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40 Pounds Gone With Keto


*Disclaimer: I am in no way a medical professional or an expert of the Ketogenic diet. The following is my experience with keto and my results.

Flashback to the end of March 2018
I've always had low confidence but it was at an all time low and I consumed myself with YouTube videos and bad eating habits. In an attempt to better myself, I signed back up for my local gym and went a whole whopping three times and wasn't "feeling" it. A beauty influencer I followed was talking about her recent weight loss with the Ketogenic diet and it peaked my interest. So...I did what I do best, and googled the crap out of this whole Keto thing and decided the next day I'd try it out. That was March 26, 2018.

What is the Ketogenic Diet?
How I explain Keto because I'm again not a medical expert is; a low carb but high fat diet. Instead of your body burning carbohydrates for energy it instead burns fat. If you want a more in depth explanation there's a million websites that you can read.

How did I get started?
First, like I said above, I googled like crazy, found out about macros, and how to read nutrition labels to find the net carbs in products. I calculated my macros (here!). I used the myfitnesspal app to track everything I ate, so I knew where I was at with my carb, protein, and fat intake. Once I established my eating habits, I stopped tracking because I generally know how much I've eaten during the day.

What do I eat?
I've been getting a lot of questions about my favorite recipes and what exactly I eat. I will go through my typical day and link a few recipes that I've been enjoying.

Breakfast
Before I began intermittent fasting (I'll touch on this below) I would eat scrambled eggs with bacon almost every morning. If I didn't have time I'd pick up a cheese square and some beef jerky at the store. Now, since starting intermittent fasting I only drink black coffee and water until lunch between 11:30-12:00.
 *Intermittent fasting for me is eating all of my recommended calories and macros in a shorter time frame. For instance, I usually eat from 12pm-8pm, but some people will do shorting stretches of time while they are fasting.

Lunch
If my husband and I premade keto meatballs (click link for recipe) I will have 4-6 of these and occasionally a side of cottage cheese, but most of the time the meatballs will fill me up. My favorite lunch is actually French style whole green beans steamed in the microwave, with butter, chopped bacon, and parmesan cheese. I also do a lot of salads with grilled chicken and ranch dressing.
*Keto meatballs two ways. Sauce and Gray!

Dinner
My absolute favorite dinner is parmesan crusted chicken with bacon cream sauce (click link for recipe.) I also do a lot of steak, hamburgers (no bun or ketchup), hot dogs, etc. I have also found low carb tortilla shells so if I get sick of just taco salad I will eat two tacos. The Mission Carb Balance Tortillas are what I use.

Snacks/Desserts
For snacks I mostly eat peanuts, but I also like the Parmesan Crisps from Sam's Club, cheese, cottage cheese, and beef jerky. I rarely eat dessert but when I do I have been eating the Breyers Carb Smart or Halo ice cream (I eat lower carb all day to account for this), a Ghirardelli 92% Coaco chocolate square, or sugar free pudding mixed with heavy whipping cream and blended until it's like a moose. The vanilla sugar free pudding is my husband and I's favorite and to add some extra flavor we will blend a Ghirardelli chocolate square in with the pudding.

Exact same outfit, just a year later.

What's the downside of Keto?
There are some "side effects" of Keto. For instance, trying to keep my rings from fall off all day and the hassle of needing to get them resized. Having to buy new jeans pretty much monthly and I hate trying on jeans!
In all seriousness, the only actual bad part about doing the ketogenic diet is all of the criticism and comments I get. I find that with most things in life there are a large group of people that think their way of doing things is the only way and the "right" way. Instead, they should realize that what works for some doesn't always work for others. Listen, I've tried the exercise until you can't move another inch thing and I've tried the just general eating lower calories. I'd lose a pound after a couple weeks, cheat on the diet, stop exercising, and never go back because the results were minimal. I've also followed the program Insanity to a "T" including the meal plan and while I lost inches, the scale didn't move a single pound. I know, I know "the scale doesn't matter," but I'm sorry, to any medical professional, it actually does! I don't know about you but I need that scale to move in order to stay motivated to continue. Back to the comments I receive... "You will gain the weight back if you stop!" This is usually made by a person doing some other diet/exercise program and my comment back is always "so will you if you stop exercising and start eating terribly!" The next comment that I get a lot is "that can't be healthy?!" Yes, limiting your intake of carbs and sugar is REALLY BAD FOR YOU! For some people it can be unhealthy to drop your carbs and sugars so drastically, but I am fine!
For the most part, I don't let the comments bother me, because I am all about the "you do you, and I'll do me" motto. However, I still have days where it gets my blood boiling.



What's next on my Keto journey?
Currently, I am trying to make sure I'm eating the right amount of calories, because I noticed that some days I was barely breaking 1,000 calories and feeling fatigued. I'm also toying with carb cycling and I started back at the gym this month to aid in weight loss, toning, and strengthening. I might make a separate blog posts about my exercise routine and carb cycling.

Conclusion
I have never felt better in my life. Not only do I feel better physically, but the emotional impact that this life style change has made is pretty incredible. Keto has improved my overall mood and made me happier in all aspects of my life. For me, this diet is honestly the easiest diet I've ever been on. It's pretty simple to follow once you learn what to avoid and now to read nutrition labels. Once I was in ketosis for a bit, I stopped having cravings unless they were in front of me. In the beginning, I tracked everything I ate on the My Fitness Pal app and the weight just started falling off. I remember being shocked every time I stepped on the scale and every week was about 3 pounds lighter. It's so nice actually seeing results almost instantly! It's easy, but I'm human and of course I've cheated. Here's the difference between this diet and every other diet I've tried, I always go back and actually want to! That's why I "love" it!


We both were a bit smaller this year on vacation. I will link my Disney blog if it's posted.

Thank you for reading!
♥ Stephanie

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