Because I’ve had such incredible results, I want to share my Keto Diet experience. In case you are wondering “what is a Keto Diet?” I’ll start there. Keto is short for Ketogenic and it is a way of eating. Simply, it is low carb, moderate protein, and high fat.
Through the years I’ve tried and done a multitude of diets. The ones I’ve lost the most weight with were NutriSystem, Weight Watchers, and general calorie counting. What sucked about all of them was feeling hungry all the time. Hungry as in my hands shaking, I could chew the lips off my face I was so hungry.
Then I’d go on the “everything in moderation” maintenance plan. I’d proclaim to the world how it was THE thing to do. Yea right. That didn’t work. Weight would creep back on slowly. Why? Because I had no restraint. Splurges got me to where I was at the end of 2017. The signs were there to make a change.
In November, I went to see a movie and I was miserable sitting through it. Why? Because my jeans were so tight. I had purchased those jeans a few months before in a larger size because I couldn’t fit in the ones in my closet. Weight was piling on fast. My eating and drinking were out of control.
I had GERD/acid reflux. It started late 2016 and kept on in 2017. My doctor gave me a medication that I took for a month and it helped it a little. After the medication, I was having to eat Tums before going to bed. Even with Tums I’d wake up with my throat full of the acid stuff. It would happen during the day too. I was coughing it out constantly and eating more Tums for some relief.
I knew I had to make a change yet I was lost and discouraged on what to do. The thought of being hungry for months was certainly not appealing.
Then I saw a friend’s Facebook post on December 22nd about being on Keto. It stood out like a beacon. The moment I saw it I had the feeling it would be the answer. I started researching Keto online and ordered some books to prepare myself and to make sure it was the path I wanted to take.
January 1st was my first day with the Ketogenic way of eating. The first week I lost 6 pounds and since then I’ve lost about ~2 pounds a week. But that’s not all…
I haven’t been hungry since I started. To clarify, not one single moment of my hands shaking, I could chew the lips off my face hungry. Never have I ever been able to go more than a few hours without eating or I’d feel starving. All that changed. I noticed it most on the day I had to take my mom to the ER. It was mid-morning and we were there until mid-afternoon. When I got home I realized I had not eaten since breakfast and I didn’t run to the pantry or fridge to stuff something in my face. I let the dogs out and took the time to make a proper late lunch.
My GERD/acid reflux is almost gone. It’s slowly and continuously improving. I no longer cough up the acid stuff throughout the day. Instead of Tums, I take a little apple cider vinegar at night to help control the acid during the night. 4/23/18 Update: I no longer have to take the vinegar. Yay!
Redness around my eyes has decreased substantially. I believe it is because of not consuming inflammatory processed food and sugar.
A couple of weeks into my Keto Diet experience, I purged my pantry and fridge. I trashed all the non-Keto food except for a few things for my husband who is not on Keto. He’s supporting me 100% so I keep snacks for him.
Measuring and tracking all food has been key to my success. I use a digital scale and measuring cups and spoons. I track it all using MyFitnessPal. Eyeballing portion size won’t work when starting out. You can easily go over carbs without realizing it. Too many carbs mean either no weight loss or weight gain.
Keeping food simple has also helped my success. I stick with meat, vegetables, and a few fats. I do not use sugar substitutes. A sweet tooth got me overweight and caused those fierce hunger moments.
Knowing how to cook helps greatly. I make my own mayonnaise and salad dressing. Look at the labels to see why. Almost all of them have some type of sugar in them. I make broth to drink daily. Why? Because it helps with the obligatory Keto Flu and gives me collagen for hair and skin.
I gave up alcohol while I’m in the weight loss phase. This one was a real commitment. I love wine. My favorite vacation is to go to California wine country. Alcohol is allowed on Keto yet it can slow weight loss. I’d rather get to my goal weight and then add it back when I’m maintaining.
March 1st was a milestone. I had lost 20 pounds. It was also the day I completed a 60-Day Challenge (#KetoDietChallenge). This photo shows the results:
I still have a way to go before reaching my goal weight. At least I know the journey to get there won’t be filled with hunger. I’m certain my keto diet experience will remain positive. I know it will be filled with food I love to eat!
Update: April 23rd was another milestone! I’ve lost 30 pounds. This photo shows the progress:
Update: June 4th was another milestone! I’ve lost 40 pounds. This photo shows the progress:
Update: July 30th was another milestone! I’ve lost 50 pounds. This photo shows the progress:
Here are some resources if you want more information:
- The Ketogenic Bible by Dr. Jacon Wilson and Ryan Lowery, PhD(c)
- Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen by Carolyn Ketchum
I’ll come back and update this post with more photos and details of my Keto Diet experience. If you decide to go with the Ketogenic way of eating, I hope my story has helped in your decision process.
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