Well I’m 6′5 and though I’ve never been overweight, I have been under the impression that if you’re anything more than slightly overweight as you age, your knees are going to pay the price when you’re an old geezer.
I want to still be skiing when I’m old geezer – that means I need good knees.
So, about 1/2 a year ago, I decided that I was going to resolve it.
I started by extreme levels of exercise (I have the willpower for it, having grown up in an athletic family.)
Almost no change.
“Hmm,” I thought, “perhaps I’m going about this the wrong way.”
So I looked into diet options and determined that ketogenic dieting seemed like the smartest, most consistent, and rational choice.
Ketogenic dieting is very similar to Atkins dieting, with three simple rules.
- Keep your carbohydrate intake down to 30 grams per day.
- Keep your protein intake in check (no going crazy on burgers/protein shakes)
- Keep your fat and water intake up. (WHAAAA?)
That last one seems bizarre, right?
So here I am, 6 months later and I’m down almost 25 pounds. Losing the last five is something I’m taking slowly on purpose because I am approaching the weight I was when I left college.
Could I have lost it faster?
I took it slowly because I heard men don’t do well when they drop weight too quickly.
Point is, I dropped the sugar and I dropped off all the weight I wanted.
I am confident that I can control my weight and get it wherever I want.
That’s what you were looking for, right?
So here’s the skinny (pun intended) on ketogenic dieting’s affect on metabolism.
When your body goes into ketosis, it starts reserving all your blood sugar for your brain, and using a metabolic molecule called a “ketone”, which is derived from fat, to drive the other needs of your body.
So you know that overused term people use? “fat-burning machine”?
Imagine that becomes your reality.
If you aren’t a diabetic, I would suggest you look into it.
(If you are dietetic, you need to discuss your diet plans in detail with your doctor.*)
It works, man.
Original Author: Ryan Hemphill