I did Keto for the first time in August, 2018. I wanted to lose weight for my wedding, which was the following year. I lost 20 pounds in 3 months! As normal it started with a picture. I went to a family reunion that August and somebody snapped a God awful picture of me in the pool. I was in a floaty tube thing so all you could were my thighs, arms and my big ol’ bobble head! That was enough for me.
Now, you will hear from different doctors or nutritionists that Keto isn’t long term. It’s a quick fix *insert eye roll*. There are people who have been doing Keto for 5+ years. I love it. I loved the experience so much that whenever I start to feel bloated or gross or out of control, I go on Keto for a few weeks and boom boom pow, I feel normal again.
How does it work?
Keto is a high fat, moderate preteen, and really low carb diet. When you consume fat and restrict your carb intake, your body enters a state of Ketosis through fat metabolism. Basically, is uses fat to burn fat. Your body will use fat for energy instead of carbs and with the low levels of carbs the fat is converted into ketones. So your body runs on ketones for energy, instead of carbs. Sounds impossible, right? It’s not. I’ve experienced it. No, you do not live off of bacon and butter. No, you don’t have to put butter in your coffee (I have done this, it makes it creamy and delicious). And NO, you don’t have to eat a sh!t ton of avocados.
How Do You Start?
You just go for it! I will say meal prepping is key. And what makes it super easy is that if you are in a pinch and you HAVE to get fast food, or maybe you just need that Baconator, most restaurants will let you order without a bun and they will put it in a container for you. Some fast food chains, even offer a lettuce bun.
But, I digress. Meal prepping is the MVP of Keto. I usually prep EVERYTHING. Breakfast, lunch, dinners and snack boxes. Sometimes I weigh my food and sometimes I don’t. It’s important to remember that Keto does not mean NO carbs. It just means low carb. Most of your carbs should come from fruits and veggies. That doesn’t mean have an apple, and then eat bacon for the rest of the day. You need to remain balanced.
Also, there’s this thing called “Keto Flu”. Basically it is your body going through the process of entering Ketosis. You may feel a headache, loss of appetite, or a blah feeling. You may not experience any of that. If you do, up your electrolytes. That’s another thing. On Keto you are eating a lot less processed food. Which means your sodium intake is going to drop. So, to stay afloat you should take in electrolytes. They have zero sugar Powerade and Gatorade now a days. Or, make sure you salt you food.
As I go on this journey over the next few weeks I will update you all with some of my favorite Keto meals. I can do a few Tik Toks and upload the link so you can see what/how I make my meals for the week.
What Do I Eat?
I’ve listed below some of the foods that are Keto approved
Sugar Free coffee syrups
Half and Half or Heavy Cream
Strawberries, Blueberries, raspberries- in moderation
WATER, WATER, WATER!
For best results, you can track your food. I use the app Carb Manger. It sets my macros for me so I know if I need more carbs, fat, or protein. It also tracks my calories. There are several ways to do Keto. Lazy or dirty. Track or don’t. But you won’t know about it, unless you try it first hand!
I would love to see progress photos of others who have done keto! Comment or email them in and let see em!