Ketosis a diet that has exploded in popularity in recent years. It can be very easy to dismiss it as a ‘trend’ only, perhaps something that we needn’t keep in mind, something likely to die out before the new decade arrives. But this isn’t the case. The ketosis diet has been around for millennia. Most carnivorous animals follow it. It is seemingly the most natural form of eating that there is, and only years of adaption to the modern food pyramid, highly refined carbohydrates and sugars have led us to feel like this is the opposite of something we should try.
Keto pessimism is real. While anyone can refute anything for any reason, and should be more than free to reject its utility in their daily lives, there has been plenty of inefficient and difficult factual consideration when it comes to the ketosis lifestyle, and how beneficial it can be. Overcoming a pessimist mindset before even beginning keto is perhaps the first thing that those interested in the diet should be aware of.
We might say to ourselves ‘but I love carbs too much!’ or ‘I could never focus on such a restrictive diet,’ or even ‘I simply don’t want to spend the time eating all that fat and sourcing all that meat.’ Depending on who you are, these statements might be more than true. However, if you have a wary interest in the ketosis diet, but aren’t too sure if it’s something you should follow, let our guide help you consider this thoroughly:
Starting ketosis for the first time can leave you feeling wary. It’s not as if you’re simply having to cut out one type of food, you’re having to cut out an entire food group! This means that simple and complex carbs, while fine in very low quantities are best avoided. This might seem simple at first, until you realize just how much this affects. You’re going to have to think very different about the sides you eat during your meals, what deserts you consume, your portion sizes and just what kind of seasonings you might need.
This is where things get fun, and luckily it will start immediately. Ketosis is, of course, a low-carb, high fat, mid protein diet. This means that eating plenty of meat will likely become the new norm. Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables (but not root vegetables) will also become the new norm. You will become an expert salad side crafter by the end of this process.
You may have to get used to odd alternatives. For example, cooking with butter will often become useful because of the high fat it provides, but better yet cooking with Ghee butter can help you gain some of the missing nutrients you may need. Reading this excellent butter coffee weightloss review can help you learn just how to make your morning pep routine purely bulletproof. Eggs and fish will likely come back into your diet, as well as a range of healthy flavorings such as ginger, fish sauces, and making all kinds of treats with the wonderful avocado itself.
Ketosis can seem scary, but it forces you to think about your dietary intake in new ways. It promotes meal planning, experimentation, and trying new flavors. It can help introduce you to new cuisines, force you to go out and meet your butcher and fishmonger for the best deals, and start to develop a keen sense of what’s good and flavorful. For example, many feel that less fat is better when purchasing beef mince. They’ll often go for the 5% fat option thinking this is surely more healthy, more beef, and tastier than the alternative. It’s only when you have ketosis telling you that you need to choose the 20% fat option to hit your macros that you realize just how much more flavorful fat can be.
Ketosis has thousands of little adjustments like this that happen naturally, and can give anyone a better appreciation of food, particularly naturally sourced items.
Hunger & Tiredness
Hunger is one of the benefits of following a ketosis diet, in that it will be eradicated almost completely. When on a high-carb diet and experiencing the glucose and insulin spikes that often occur, we can often feel quite famished after a short amount of time. This leads to binge eating, regular snacking throughout the day, and indulging in sweet things when we see them.
Because ketones are a more caloric-dense form of fuel, and because our insulin levels stabilize on this diet, our hunger becomes much more tamed. You will have to remind yourself to eat. You will feel hunger, so it’s not as if you’ll become some kind of emotionless, cold vampire without normal human drives. But the feeling will seem like it’s gently calling you from another room, rather than using you as a puppet and leading you to the fridge. This alone can be extremely freeing for someone who finds caloric control difficult.
Less roughage as intake means less roughage on the way out. Without heavy carbs in your diet, your trips to the bathroom will be much less frequent than usual. While you might miss the ‘me-time’ this can promote, it will gain you small segments of time throughout your day, and generally lead to a cleaner intestinal biome. Just be sure you cook your meat thoroughly and correctly.
Some might enjoy the idea of ketosis as a weight loss aid, but feel it might be too expensive for them. It’s true, eating a ketosis diet, especially purchasing avocados and high-quality meat daily can sometimes rack up a decent weekly bill, especially when factoring in electrolyte replacement during the first few weeks. However, if you find a good local butcher or fishmonger and build a relationship with them, or allow store deals to guide your purchasing hand for variety each week, it needn’t break the bank. Just be active, aware, and budget appropriately, much like anything else. Done this way, ketosis is no more expensive than following a weightlifting ‘bulking’ diet.
With these tips, overcoming a pessimist mindset before even beginning a ketosis diet should be settled. From there you must do more research to find if this diet is for you. We hope to have helped you on that journey in whatever direction is most positive for you.