Me and my best friend go way back from high school. We used to be seatmates and so we usually chatted every after class (or even during the class). We became inseparable even after class and usually hang out at the library, the mall, parks, and our houses.
We have shared a lot of memories since then. I remember that we started to do a lot of things and take on new adventures together. We wanted to join the drama club together, learn to skate, learn football, learn to drive, color our hairs, go to prom, do slumber parties and so on.
Time was so fast and we didn’t realize that we are about to take on a new chapter of our life, College. We both wanted to be a successful accountant at that time. Luckily we enrolled at the same university, took the same course and we were so glad that we get to go to the same class even until college.
New Chapter, New Life Lessons
College was not as easy and as fun as high school. There’s a lot of pressure and less fun time. Things are getting more serious. Even with me and my best friend, we started to have more mature conversations, hang out and honestly, we start to feel some life struggles already. My best friend had to deal with a lot of family issues at the time which is pretty much affecting her mood and her studies as well. She tried to keep up and sadly her way of coping up is through stress eating. After a year or two, she already noticed the changes in her body. She went to see a doctor and found out that she was obese.
As defined by the World Health Organization:
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.
Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.
Make a Move
Upon learning that my best friend is going through another sad news I talked to her and she mentioned that the doctor advised her to lose some weight and has suggested Ketogenic diet. I told her that this is another thing that we can actually do together since I myself is getting a little more flabby than usual. Her face lit up and looked motivated. We decided to make a move and our goal is to achieve Ketosis.
According to netdoctor:
In ketosis, your body becomes incredibly efficient at using ketone bodies, generated from the breakdown of fat, as fuel. In other words, your body will burn more body fat.
It was really nice to see her smile again and little by little we were really trying to be consistent so we can reach our goal. We wanted to take this as a challenge and improve our way of living as well. One thing that really helped us through this process are awesome cookbooks which we found through this website. Keto cookbooks made our lives easier in terms of what meals to prepare and stay in the right zone.