The Beauty of Low Carbohydrate Living: The Ketogenic Lifestyle

 
The ketogenic lifestyle #keto #ketogenics #intermittentfasting

 

I live a lifestyle where I eat ultra-low carb – also known as a ketogenic lifestyle.

The idea of going low carb might very well turn you off.  After all, we are all married to our pasta, pizza, muffins, sweets and so forth – but what I have found is that I feel infinitely better living a low carb lifestyle.

In fact, low-carb goes way beyond weight loss.  Yes, you can lose weight on a low-carb or ketogenic lifestyle, but there are many more advantages of living an ultra low-carb lifestyle.

  • Weight maintenance
  • Avoidance of diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Increased focus
  • Increased strength
  • Leanness
  • Increased lifespan
  • Chronic disease management
  • Less bloating
  • And more!

 

What are the differences between low-carb and ketogenic

Some think by going low carb that they are living a ketogenic lifestyle.  This isn’t true.  Low-carb and Ketogenic are two different lifestyles.

Low-Carb

Low-carb is simply lessening your carbs.  The SAD (Standard American Diet) calls for 300g of carbohydrates a day.  If you eat anything less than that, you are said to live a low-carb lifestyle.  Low-carbers will eat fruits (bananas, apples, mangoes, etc) and whole grains freely.  They will just eat with more intention, focus and eat less than they did before.

Ketogenic

A Ketogenic lifestyle is more defined.  People who want to achieve ketosis will eat ultra-low carb – only 25-35g of total carbohydrate a day (15-20g net carbs = total carbohydrates – fiber).  They will eat low-carbohydrate fruits and nuts like raspberries strawberries, blueberries, avocado and blackberries.  They will eat moderate levels of lean protein – about 0.6 g protein per pound of bodyweight (depending upon activity), and really high fat.

The Ketogenic diet is ultra low-carb, moderate protein, and high fat.

For me, 90-95% of my carbs come in the form of vegetables.
 
The #ketogenic Lifestyle #lchf

 

Often you will see me place meat on a big salad containing swiss chard, garden grown lettuce, kale and/or spinach.  The salad will contain a hard-boiled egg, 1 avocado for healthy fats, maybe bacon, cracklings or pork rinds for added fat and protein, and a high fat homemade ranch dressing or avocado oil.

The salad is very good and filling.

The meat will consist of wild-caught fish or grass-fed meat – with the purpose of achieving an optimal fat profile.

Why high fat?

When you eat ultra low-carb, your body converts from burning carbohydrates to burning fats.  The metabolism of fats produce ketones, which your body uses for energy.  It’s very important that you eat enough fat so that you feel good.

Some think eating fat makes you fat, but it doesn’t.  I eat a high fat diet and I have defined abs.  Fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs do.  High fat and high carbs will make you gain weight.  One has to be low and the other has to be high.

I eat full fat everything to increase my level of healthy fats.  By eating high fat foods, I cut down on the additives and junk that I consume.

Low fat foods are carbohydrate, additive, and junk laden.  They have to add these things to make low-fat palatable.

History shows us that low-fat doesn’t work.  The low-fat fad started in the 70’s, and since then, all we have been doing is getting fatter.

It doesn’t work.

 

A typical day

A typical dinner #ketogenic #keto #intermittentfasting

Tuna with a home-grown cilantro-lemon sauce.  Accompanied by crispy marinaded
asparagus and  walnut turmeric flavored  sharataki noodles

 

I have incorporated intermittent fasting into my daily regimen.  I eat one time a day and it’s always after 7 PM.  I eat from 7-9 PM or 8-10 PM.  I consume all the calories in that window that I would consume in an entire day.

The reason I do this is for ease – with homeschooling and the kids – it’s easier if I just have to think about food once a day – than break it up in a million minuscule meals.

Secondly, it gives my body time for fat burning.  By training fasted and staying fasted, my body burns my stored fat for energy.

Thirdly, it works with my overeating tendencies.  I am an over eater – and I have to work with that.  It’s hard for me to stop once I start.  So small meals don’t work for me.  Eating just sets off the firestorm – and if the meal isn’t robust, the diet won’t work.  I will eat constantly from the time I start until I go to bed.  By having strict time frames, and eating later, I get the kids ready for bed and go to bed myself and can’t eat :).

It works well for me – helps me to maintain my 160 lbs. weight loss and feels better overall.

 

4:30 AM – I wake up.

5:30 AM – Fasted workout at home or at the gym – depending upon the day.  Or a long trail run.

7:00 AM – Back home to write a blog post, do social media posts.

9:00 AM – Homeschooling or tending to the kids.

12:00 PM – Prepare lunch for the kids.

5:30 PM – Fast-break workout at home or neighborhood run

6:15 PM – prepare dinner for the kids.

7:00 PM – Protein shake + shower

7:30 PM – Dinner

9:00 PM – Kids to bed.

10:00 – 10:30  PM – Bed for mom

 
 

Would you be open to learning more about low carbohydrate living?

 

Lisa
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Comments

  1. Wow! You look terrific! Great abs!

  2. Hic super blog Great abs!

  3. Wow, your food looks lovely and your abs amazing!

    You don’t look like you have any children with those abs. I admire your honesty in respect to overeating and would love to have your willpower.

    I also agree that only thinking about your own meals once a day is easier. A genuine question though, do you ever get tempted while preparing the kids meals?

    Thank you for linking up with the #FeelGoodLinky.

    Beth x
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    • Oh yes, I do get tempted. Not often as I’m pretty used to it now – having been fasting over a year, but sometimes, yes.

      When I get tempted, I think about my goals and whether eating and my goals align. If the answer is no, it’s very easy to get through the temptation.

      Yes, you have to have a lot of willpower in the beginning, but you know what? I don’t have high blood pressure anymore. I am not on medication anymore. I am not pre-diabetic. Those things are a lot more important to me than any food, you know? I feel good about myself and I love looking at myself in a mirror.

      I would rather have those things.
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  4. I’d definitely love to learn more and it clearly works for you as you have come on so far in the past few years, you have totally cracked it and look fab! Took me a while to realise cilantro is coriander! Looking forward to starting on the keto diet and seeing the results for myself! Sim xx #FeelGoodLinky

    • I know about the cilantro coriander thing. Coriander is the seed.

      I love coriander! I include it in everything! Thanks so much for visiting. And thank you for the compliments. You are awesome.

      I have a ketogenic group on facebook. It includes nutrition support as well as my full training program. Might you be interested in learning more?
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