My partner and I have started a modified version of the ketogenic diet. The keto diet is a low carb/high fat diet. While a high fat diet does not sound healthy, it is actually larger portions of good fat including nuts, coconut oil, avocado, chia seeds and other good fats – (as opposed to deep fried portions of meats) and lots of vegetables. The carbs are pretty restrictive in this diet, but we have decided to follow Dr. Axe’s advice to slightly modify the diet.
The modified version incorporates carb-cycling, which is where you incorporate some good carbs in your diet on days that you lift weights, and keep the low carb diet on those days when you do cardio, calisthenics or rest. For more information on carb-cycling on the keto diet, click here: https://draxe.com/hub/keto-diet/#modifiedketodiet
According to Dr. Axe, the three biggest benefits to the keto diet are starving potential cancer cells, faster weight loss and effectiveness in treating and preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Now for real talk. It is Day 2 and I am starving! I returned from a midday run and all I can think of is food. We are still working out the proper portions and amount of calories we each need as we follow this diet with an active lifestyle. We are beginners so I know we will settle into a groove and get it figured out.
I can say that not having many carbs, including my customary after lunch piece of chocolate, has cut way down on the cravings for those things. I look forward to the day when I am excited to eat my vegetables and do not miss crackers and bread.
Best of luck in your fitness journey!