So many of you have been asking me how my Keto diet has been going, and wanting to know a lot of specifics! Well, here’s the blog I promised you! Ill give you a basic breakdown of what I’ve been doing, and also put some links in at the end that will be helpful for you if you’re getting started!
*Disclaimer- I am not a professional Keto diet instructor, nor do I claim to be. This is all from info I’ve studied and customized for my lifestyle doing what works best for me.*
First of all, people wanted to know why im doing this? The answer is I want to be healthier for my children, my wife, and myself. As the kids are getting older, they are wanting to do more and more activities that require strength and endurance. I want to be able to do all of those things with them and have no excuses. Getting my weight off is the first step. Building muscle and endurance is the next step.
I’m going to be as basic as I can here, because I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. There’s enough info out there to do that for you. LOL.
So here’s the basic breakdown:
The Keto diet is a high fat, low carb diet. Basically you want to retrain your body to burn fat instead of carbs and sugars. That’s my simple take.
Here’s what I cut out:
Carbs- I try to keep my carb intake below 20g per day. I know this may sound ridiculous in the beginning, but it is very doable. You will be replacing these with fat and proteins. Easy!
Sugar- You want to cut these out completely. This was the hardest for me as I am a sugar addict! I love coke, donuts, candy, you name it! The first couple of weeks, this was so very challenging for me! But in time, the cravings subside and you find yourself doing better with higher amounts of energy than before.
Here’s what I added more of:
Meats, cheeses, eggs, veggies, water, water, water, and water.
Replacing the bad with the good took an adjustment, im not going to lie. It was hard and I hated it. But ill tell you, 4 weeks into this, I can definitely tell a difference not only in the way I look, but definitely in the way I feel. Im not sluggish. I don’t get tired easily. I have tons of energy. I feel 10 years younger. My mind is clear and energized. Overall, its been beneficial in every aspect of my life!
Foods to Definitely avoid:
Soda, candy, donuts, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, basically all the yummy junk food we all love.
Foods to add to the mix that are just as delicious:
Any meat you can think of: pork, steak, chicken, sausage, pepperoni, turkey, etc.
Veggies- Cucumber, Cabbage, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Avocado, Peppers. Try to avoid Tomatoes, Carrots and Iceberg Lettuce.
Fruits- The only ones ill eat are berries, and ill do that sparingly. Strawberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blueberries. These are great in a morning shake with spinach and high fat yogurt.
Biggest tip I have for you is this: Water is your friend. Drink as much as you can. This not only flushes out all the garbage your body has been storing up, but also replenishes your body with important vitamins and minerals. Ill tell you, my kidneys feel a lot better too!
Exercise has also helped tremendously getting the weight off, making me feel better, and building my endurance and strength! This is a good tool to use!
I’ve been on this 4 weeks and lost 25 pounds. I feel great, and my goal is 25 more. This has been the best diet I’ve ever attempted and I feel like its something I can sustain in a high percentage on a normal basis. Of course im going to eat a donut and have a pasta dish again, but im training my body to experience other alternatives that are so much healthier. Im also training my body to adapt to correct portions of food, times to eat, and to stop when I feel full. I’ve been shocked at how full I get now and how long I can go without food. Its amazing how in tune with your body you get when you’re retraining it!
That’s all the advice I have for now. Here’s a couple of before and after shots. Remember, I’ve got 25 more to go, and im not stopping til I get there. Join me if you feel inclined and let me know what your secrets are!