Hi guys! Long time no blogpost. I thought it would be nice to share my experience with the keto diet since I’ve tried it twice. Actually really tried it once. Some of you may remember because I posted some recipes about it online. The first time I just tried it for a month and I didn’t really get into ketosis all the time because I still ate too many carbs (to get into ketosis). I think it was more of a “Low carb” diet experience the first time. Thinking about it, I just ate more veggies and a less carbs without counting calories or tracking my macro’s. The second time I tried keto for 2,5 months and I did get into ketosis. I did it the “right way” the second time. Tracking my carb intake and everything. Today I want to write about what I experienced when being in ketosis the second time and what my experience of it was.
I’m that kind of person that likes to try out new things that seem interesting to me. I like to experiment with things and challenge myself with something. That’s why I thought, why not try out that keto diet that literally everybody is talking about? Let’s make it an experiment and see if it works or not. The first time I just ate less carbs and didn’t really get into it very much. The second time on the other hand, I researched on the internet, bought some books and dived right in. So does it work? Yes, it works, when you’re in constant ketosis and give up a lot of your carb intake, you will lose weight. SIDENOTE: You will also lose a lot of water weight and not hold a lot of water weight anymore because you’re body doesn’t hold on to it for very long due to the low carb intake. So, you lose weight BUT there are some things that I’ve experienced that not only didn’t make it worth it, the things I experienced also made me realize that keto isn’t the best way to be healthy and happy in your own body.
First of all, when you’re on a keto diet you go through something called the “keto flu”. I was tired, dizzy and had incredible headaches. I read that you should take extra elekrolytes with salt and minerales because you’re body dehydrates quicker when in ketosis. When I started noticing that I had to drink a lot of ORS (elektrolytes) to feel good, I started realizing: “Is this diet really healthy, if I need to take extra things I normally don’t need when I’m just on a normal diet?”. If I need extra vitamins to stay healthy, than the diet isn’t healthy. Or am I wrong? I also started noticing I was tired quicker in the gym and it was hard to go on for longer in my workouts. It was very frustrating to see that I couldn’t progress in the gym. Every time I wanted to do a cheaky cheat day and get some fries, I had to go through the keto flu process all over again.
So that brings me to my second point, you notice when your body is out of ketosis and then you feel bad about yourself because that means you ate too many carbs. It’s very hard not to get obsessed with your macro’s and tracking your carb and fat intake. It’s very hard to maintain a social life and having to explain to your mom that you can’t eat pasta because you’re on this crazy diet. It’s hard to be obsessing over “how many carbs are in this?” or “does this have enough fat?”. It’s hard not being able to go to a restaurant without that feeling guilty because you know with every bite you eat, you’ll get closer to being out of ketosis. And yes, I was lighter and wasn’t hungry as much as before, but one week after stopping my keto diet, I gained weight and looked bloated. Not very good for your confidence. I did know it was going to happen because of all the research I did. I was prepared and could handle it, but I can imagine that some people can’t really go through that. I can imagine that it leads to feeling bad about yourself and going back to unhealthy ways because hell, even keto doesn’t work! This diet is very restrictive and I felt bad when I ate too many carbs. I was sad when I couldn’t eat a cookie because of the restrictions from the diet. Mentally, keto is just not the right way to go in my opinion. If you’re fragile and have mental issues easily, just maybe don’t try it? I’m just telling you guys what I experienced and what I think, but that is my opinion at the moment.
Think of going on vacay? Brings me to my third point. Don’t think you’ll be able to maintain the diet on vacation, do you even want that? When you’re in Italy under the sun and you could enjoy a big plate of pasta? When I was in France this year I noticed that I was bloated from pasta and pizza so much! More than before. I’m starting to think that it might have something to do with my keto diet. I’m totally not sure about this, but I just have a gut feeling (pun intended hehe). I have always had a lot of problems with bloating but lately it’s been painful and extreme. I can’t help but think that my body just reacts badly to white carbs now. I don’t have the problem with whole grain pasta but it’s very frustrating on vacation. Keto was fun at first. I liked getting to know new food combinations and learned to eat a lot more veggies. But you can’t maintain it for the rest of your life, and I don’t think it’s that healthy. I read that it could have some bad effects on your gut in the long run f.e. Why is it not healthy? Because when you look at it from a neutral perspective, it’s just not a balanced diet. You can’t go without all of your macro’s (protein, carbs and fat). You need all of them in some way. Yes some more veggies than meat, and no not pasta every meal. But also not fat every meal right? That’s not balanced. And that’s what I realized after a while. I was sick, tired and I couldn’t enjoy pizza hut. And when I did enjoy it, I got to go through a flu again, have guilt feelings and I got to be extremely bloated for a day or two.
So what did I do after keto. I was very bloated when I stopped and, surprise surprise, I gained weight. I knew that was going to happen because I researched it (I’m a nerd). But it did play with my head, that’s normal I think. That makes you human, having insecurities. But after the keto diet I realized, you know what. I’m just going to do it the normal way. No, I didn’t want to go to paste 4 times a week again. One thing keto had taught me is that veggies are soooo yummy and that there are so many cool food combo’s to make. So I decided to just start making balanced meals, loads of veggies, less meat, whole grain carbs but also sometimes cauliflower rice (because I really liked it). There is no magical pill or solution to being healthy and balanced, just eat balanced. I started to eat until I was full and I started listening to my body. “My plate doesn’t have to be empty, maybe I can make a lunch out of my leftovers!” I sometimes still track calories because it helps me, but not in a toxic way. It keeps me on my toes. That’s a decision you need to make for yourself I guess. And since I’ve been doing that, I feel so good about myself. I don’t feel bad after a cookie or some pasta. Due to keto I had this devil in my mind always screaming “Those are carbs, be careful!!”. Even when I stopped with keto I had that for a few weeks. That voice is gone now and now the only voice I’m listening to is my body. If I want a cookie, I’ll take one. But I’ll stick to a healthy balance because I know how I feel mentally and physically when I eat to much “junk”. I found a balance, after all of the experimenting, and I feel stronger than ever.
If you want to try keto, go ahead, I did it too and I even promoted it on my page because hell, it worked. But it’s only good on the short term. I realized that and wanted to share my experience. You can’t do keto for the rest of your life, so why not find a healthy balance that you can maintain until you’re a grandma and start being happy?
K. Bye peeps ❤