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Not Being Hungry Anymore   Leave a comment

If I had to share what I think is the biggest benefit of keto with you, surprisingly I wouldn’t say the easy weight loss.  It tends to be the reason most people do.  They have pounds to lose, usually a lot of pounds to lose, and they’ve heard about how successful people have been dropping those pounds on keto.  It’s the original reason I started.

But having been on the diet for well over a half a year now I’d say the number one benefit is not being hungry anymore.  I used to be a slave to my hunger, now I’m not.  How did this play out in every day life?

Well before on a glucose based diet I couldn’t go very long without getting hungry.  And the longer I went being hungry the worse my food choices would be when I got a chance to eat.  As an example, if I got hungry at work I’d have a certain period of time before I could do anything about it.  On my job I can’t just stop doing what I am doing and go get something to eat.  I have to wait until the next break or possibly after work to get something. After work being the worst case scenario.  If I got hungry an hour or two before work ended I’d be spending from that moment forward until I got in my car wanting food.  What’s the quickest way to fix that problem once I was off the clock heading home?  Stop at a drive thru.  And of course at that point I wasn’t thinking about what would be the healthiest way to deal with these hunger pangs.  I wanted easy carbs and I wanted them now.

This is what led me to gain all that weight.  The quickest and easiest ready to go carbs, that travel well, all tend to be bad for you.  And making it worse is the fact that these carbs don’t keep you sated for long so the cycle begins again.

Now I’m keto.  Things are totally different.  If I look back at the times since the beginning of the year when I was hungry they all revolve around the times when I was back on carbs.  Mainly my week off I just took, or my regular, monthly day off from keto.  Other then that I just don’t feel hungry.  Ever.

Using the work example, as I don’t ever feel hungry I’m not experiencing cravings on the way home.  So it’s easy to make it back to my house to cook a proper meal.  A meal I’m cooking not in response to a craving but because I know it’s time to nourish my body.  And when you’re making your meals revolve around nourishing your body, not stopping your cravings, you make better choices about what you eat.  The better you choices, the better your body.  This creates a cycle, too, it’s just a good one to be caught up in.

This is a very important point to bring up about the keto diet, or what I prefer to think of as the keto lifestyle.  A lot of people associate it with weight loss.  And certainly it’s great for that.  My monthly average weight loss from when I started is still nearly 10 pounds a month.  But if you associate keto with just weight loss it’s easy to assume that once you’ve lost all your weight there’s no longer any benefit to being in ketosis anymore.  And that’s simply not true.

So even if you have low body fat, or even ultra low body fat, if not being a slave to hunger and having hunger pangs all day is a good thing in your book you should try the ketogenic lifestyle.  Not having hunger pangs all day also adds other benefits to your life.  When you’re not focused on how hungry your belly is you can spend that time focusing on other things.  Also, the main reason you don’t have the hunger pangs anymore is you have plenty of energy already.  Hunger is your bodies way to tell you it needs more energy.  Fasting is also way easier when you naturally don’t feel hunger pangs.  I’ll cover all of these in greater detail over the next few blogs.  That’s it for now.  Hope you’re having a great day and take care until next time.

 

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