What is Keto?
Keto is an eating plan that trains your body to use fat (instead of glucose) for fuel. You use food to put your body into a state of “ketosis”, which in turn makes you burn fat, gain muscle, gain extra energy, lift you out of the “brain fog”, and your body as a whole is supposed to function so much better. It makes your brain, liver, and endocrine system function differently, so it’s highly recommended for people who suffer from epilepsy, autism, autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. It is the top nutrition plan recommended for PCOS as well. Keto requires a certain ratio of fat/protein/carbs (customized per person), lots of water, electrolytes, and magnesium to be successful. It’s a meal plan that requires sodium (something I’m not used to) and lots of healthy fats. You can strictly use food to enter ketosis, or you can consume exogenous ketones to help get your body started much faster. Either way, you use urine test strips (or blood tests) to see if you’re in ketosis… so yes, peeing on yet another stick is going down in my house!
Why I’m Testing Keto
After my miscarriage, I did a round of 21-Day Fix and I did not have the same results I had in the past. In fact, my response to 21-Day Fix eating has changed completely and I’m so sad about that. I tried a second round after the first and still, not the same level of results. I LOVE the program and I still highly recommend it for people who need help with portion control and need to learn how to eat healthily, but something in my body has changed tremendously since the miscarriage and I haven’t figured it out yet. I even tried cutting back on a yellow container (carbs), cutting back on dairy, and I didn’t have the response I expected. Instead, I’ve gained 20 lbs since last summer and most of it is in my belly (thanks PCOS). The numbers shouldn’t matter, but my clothes also don’t fit properly, and this is not okay. I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating and discouraging it is to gain weight when you’re eating properly. I’m not pregnant, but I’ve sure looked like it, and I’ve caught the looks people have given me, wondering if I’m hiding a pregnancy secret in my abdomen. Nope, it’s just fat. I tossed in the towel last fall and just gave up for a while, but I’m ready to try again.
There is so much research that supports a low carb diet for PCOS and autoimmune disorders. I’ve heard there is some research on whether PCOS should be re-classified as an autoimmune disorder. I follow some PCOS Keto accounts on Instagram, I’ve been watching YouTube videos and reading blogs, and I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how this is supposed to work, but Lord have mercy, this whole eating plan goes against everything I know.