Keto Diet – 4 Months Of Dieting – My Thoughts And Results!
It’s been 4 months since I started the Keto Diet, and I wanted to share my thoughts about it and my results thus far. The purpose of this article is not to persuade you to go on it too, but rather to share my experiences and results thus far and then you can see if it’s a viable option for you as well.
The Keto Diet is hugely popular right now and understandably so. There’s also a lot of controversy surrounding it too. Is it a healthy way to eat? Does Keto have possible unhealthy side effects? My journey on the Keto Diet continues.
My experience 4 months in leads me to believe it’s not just another fad diet but rather a healthy eating option. If you haven’t heard about the Keto Diet you can google it – there are loads of very good informative articles written about it and a terrific Keto cookbook with delicious recipes too. Personally, I didn’t need to spend hours researching it. I learned what to eat and what not to eat and began my dieting journey in the first week of May. I haven’t looked back since.
A little bit about some of the reasons it was so difficult for me to lose weight.
About 10 years ago, I had my thyroid removed from a condition called Graves Disease. Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Although a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is a common cause. Essentially, it’s an overactive thyroid, but it can make you very ill and result in the loss of your thyroid. That’s when everything changed. I couldn’t lose weight from eating the same foods, and I’d had gone up at least two sizes as a result. Food became the enemy.
My weight always fluctuated but never more than about a size or about 15 pounds or so. I was always able to lose is pretty quickly – until the removal of my thyroid. I was comfortable and happy at a size 10 and that’s all I ever wanted to do was maintain my weight. After my thyroid issues, I tried the Atkins Diet – who hasn’t? And it worked great – for a while. Once I started eating carbs it was like a vicious cycle. Gain weight – on Atkins – lose weight, and so on. I knew there had to be a better solution.
As I stated earlier, I heard about the Keto Diet but never really looked into it as an option. That all changed one night when I was watching TV eating chips and candy and thought, this is not good. Even though I was eating normally during the day eating about 1600 calories or so, it was my food choices that were the problem. That was back in May, and as I said, I haven’t looked back since.
Why I choose the Keto Diet
Bottom line is I can’t lose weight when I eat a lot of carbs. My problem was never overeating but eating the wrong foods. That’s one reason this diet is perfect for me. It eliminates many of the foods my body can’t process properly. The first thing I needed to do with consistency was to reduce the amount of complex carbohydrates in my diet. They tell you this after you have your thyroid removed as well. Atkins was far too restrictive regarding carbs and overtime can be unhealthy too. In comes Keto – the Keto Diet allows you to eat carbs – moderately. It seemed like the perfect solution and so far – 4 months in – it is!
What is the Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and a high-fat diet. The goal of the diet is to get your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. Ketosis occurs when your body has run out of its glycogen (basically sugar) stores so it needs to find another fuel source.
When ketosis starts, your liver begins to process fat into what is called ketones which then becomes your body’s main fuel source. I’ve read varying studies that say you can eat up to 20 grams of carbs a day and other’s have said up to 50 grams. I always stay under and around 30 and that’s been working out great for me. The number of carbs I eat can vary from day-to-day, but overall, I average from 20 to 30 grams.
How much weight I’ve lost
In 4 months, I lost about 27 pounds so far! I’m thrilled, and I feel great too! My target is not so much a number, but a size. That’s how my brains works – once I get to a size 10 (I’d love to shoot for a size 8), I’ll know I hit my target. I figure about 25 more pounds should get me close to my target. Am I glad the Keto Diet is working for me? Of course, I am! But it’s not just a diet, I’m making the diet a lifestyle choice for me and that means eating this way consistently for the rest of my life. Cutting out sugar, all sugar, that means no cake, no candy, none of it!
I do miss baking and miss sinking my teeth into a delicious piece of cake or some decadent brownies, but it’s not been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I am planning on researching into some Keto targeted desserts soon too and if they are delish, I’ll be sure to share them! To be honest, I haven’t missed sugar much at all. It’s the potatoes and pasta I miss most.
Oh, the chips, I hear them calling my name but, I’ve got great willpower and have avoided all the foods that made me fat and not feel so good. Removing sugar from my diet totally has been one of the best “side effects” of this diet. I feel – better! It’s probably one of the most pronounced effects of this diet and a completely positive one.
Below, I made a pyramid chart of some of the foods you can eat and not eat on the Keto Diet to give you a quick overview of what this diet encompasses.
My daily eating routine
Generally, I eat eggs for breakfast. Once or twice a week, I add some bacon or sausage and what a treat that is! I found low-carb bread too and love this brand called 647 Bread by Schmidt. It only has 6 net carbs per slice, and it’s delicious. It’s helped a lot being able to have a BLT for lunch and still maintain my carb goals for the day. Amazon sells a zero carb bread by ThinSlim, but I haven’t tried it yet. Lunch is always light consisting of either the BLT I just spoke about or some type of salad with veggies. Fish is also a great food option for this diet too. I love that I can still enjoy some fruits like berries, and a wide assortment of nuts is permissible as well.
Dinner can be anything from a steak, veggies, and a salad or a salad with a cheeseburger thrown on top of it too which is really good! Chicken is always a favorite option of mine too. I’m a very picky meat-eater and only eat beef, chicken, and pork, but even though I’m limited to three types of meat, I can always find something delicious to make that’s low in carbs.
There are so many delicious dinner recipes you can make that are low carb – if you Google it, you will see what I mean. I’m never at a loss when it comes to creating meal planning. I always tell my hubby when we go out to eat, don’t worry about where we eat, I can always find something! And it’s so true. I can go to most any restaurant and always find a low carb delicious meal.
I plan on staying on the Keto Diet and making it a healthy eating lifestyle choice moving forward. There’s no going back to old unhealthy eating patterns anymore. Will I ever have a donut or a bag of chips again? I’m sure I will, but now I have a clear understanding of how my body works when I eat too many carbs and learned good eating habits on how to avoid them.
Remember, with any diet, it’s all about willpower. My husband loves to go out for ice cream at night in the summer months. I still go and am able to take one long lick and be happy! Once you commit to any diet, remember that every day you wake up is the beginning of your dieting and healthy eating journey, not the end.
I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the weight loss. I hope this helps some of you to get motivated on healthy living and weight loss too!
Disclaimer – be sure to check with your healthcare physician before starting any diet. This article is just my experience with the Keto Diet and might not be the right choice for you. Checking with your doctor first is always advisable.
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