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After hearing a friend of mine share with others so enthusiastically about the Keto diet, I decided to ask him for an interview to share his personal experience with the diet.


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Stafford:

Hey Justin I overheard you talking about this Ketogenic diet at work with some other co-workers. You sounded very excited about it. Because of your enthusiastic attitude towards it, I was incline to ask you to share your experience. How did you first hear about this diet?

Justin:

My brother told me about it. At first, I was very skeptical about the keto diet and thought it was dangerous. I told my brother to stop before he dies. My brother doesn't exercise at all and he lost about 30 pounds just doing the keto diet. He hovers around 135 to 140 pounds and he's taller than me (hahaha) I'm at like 170 now because I've cheated so much in the past weeks When I was diciplined and stayed on the keto diet for 6 months straight, I was at 154lbs. I was able to wear all of my old clothes too. In fact, my clothes used to fit all baggy on me. Now, I barely fit in my clothes.

Stafford:

So I am assuming you did your research first like everyone should before attempting any diet. Then after your research you attempted the diet? How long ( days, weeks, months) after researching did you start the diet?

Justin:

I did the research for about a month before starting it. I was very skeptical about keto and was very hesitant on starting it. I figured, ehh, might as well go for it and see what this keto diet is about. I read a bunch of keto forums to see exactly what will happen to me in the process of getting into ketosis. I tried to prepare myself to face the symthoms like the "keto flu", being thirsty, feeling dizzy. the first week was very tough. cutting out all carbs except a hand full of broccoli and asparagus was tough. But I remember, even after the first week, I lost weight. My body felt like it was shrinking from not having any carbs even on the first week. then I realized, when a person has carbs, they will feel bloated because carbs like rice, bread and pasta will increase when you eat them in your body. I felt weak and dizzy but having lost weight and feeling like my body was already shrinking in size drove me to continue with the keto diet every week, I noticed that I was losing weight and felt my body shrinking in size. I was dumb enough to try to force my self to exercise even though the forums advised against it I was dropping about 1 pound every 3 to 4 days some days, I wouldn't drop any weight but my clothes continued to fit loosely meaning that I was shrinking in size

Stafford:

That leads me to my next question concerning “force myself to exercise even though the forums advised against it.” Is this diet then more suitable for “couch potatoes” or less active people trying to lose a certain amount of weight and not suitable for athletes or those who are active? Certainly not athletes in training?

Justin:

I would say this diet is more suitable for couch potatoes and off season athletes who are not training. When you first get into ketosis, you will feel weak for 2 to 3 weeks. I felt weak for 3 to 4 weeks to be honest. While going through "carb withdrawal" you will not be able to exercise hard. I forced myself to run, do push-ups and pull ups but my performance went down alot. I went from doing 15 pull ups to 8 80 push ups to 40 and I felt very dizzy when I tried to force myself to exercise. When first trying out the keto diet, I'd say take it easy for the first 3 to 4 weeks. If you feel like exercising, do so carefully, do not push yourself but once your body is used to being in ketosis, you will be fine. You should be able to perform just as before being in keto Some body builders do whats called "carb load" to make sure they keep their muscle size so, I guess an athlete could research the carb load process. I believe I've read about body builders who eat small amount of carbs before a hard work out and a little afterwards But for sure, If you are a competing athlete, definitely do not start keto. Wait until the off season to try the keto diet.

Stafford:

How do you feel about the term “diet”? I heard someone say diet does not work. Another one said the best way to ensure you gain weight back is to go on a diet. I guess the thought is eventually you will go back to your normal ways and gain more weight. What is your response to this in regards to the Keto diet?

Justin:

For keto to really work permanently, you have to see it as a change in lIfestyle. Once you reach your goal, the body weight that you want, you can have a "cheat day" once every 2 weeks. If you are actively working out, you could have a cheat day every week you will learn to appreciate the "junk" foods more plus you will learn to save only the best junk food for your cheat days best junk food meaning good, high quality food which have carbs or sugar rather than getting krispy creme, why not get high end pastries, cake to have on a cheat day for example, you could have a cheat day on saturday you can get on the keto "fast" on sunday morning having nothing but coconut oil try to get yourself to feel hungry then have high fat keto food later on in the day start the regular keto regimen on Monday onward running long distance really helps the body run out of carbs, sugar and get back into ketosis faster

Stafford:

Realistically most people will not want to go on a coconut oil diet, would not want to try to get themselves to feel hungry, and would frown at the thought of anything high fat, unless maybe they are going on a “diet”, perhaps short term. Realistic speaking that is. Does the Keto have a suggested weekly menu that anyone can access and adjust their lIfestyle based on such menu where there not so much daily effort in watching what they eat. The point I am trying to make is , is Keto best as diet (short term) or a lIfe style? Do you know If research has shown the overall long term health of anyone who has been on the Keto diet?

Justin:

Keto diet can be used as short term or a life style change. Lots of body builders "cycle" keto on and off they use keto to get "cut" before competitions I have been on keto at one point for 7 months straight I was fine and didn't have negative side effects as far as long term research goes, I am not sure. I will need to do a google search anyone thinking about trying the keto diet should do a thorough research regarding ketosis about how carbs and sugar effect the body regarding insulin release and how it triggers fat storage.

Stafford:

Ultimately for anything to be longterm, it’s going to boil down to how a person feel about themselves. From your personal experience how does your body feel on a regular basis and do you contribute it to Keto?

Justin:

Unfortunately, I've been cheating badly and am trying to get back strong into keto, but I can tell you, when you are on keto going strong, you will develop strong will power. You will see how tight your body gets and feels and it will drive you to work out harder. Yu will see fast results. You won't ever feel hungry, you won't have cravings. The main reason for cheating when you are in strong ketosis (being on ketosis for months) is peer pressure. When you hang with family and friends, they will try to get your to be a part of the party and want you to eat junk.

Stafford:

Thanks for being honest and thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. Finally, is there any last thing you would like to share concerning the Keto Diet to those who may view this?

Justin:

It's definitely worth researching and trying as long as you do not have a serious health condition.