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The Keto Diet is an Oxymoron with Principles that Work

The Ketogenic Diet seems an oxymoron, but isn’t life full of them? How can eating more fats help us reduce body fat? Simply said, this oxymoron contains principles that work.

 

When we pair Keto-thinking—trading carbs with highly sustaining, low glycemic, fats and proteins—while keeping to smaller portions, an ample water supply, and mindful movement, our weight loss efforts are unstoppable.

 

Everyday Health describes the Ketogenic Diet as a high-fat, low-carb diet “based on the principle that by depleting the body of carbohydrates, which are its primary source of energy, you can force the body to burn fat for fuel, thereby maximizing weight loss.”

 

With mindful eating principles in place, I slowly started feeling chips were like eating crunchy air, Girl Scout cookies like sweet wind, and fruit a rejuvenating buzz that would only fuel minimally. I was the little engine that couldn’t, and I would return to the fridge or pantry to refuel too soon.

 

My own mindful eating practices confirmed what I later read in the Keto Diet details. It has it right when it suggests we replace sugar, starches, and carbohydrates—short-fueling items—with the more sustaining power of healthy fats and proteins. As my grandpa likes to say, “You can’t run a furnace on hot air.”

 

Think avocado, almonds, eggs, not skipping out on the delicious, small fat rim around the steak, butter—real butter. I don’t hide from these when I’m eating smaller portions. They create the longer bridges between my mini-meals where I am more satisfied throughout the day. Creating habits where I am full on less and eat fewer times a day. This equates to eating less calories across time and simple, enjoyable, weight loss possible and maintainable.

 

Jessie Courson
Jessie Courson