However, the last 20 days or so were kind of weird for me. I felt a sharp decline in my energy levels, I had to wake up with an alarm, quite unusual for me. My mood wasn't exactly worse, but some things seemed harder than before. I didn't know the exact reason but I didn't feel like training at all – a day was like this: I woke up, did stuff at home, saw my kid and then I was looking for any excuse to not touch the weights there. Then I'd go to work around 12 pm, do my job when I have patients and customers and I'd just wait for the time to eat my carb rich food. Around 7 pm I'd go home and loathe the weights again. The thought of me going to the gym was not as repulsive but still I came up with excuses like "It's too hot," or "There's a bunch of people there, I'm too exhausted to talk to them." So the logical thing happened and in a week I started disliking myself for becoming such a sloth. I usually just chide myself in my thoughts and it's enough to get me to a workout, but this time it didn't work as well, days passed and I didn't improve.
I started examining my habits for a possible reason – is it something to do with my work? No, it's going better than ever, I don't even know why, but anyway, it's not that. Is it my daughter? No, she's just fine, smiling, cheerful, obedient and easy going. What could it be? I was feeling something's not quite right, yet I couldn't pinpoint it. I didn't feel sick, I had no trauma. I even started deliberating to check my testosterone levels cause I'm old now, 37 years, I know it's supposed to be dropping. Before that, I thought, let's just change the diet, seems like the simplest thing to do. What should I eat? I researched this and that and I decided. Let me try the keto diet. Alright, but I don't feel like eating a bunch of meat, some from time to time is fine, but not extensively. Good thing that there are alternatives. I'll stick to dairy, eggs, maybe some powder protein even though it's not food, but a drink and I feel empty after it, some soy, peanuts and fruits. Not the sweet ones, mostly tomatoes and cucumbers. Alright, let's try this, see how it goes.
So I'm four or five days into this keto fasting now. I haven't checked my mass and it's largely irrelevant cause I still eat the same amount of calories. But let me tell you - it's astonishing, it feels rather unreal. First day was just "Meh, it's kind of the same, maybe slightly better, but nothing exceptional." Two days had passed, I went to bed the previous night as usual, around 12:30, 1 am. Next morning I woke up around 7 am all by myself, brimming with energy, I thought I'd burst. It didn't cross my mind it should be food related though. But squats, dead lift, shoulder press – you name it, I wanted to do it all again. The gym? Yeah, let's go! How about a light jog? Sure! I have no explanation, it's surreal, After the workout I started thinking "Why is this? What did you change?" Then the thought hit me "It's gotta be the food, nothing else is changed, it's the only explanation!" I never would've thought such a profound difference in my energy levels is possible by just tweaking the kind of food I'm eating. It really is astounding.
So that's the first thing I'd advise people to change in their habits – give keto a try. I'm not saying it's the absolute best for everybody, but it's worth a try. At least for a week, I'd say, try it for seven days. It just might be the change you need. As for me, I know I'll stick to it, it feels amazing!