The keto post
I stumbled across the keto diet at the midpoint of my transformation challenge a couple of months ago. At first, I wasn't sure if I could do it. It is incredibly strict.
Basically, you use a calculator like this one to find out exactly how many calories you should be eating, and out of those calories, what your macros are - your protein, fat and carb allowances.
Eating this way puts your body into ketosis. That means, the energy you use to do every day things, as well as exercise comes from your fat source. Ketosis burns your body fat first, before looking elsewhere to get energy. And so if you have a high percentage of body fat, the quickest way to get rid of it is by being in ketosis via a ketosis diet.
This diet is not easy. If like me, you find carbs to be delicious, and you have a addiction to sugar, it may take you a while to get used to this kind of diet. There are lots of supplements you can take to help, lots of different methods and leniencies, but what I've found is that by sticking to a keto diet, you can burn a lot of fat quite quickly. I got rid of about 2kgs in ten days, and I popped out a ketosis a couple of times so in theory could have lost a lot more.
This diet is not for everyone. Some people NEED more than 20g carbs in their diet. Some people can do this diet easily and not notice a thing. It took me about 3 days to get into ketosis and I knew because shortly after I got what's called "keto flu" from doing the keto diet without proper guidance from my health coach.
Right now, I am eating a low carb, high fat diet. This is like lazy keto, where it's reasonably clean, but I'm not monitoring my macros as much. I like to switch between keto and lchf to mix it up and give my body a break. I'm keen to reduce my body fat, but happy to not go gung ho on it. I'll share what food I eat in both of these diets soon. In the meantime, if you have a Facebook account you can join loads of Keto groups, and if you think you'd like to take it further, check with your health professional and do some solid research about whether this is right for you.