Ketosis is one of the most controversial diet plans. There are a few versions of ketosis diets out there. The one that I personally have tried is Atkins. The idea is, you eat very little carbohydrates, which forces your body to burn fat rather than it’s normal energy source of choice, carbs. Typically on ketogenic diets, particularly in the beginning, the only carbs you are eating are vegetables, and even those are limited.Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I regularly use all of the products listed below and recommend them because I love them. I purchased this book myself, I was not sent it free for review, so these are my honest, unbiased opinions. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below.
There is a lot of research out there both ways on this type of diet. Some people claim it has many health benefits, while others claim it isn’t a healthy long term option. I would say that if you are regularly overeating, eating a lot of processed and unhealthy foods, or at weight that is unhealthy for your body (according to a medical professional), a ketogenic diet would at the very least be a step in the right direction.
I have never been able to continue doing Atkins for more than two weeks, although I know people who do maintain a low carb lifestyle long-term. The idea is that once you get your body in ketosis (burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates) you can gradually start adding more carbs back into your diet. However, you won’t be eating breads and pastas, even in the later stages of a ketogenic diet.
My Experience Doing Atkins
I will say, if you are looking to lose weight quickly (without starving yourself, which we all know is not a healthy option) trying Atkins is definitely one way to go. I lose weight faster on a ketogenic diet than I do on any other eating plan. As an added benefit, doing Atkins, even for a week or two, will break your sugar and carbohydrate addictions. It will take a few days for your body to detox off all the sugar that most of us consume on a daily basis. However, after those first few days you will have a more steady stream of energy since your body won’t have the usual blood sugar spikes and drops, caused by sugar and carbohydrates.
If you are thinking about trying a ketogenic diet, I would recommend reading the Atkins book so you know the research behind it, and can follow all of the guidelines to get started. I would recommend buying the kindle version so you can have it handy on your phone, to refer to as needed. Pinterest is also a necessity for doing Atkins without being miserable. Search low carb, no carb, or ketosis recipes and you will find a stead stream of new ideas to try.
- You can eat delicious foods like steak, cheese, and bacon in unlimited quantities
- You will break any addictions you may have to sugar or carbohydrates
- The Atkins approach means you will (for the most part) be eating real, unprocessed foods
- You lose weight quickly on Atkins
- Other than a slightly higher grocery bill (all that protein), and an $11 book (Atkins), there are no costs associated with this plan
- You will likely really miss carbs. It can be hard to go more than a couple weeks without any delicious fruit and other carbs.
- This is a hard plan to stick to long term
Well that’s it folks. Those are all the thoughts I have on Atkins and the ketogenic diet approach. I would love to hear all of your thoughts on the subject in the comments below!