks of eating keto are brutal and your body doesn’t go down without a fight during this transition. You feel lethargic, a little cranky and generally hangry and you will think to yourself surely one or two Oreos won’t hurt? But Carb Flu is exactly what you want. It means you are transitioning to using those fat stores for energy. The Carb Flu is short lived, maybe for a few days and then once you transition in to ketosis.
2. Your breath will smell – like really bad
Lucky for me I’ve been waking up next to the same person for eight years, and Declan my husband is also going keto too. So while we knew we both had horrible morning breath it kind of went unspoken because well you know… love! But you know it’s bad when you can smell your own breath. Why is this happening? When you have used all your glucose stores for energy your body starts to produce ketones. These are the guys responsible for telling your body to use fat for fuel and this is how we measure if we are in ketosis. They just also happen to be the guys responsible for the worst morning breath you have ever smelt. Take this as is a sign that your body is ready to burn fat. Brush your teeth and buy some sugar free mints and get on with it.
3. Your bowels won’t make up their mind for a while
I’m going to talk about what no one talks about. Poo. The first few days on Keto there was no sign of it. None. Nada. Zilch! I went from being a regular once a day kinda girl to nothing. Heed my words when I tell you that the worst thing you can do here is to take laxatives because eventually this poo strike sorts itself out – and in full force. When it comes back, it makes a bigger come back than Tziporah Malkah on I’m a Celeb. I had to stay close to the toilet for a few days but afterwards I felt like a new me. A lot less bloated and lighter on my feet (and on the scales too, me).
4. You can get lean by eating fat
5. You’ll wonder if this will work long term
This is the question that keeps running through our minds. And this is why we are undertaking a keto experiment. Eight weeks of eating foods that are high in fat, low in carbohydrates and moderate amounts of protein. It’s pretty simple really. The results we are seeing as we progress are great. So will it be Keto for life for us? We will have to wait and see.
As published in Body + Soul written by Sam Martin from The Keto Experiment