For those of you who have followed me on social media, you are more than likely aware that I’ve been doing Keto on a regular basis. I started in January with this type of “diet” and didn’t have a lot of luck. I took a break for Lent and started back on strict Keto the beginning of May. I very much dislike the scale and if I’m not careful I can get obsessive about it and become discouraged fast when I don’t see it move. For this reason, I hadn’t weighed myself and became discouraged over the summer when I felt, again, like Keto wasn’t working for me.
As the summer moved on, I kept track of my measurements and was slowly losing inches. At the end of July, I caved and finally weighed myself the week before my wedding. According to my estimate, I may have lost a few pounds. But others I follow were losing weight like crazy on Keto – why wasn’t I? After months, the scale barely moved. Additionally, I didn’t “feel” healthy. I felt like I was being strict and disciplined the majority of the time – did I need to be stricter? I was working out 2-3x a week – did I need to work out more?
I got married, had an amazing honeymoon full of lots of fabulous, non-keto foods and drinks. Life was good without keto for a week! But both my husband and I were back to the keto-eating train within 2 weeks of the wedding with some changes on my end. This time I decided to incorporate some intermittent fasting and we were having more “cheat” meals than usual. My workout routine has been pretty much non-existent for the past two months except for an attempt to run once. Ahh, running – my nemesis.
Fast forward 8 weeks from that day I decided to weigh myself. I’ve lost 15 pounds since then! Yep, I’ve slacked off more with keto in the past two months and dropped a bunch of weight…finally. I have no idea why, but I’m ecstatic that my effort has finally paid off! It’s a mystery, but I’ve learned keto works completely different for EACH person. While my husband lost a bunch of weight immediately, I stalled for months before loss finally hit me all at once. There are a lot of people out there who are quick to tell you the do’s and don’ts, the rights and wrongs, and what you can and can’t eat on keto, but sometimes you just need to quiet that and focus what works for YOU specifically.
There is no specific science to keto. It’s simple: keto is eating high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates. If you are feeling defeated, like me, you may just need to keep going. Or modify your eating plan, or eat more fats, or exercise more, or just chill out. Maybe you may even need a “cheat meal” or some intermittent fasting. Who knows? I don’t know and likely no one else does either, except you. Giving it time and allowing your body to let you know what you need or don’t need. My best advice: don’t let others or keto “experts” discourage you!
Some things that I have changed in the past two months include:
- More sleep. I’m sleeping much more than I used to, I’m sure this is helpful! I’m averaging 7-9 hours a night now rather than the 5-6 hours I was used to.
- More cheat meals. I have cheat meal more often, probably once a week on average. I usually save these for a date night out and while I do feel pretty miserable after eating carbs, the next day I’m barely hungry and easily go back into keto.
- Stopped obsessing over carb counting. I have no time for counting carbs anymore (we have 4 kids!), instead of obsessing about every carb that enters my body I just make sure I’m not consuming high carbs. I’ve chilled out on obsessing.
- Counting total carbs. I’ve never counted net carbs, total carbs help me keep better track of my day. So even with not counting carbs I still mentally track how many total carbs I eat a day.
- Intermittent fasting. This is a big one for me, I really feel that this one has helped me the most. I usually do this up to four times a week for between 16-18 hours of fasting. This is easy for me to do between dinner and lunch the following day. When not fasting, I eat a hearty brunch or have just a bulletproof coffee for breakfast.
- Low carb snacking. And I’m not talking Quest bars or protein shakes all the time. Invest in good keto snacks to have around like beef sticks, cheese, avocados, etc. They cost more money but you are eating less than usual so it evens out! Healthy snack delivery options are great for those on the go and with families! I find these offer options for both you and non-keto family members (such as kids).
- More active. True, I’ve not worked out in over two months BUT I’m no longer sitting at a desk or in a car all day. I’m not working full-time out of an office and, instead, I work from home and I’m always on the go whether that be around the house, shuffling kids around, running errands, etc. Not having an office job anymore is a privilege and I realize is not an option for everyone, but I think tracking your steps per day is a great way to see how active you really are.
- More caffeine. I’m not saying this works or even that everyone should do it, but thought it was worth noting because I LOVE coffee! Ha! This one is just for fun, but I’ve been drinking a lot more caffeine than usual because my husband and are coffee fanatics. Maybe it’s increasing my metabolism!? One can only hope!
Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist or keto expert. I’m just a normal woman experimenting with keto as a lifestyle and this blog is about my journey and experience. If nutrition & keto is important to you, I highly encourage you to research & experiment with keto and healthy eating based on what is important to you and your body.
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