Keto is incredible. It cleanses your body from the inside out, and gives you your life back. It rids your body of excess weight, toxins, bloat, inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many more ailments that plague your body and life. The benefits of keto are endless, but one of the most beneficial lessons I learned was how profoundly important it is to listen to your body. And keto teaches you how to do that.
Keto teaches you to be in tune with yourself. Because you rid yourself of that sugar/carb and food addiction, you can truly listen to what your body is telling you. You can trust yourself and your body when you feel hungry or when you just don’t feel like eating. You can listen to your body’s cues and know that they are as true as they’ll ever be, because there is nothing standing in the way or influencing those cues. And it’s because of that that keto allows you to heal yourself on all fronts. Physically, mentally and emotionally.
Before I started my keto journey, I ate whenever. Most times I would eat and I wasn’t even hungry. Or I would eat because someone somewhere told me that I had to eat breakfast. Or that I had to eat 5 small meals a day. So, even if I wasn’t hungry, I ate anyway, because that’s what I was supposed to do.
Now I know how truly ridiculous that is. Keto is fantastic because most days, you have a lesser appetite. Fat keeps you fuller for longer and more satisfied. Sometimes your body wants more food, and sometimes it wants less. The point is, you have to listen to what it’s telling you if you’re ever going to complete your health transformation. Losing the weight is half the battle. Understanding and listening to your body objectively, without the influence of a food addiction is the other half. And this, if you ask me, is far more difficult. It’s far more important.
Over the course of these past 6 months, I’ve noticed that my body goes through periods of feasting and fasting. This past week, for example, I barely felt like eating. I just wasn’t all that hungry and so, I didn’t eat much. I probably didn’t even get up to 900 calories. A few weeks before that, I went through a few days where all I wanted to do was eat (keto approved foods of course). Now, don’t misunderstand me; I didn’t want to eat carbs. I just felt hungry and allowed myself to eat until I felt satisfied. I ate over 2000 calories those days. And guess what, I kept losing. I’ve had a few of these feasting and fasting periods over the course of my journey so far, and the scale kept going down. It didn’t matter whether it was during a period of feasting or fasting.
Moral of the story: be in tune with yourself. Eat when you’re hungry, don’t eat when you’re not. Your body will thank you and you will feel better than ever.