5 ways in which the keto diet has changed not only my weight but also my overall health

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    I have followed the ketogenic diet intermittently for more than four years, but about a year ago I decided to recommit myself completely since I tried to lose a significant amount of weight and reach a healthy size.

    Now, about nine months later, I weigh 125 pounds less than when I started, and I am much happier and healthier than ever.

    This change is due in large part to the strict adherence to the keto, but it has helped more than just the number on the scale.

    Here are five ways in which the keto diet has changed not only my weight but also my overall health.

    1. Stopped my addiction to sugar.
    It is safe to say that I was addicted to sugar. In fact, I still am. I believe that he will never overcome an addiction, he simply learns behaviors to help him overcome the harmful behaviors he fosters.

    Before I started losing weight and committing completely to the keto, I was drinking sweets and lots of other sugary sweets (cakes and pies, cookies, etc.) several times a week, which always made me feel worse, put my health More in danger and packed in pounds.

    Since keto is an extremely low carbohydrate diet, in which you are supposed to eat no more than 20 grams of net carbohydrates per day, that means that the sugar is outside the window.

    Cutting myself from the cold of the turkey was incredibly difficult at first, but the longer I spent without all the unhealthy junk I was eating before, the less I found myself wanting. I found some excellent dessert recipes friendly with the keto once I felt more in control of my cravings, and that has more than offset the lack of real sugar in my diet.

    It feels good not to be controlled by sugar anymore.

    2. It helped me develop a healthy relationship with food.
    While many believe that keto is a fad diet or is not sustainable in the long term, I can really say that eating low carb will be a long-term thing for me. Not only has it worked wonders to help me lose weight, but it has also diversified my food intake and, therefore, my range of colors by encouraging me to enter the kitchen and try new recipes with ingredients I have never tried before.

    Of course, I always liked vegetables and was no stranger to chicken thighs and steaks, but eating a diet high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates meant that I had to plan my meals more strategically and creatively, especially If I did not want to eat boring.

    This gave me a true love for cooking and, by spending so much time preparing my daily food intake, I learned to think and appreciate what I was introducing into my body on a daily basis and the ways in which I fed. These days, it is less about putting it in peace and more about preparing meals that keep me full, strong and healthy.

    3. It helped me get in shape.
    There are many people who successfully follow a keto diet without exercising, but I knew that if I really wanted to increase my health (and increase my weight loss), I needed to make my body move. Since I work from home as a writer and editor, I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Sure, I walk with the dog twice a day, but the word "exercise" had not been part of my vocabulary for a while.

    When I started eating better, I also started using the gym membership I had been paying and had not used for months and I soon fell in love with it.

    Although initially I could not do more than 10 minutes on the inner bike and I felt that my legs were turning to jelly after five minutes on the elliptical machine, the more weight I lost eating keto and the more I used my diet to feed my body, the more energy I had and stronger I was coming back. These days, I regularly run on the tape for an hour and even do weekly spinning classes. It feels great.

    4. Extremely reduced my risk of diseases related to obesity.
    The old-school idea that fat fattens it has been discredited numerous times so far, but many people still believe it. I am not one of them; I know that sugar is toxic and is behind many of the health problems faced by millions of people around the world, from hypertension and diabetes to obesity and heart disease.

    By completely eliminating sugar from my diet and losing enough weight to get me out of the obese BMI, I have significantly reduced the chances of developing many of these health problems.

    5. Increased my confidence.
    This is perhaps the most remarkable change of all. While losing weight through the keto diet has made me feel less inhibited by the use of certain clothing styles, the true increase in confidence is due to my goal and the hard work to achieve it.

    With every milestone I reached, I feel increasingly confident of my ability to make great things happen, and although I know there are a million and one ways to achieve what I have so far (and what I want in the future) , I am really happy to have had keto to help me on my trip.

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