Ketosis comes from tightly controlling the food to get there and then enjoying the absence of hunger and cravings to KEEP you there.
Been in "Consistent-Ketosis", as I call it, for 2 weeks. I am transformed all over again by the energy I feel and the lack of hunger I have to deal with! Food is quiet and NOT on my mind day and night! This is a really nice byproduct of a Ketogenic Diet...Going Keto works seamlessly for me and when I stay totally compliant I'm not hungry, I'm happy. Happy ON A DIET? Yes, I'm happy, confident and energized!
In the back of our heads we're all living for the numbers. For most people weight loss is all about a number on the plate (cals) and a number on the scale...but I've found personally there are 2 numbers that mean the most...the number of carbs I eat, and the number of ketones I make. THAT leads to ketosis and consistent-ketosis gives me BETTER life.
This energy is truly amazing!
Energy allows me to accomplish almost with ease the things before me. Energy and food-management give me a CONFIDENCE, and with that confidence I reach out and help more people. I dream bigger dreams of HOW to do that. I share more often and I thrive in my purpose.
Quality of life is far more important than what size I am wearing. Being able to fully embrace PURPOSE and CONFIDENCE again has put me on a path to helping others. Sharing where I was, what I am doing and how life has found me again through my story is changing other lives too. (Thank You Keto!)
35 months ago I left obesity, and an isolated life of shame. I reached out to diet with my cousin. Secretly, I'd been deeply concerned about my health, obesity and isolation, but didn't have the HOPE or ENERGY to try and change one more time. "Why try, I can't do it and really I don't care anymore (that's a very scary place my friends...it's a place of hopelessness.) We did a basic lowcarb diet. After a few months of being successful there (I did good because I didn't want to let her down) I took things up a notch and went Keto which is a far more controlled approach on lowcarb. (Phase 1 of the old Atkins is keto). In ketosis my world changed. Appetite was gone and this energy came flooding in. Weight just melted away. I lived in this amazing place until maintenance and then things changed...
In maintenance I let up on counting, after all I knew what to do. I ate when hungry and stopped when full and went about trying to figure out what to do with all this success. I got busy, I started coaching clients, my story ran in Dietdoctor, I'd be up at 5am talking to Australia and back after work catching up with another coaching client it was a happy successful time. Little by little life got bigger and food was something I just grabbed and ran. In 35 months I've never cheated but slowly I did start to overeat. I ignored this mounting problem. That eventually took me out of ketosis and back into a challenging place of trying to stay keto, out of ketosis.
Trying to stay KETO out of Ketosis is insane!
So yea, insane! The cravings were back in control, and I'd drop everything to try and rein them in. Energy was elusive again and I was over consuming coffee (and sweetener) to KEEP UP! I would graze because I felt hunger all the time. ALL the magic was gone. Weight crept back in. I'd fast and then get into ketosis and for a brief moment it felt wonderful...only to overeat on the weekends. I'd count carbs and wrestle food and get into ketosis, only to let it slip away a few days later. This cycle went round and round. I was so busy I didn't get too down about it which kept it going...I would pop SF gum, just to keep the cravings satisfied and even a Diet Coke was appearing more and more often in my hands and then I'd fast and rest from food. So so busy I didn't even THINK about this..til I saw a picture of myself (below the face) and the FAT WAS BACK! I was trying to BE keto, way out of ketosis! Once I truly saw what was happening...faced myself in that picture, came out from behind all the good things happening... I went back to a diet partner, counting, accountability, and recording food.
The lesson? Consistent-Ketosis has again changed my life. ANYTHING that takes me out of that...it's-not-worth it.