Here’s a tip:
Don’t get too anal or dogmatic about anything. That’s a recipe for disaster. If you want to adopt this as a permanent lifestyle, it’s important to relax and keep it simple. There is no “one true way” to be on a ketogenic diet. There are also no rules. Or rulebook.
The only criteria is to remain in a state of ketosis
If you get bullied or chastised for eating a very low carb Joseph’s pita because it has grain, if pearl clutchers come out of the woodwork because you ate an artificial sweetener, if someone jumps down your throat because you tossed some carrot shavings on your salad or ate peanut butter?remember, it’s their problem. They are the elitists who believe their chosen way of the ketogenic diet is the only true path.
They are wrong. It’s THEIR path, not yours. Which is why you’ll see a lot of us more sensible old-timer ketopians encourage n=1. That means that you are an experiment of one. All of our bodies are very different. Try things out and do what works for you. You do not need to justify your choices. If it works for you, it needs to be respected.
You may cross paths with an anal keto dieter who will attempt to shame you or insult you by saying you are a “dirty ketoer” or that you do not practice true keto. They may state that you practice “IIFYM Keto” in an attempt to make themselves feel superior. (IIFYM = If It Fits Your Macros). Some will judge you for occasionally making keto sweets or low carb alternative recipes.
Seriously fuck them. They aren’t going to succeed long term. They need to focus on themselves, not judge others.
Folks will get all up in your business and tell you that you are eating too much or too little protein, too much or too little fat. Yadda Yadda yadda.
My point is, no one knows what you need but you. Yes, you can use 20 net grams carbohydrate as a starting point. This almost guarantees ketosis. And you can use an online calculator to approximate LBM (Lean Body Mass) in order to calculate protein, but that is only a starting point. Fat and protein are pretty flexible, so that you can figure out what is best for you.
Let me repeat: there is no “one true way” of the ketogenic diet. No rules, no rulebook. Only general flexible suggested guidelines.
Cruel reality: If you are here to lose weight, you’ll gain it all back the moment you go back to the standard American high carb diet. Keto is not temporary, or a quick fix. It’s a way of living. It takes patience and time. Read and research!
If you are here to reverse your Type Two Diabetes, it can be done. I am living proof. And I did it without following some fool’s imaginary ketogenic diet rulebook.
Here’s my story:
Here’s my story published in 2017 on Dr. Jason Fung’s Intensive Dietary Management website:
Published on the Diet Doctor site as well:
Good luck. I’ve been ketogenic three years (EDIT 4 years), (EDIT: SIX YEARS) and I’m not going anywhere. I got your back.
Update: I now work as an educator for
www.IDMprogram.com . This is Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos’ program. I teach therapeutic fasting.
At this point I have been on several podcasts. Easiest way to follow my work is to Google “Brenda Zorn”