FAT ADAPTATION CHANGES EVERYTHING [TRANSITION VS TRANSITIONED]
If you're new to fasting and low carb / keto eating, I urge you to take this section very seriously when reading the below and selecting your methods.
My premise is this: If you can't switch off and go 24 hours or longer without eating WITHOUT suffering, you're metabolically damaged and psychologically hooked.
50-70% of American adults are diabetic, or pre-diabetic. Many of the bloody kids are too. That's the self induced kind of diabetes. In this country, we eat like they eat, (not much better that's for sure). I haven't got the stats yet, but they won't be good.
--> If you can't instantly turn the energy tap off and go about your business without batting an eyelid -- Be that no food at all or simply no carbs at all -- you're damaged yourself, or on the way to being damaged at the very least.
Of course, to those who aren't into this, haven't come across this, that's scary news.
But please understand this: How fasting and low carb eating feels in your first few days and in fact first few weeks (or even months), is NOT the same as how it feels once you're used to it. Once your body gets better at using fat for fuel more than sugar, once your cellular machinery gets better at accessing, processing and utilizing fatty acids, it changes everything.
Instead of empty-stomach, attention-grabbing, all-consuming painful hangry-ness, you experience a gradual realisation that it's time to eat, often while realising that you're not really hungry, but you 'could'/ wouldn't mind / or should probably have something.
This of course, makes it FAR easier to stick to your nutrition plan and experiment with eating less carbs, less processed crap, less often.
Instead of blood sugar crashes, shakiness, sleepiness after eating, you'll experience a much smoother energy with only a slight downturn if you leave it too long without eating.
Getting fat adapted can take a bit of adaptation of course. Transition is NOT the same as transitioned.
It makes a big deal, and that's why these methods are becomming so popular.
For many: once you're fat adapted, keto and low carb eating can be pretty much effortless physiologically.
Mentally, we all have a little quirks and there are always temptations, but if you change the way you eat so you always feel full, you're gonna do better. The challenge is reduced or eliminated.
So my request of you / advice to you is this: please read and consider these techniques with an open mind. Your initial reaction or fear of discomfort of these methods are not how it feels to live this way, they are how it feels to transition. They call it the keto-flu you know.
So when you plan your 28-day challenge or ongoing fat loss strategy, please keep an open mind and take nothing off the table. You may be able to handle a quick transition, or you may well be better with a step-by-step approach, but if you keep your options open and step towards these methods, I think you'll be amazed what you can get used to, and how easy it is, and you'll be healthier and find it far easier to get the body you want as a consequence.
Adaptaion and keto-flu is a real thing.
Your electrolytes will be out of wack and your body adapts to imposed demands. You develop better metabolic machinery for producing keytones and extracting, transporting, processing and utilising both the fats you absorb from food, and your stored bodyfat.
Once you've adapted, it's effortless. Once you've done it a few times, it's mentally easy.
The I could never do that, becomes easy.
The hunger becomes blunted. You probably won't even feel hungry, just a realisation that it's time to eat.
WHEN I CUT THE CARBS...
I speak with such certainty on this as I've been through it.
I felt empty and tired for a few days.
Then my life changed....