THE KETOGENIC DIET – SUMMARY

30 Days on the Ketogenic diet – but not a strict ketogenic diet. If you havent read – my aim with my diet experiment to find a lifestyle diet. I was not in proper ketosis for 30 days, I was in and out of ketosis. Some days I was out of ketosis for days. If I went out for dinner with loved ones I did eat carbs, I did drink(more than usual actually) and I did have a hangover pizza now and again. So you can say I wasnt truly on the ketogenic diet, but I do not believe most people can stick to a strict ketogenic diet. Unless they don’t drink – I think that’s the major obstacle to the ketogenic diet. Or doing a competition prep.

I loved being on this diet. And I would recommend for anyone to do it. As I learned a lot about my eating habits. There was pretty much no sugar cravings and I learned the proper feeling of feeling full. I can tend to overeat time to time. Usually on carbs. Or even just a normal meal. But when I was eating keto, I didn’t do it once! Even if I had a carb meal during the weekend. And in all honesty I havent over-eaten since. I now know when my body say its enough. And I that have always been one of my biggest issues with food.
The reason for this is as simple – could you ever think to over eat on just fats? Say for instance cheese, until you feel bloated? It’s not the easiest.

Below I’ve posted a before and after photo. Unorganised of me I took the photos at different times of the day, and that clearly have a different effect on definition and the overall quality of the pictures. I might look a bit more muscular on the before photo. As this is taken in daylight. But I got fairly lean during the 30 days. Even though it might not show as good on the photos. Lesson learned for next time.

Difficulty: Very easy to follow. Although meal prepping is adviced as very hard to find keto friendly food for lunch etc.

Cost: CA170 pounds. CA 5.6 pounds a day.

Overall feeling: Always satisfied and no cravings.

Training comments: Got stronger, leaner and increased a bit of muscle mass.

Weight loss: Ca. 2 kg – however it looked like more in the mirror, but I think my muscle mass increased a bit.

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MEAL PREP – KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS? DAY 22 UPDATE

Hello Guys! Sorry for my absence. Things have been really busy the last few days. Christmas and exams are coming up, so not much spare time in my life right now! Hence the blog has been down prioritized. So coming up to exams I wont be updating that often. But you can follow me on snapchat (dinacelina) for every day updates! 🙂

But we are now on day 22 of the Ketogenic diet! The time has just flown by. And I must say its been pretty easy to stick to! #thankgod
Do you remember when I said I was going back to meal prepping? Well I have. And just by doing that I can see a huge difference in my body composition. The first two weeks or so of the ketogenic diet I pretty much ate when I was hungry, my meals didn’t really consist of a decent ratio protein and fats and greens. I just ate when I was hungry and whatever was available. I didn’t really feel like I was losing any weight or anything changed. However, just after a week of eating prepped meals (and this is not for every day) I can see a difference in my body. I feel leaner and more toned. If you have read my blog for a while, you might have read this blog post? Where I wrote based on studies that it doesn’t matter if you eat 6 or 2 times a day? Well, personally, from what I’ve experienced. I do feel your body get a greater benefit from eating more well-balanced meals a day. But since I havent counted calories, I do not know how much I consumed before vs now. I don’t know if it is about the calories or more what kind of macros you consume. But being consistent is really the key to weight loss and/or muscle-building.
This just shows you that you cant always trust a study on their findings. Sometimes you have to try out for yourself and find real life results. And again, everyone is different. Eating two meals a day might be what is optimal for you.

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Another thing that I was a bit concerned about doing the ketogenic diet is that I was afraid Id feel “flat”. As I wont have any glycogen stored in my body. However, I do not feel flat at all, I actually feel more muscular, but this can also be because I feel leaner. But I am filling up my glycogen stores over the weekend I would say, as I have gone out for some drinks the last two weekends, this of course could have an impact. But one thing that is different, is that my veins are pretty much non existing. If you have more muscles on your body and a low body fat %, your veins will be more if not a lot more visible, and they used to be more visible than what they are now. Personally, I like veins popping out when lifting, and can’t really see them anymore.

– D.

ROASTED BROCCOLI & CHEDDAR SOUP

I absolutely love soups. And make them regularly. Although I never tend to make the same one twice. Probably because I like to explore new flavours. It’s also not very often I follow a recipe. I like to experiment and create my own flavours. However, today I made an absolutely amazing(and very filling soup). And I followed a recipe. Normally I would go for a light version soup. But since I’m doing the keto diet and it is cold outside this soup did just the trick. Only thing that was missing was some crusty bread, but hey. One bowl of this soup and you are done for the day. I highly recommend you try it out! Only different I did with this recipe that I added some cayenne pepper.
You can find the recipe here.

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MONDAY

My weekend has been pretty adventurous. Had a walk down to the farmers market on Saturday, a fairly small one, but got myself a crab for lunch. Getting fresh seafood is a luxury to me.

Later on I went to a friend’s house had some drinks before we went out. Ended up pretty bloody, as drunken me(who is not used to the alcohol) ended up falling over which resulted in a heavy nose bleed and a cut on my nose. You could say I was pretty late up with my Halloween costume this year. It was blood everywhere. Oh dear. So after a 2 day hangover I’m now back on track. Made myself a lovely keto friendly soup earlier, will share that later on the blog tonight.


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To give you an update on the ketogenic diet, I obviously have fallen out of ketosis when having a drink. I’ve found out the only quick way to get back in ketosis is to eat pretty much just food that contains a high amount of fat. Just as I did when fat fasting. But in the end of the day it is a pretty good diet to follow, although I do not think this is a diet I would like to continue with.

Happy Monday!

 

THE KETOGENIC DIET – DAY 8

Just a week in to the Ketogenic diet and so far so good. I find it more or less easy to stick to, no cravings. Which is great. I can struggle with carvings. My sweet tooth can sometimes take over, but eating high fat is taking this away. Other than that I do find it hard to just go into the shop to buy some lunch. Everything got carbs it in, and here in Scotland it seems like its hard to find keto friendly foods. I know for example in Norway, where I was born and raised this would probably be easier as the low carb diet is more common over there. So meal prepping is probably essential to make things easier. To be honest I always used to meal prep, but havent done that in ages. So I think I’m going to go back in my old routine.

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Over this diet I doubt I’m going to get “keto-adapted”. As I’m not going to be nazi on any of the diets I’m going to attempt. For me it has to be a lifestyle. So if I’m going to the movies and want to have popcorn I will have popcorn, If I’m out with friends for drinks I will have drinks, If I’m invited to a dinner party, I will eat whatever they serve. But in my own time I will eat ketogenic. So it will probably be more 80-90 % keto and 20-10 % non keto. I’m not going to try to lose weight or try to build muscles, I’m going to do what I always do and see what happens when my diets changes.

You have to be able to live life and enjoy it. Not being obsessed of what you are eating 24/7. Life is too short and if you’re like me enjoy the good foods in life and that is part of you being happy, don’t ruin that. You can eat to eat or you can eat to enjoy it. But if guidelines can help to keep your body in check that is always a bonus.