I have been saying this to most of my friends who kept asking how I have managed to lose my weight so quickly. Other than intermittent fasting and daily trips to the gym, I have incorporated Keto in my diet and it has been magnificently worked like I found Eureka! So…
What is KETO?
A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.
When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
- Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
- Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.
Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.
The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.
Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits. This source of information is from https://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/.
Hope this helps a bit.
That said, fast forward to this day, I lost 12 kgs. in a span of 2 months from 70 kgs. and that is insane! I kept losing it even though there will be times that I will be eating some carbs and sweets here and there (which is not advisable if you are a total beginner). Okay, I must admit, moving around constantly by doing plenty of home chores and walking or running at least 5-10k helped a lot, going to the gym at least 4-6 times a week really helped lose those fats and I have gained some muscle at the same time.
So to say, I may sound redundant here but again, I have managed to maintain my weight and lifestyle by incorporating Keto into my intermittent fasting routine as well as doing the OMAD (one meal a day) to my schedule and it worked like a charm.
I am so fascinated by how effective it was and the results are just mind-blowingly, amazing! It is not for everyone though, one of my closest friends tried it and she failed miserably in the first few weeks of trying the intermittent fasting and keto. To be fair, her work schedule is quite difficult to manage and she really could not handle not eating carbs as part of her diet regime. And I could not force her to do that, at the end of the day, it’s still going to be her choice and decision to what makes her happy.
Here comes Sunday and after all the 2 weeks of abusing my body by not properly sleeping and eating unhealthy foods due to the fact that I was working with uptight schedules and traveling back and forth, stress and anxiety, etc. It really did not do my body good. Needless to say, I was bloated and my metabolism has gone kaboinks.
And so I checked my fridge to finally make my own meal without having to sacrifice whatever that is remaining on my bank account. I had plenty in my fridge to cook as much to my own bewilderment, ta-da! I have a big chunk of pork loin! I did however marinated the pork loin Saturday evening while doing laundry and was really planning to have that thing roasted the following day (Sunday), clean out the fridge (throwing all the nasty leftovers and expired goodies) and somehow crossed my fingers that I have something to go with as a pair to my roasted pork loin.
Well, I got lucky. I found some watermelon, cucumbers, Chinese cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and garlic. Yaaay! I was so happy, what’s poppin’ in my head is to make some fresh summer fruit and veggies salad that could pair up with the roast! Perfect!
And so here it is.
Meowie’s Marinated Herbed Roasted Pork Loin
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- a dash of dried thyme
- a dash of dried parsley
- a dash of oregano
- 5 pcs. chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce (less sodium)
- 1-3lbs. pork loin roast
- a few pieces of green sweet peppers (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl (except for the sweet peppers) Rub it all over pork on both sides. Then let it marinade for at least 12-24 hours. Note: if you are in a hurry, you can prepare this ahead of time and cook it the day after or..you can also marinate it for a couple of hours or so.
- Put the roast on a rack in a roasting pan. If you don’t have a rack use 3 stalks of celery lying side by side. Honestly, I did not even put a rack nor the stalks of celery and it still worked out just fine.
- Roast until internal temperature is between 145-160°F, 20-25 minutes per pound. If you are not sure about the cooking times, here are some guidelines for you to follow–>>https://www.porkcdn.com/sites/porkbeinspired/library/2014/06/2924.pdf
- Cover roasting pan with foil and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Heat oven to 475°F. Uncover roast and remove the thermometer. Put roast into a clean pan and roast for another 10 minutes.
- Carve and serve with a side of fresh green salad or any sumptuous sides of your choice!