Welcome to the Keto Diet: Take your coat off, stay a while!

Hi! My name is Meagan and I'm a 
Keto Diet junkie. 

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When I started the Keto Diet in 2018, I realized that there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet and throughout the fitness industry, and I fell pretty deep into the rabbit hole. Since then, I've researched up and down all of the things there are to know about the Keto Diet and found that I was quickly becoming a resources for friends and family as well as people in some Facebook groups I'm part of, so it just made sense that I would try to share my well of knowledge and continue to learn and grow in a public sphere where you can benefit from my obsession, too! 

My name is Meagan, and I'm here to help. 

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About Me

My name is Meagan and I've been consistently on the Keto Diet since November 26, 2018. I'll never turn back! I've lost 17lbs (and counting) and seen consistent mental clarity, energy, and excitement since day one. 

By nature, I'm skeptical and I've failed plenty of diets, so I approached this one from the point of view of learning everything I need to know about it (and more). I've read several books about Keto and follow a couple of podcasts and youtube channels that I learn from on the regular. I'm digging into some research at the Harvard and UCSF and I'm trying to get the deets for me and for you. 

I'm interested in experimentation and learning about my body and yours. I want to see what works best and why and I want to understand what my body is doing and why when it hurts, when it feels good, and when it's just chillin'. 

I live in New England and have a pet tortoise named Lucy and a magnificent boyfriend named Gregory. They're the actual best! 

What is the Keto Diet? 

This is my favorite question and there are legitimately quite a few answers to it. At it's core, the Ketogenic Diet (Keto for short) is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet that was developed to lower blood sugar and break the addiction that we have to refined sugar and flour in the modern day. According to Devika G. Bansal of the University of California San Francisco, "The high-fat, low-carbohydrate regimen of ketogenic diets changes the way the body uses energy. In response to the shortage of carb-derived sugars such as glucose, the body begins breaking down fat into ketones and ketoacids, which it can use as alternative fuels." 

In general, you'll be eating a lot of proteins and fats to replace the missing carbs from your diet. Many people think this means you're going full-on caveman, and that's not true! There are plenty of fibrous veggies that you can incorporate into your diet (in fact, your butt will thank you for doing so... just sayin') and you can even have some berries if you desire! According to Marcelo Campos, MD of Harvard Medical School, "Because it lacks carbohydrates, a ketogenic diet is rich in proteins and fats. It typically includes plenty of meats, eggs, processed meats, sausages, cheeses, fish, nuts, butter, oils, seeds, and fibrous vegetables." 

It's important to know, though, that the Keto Diet does not look the same on everyone. This is really the first thing that I've learned through my journey on Keto and boy, did I learn the hard way. There's a select group of people on the internet deemed the "Keto Police" and if you share one thing out of compliance with them, they'll eat you up and spit you out. This isn't the kind of life I'm trying to live or perpetuate to others, so if that's you - kindly find the door. 

Why is Keto so important to me? 

I'm your traditional yo-yo dieter and although I haven't been severely overweight in my life, I've definitely struggled with my body and fitting into it just right or making it fit for me. I'm super active - I teach yoga, play on several volley ball leagues often, and love to work out. I've dropped weight in the past, but never really kept it off even though I was doing "all of the right things" and I would say that my overall reaction when I found Keto was anger! I was angry at the FDA and USDA for promoting "healthy eating" funded by the corporate giants. I was angry at the sugar industry for targeting children. And, I was angry at myself for never thinking twice about these recommendations. 

There is a lot of information on the internet about the Keto Diet, but it's pretty hard to sift through and there are a lot of misguided people just trying to figure out how to lose weight and how to get well. I want to help people with that and help them understand how the Keto Diet works and what it can do for them. I also want to talk about things that are unsafe when it comes to "dieting" and the mindset that someone needs to be in for a diet to actually work. If there is one thing that's super unique about the Keto Diet, it's that it is a long-term plan and once you start it and get over the initial humps, you'll realize that for yourself! 

Of course, one of the main draws of the Ketogenic Diet is the weight loss effect it has. And, it's what drew me to the plan to start out with. What I found as a "side effect" though is out of this world. And, weight loss is fully part of the Keto plan here, folks - but there's a lot to know about it! At first, you're going to drop water weight. Why? Because carbohydrates hold onto water (carbo-hydrate... it's in the word! who knew!) and once you cut them out of your life, (#byefelicia) you also lose a ton of water immediately. Some people experience up to 15lbs in the first week without carbs, which is hella motivation to keep going, right? 

But, once you drop the water weight, things start to slow down to normal #reallife pace. This is where many people start to get frustrated with the diet. I can't tell you how many posts I've seen in my Keto groups saying something like "It's week two and I only lost 2lbs this week, thinking about quitting." No. No, no, no! So many people want to put the blame on the diet and say, "The diet just didn't work for me..." but really, you need to put some work into the diet, too and work for it! It takes time to put weight on, so it's definitely gonna take some time to take it off. So, celebrate that 2lb weight loss and then put the scale away for a while and focus on healing the damage yo-yo dieting has done to your body and I promise it's going to pay off! 

I want to try to be that voice of reason for people that are trying to better their lives and want to just jump off the cliff with both feet. You've got to start slow, you've got to treat your body with respect, and you've got to understand a little about how and why things work before you just try it. Keto works by re-calibrating your body to use fat instead of glycogen as a fuel source. Your body will take time to learn this and stick to it, and you have to keep encouraging it to do what you'd like it to do. 

So, please don't jump into this diet and cut out all carbs and drop your total calorie intake to 1,000 (or less, smh) per day. Let's take the time to understand the diet together and ease into it. 


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