I’ve struggled and lost ten pounds over the last year, essentially from giving up certain foods and cutting way back on daytime eating. When dinnertime comes around, I’m ready! But it’s been a constant battle. Weight control is easy when you’re young, but not so easy for aging Baby Boomers.
So of course, what I’m hearing about the Ketogenic diet got my attention. I think I’m halfway there already.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
According to Healthline:
Studies have found that this very low-carb, high-fat diet is effective for weight loss, diabetes and epilepsy.
There’s also early evidence to show that it may be beneficial for certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases, too.
A ketogenic diet typically limits carbs to 20–50 grams per day. While this may seem challenging, many nutritious foods can easily fit into this way of eating.
Essentially, a Keto diet means avoiding carbs in favor of fatty foods. That translates to cutting out breads and foods with high carb counts (you can still eat low-carb foods). Think bacon hamburgers without the bun.
Basically, switching to a Keto diet means your body starts burning fat instead of living off carbs!
What can Boomers Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?
Now here’s what really got my attention. On a Keto diet, we get to eat high-fat stuff most diets require us to avoid! Here’s just a sample: seafood, vegetables, cheese, avocados, steak, bacon, eggs, nuts, hamburgers, berries, creams, and chocolates. Sorry, no potatoes, french fries or diet drinks.
How Fast can Boomers Lose Weight?
Fast! In one study, people on a Ketogenic diet lost 2.2 times more weight than those on a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Tales of dropping 10-15 pounds within weeks are common.
Other Benefits for Boomers on a Keto Diet
The benefits of embracing a Keto lifestyle don’t stop with just weight loss. For example:
- You don’t have to count calories!
- You feel full!
- You have more energy!
- Seniors have clearer thinking!
- The risk of many chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease, drops dramatically!
- Keto diets are also beneficial for those with cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, acne and more!
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Here’s some quick guides to help you get started on a Ketogenic diet:
- 16 Foods to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet
- 14 Fast Foods You Can Eat on a Low-Carb Diet
- The 7 Best Keto Diet YouTube Tutorials for Beginners
And Now the Really Important Questions!
- Can I drink alcohol on a Keto diet? Pure alcohol products like rum, vodka, gin, tequila and whiskey all contain no carbs. Light beer and wine are low in carbs. So, yes (in moderation). Yea!!
- How about candies and desserts? Yes, certain ones (see list). More yea!!
- And marijuana? Yes, there is a powerful synergy between the two. Just remember to eat low-carb munchies!
What’s the Downside?
As explained by Promedica, “During the diet transition you may experience uncomfortable side effects from significantly cutting carbs, sometimes called the “Keto Flu”. Hunger, headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, constipation and brain “fog” may last days. Sleep and hydration will help, but it may not be a pleasant transition into the diet.”
Yea, but I still get to drink wine and beer!
The Bottom Line for Baby Boomers
There are a variety of Ketogenic diets, so you can choose which flavor works best for yourself. And there is a whole industry built around providing Keto-compatible foods and meals, even offering foods like pancakes and waffles. Bottom line – it’s easy to get started on a Keto diet and finding compatible meals is not a problem. And you can drink alcohol!
The Ketogenic diet has a lot going for it. That’s why athletes embrace it. And it is not necessary to give up carbs altogether. Just limit or cut down on the servings of foods like bread, potatoes and crackers. So if you are a Baby Boomer like me who struggles to keep off encroaching “old age” weight, I say try it. I know I will!