Thursday, 21 March 2013

New to Keto! [Ketogenic dieting]

Check out my fridge! Last week after shopping my fridge was full of all kinds of nasties. This week, it's greener. I mean, possibly the greenest its ever been!

After finding out April last year that I had PCOS {See this post} I made it my mission to start losing weight. Without losing weight I'd increase my chances of developing:

Insulin resistance and diabetes
If your blood glucose does not stay normal, this can lead to diabetes. One or two in every ten (10–20%) women with PCOS go on to develop diabetes at some time. Untreated, this causes damage to organs in the body. If you have PCOS, your risk of developing diabetes is increased further if you:
● are over 40 years of age
● have relatives with diabetes
● developed diabetes during a pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes)
 ● are obese (body mass index or BMI over 30). If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you will be given dietary advice and may be prescribed tablets or insulin injections.

High blood pressure
Women with PCOS tend to have high blood pressure, which is likely to be related to insulin resistance and to being overweight, rather than the PCOS itself. High blood pressure can lead to heart problems and should be treated.

Heart disease in later life
Developing heart disease is linked to health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. If you do not have these conditions, there is no clear evidence that, just because you have PCOS, you are more likely to die from heart disease than women who do not have PCOS. If you have a high cholesterol level you may be advised to take medication (statins) to reduce the risk of heart problems. If you are trying for a baby, you should seek specialist advice about the use of statins.

With fewer periods (less than three a year), the endometrium (lining of the womb) can thicken and this may lead to endometrial cancer in a small number of women. There are different ways to protect the lining of the womb using the hormone progestogen. Your doctor will discuss the options with you. This may include a five-day course of progestogen tablets used every three or four months, taking a contraceptive pill or using the intrauterine contraceptive system (Mirena®). The options will depend on whether you are trying for a baby. PCOS does not increase your chance of breast, cervical or ovarian cancer.

Depression and mood swings
The symptoms of PCOS may affect how you see yourself and how you think others see you. It can lower your self-esteem.

Snoring and daytime drowsiness
 PCOS can lead to fatigue or sleepiness during the day. It is also associated with snoring.

Some of these things have really scared me enough to want and need change. But in almost a year I have only lost 6 kilos. While it excites me that I am in fact losing, it scares me at the same time because I don't feel fit nor healthier.

A friend showed me {this video} yesterday and I researched myself how thousands of people are losing weight with the keto diet. I was completely WOWed and researched it more and the more I read, the more excited I was getting. I was further encouraged when a man replied to my tweet telling me how he had lost 19lbs (8kgs) in just one week! Completely blew me away!!

So here is my Keto diet plan:
For a better look, just click the picture.

I am both excited and nervous about starting this journey. I will be using mainly twitter and my blog to keep everyone updated regularly so if your not already following my tweets please fly this way..

3 replied:

Ellie said...

I never heard of this diet before, looks pretty interesting. I might have to try it. Thanks for sharing the info!

Kate @ The Wife That Prays said...

Yay for you for putting your health first! I did that earlier this year and went vegan (and started juicing). Hope to hear many more posts of your positive health changes!

Jennifer said...

Hi Melissa! I just saw that you sent me a gift on MBC. I'm following your blog now with GFC. Please stop by my blog, I'm glad we connected. :)

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