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Ketogenic Diet – My Personal Experience

I was fat.

Oh, it feels so great to be able to say that in past tense. I’ve been fighting a losing battle with weight since I stopped training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu two years ago. When you stop burning 1000 calories in an hour every day and keep stuffing your face with all those tasty goodies you didn’t have to think about yesterday – well, 16 pounds in two months says it all. The weird thing is – mostly all of that newly gained fat seemed to accumulate around my waist. I was very curious about this fact, so I googled out a very interesting article by Charles Poliquin on the subject of spot-reduction (but this is a different topic I’ll try to cover in my next article). I gained weight so fast that one morning I took a look in the mirror and couldn’t believe my eyes – I felt like someone super-glued someone else’s fat belly to my former six-pack. I had to do something and I had to do it fast!

As luck would have it, my friend Pedja was in town – he’s a professional bodybuilder and those guys know how to lose weight really fast (once he lost 12 pounds only two days before the contest). In our brief conversation he mentioned something called Ketogenic diet. He directed me towards a couple of very useful links and wished me good luck – “You will need it”, he said. He was right.

Basically, ketogenic diet consists of one strict rule – no carbs, period! Ok, it’s not that simple, but that’s the basis of it. You are allowed to eat meat and veggies with low carb content, fish, certain kinds of cheeses and other dairy products and that’s about it. No pastry, no fruits, no sugar of any kind. The good thing about it is you don’t have to worry about fatty foods that much – I enjoyed eggs and bacon breakfast now and then and salads with olive oil were the perfect side-meals for me. For this type of diet supplementation is a must – Glutamine, BCAA, whey protein isolate, micellar caseine, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals – don’t even start without all of this. Luckily, my friend hooked me up with the guys from ON Nutrition and we made a mutually beneficial agreement, otherwise I would have been forced to sell my kidney to pay for it all (and with this kind of high-protein regime you really need both of them working overtime).

This diet of mine lasted six weeks and during this time I had a unique opportunity to experience something I could only compare with PMS – now I know how you girls feel like. My mood swings started around day 10 and lasted ’till the very last day. I switched from irritated to ecstatic, to depressed, to homicidal in minutes and I just couldn’t get a grip on myself, so I decided to avoid people as much as I could. Good thing alcohol was forbidden as well – I bet I would have been a really mean drunk. The other unpleasant thing about it is the odor. My sweat had this really strong smell of ammonia and my breath was even worse – this made my self-confidence drop to a new low.

If you’re still reading this that means you didn’t get discouraged by all the bad stuff I mentioned so far and I’m very happy for you because now comes the good part. Not only did I lose all that extra fat but I actually lost more than I hoped. All those proteins and amino acids really did a great job at reducing catabolism to a minimum and I actually felt like I even gained some muscle mass. My form has never been better and when I could finally eat what I wanted I realized I’m not craving for anything anymore. The morning after the last day of my diet I got up, took a look in the mirror and I actually felt satisfied with what I’m seeing – yeah, I was happy.

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