Keto Diet for Beginners: Our Weight Loss Journey
Research on the Keto Diet for beginners terms like Weight loss and ideal weight are thrown about quite commonly but what one term means to one person can mean something completely different to someone else. For example, an ideal weight of 150 pounds can make one woman look like Marilyn Monroe and the other like Twiggy, depending on how tall they are.
Diets will forever be a popular method for those that either want to lose a lot of weight or those wanting to get rid of a few holiday pounds. From so-called crazy fad diets to long-term nutrition choices, our relationship with food constantly plays a big part in our weight loss journey.
As a mom of 7 (4 biological), I lived for years in what I considered to be the southern food capital – Houston Texas. During these years, my weight continued to be an issue for me. I also never tried the big groups like J Craig or Weight Watchers because, in my mind, that meant that I couldn’t handle this problem on my own.
So what did I try?
- P90x a few times a week
- Walking 1-2 miles a few days a week
- Going to the gym a few times a week
- Counting calories
- The cabbage soup diet
- The Atkins Diet
- Whole 30
………I guess I tried a few things.
I did have some success on the Whole 30 but I found it hard to stick with. This was pretty much the same problem I had with all the other efforts I listed above as well.
So I sat down one day and took a hard look at myself and all the methods I had tried on my weight loss journey. What I found was not flattering but it was the honest truth.
The common denominator in all these methods is …..me.
I was the problem. Me, myself and I.
I don’t mean that I personally was the issue…it was more like the big problem was my effort in trying to lose the weight.
- I exercised a few times a week…… but not consistently
- Went to the gym a few times….again not consistently
- Started counting calories….but ate a glazed doughnut here and there
- Did the cabbage soup diet … broke down and ate a slice of toast or some other not allowed food
See the pattern? I didn’t really make a worthwhile effort during any of it.
Before my last try to lose these stubborn- my hips aren’t lying – 40 pounds, I decided that in order to stop feeling so sh**ty about my weight, I needed to be the thing that changed.
Keto Diet for Beginners
So what change did I make? I decided to go on the Ketogenic Diet.
The Ketogenic Diet is popular for losing weight in a healthy manner that consists of eating a daily intake of;
- low carbs,
- moderate protein and
- high fats.
By fats, I mean the healthy fats that you get from eating an avocado or almonds.
To find out more about the Keto Diet and the restrictions, read this article.
When I decided to do the Ketogenic Diet or Keto Diet for short, this time I bought in the reinforcements. After seeing how well I was doing after the first 2 weeks, the hubby decided to he would eat the same way and exercise regularly with me. Even if it was just walking in the park.
After one month of being on the Keto Diet, my results were quite surprising, and truthfully, very inspiring. I didn’t take anybody measurements which I kicked myself for because I would have been really interested in seeing how many inches I had lost.
So after my first month, I was down a total of 14 pounds. The hubby though lost 5 pounds within the first 3 days of being on Keto. This was mostly water weight but still. To see any kind of loss this quickly was very inspiring and gave us an additional push to stick to the allowed foods and keep exercising.
One of the best things about the Keto diet is that you don’t have to worry about calories.
However, we did notice a bigger loss one week that we watched our calories along with watching our macros.
This was the week that we both stayed at least 250 calories below our recommended daily calorie limit. So maybe watching calories along with watching your carb intake is an added bonus.
Keto Diet for Beginners: 60 Day Update
Two months of eating Keto foods, I plateaued. After losing 20 pounds, I could not seem to lose neither an inch nor a pound. I remained at the same weight for another two weeks and then we decided to try intermittent fasting.
For the preparation of this fasting, I made an almond flour cheesy bread. I decided to make the bread a part of meals because I had cooked the bread before and it was easy to make. This recipe was very filling so it would help to keep me from feeling peckish during the fast.
For the fast, we only ate within a 6 hour period for the first few days. After day 4, we were able to eat during 4 hour time period per day.
I feel like I need to say something here so there is absolutely no confusion about intermittent fasting.
We were not starving! That is not what intermittent fasting means.
To put intermittent fasting simply, you basically eat all of your meals in that 6-hour window. The remainder of the time, you drink only plain water, black coffee or unsweetened green tea. No food. So because you have eaten your recommended daily amount of fats, proteins, and carbs so you are not eating less food per day.
During the fast, we also exercised every day except one. The results of fasting were mind-blowing!
I lost an additional 10 pounds…I know that is a big deal but here is what was important to me. It’s not the pounds lost that great for me.
If you are still on the fence about how you want to handle your own weight loss journey, let me give you a bit of inspiration.
Intermittent fasting changed the shape of my body. I still had a few spots that needed to be worked on but wow!
Now here is another perk. I lost inches around my arms, waist, and hips.
I felt like walking a runway! In my undies! Whoop whoop.
But that is not all that I noticed.
After being absolutely miserable for the first 3 days of fasting, my appetite seriously changed on day 4 as well. I was no longer having cravings or feeling like crap.
I found that I was also more focused at work. It was as if my concentration span had doubled.
Trust me when I said this was the best feeling! After realizing that I was able to look at spreadsheets for hours without going mental.
Keto Diet for Beginners : Results After 1 Month
1 month later and we are still losing weight each week, but I am down to losing about 1 pound per week. I am using light weights with my workouts so I am gaining muscle mass as well so that added muscle explains why my weight loss seems low.
During the last 6 weeks, I have also been adding a scoop of Collagen and MCT Oil in my coffee once a day.
My skin has gotten really clear and even toned. I haven’t had any breakouts in the last month, not even during that time of the month.
My hair has grown longer than the usual half an inch per month. My nails always grew quickly but they would chip and break if I waved my hand – they were so fragile.
Now my nails are really strong. I dragged them against a chalkboard just to make sure. My hubby was not impressed.
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At this point, we are still;
- eating Keto foods only during a 6 hour time period and
- exercising 5 days per week.
We have more energy than we used to and are sleeping better than we used to. I can’t say enough about how happy we are currently with the choices that we’ve made and continue to make.
Eating healthier, although it felt awful for the first couple of days, the results that we have today are more than we have ever experienced before.
I hope this post of Keto Diet for Beginners; Weight Loss Journey about our experiences and results has given you a bit of insight to the possibilities of the changes that following the Ketogenic Diet could have for you, and yours.
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