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!
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Keto Diet Update
Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:
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:
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.Be kind! Share this post with others so they can learn about the Keto diet too!Click To Tweet
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)
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):
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 Fat and Grain Brain. 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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