If you’ve found this article, chances are you’ve found a little bit out about the ketogenic diet, and you’ve discovered that it’s gonna take a fair bit of effort and a pretty large change of habits.
However you’ve also read about all the benefits that you can gain from being in ketosis…. as long as you stick with it, without cheating (not once), and are prepared to wait for the results.
Sure there’s many people who drop weight like crazy and suddenly have glowing skin and energy that just won’t quit. But then there are others who go through the keto-flu, have to lie on the couch stuffing butter in their mouths and end up giving up after 2 weeks because they haven’t suddenly turned into their 18 year old self.
That begs the question…
Is keto-adaptation worth fighting for?
Well, if there’s one thing for sure… anyone who sticks at the ketogenic diet reaps the rewards. Whether it’s in a few days or a few months, you can seriously turn your entire life around by making the changes that are required to bring about a state of nutritional ketosis.
But here’s the thing.
If you’ve spent a good many years eating high carb and/or stuffing crap into your body, it’s going to take time for your body to adjust and to heal. Because that’s what it’s really about – giving your body a chance to heal.
Yes, yes I know you want to lose weight (and lose it fast), and yes that may be exactly what happens for you when you begin eating keto. It’s what a lot of people experience after all. But don’t be discouraged if the weight doesn’t just drop off. If you find yourself in this situation, what it means is your body is using all those extra nutrients and fatty goodness to heal first. Because that is always your body’s first priority.
And although it might not seem like it, healing your body is the fastest way to losing weight. (You know, without starving yourself, cutting off an arm or otherwise causing yourself more damage).
And another thing –
If you find that you’re going through the ketosis flu and feeling awful, and this is why you’re wondering if sticking with keto is worth it, my advice to you is to stick it out. As Winston Churchill said – If you’re going through hell, keep going.
The keto-flu lasts anything from 24 hours to a couple of weeks. And yes, those couple of weeks can feel more like a couple of months. But if you just stick with it on that day when you’re thinking, what on earth am I doing? The chances are you’re just about to pop out of the other side.
You’ll suddenly realise you don’t need to have a lie down halfway through the morning, you are feeling happier than you have in a while, and the future of your keto journey starts looking bright. Expect sudden bursts of energy where you have to jump up and shout something!
And believe me, when you pop out of the other side, you’ll have absolutely no doubt as to whether it was worth stubbornly sticking to your guns, eating that extra tablespoon of coconut oil and brushing away the incredulous looks of your family and friends.
Then as time goes on you’ll get to know what how to tweak and adjust your diet for maximum positive effects.
The ketogenic diet is not an easy one to transition to. It takes persistence, a belief in the process and dogged determination. But it does get easier. I promise.
In fact, it doesn’t just get easier, it becomes a delightful, delicious, decadent way to lose weight and gain health.
So stick at it. It’s worth it.