So my running is getting severely hampered by my weak ass calves. So there isn’t much point discussing my training this week. So I thought I would do an overview of my Ketogenic Diet.
I would say my way of eating is 90% Ketogenic Diet and 10% Low Carb High Fat (LCHF). During the week I am pretty much always on a Ketogenic Diet menu. Then sometimes on the weekend I will go to a LCHF Diet. This is mainly because I am often out a lot and it’s really hard to be Keto full time when travelling about (not impossible though), and I drink alcohol more. Also when I am on holiday, I just go LCHF and don’t worry about being strict Keto.
My version of Keto is –
For example yesterday, my food diary looked like this –
Breakfast – Zilch! I am experimenting with Intermittent Fasting.
Lunch – Veg Smoothie (Watercress, Avocado and Coconut Oil). Egg Salad (3 boiled eggs, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and Avocado Oil), 25g mixed nuts.
Dinner – Liver fried with Garlic and Onions in butter. Steamed Broccoli and Cabbage, with a dollop of butter.
Drinks – 5 coffees with skimmed milk (2 regular & 3 Decaf). 1 Decaf Coffee with whole milk. All this coffee with milk isn’t ideal, but it is all my work offers. I could take in my own cream or butter, but never do. 400ml of homemade Kombucha.
This was 1843 calories.
Carbs 56g – 13%
Protein 108g – 25%
Fat – 117g – 62%
This is a pretty decent day. The carbs may seem high but they are total carbs not net carbs. So for example the avocado came in a 12g carbs, but has 10g fibre. The homemade Kombucha cost me 10g carbs. However the sugar in Kombucha is either eaten by the Scoby as food, or the sugar that is left is fermented so is processed by your liver in a much cleaner way. So it’s pretty hard to measure the carbs in homemade Kombucha. Another thing that affected the slightly high carb total, was that I ate Lambs Liver. Liver actually has some carbs in it, unlike say Lamb Steak. However it is full of nutrients, so is worth it. I find myself eating more grams of Liver compared to a normal cut of meat, probably because it’s pretty lean. So doesn’t fill me up as much. So this affected my protein % too. Finally, my fat was a little low. However when you are fat adapted this is ok, as your body will use stored body fat for energy if needed. So that’s a win really haha.
My version of LCHF is – similar to the Primal Blueprint Diet. So means I eat up to 150g carbs. These are usually in the form of potatoes. I still never eat grains, and avoid processed food. So still no bread or pasta for example, just real food.
There are a lot of people out there doing Keto for different reasons. A lot of people are using it as a weight loss tool. Now a Ketogenic Diet for weight loss does work, I have lost 24 pounds since January and kept it off. However I prefer to think of the Ketogenic Diet as a healthy lifestyle, which has the side benefit of losing excess weight (If you need too).
There are non-believers out there who don’t think the diet is not sustainable. Granted the world doesn’t seem to want you to eat low carb, but I think my version of Keto is sustainable. People also don’t understand how your tastes change. I used to love pizza, but now someone could eat a pizza in front of me and I wouldn’t be bothered. Even if I was bothered, I could just make a Keto version of a pizza (fathead pizza for example).
If you need further explanations on Keto or Low Carb High Fat, there are better writer’s out there than me who can help you.
Below are some links that can help you in the LCHF lifestyle.