The Keto Experiment

So – What is the Keto Experiment? Well… its exactly that.. An experiment on the Ketogenic diet.

A bit of background..

My Husband Declan and I are currently not in a good way health wise. Declan and I are 37 and 38 years old and our bodies are not getting any younger. Whilst we haven’t been medically diagnosed with anything serious we know our lifestyles and the way we eat and drink are not great.. and it shows on our bodies!

Each day is a typical carb fest of toasties for brunch, anything we can grab on the run for lunch and finishing off the day with Beer and Wine and more than likely potatoes of some kind. You see, Declan is Irish and after being together for 8 years I have learnt every way to cook Declan’s favourite vegetable! 1001 ways to cook potatoes!!

And that’s not all Declan loves. Declan loves Coke…. Yep… Coca Cola! That combined with a  Red Bull Breakfast is a recipe for disaster. Highly addictive and who knows what damage its doing internally. They say that Sugar is the New Nicotine and I believe it…

Now Im just as bad! Whilst I don’t indulge in soft drinks, my sugar hit comes from my two favourite treats! Big M Milkshakes ( Strawberry or Iced Coffee… either one Im not fussed ) and Ice cream which is often covered in chocolate Ice Magic. Of course I love potatoes too… As I menioned I can cook potatoes any way you want….and they are tasty!

So a typical day on our diets is sugar and carb laden.. We know it and we know it effects us in so many ways.

Both of us haven’t had a good nights sleep since we can remember. Yes we have highly stressful jobs. Yes there are other external factors that mentally could be affecting our sleep but deep down I have a feeling that it has to do with our diet – although I’ve been telling Dec that its mostly because of his snoring!!

Most nights I wake up with severe indigestion. To the point where I literally have to get up out of bed and sleep in the upright position on our couch for the rest of the night. This disturbs Dec too…he likens me to Puff the Acid dragon blowing my toxic stomach acid on to him. This is not normal and it definitely has to do with what I am putting in my mouth.

Because of this lack of sleep we suffer lethargy during the day. I typically hit the wall at around 4pm each day and not a day goes by that Declan doesn’t have a little snooze the couch after work before I serve dinner.

Sound familiar?

Surely this cant be normal. We know that we can feel better. We know that if we don’t do something now that we will end up as a pudgy unhealthy couple. We don’t want that! We want to be the cool good looking fit and healthy couple with all the energy in the world.

So.. what do we do?

There are so many diets out there…..and to tell you the truth, I’ve personally tried them all!! You name it I have given them all a go. This year already I have done a 10 day juice cleanse – I have tried Intermittent fasting – 5:2 and 16:8 and total water fasting and I’ve even Quit Sugar…and I have lost weight….but I cant stick to these diets and the weight comes back on.

Dec on the other hand has never been on a diet in his entire life. He just eats what he wants……and we don’t have to tell you where that got him now, do we?

So one night after many conversations about our lifestyle and how we should do something we decided on actually doing something!!

So here we are… we decided on the Ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. Apparently the reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis and when this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy.

So we thought… we have a lot of fat and we love to Eat Fat so what better way to lose weight than eating fat to burn fat, right?

Both of us, Sam – the “ I will try anything diet” girl and Dec – the “I haven’t dieted ever” guy knew we needed to do something more than just “go on a diet”. We wanted to do it long term, we wanted to be accountable and the most important thing is we actually wanted to be able to measure if this diet actually worked.

It was then we decided to do “The Keto Experiment” We will both go on an 8 week Keto Diet and we will track, measure, monitor, blog and film our results!

It will literally be an experiment. And on this blog people can follow our journey and see if the Keto way of eating resonates with us.

Day one starts on Monday the 1st of May 2017.