Growing up I have always been skinny. My classmates would often tease me and ask: “do you eat?”. Some people are saying that they are afraid to hug or hold me because they might break me. If I ask for another cup of rice, people around would stare and sometimes I would hear them say “really?…for you?” I would often hear people compare me to a twig or toothpicks. I have encountered this in the past 25 years of my life. It was tiring and frustrating at some point and all I could think of is how to gain weight. It came to the point wherein I ate anything that I want, and fed my self a lot. It did not matter if it was healthy or not, my only goal is to gain weight. Then it happened. I was very happy when family and friends started to notice that I have gained weight. I just continued my new eating habits and eventually I got heavier than ever. I started to get sick, I noticed that I am feeling tired everyday, I have increased sweating, I ran out of breath easily and I feel unable to cope with sudden physical activity. It was a wake up call hence I decided to live a healthier lifestyle and I started with changing my eating habits. I have done some research and what caught my attention is Ketogenic Diet. I wanted to achieve Ketosis.
What is Ketogenic diet?
According to healthline:
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets.
It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
The Journey to Ketosis
After some proper research, I started my way to ketosis. It was difficult at first but I keep myself motivated to reach my end goal: Ketosis. Although after a few days of cutting carbs, I have experienced headache, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty in sleeping and have had sugar cravings. I thought I have done something wrong, I have consulted a doctor and learned that what I have been experiencing are the side effects of low carb diet, Keto Flu.
According to mayoclinic
The side effects of low carb diet are:
If you suddenly and drastically cut carbs, you may experience a variety of temporary health effects, including:
- Bad breath
- Muscle cramps
- Skin rash
- Constipation or diarrhea
After what I have experienced, I was hesitant to continue Ketogenic diet. I was worried that my research were not sufficient and that it may cause me more trouble and I did not want to risk my health. Luckily I have found a very informative website to completely answer my question: what is the Keto flu? After reading this I have been motivated further and I feel like I have found the right guide to continue my journey to ketosis!