I started on this journey January 23, 2015, and I plan to continue eating like this for the rest of my life! I can’t really explain why I chose Keto. Maybe it was the fact that I could eat all the foods we’re normally told we can’t, maybe it was the results I saw from other people, maybe I just knew I had an addiction to sugar that was making me overweight and this was a sure way to break it…I’m not 100% sure there was only one reason; I just know it seemed like a great fit for me so I jumped on it.
In my research, I was reading about how you naturally feel full, the proper term is satiated, just by eating meals low in carbs, high in fat, and moderate protein…protein helps you to feel full, fat keeps you full. This eliminates cravings and splurging and the dreaded binging on unhealthy foods!! If I had to pick a reason, this would be it. But it was really this combined with everything else I listed above. I mean, I can eat bacon, and lots of it! I can eat butter, REAL butter, and full fat cheeses, yogurt, and heavy whipping cream just to name a few! It’s really awesome. Because of this, I don’t feel deprived or starved at all.
All of these things together make Keto a lifestyle I can truly live with. I’m not saying it’s the only way to eat, but I definitely think it’s a better way, definitely better than the SAD way of eating most of us are accustomed too. It’s not a fad diet, it’s not a diet at all. It’s a total change in your way of eating, thinking, and understanding food as a whole. It’s based on eating real food, not this processed stuff that’s thrown in our faces on a daily basis, but real, whole foods, cooked at home, seasoned at home, prepared at home, and eaten at home!!
Now, some may say, can’t I just eat a balanced diet including carbs? Well, yes you can, but if you checkout the post I wrote called “Keto-what?“, you’ll understand why that’s not always the most efficient way. Unless you plan on doing tons of hours of cardio, tons of hours of weight lifting, you’re just not going to get the same results. Exercise is good, but who wants to kill him- or herself at the gym for little to no results.
Speaking of results, did I mention the results are immediate? I lost 10 lbs. in just over 2 weeks on Keto with no exercise!! Can’t beat that with just regular diet and exercise. The average weight loss program will cause you to lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Because carbs cause water retention, you lose weight very quickly, but it’s not just water you’re losing, maybe like the first 2-3 lbs. is, but you’re turning on your fat burners and burning fat as energy! And once you’re fully adapted, you’re a lean, mean, fat burning machine!!!
You eat until you’re full, and you don’t eat again until you’re hungry. I usually force myself to eat 3 meals a day just to be sure I get in at least 1100 calories per day. So weight loss happens due to an automatic calorie deficit created by what, you being full!! I started off at 182.2 with 44% body fat, which means 80.2 lbs. was fat and 102 lbs. was lean. After 3 weeks on Keto, I’m 171.2 with about 40.4% body fat, only 69.2 lbs. of fat and 102 lbs. of lean body weight!!! So it is fat that’s being lost!!
All that being said, I chose Keto because the results are real, the cravings don’t exist, hunger is annihilated, and for someone like me who used to struggle with my weight and cravings for sweets, it’s a wonderful thing. Oh and when you’re not really active, it’s great to lose weight without having to go to the gym EVERYDAY!!!