What if we told you that indulging in all the butter, cheese, and steak you want can help your energy levels soar, crush cravings, and melt inches off your frame? Well, those are the lofty results the ketogenic or keto, for short diet promises—and the actual outcomes aren’t that far off. Here’s a digestible rundown of how the diet works: Eating no more than 10 percent of your calories from carbs, about 20 percent from protein, and about 70 percent from healthy fats causes the liver to produce ketones, or byproducts of breaking down fat for energy, allowing your body to enter ketosis. I religiously logged my macros on MyFitnessPal. Naysayers swore I’d be irritable, hungry, and wouldn’t last three days.
I was first convinced to try the ketogenic diet in early November However, while on that diet, I had been unable to convince my wife to do it; her biggest pushback was on fruit. She loves fruit and berries, and the idea of living in the United States, and being within walking distance of a Whole Foods and NOT eating fruit, was a non-starter. If you are married or something resembling it you will understand that spousal support is critical for any big life change. So how do you get your spouse on board?
Our low-carb clinic has been operating inside my regular medical clinic since February Contrary to what you may think, Nurse Sylvie and I never really made any attempts to convince the other healthcare professionals who work there to read the science behind this diet, or to try it on themselves or on their patients. For one thing, setting up a low-carb clinic in my province is already a titanic task, and it involves hours and hours of volunteer work, because our system is entirely focused on treating diseases, never on preventing them. One of my enrolled patients, for instance, has been battling fibromyalgia chronic pain and fatigue, depression and weight gain for a number of years. Watching her get significantly better is what I believe convinced my colleague to give it a go. Not only for herself: she enrolled her own mother with me, and got her sister to embark on low carb.