I will begin by saying that I am neither a doctor nor a nutritionist. Damn, I did not even go to college. With all this in mind, please do not take anything from what you read here as advice or recommendation. The following messages are purely my thoughts and observations.

Living in a world of fast fast food, any diet requires willpower and the keto being a radical change in the way of eating, it is even more difficult.

I discovered that following a ketogenic diet was both fun and rewarding, at least for the first few months. On keto, your options are somewhat limited. You can only prepare ground beef, eggs or bacon that I adore.

The point where I fail, is when the idea of ​​eating a keto meal gives me nausea. I have tried to add as much variety as possible to my meals, turning meatballs into steak pizza into holy grail. Finally, the meals become less than unattractive.

When talking to my fiancée, she mentioned that her sister was taking diet pills – Fat & Carb Control tablets. I've already used fat blockers with little success (and a lot of oily diarrhea), but a blocker of hydrocarbons? This has me interested. I did some research and I discovered that the same company had a blocker for carbs.

I was skeptical to say the least. If a tablet can help you lose weight, why was it not prescribed by the NHS? I concluded that – if anything else was probably because the NHS think that 30% of your daily intake should come from starchy carbohydrates.

Being curious and always looking for an easier life, I started doing research on carbohydrate inhibitors. I could find a small amount of information here and there and I started collecting them. The general attitude was carbohydrates = bad so any reduction was a good thing. Being on keto, we measure how much carbohydrate we eat. This is the most important factor for being in ketosis or not. Eventually, I read (on Yahoo Q & A of all places) that they are blocking 35-40g of carbs. Goal. It was the info I was looking for.

There was another thing that I needed (and probably need to know more at this point) is the type of carbohydrate that these tablets are supposed to block. They say that they only block complex carbohydrates. So, what is a complex carbohydrate? Back to search. So, it turns out that you have simple carbs that are simple molecules, while complex carbs are 3 or more together. Simple carbs are things like table sugar. Complex carbohydrates are found in things like cereals. Our body needs to break down complex carbohydrates into simple carbs to allow them to be absorbed.

This raised another question: how do you know what are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates?
The nutrition information on the packages indicates "Carbohydrates: x grams. (Of which sugars: y grams)". I assumed that the first was complex and that the second was simple. The NHS website verifies that this was the case.

I started looking at nutritional information on all my ketone-containing foods to see how they were divided into complex and simple carbohydrates. I discovered that many ketone foods were low in carbohydrates, but all carbohydrates came from natural sugars. That made me a bit surprised. I hoped I could block all the carbohydrates of some foods I already eat – milk, for example – but alas, no.

During a shopping tour, I started looking for nutritional information on randomly selected products. I found that a lot of food – flour, pasta, bread and so on. – had a high number of complex carbohydrates and a low carbohydrate count. This raised not one, but two of my eyebrows.

The decision was made. I understood a little about what the tablets might be blocking, a rough idea of ​​what foods I could eat, and a vague idea of ​​what I wanted to do. I bought carbohydrate inhibitors from Boots (UK) for £ 19.99 for 60 tablets.

Looking at the information on the package, I saw the line I was looking for that explained that 2 tablets would block about 200 kcal of complex carbohydrates. Bingo A quick calculation later told me that each tablet would block 25g of complex carbohydrates.

The plan

On keto, it is recommended to keep less than 20 g of carbohydrates (in general) to stay in ketosis. My idea was instead of following the total number of carbohydrates, but rather the value of "which sugars", provided that the number of NET complex carbohydrates is not greater than the blockers could block (carbohydrates less sugar).

I've read a little more and found conflicting information. I've read that processed foods – such as white bread – lose their complexity due to the process of refinement and become a simple carbohydrate. So, in fact, I do not really know my simple carbohydrates among my complex carbohydrates. I will play caution and buy my carbohydrate foods from a list of foods containing complex carbohydrates. As a result of this, I decided to buy sweet potatoes, brown / brown rice, pasta, flour.

I have no way to measure my blood sugar without buying a test kit. I'm broke so I'm not going to have one for now. Fortunately, I have come in and out of ketosis more often than I want to admit, so I know the signs. And the most obvious is weight loss. I'll let you know ..!

Do not hesitate to contribute to my knowledge on the subject by leaving a comment, and I will document my progress.

Go use carbohydrate inhibitors, try to stay in ketosis and record the results here.

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