It’s the low-carb, high-fat eating plan fitness fanatics swear by – but what this PT had to say after two weeks of doing it is really interesting.
Ask anyone who’s ever set foot (or dropped a squat) in an F45: if you want to see results you have to make sure your nutrition – as well as your training – is in check.
And the diet to help you do just that might be the Ketogenic Diet. It’s captured the attention of everyone in – and outside – the health industry right now, thanks to its fast-working and long-lasting results.
The eating plan is based on low- (or no-) carb, high-fat and high-protein principles, and has become synonymous with weight loss, which occurs quite quickly on a Keto plan because, as its name suggests, it puts the body into a state of ketosis (or, in plain terms, fasting) which forces it to burn fats instead of carbs.
It’s not just locals who are giving the trending diet a go, though.
Fitness expert Jen Widerstrom, who is a personal trainer on the US version of Biggest Loser, took to Instagram to post her straight-up stunning results from following the plan for just 17 days.
“17 days of #keto complete,” she wrote to her 267k followers.
“MY GREATEST TAKEAWAY: I have the power to do something about the way I feel and I also get to decide how to move through what happens to me.”
According to Women’s Health, “Jen shared earlier in January that she was trying the diet for two weeks because of weight gain and muscle loss after a ‘very chaotic six months’ in her life.”
“With a huge amount of stress alongside many things to be thankful for, I have been drinking a lot, eating fast food, and to be honest been mentally checked out,” she divulged on Instagram, per the report on Women’s Health. “To see the distention and my gut is the physical evidence that I’ve clearly been a been avoiding handling what I’ve been feeling and after knowing all of you for so long, I know you’ve been there too. But it stops NOW,” and while you can’t eat your way out of a bad place, taking control of your health and wellness is a great place to start, if you do find yourself off-track.
To get back on track, for Jen, was just two and a half weeks on the Keto plan, which she wrote had a host of benefits:
“Keep in mind the first week is really just water weight but if you stay in it the body continues to drop weight pretty rapidly. Make sure you’re eating enough though because you don’t want to lose muscle,” she wrote, continuing that she had “no cravings” on the plan and “had no energy drop and [a] nice energy flow throughout the day.”
Jen also said she liked that the plan provided “clear food/ fuel boundaries” and that “there is no guesswork and no negotiation that happens—you know exactly what you’re allowed to eat and what you’re not and it takes away any emotional eating or conversations in your head.”
Of course, like anything, there were some cons she outlined, and we appreciate the #realtalk.
“As you all know, I strongly believe one size does not fit all… Making keto NOT for everyone. It’s not for me for sure – even though my body does respond well to high fat and protein fuel, given my mental and physical demands. My body NEEDS starch so I choose not to live in ketogenesis. “It takes VERY high discipline to do right and adapt correctly [and] the precision of this diet is critical. Inspired by a conversation with my colleague @dunamisarp, “you risk not actually being in ketosis and instead just adopting a restrictive carb diet with too high of protein leading into gluconeogenesis. It takes a while to be fully adaptive into ketosis even though the scale and clothes will change earlier. There is always a cost to everything.”
It’s an interesting point, and the only question is whether this is one for you.
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