Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Finally in Ketosis

I've officially been in prep for a week. In my last update, I mentioned I didn't feel well as a result of my keto diet. I'm happy to say, I feel great now! It took about a week for my body to shift from using carbs for energy to using fats. I now have energy and don't feel like I'm moving underwater all the time. Plus, I've lost 5 lbs!

I got a couple questions from people about my diet and how I can tell when I'm in ketosis. I don't use keto sticks to figure it out; I can tell just by how I feel. If I eliminate carbs for a couple days, I usually feel very sluggish, and every movement feels heavy, like I'm moving against water. After a few days, though, my energy level increases and I feel normal again. That's my indication that my body has shifted into burning fats for energy. The carbs are now completely out of my body, and the main source of energy fuel is fats.

Although it's really exciting and motivating to have lost 5 lbs so quickly, I realize that's just water weight at this point. Just goes to show how much water I retain from eating carbs! There's a drastic difference in my progress pictures from last week to this week, which is exciting!

My clothes are already fitting differently (better!), which is also motivating. And thus far, I don't have any cravings. I thought I'd be upset that I don't have any treat meals this prep, but I'm actually oddly excited about it! I don't have to dread the Saturday evening tummy aches (from all the treats consumed) and the Sun-Mon bloat that follows. I also don't have to deal with shifting back into ketosis each week after my treat meal. So instead of feeling sluggish and non-energetic for a couple days each week, I can look forward to feeling good nearly every day!

I realize that prep is inevitably going to get more difficult, and I'm sure the cravings will come eventually. But for now, I'm glad I'm happy with how prep is going and with how I'm feeling. Only 19 more weeks to go!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, girl! I know what you mean about the cycling out of ketosis and then waiting to get back "in". Unfortunately, I snacked too much yesterday and threw myself out of ketosis (dangit!!!) and already don't feel so hot. BOOO! I'll get the hang of it, though. I just have to watch those hidden sugars in some of the things that seem acceptable.

    Proud of you! :)