For the first 23 years of my life, I was a very slim girl. As a matter of fact, I used to flunctuate between 54 and 59kg. Early last year, I began to add weight little by little. You know what they say about how it is easier to gain weight than it is to loose weight(except you fall very ill, that is). Upon my last check, I was weighing 97kg. So within the space of almost two years, I’d added almost 40kg. Aye mi, te mi bami!!
Anytime I ran into old friends, classmates or neighbours, the first thing they commented on was how fat I had become. One even said to me, “Omo, Solape o fine mo o. You don dey ugly”. Thank God low self esteem had never been one of my problems. Me, ugly bawo? Emi, beauty queen fun ra mi. Beauty queen of laive. Their fada!!! Lol.
Well, it got to a point where I wasn’t liking what I saw when I looked in the mirror. My stomach was big and I had perfected the art of “suck belle make shirt fine”. I wasn’t feeling good about myself anymore. I just knew I had to loose some weight. I guess this is the point where I confess to you that I’m into pornography. Yes, porn. Food porn, I mean. My love for good food would not let me be great.Wait o, don’t tell me you were expecting me to say something else. You people play too much abeg.
To cut the long story short, I began to look out for different ways to loose weight. First, I did a Seven day Fruit fast in preparation of my birthday in May. Yes I did loose weight, but I gained it right back and then some more. I tried working out but the results were slow.
Then I heard about Keto on facebook. For a while, I didn’t pay any attention to it, till I heard the keto diet allows you to eat meat, chicken, turkey and even hot dogs. Eh! So I can eat my yahooze chicken suya and barbecue fish even while on this diet? This is good!. So I joined the Ketogenic Lifestyle group on facebook.
At first, I was skeptical when I saw various before and after pictures. It all looked too good to be true. But then, I decided to google Ketogenic Diet and Voila! Its legit real. I’ve only been on the Keto diet for two straight weeks, but already, I feel lighter and the face lift is amazing.
Now, there are a lot of benefits to being on a Ketogenic diet, but I’m only going to talk about Keto in relation to weight loss.
A Keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces Ketones in the liver to be used as energy. Ordinarily, on a normal higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as a main form of energy. When you eat somethinh high in carbohydrate, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use energy, so that it will be choosen over any other energy source.
Insulin is produced to process the glucose on your bloodstream by taking it around your body.
By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as Ketosis.
It is reffered to as a Ketogenic diet, Low Carb diet, Low Carb High Fat diet(LCHF) etc.
In a nutshell, Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when carbohydrate intake is low.
The Ketogenic diet essentially uses your body fat as an energy source, so there are obvious weight loss benefits. On Keto, your insulin (the fat storing hormone) levels drop greatly which turns your body into a fat burning machine. The end goal of a properly maintained Ketogenic diet is to force your body into this metabollic state. In this state, our bodies begin to use fats(body fats included) as the primary energy we need. This in turn causes us to loose weight.
The amount of weight you loose on a Keto diet, is totally dependent on you. Obviously, adding exercise would help you achieve your goals faster.
What you eat depends on how fast you want to get into a Ketogenic state. The more restrictive you are on your carbohydrate and protein intake(less than 20g per day), the faster your body will enter Ketosis.
Below is a three day Keto meal plan gotten from the Ketogenic Lifestyle group on Facebook.
Any food that is high in carbohydrate should be avoided. This includes: Bread, pasta, rice, beans, yam etc
Sugary foods such as smoothies, cakes, ice cream etc
Fruits: You’d be surprised at how the amount of carbs some fruits contain. All fruits should be avoided excepts strawberries
Meat: Red meat, ponmo, shaki etc
Fatty fish: Salmon trout, Catfish, Mackarel.
Butter and Cream (Personally I use either President Butter or Ambassador butter. I use Jago Mayonaise too.)
Coconut oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries etc
Veggies: Tomatoes, onions, pepper, green vegetables
Brocolli,Egg plant,Caulliflower, Spinach etc.
This all sounds very restrictive bah? Well, the good news is you can work with all the above mentioned foods.
i.e You can make Caulliflower rice as a substitute for rice. You can make coconut eba from coconut, cabbage akara from cabbage and even amala from eggplant. Cloud bread, Almond swallow and even egg sharwama can be made from the above mentioned. It all depends on how willing you are to explore.
As with almost everything in life there are quite a few misconceptions about Keto. People seem to think that Keto is an expensive and difficult lifestyle to maintain. I beg to disagree. You can Keto with the little resources you have.
Discipline is however very important. Because just two spoons of carbohydrate can slow your progress. Like a fitness guru once said:” Has anyone ever told you that this ice cream you see today, you shall see no more?” No,Right? Good. So you can avoid those sugary foods until you achieve your desired weight.
To know more about this Ketogenic diet and interact with people who are on the diet, you can follow the Ketogenic Lifestyle group on facebook and Thank me later!
Are you on or have you been on any weight loss programme before? Have you tried Keto before? Did it work for you? Please share your experiences. Y’all know I like to read your comments.