Welcome back to the Keto and Exercise page. If you are a regular, thanks! If you are new to the page, have a look around. There are some interesting articles about the Keto lifestyle and how to stay fit.
A quick recap of me. I am a 55-year-old husband, father of 6, grandfather of two and guardian of 4 fur babies! I have a lovely wife who is still working, as I enjoy some time at home.
The Keto lifestyle has changed our lives for the better, but to be honest, it is the exercise that has really made a difference.
Let’s get into today’s thought on Keto, Exercise, and 2020!
The Keto Difference
There were many people who thought the Keto Diet would be a passing fad. I can’t disagree, that if you are using Keto as a diet, it may well be a passing phase for you. The trouble with Keto as a diet, is that it is not sustainable over the long term. It is great for a while, and you will lose some weight, but there may come a time when you have to scale back on all the fats and include some carbs in your life!
That’s OK. That’s where the Keto Lifestyle comes in. We are all different, and we all have different nutritional needs. We need to find what works for us in the long run. What will be sustainable for you is different from what is sustainable for me.
We each need to find what works best for us.
Use the strict Keto diet to lose some weight and feel good about yourself, and then start looking at a food lifestyle that is sustainable.
But don’t forget to add exercise to your routine.
The Exercise Difference
As great as Keto is, and believe me, it is great (just read some of the other articles I have posted), there is a greater chance of success in the long run if you add exercise to your routine.
Again, the exercise you choose to do will be as different as you are from others. Some will choose to do cardio based exercise. Others yoga. And still others, as I did, will choose resistance training. What you choose depends on your own lifestyle, preferences, and dare I say it, your age.
As we get older, there is a diminishing return of benefit for cardio exercising. Take my wife (she’s 50. Don’t tell her I told you!) as an example. She ran on the treadmill three or four times a week for forty minutes at a time. She did this for months, close to a year, and saw no results. She was frustrated. I suggested we try a couple of things. One, change our eating habits. Two, start resistance training.
She agreed to both, and we made some changes. We did’t jump right into Keto. That came later. But we did jump right into weight lifting. I created a three day split-routine and we got started. My wife immediately saw a difference in her body. She was losing fat and gaining muscle. Her mass did not change a lot, since muscle is heavier than fat, but she looked and felt better.
It was the proper exercising that made the difference.
The Keto Journey
As I mentioned above, we didn’t jump right into Keto. It was a journey to get there. We started by just properly combining our foods. Education of how the body deals with what we give it was the key. I read books about nutrition. In fact, I read a lot of books about nutrition.
The first book I revisited was by Harvey Diamond called Fit For Life. I had read this book years ago, and remembered that we need to NOT eat proteins and carbohydrates at the same time, as the chemicals needed to digest them will neutralize each other in our stomach and we will have difficulty with digestion.
So we started by having meat and vegetables, or a carbohydrate and vegetables, instead of having them all at each meal.
That worked and we felt better. That led us to a Paleo type of diet, which really was just eating the types of foods that our ancestors would have eaten, and eliminating all the sugars, grains, and trans-fats out of our lifestyle.
That made the biggest difference. When you eliminate sugar, you will watch the fat disappear. Seriously.
From here we took the leap into Keto and stayed faithful to the high fat, low carb lifestyle far almost two years. Then, as our weight lifting intensified, and as we educated ourselves on how to grow muscle, we re-introduced some carbs into our lifestyle at strategic times of the day to enhance our muscle growth.
We have found a happy place that includes some carbs, and the knowledge that what you do most of the time is what matters most.
Let me just add a section here on Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. For those of you who have lived under a rock and don’t know who he is, look him up. He is an inspiration to many, me included. He has pulled himself up by his boot straps to become one of the most influential and popular men in the world. If you follow his social media at all, you will know that he has his own home gym that would rival any gym in the world. He works out every day, whether at home or away, and his body shows the results.
But I mention him for another reason. He also allows himself the ability to live happily. He eats well most of the time. But his cheat meals, once a week, are Awesome. Check them out! Here is an example from US Food.
WOW! Now, I’m not saying we should all cheat like that. Remember, The Rock is huge and can burn those calories in no time by working out and being as busy as he is.
What I am saying, is to find an eating lifestyle that works for you. One that will allow your body to burn fat as fuel (read KETO), but don’t forget to live your life.
Life is too short to count calories. Find the foods that you love and are healthy, and create an eating lifestyle that is sustainable. Add exercise as a regular habit, and you will feel and look better that you ever have before.
I am living proof. I am 55 years old and have never felt or looked better. Ever.
So there you have it. A quick little recap of my story and the Keto and Exercise premise.
I trust that you enjoyed my thoughts, and I appreciate your time.
Thanks for listening, and I’ll see you in the next post.
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