It’s easy to feel alone in your struggle with health and weight, but I want you to know that I’m right there with you. I’ve been following the Ketogenic (Keto) Diet for years in response to my own issues, and want to share my story. But first, what exactly is the Keto Diet?
The Keto Diet
The Keto lifestyle is based on science, and it’s gaining in popularity. Managing portions is paramount, as too much protein can cause sugar spikes and weight gain (contrary to what the Atkins Diet wanted us to believe). It’s more than another oversimplified “low carb diet” that avoids many key health factors.
The Keto Diet aims to control insulin, which stops blood sugar spikes. It also regulates weight, aging of the cells and the hormone leptin, which regulates our hunger. The meals are all low carb with moderate, portion-controlled sources of high-quality fat and protein.
Without those carbohydrates in your diet, your body will move into a state of ketosis. “Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.” Web MD
Throughout my life, I watched my mother struggle with her weight, and I thought I was doomed. In my teens I starved myself, trying to maintain what I thought was an ideal weight. I was a model in my late teens and early twenties. In order to sustain the mandatory 21-inch waist, I was on a less than desirable eating plan. (I only wish I knew then what I know now!)
Needless to say, my body and hormones were hit hard, and I did some metabolic damage. I quit modeling and opened a successful modeling and talent agency. I continued to struggle with my weight until I began to exercise daily and eat a low-carb diet. In addition to the weight loss, I finally felt good and happy with my body. But after having my three children, I experienced that all-too-familiar sense of overwhelm around my weight. The hormonal changes were causing cravings, fatigue and more weight gain.
A year after my last daughter was born (nine years ago now), I was fed up and ready to get rid of those last stubborn 20 pounds. This is when my Keto journey began. At the Bernstein Clinic, I was instructed to follow a low carb, low fat, low calorie, quick weight-loss diet that was monitored by my doctor.
When I became “fat adapted,” meaning I was in a Keto state, I experienced amazing results: no hunger, no muscle loss, lots of energy and, yes, quick weight loss. After losing the excess weight, I began a maintenance program, increasing my good fat intake and calories.
Over the years, and especially during my training as a Health Coach, I tried many different diets from vegan and vegetarian to the art of making and eating raw foods. I eventually discovered that the Keto Diet was the best fit for my metabolism, happiness and hormone health, and incorporated it into my gut-boosting dietary plan.
It’s a freeing and wonderful feeling to know how to control your own cravings, weight and health. I no longer have fear or stress around food. I’m not perfect and get off track now and again, but it’s so easy to get back to it. The most important thing I learned is never to be hard on myself. I just love my self up and get back into a Keto fat-burning state.