Keto Diet Success – Tips and Tricks

The thought of giving up sugar can be very intimidating. When I tell you that I was addicted to sugar, I was more than addicted. It was no different that someone being addicted to drugs. I had to have sugar and I had to have it every single day. My mood changes had a lot to do with whether or not I had sugar that day or not. I was, by every definition, addicted to sugar and an emotional eater. That is a dangerous combination. Thats why my Keto diet success story means so much to me. It’s also why I want to share my tips and tricks with you. You can succeed with the Keto diet!

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How Addicted to Sugar was I?

When I tell you I was addicted, I’m not joking around. I would drink 32 oz. Slurpees every single day. Do you know how much sugar is in a 32 oz. Slurpee? Over 115 grams of sugar! Insane! As if that wasn’t bad enough, I also ate a candy bar every single time I set foot in a store or gas station. I justified all that by saying, “well I don’t keep junk food in the house”. Which was true. I didn’t keep it in the house, for the most part. I was just buying it daily and bringing it home with me. Totally not the same thing, yet it is!

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Emotional eating was something I was really good at. Something would make me upset and I would instantly turn to food. The sugarier and carb-ier (not a word, but I’m making it one!), the better. My brain had been trained to associate carbs and sugar with feelings of happiness. As a result, my weight went up and up, but my mood was never really improved. It was a vicious cycle that I was stuck in.

Feel Sad –> Eat Sugar –> Feel (temporarily) Happy –> CRASH, then Repeat

At my heaviest, I weighed 250 lbs. I don’t know if I ever said that out loud before, but it’s true. Clothes shopping was something I did not enjoy. Nothing ever fit right, or it had no shape that just made me look even bigger. When I heard about the Keto diet, I was afraid to try it. Eat fat? That went against every thing I’ve ever heard about dieting. I actually held off trying it for about six months. But, in January of 2016, I reached my breaking point.

I told myself that I would give the diet a try. I weighed myself every single day for about three months because I was so afraid of this diet not working for me, that I figured if I weighed myself every day, then I would know if I started to gain and I could stop. Guess what happened?!? Weight started melting off me. My body started changing drastically. Now, over a year later, I am down 82 lbs. and very close to my goal weight!

Keto Diet Success Tips and Tricks

First things first, you NEED to use My Fitness Pal. If you are following the Keto diet, you need to track your fat, protein and carb macros. If you don’t, you will NOT succeed. I don’t care what anyone tells you…you won’t. Keto is a delicate balance between those three macros. Look for me on My Fitness Pal and send me a friend request. My name is ImLeah525. Also, figure out your macros using this Keto macro calculator.

Secondly, you need to be all in. I know some diets have cheat days. There are no cheat days with this diet. This diet is a true lifestyle change. If you choose to cheat, you need to understand that you will gain. Why? For starters, once you remove all the sugar from your diet, your body stops craving the sugar and other foods. Which is great! However, when you have a cheat day, your brain says “HEY! I remember this” and then all those cravings come back and you will consume more of that sugary treat than you meant to and sometimes for more than just that day. You are essentially starting the Keto diet over after that.

Third, don’t try to find a bunch of substitutes for those sugary foods you are giving up. If you spend all your time trying to find out how you can still have the cake you are giving up, you are going to end up struggling. In my experience, a lot of my Keto diet success is in getting my mind in the right place first. You can’t do that if you are making Keto bread every day or little Keto approved desserts all the time. Once in awhile is OK, but on a daily basis…no.

Fat Bombs? What’s That?

With all that said, you do want to make fat bombs. One of the hardest things, in my opinion, is getting enough fat in. This book, Sweet and Savory Fat Bombsketo diet success, is definitely something you should pick up. It is full of all different types of fat bombs to help you find your Keto diet success! I make a chocolate sunbutter fat bomb that is absolutely delicious.

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As always, I am an open book. If you have any questions about my experience with the Keto diet, just ask! I am happy to help. If I don’t have the exact answer, I will do my very best to find the answer for you or point you in the direction that you need to go to find that answer. Below you will find some essential items that I recommend you get to help you get started on your very own Keto diet success story! The two pack silicone molds are a really good price right now on Amazon!

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Chocolate SunButter Keto Fat Bombs

Being on the Keto diet for a little over a year has been life changing for me in so many ways. Not only has my body changed drastically in a little over a year (see those changes here), but my relationship with food has done a complete 180, which is a very good since I was a huge emotional eater before. Now food is just a means to fuel my body. Nothing more, nothing less. One thing that is a little difficult, at times, is getting enough fat in. That’s where my Chocolate SunButter fat bombs come in handy!

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Chocolate SunButter Fat Bomb Recipe

Chocolate SunButter

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place all of your ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. I prefer to use a glass 2-cup measuring cup (like thischocolate sunbutter).
  2. Melt in the microwave in 30-second increments. Do not try to speed things up and put it in for a minute. Trust me…it makes a mess! After two 30-second increments, stir thoroughly. You may need to put it in for a few more 30-second increments. The SunButter takes a bit to melt!
  3. Once everything is melted and mixed well, pour into your silicone mold and freeze for at least an hour.

*I prefer SunButter over any nut butter. If you prefer to use almond butter or cashew butter, go for it!

They are pretty good! You will notice that I do not list any of the macro information. I do this because we all use different ingredients and I don’t want to tell you that a serving of this has 19 grams fat when you used a different nut butter and it has more or less than that. So with any recipe you get off the internet, ALWAYS check the macros yourself.

For your convenience, I listed the items I use to make this recipe below. you can pick them up on Amazon and be making these delicious fat bombs this weekend!

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Some Keto Recipes you may enjoy:

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Homemade Gummy Bears

Chocolate SunButter

Keto Diet Update – One Year Later

A little over a year ago (January 23, 2016, to be exact), both my husband and I decided to start a new diet plan that I had heard quite a bit about…the Keto diet. If you aren’t familiar with this diet, the Keto diet, in very simple terms, is a diet where you stop using carbohydrates as your energy source and start using fat. In other words, your body uses your stored fat as a means of energy. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not! After a year following this diet, I figured I owed you a Keto diet update!

Keto Diet Update

Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:

keto diet update

A year ago I was over 100 lbs overweight. My cholesterol was high. The triglycerides were 300. I was heading down a very bad path. If I didn’t do something and do it quick…well, I don’t want to even think about what would happen. I told my husband about the Keto diet. Both of us were skeptical, but decided to give it a chance. Here’s where my husband started:

keto diet update

He, like me, was extremely overweight and in need of doing something for his health too. He had sleep apnea, high cholesterol and who knows what else going on because of his weight.

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So Where Are We Now?

I’d love to say it was easy. In some ways, it was a bit easy, but it took a bit to get to that point. I was a sugar and carb addict. I ate nothing but carbs and sugar. All day, every day. Not even joking. My husband didn’t eat any better. So, as you can imagine, for about two weeks after starting the Keto diet, we went through some major sugar withdrawal. Once those two weeks were over, we were OK. We quickly found amazing recipes that totally took the place of all the sugary things we used to eat. Some of our favorites are:

Bacon Wrapped Smokies (everything is better with bacon!)

Homemade Gummy Bears (you read that right…gummy bears)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Vanilla Fat Bombs (essential…you have to get enough fat in)

OK…OK…you want to know where we are now. Well…I am currently down 82 lbs! I’m working out more and building more muscle, so at the moment, I am not losing pounds, but I am still losing inches all over. I just bought a size 10 for a pair of jeans! My husband has lost over 125 lbs! The thing to know about his diet plan is that he works in another state during the week so he eats out 90% of his meals and still lost 125 lbs. This is not just a diet. The Keto diet is a lifestyle. You either commit or don’t do the diet. Here is what we looked like in October of 2016 (since this picture, we both lost another 10 lbs or so):

keto diet update

So that’s our Keto Diet update. If you are interested in starting the diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. A good starting point would be to read the books Why We Get Fatketo diet update and Grain Brainketo diet update. Both books are extremely informational about they WHY. Why we need to say goodbye to carbs and sugar. Until you know the why, you probably won’t succeed with this diet or stick with it long term.

Keto Diet Tools

You will want to utilize the following tools to get started:

https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ (to figure out your macros)

My Fitness Pal app (to track your food. VERY IMPORTANT)

A Support System (like this Facebook group)

So…are you ready to get started? Take charge of your life. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR Keto Diet update soon!

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Laser Lipo, Did it Work?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always said, “one of these days, I am going to have liposuction”. The idea of sucking fat out of certain areas on my body for it to be gone forever, is very intriguing to me. But I’ll be honest, the idea of surgery, drain tubes and the recovery needed are all reasons I haven’t done more than think about it. Thankfully for me and everyone with my similar thought process, there are other options out there that require ZERO down time! One of those options is Laser Lipo! About a month and a half ago, I started my journey with laser lipo. Now that it’s over, I bet you’re wondering…did it work?

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*I received Laser Lipo and Venus Legacy for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

About Laser Lipo

What exactly is laser lipo and where can you get it done? I visited a LightRx Face & Body location near me. Basically laser lipo is a truly painless procedure that uses low level lasers to target the fat in a particular area. That targeted fat breaks down the stored triglycerides in the fat cells into free fatty acids and glycerol.

Where does the fat go?

That was one of my main questions. I didn’t want to have this treatment and then spend the rest of the day in the bathroom getting rid of all that fat! No worries…that’s now how it happens! The fat is transported to various tissues to be burned off during post-treatment exercise. So basically, laser lipo is a process that mimics the body’s natural process of releasing stored fat to be used as energy.

At the first appointment, we went over what treatment would be like and what I could expect each week. We then took pictures (I do not have access to those pictures) and measurements. Since I was having the dreaded “saddlebag” area treated (my gosh I hate that word), we measured at the top of my thigh, the middle and the bottom.

My Measurements to Start

Right Leg

  • 30 1/2″
  • 30″
  • 29″

Left Leg

  • 29″
  • 28″
  • 27″

As you can see, one side is much worse than the other. Apparently that is normal (or…well, at least I would like to let myself believe it’s normal)! After 10 treatments of laser lipo and eight treatments of Venus Legacy (this tightens the skin and helps reduce cellulite), I have lost an inch on my upper and middle part of my thigh on my right leg and an inch on all three parts of my left leg!! Because of the difference between how my right and left leg look, I still need more treatments, which I fully plan on signing up for in the next couple of months!

I am very pleased with the transformation! At first I wasn’t sure if there were any changes. However, as I started going shopping, I began noticing that pants were fitting me differently. To me, that was huge. If you are someone that has to deal with saddlebags, you know that how clothes fit, due to your lovely baggage, is really important.

Would I Recommend Laser Lipo?

You bet I would recommend it. In fact, not only do I want to repeat the same area, I also would like to have my stomach treated. After having two children via c-section, no matter how much weight I lose, parts of my stomach will never change. The place I went to, LightRx Face & Body has locations in various states throughout the United States. Definitely check their site out, research laser lipo and see if it is the solution for you!

Lifestyle Changes – A Mom’s Journey

About a month before my 35th birthday, something happened. I was sitting here writing, like I do most days, and it hit me. I was turning 35 soon. Not too many years later, I will be hitting 40. While getting older has never ever bothered me (the white hairs I randomly get on my head and in my eyebrows–what’s up with that–are definitely something I could do without), the idea of getting older and not making the necessary changes I need to make to lose all this excess weight, is something that has bothered me. Lifestyle changes were definitely needed in my life.

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Here I am, five years ago, at my heaviest weight I’ve ever been…250 lbs. I hate even typing that number, but it’s true. I started my weight loss journey at 250 lbs. I knew I had to make some changes and make them quick. Not only was a severely overweight, but I had tested Type 2 Diabetic. I made some changes, lost some weight, and managed to no longer test in the diabetic range. However, my weight started creeping back up and I knew it was only a matter of time before I became Diabetic again. I was not about to let that happen.

Serious Lifestyle Changes Needed!

Fast forward to just about my 35th birthday…a friend of mine had been talking a lot about the Keto diet. I saw her transformation, but was really scared to take the plunge. You see, with the Keto diet, you eat high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. While I know that a very low carb diet works well for me, I was terrified to eat fat! I mean, it’s drilled into our heads over and over again, “low-fat, low-fat, low-fat”. However, I decided to jump in and give it a try. What I didn’t understand at the beginning was that with the Keto diet, you are essentially training your body to use fat as an energy source, instead of carbs. This is huge to understand. You see, since you are not constantly eating fat all day long, your body needs to have energy somehow, so it begins burning your fat stores. It truly is as great as it sounds!

I’ve been doing this diet since January 23rd of this year and I am currently 0.4 lbs away from losing 70 lbs. I look and feel amazing! A little bit of that weight loss is from before starting Keto. See the transformation for yourself…

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Yes…I did just use a Snapchat selfie…no judging! It was just my most recent picture of myself and, well, what can I say…I just love the gold butterflies in my hair! Despite the fact that it is a Snapchat selfie, you can see how my face has transformed. I still have some weight to lose, but I’ll get there!

While making lifestyle changes has been the key to my success, there are a few areas of my body that, no matter how much I lose, they don’t change. Those areas would be my saddlebags. I absolutely hate that word, but it’s true. I have them and I hate them. I made a comment to my husband that the only way I would be able to get rid of them is with liposuction. As I was looking around online, I came across an ad for Light Rx Face & Body for Laser Liposuction. I was instantly intrigued! One of the biggest things I noticed was that it required absolutely zero recovery time! That was huge for me. With a husband that travels for work, having something that required recovery time was kind of out of the question.

About Laser Liposuction

This painless procedure utilizes low level lasers that target the fat in a particular area and breaks down the stored triglycerides in the fat cells into free fatty acids and glycerol. The fat content is then transported to various tissues, ready to be burned off during post-treatment exercise. Basically, the laser liposuction is a process that mimics the body’s natural process of releasing stored fat to be used as energy.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?!? I totally thought so! Currently I am partnering with LightRx Face & Body and I am in the process of completing ten complimentary Laser Liposuction treatments and eight Venus Legacy treatments. The Venus Legacy treatments help to get the fat content moving out of my lymphatic system faster, as well as, it helps to tighten the skin area being treated!

I am extremely excited about this phase in my life. Not only are my lifestyle changes working for me, but, with the help of LightRx Face & Body, I am able to work on those stubborn areas of my body, as well! I am only just starting my treatments with LightRx Face & Body, but I will be sure to update in a couple months about my treatments and how they went!