5 reasons why I'm converting to flexi-Keto.
Let's get one thing straight... I LOVE MY FOOD! Always have, always will. I'm one of those (sad) people who plan their next meal in their heads even before they've finished the one they're eating. So, if you're reading this worried that I'm about to starve myself, you're very much mistaken.
A little about me
I'm 25 years old, 5 foot 2 inches, sporty but curvy build, proudly quarter Spanish, creative, fun seeking and very loving. To name a few. My mother was in the GB triathlon team before she had me and has competed most of my life. She's won many events and has recently competed in the Cross Fit Games and came 1st in the UK, 3rd in Europe & 14th in the world - I'm SO proud!
At this point you're probably wondering why I'm telling you all this? Well, while having a fitness fanatic mother does have it's bonuses it also has it's downsides. Whilst I have always had a great relationship with food, like all of us my weight has fluctuated up and down a far bit since my teens. I know that I speak for most girls my age when I say that I've struggled hugely with body confidence and comparing myself to other. On my occasions this has stopped me from enjoying some of the best days of my life so far; holidays, birthday's, days out, weddings... all because of my lack of confidence.
"I believe that life is too short to not eat what you fancy."
Why I'm choosing to switch up my eating
Over the past few years I've tried ALL the ways I know of to shred off the pounds as underneath it all the muscle & strength is still there. I've tried the "skinny teas", the diet pills, the month long cleanses - none of them showed me the results I was looking for and then I came across Keto.
I try my best to eat a healthy, balanced diet and where possible my 5-a-day. But here's the think... I have a terrible sweet tooth!! Cake & pastries are my weakness but I won't say no to a biscuit or some chocolate either if it's going.
I used to swim for a club twice a week and compete on weekends, I was part of a gymnastics club and we worked out twice a week, I used to do athletics & dance after school and horse ride at the weekends. So, in short I could eat what I wanted and never gained a pound. Fast forward a decade and once you hit your mid-twenties your metabolism isn't quite what it used to be.
I'm looking forward to feeling slimmer, stronger & more energised as result of eating cleaner.
Lastly but by no means least, BODY CONFIDENCE!!
What is the Keto lifestyle?
"The ketogenic diet is a very low carb, high fat diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. Ketogenic diets can cause significant reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels." - The Ketogenic Diet: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide to Keto.
This can seem like a daunting switch at first but I will be integrating this new lifestyle gently as well as keeping up with regular exercise 3-4 times a week with my PT Grace and practicing yoga. I'm excited to get stuck in and cook some delicious meals to share with you all!
I look forward to updating you and sharing my journey along the way.