My 2 month self-experiment into the ketogenic diet is over. My goal was to lose 10 pounds and I lost 12 (which is a significant amount - I only weigh just over 150 pounds). So what are my takeaways? Bottom line is that I think it is a really good way to eat, for most anyone but especially if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). There are some who say that this diet might even cure these ailments and I believe it might be possible. But even if you are perfectly healthy I think this is a good diet. It is also a really good way to lose a few or even many pounds (I dropped most of the weight in the first month). And I felt really good on the diet, meaning more energy, consistent energy, and a noticeably clearer mind. Do I think it is healthy? Yes, because it is the carbs that are really damaging our bodies. From here on out I plan on modifying the diet some but incorporate many of the principles that I felt were good. It taught me to eat hardly any sugar, something I plan on not forgetting. I will eat much less carbs than I did before. I also have incorporated some weekly fasting into my diet recently and this feels like a good thing. One of the main things that this diet helped me improve upon was control. I learned that I am in charge of what I eat, not my cravings. I learned to resist when my mind really wanted me to have desert.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond