I get asked often over and over again what a Ketogenic diet is and what I eat while I’m on the Ketogenic Diet.
Let’s start with the first question. What is a Ketogenic Diet?
A Ketogenic diet is a diet that depletes the glycogen in the liver, causing the liver to create ketones as an alternative energy source for your body.
A Ketogenic diet requires you to significantly reduce your carbohydrate intake to normally less than 30g a day. This causes your body to switch over to burning the body fat you eat and are carrying around as it’s primary fuel source. Outside of liposuction, this fat burning process is the fastest way and the only other way to lose body fat.
A ketogenic diet most of the time is NOT a high protein diet. You may eat a higher amount of protein than you usually do, but a Ketogenic diet is usually a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet. On this diet you will be eating full fat foods like sausage, eggs, chicken, fish, Wendy’s Triple Baconators, IHOP Colorado Omelete, Chipotle burrito bols, KFC Double Downs and all the BACON you can stand!
Your calorie breakdown will come out to 60% fat, 35% protein and about 5% carbs.
My Food List includes the items that you are allowed to eat. I only eat three meals a day and the occasional snack and lately I’ve been taking in 3000+ calories (That’s just freakin insane!) For examples of things to eat you can also look at My food log.
WARNING!!! Starting a ketogenic diet without easing into it has a diuretic effect. If you think you have gas during the first two weeks DO NOT BE TRICKED!! You will find yourself on the losing end of an embarrasing situation. This is caused by your body releasing water and salt that it was hanging onto for the use of carbohydrates. When you enter into ketosis your body gets rid of what it does not need and it goes right out your ass!
To start off
1. Drink 72 oz. of water or more a day
2. Eat at least 1g of protein per lb. of lean body mass
3. Eat fat and protein until you are not hungry – this will help with the sugar withdrawals
4. Eat foods off of my food list
5. Eat real foods (unprocessed foods) as often as possible. Eating real food has more vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
6. Do not eat starches, sugar or any grains (Sorry, no bread, rice or potatoes!)
7. Only weigh yourself once a week for men and once a month for women (a woman’s cycle can effect weight for up to 6 weeks)
During the initial sugar withdrawal period eat until you can’t stand eating to avoid and overpower the sugar addiction.