From my previous two posts about trying to lose weight…always seemed like an up hill battle. After getting a few suggestions, I decided to research this Keto thing that seems to work for lots of people. I did my body type (adrenal and thyroid), purchased supplements (I did this because I knew my body was missing nutrients), watched Dr. Berg’s videos, joined a Facebook group, and began my new way of eating (WOE). I explained I had tried almost every diet out there with little to no results. I would lose 10-12 lbs and then put it right back on. I could not go below that 10 lb mark. Talk about frustrating. No matter how long I stayed on track, the scale never budged past that mark.
This is week 4 for me on Keto. The scale (which I was told to hide) didn’t move for almost 2.5 weeks. I figured I was doing something wrong. I sent a private message to Dr. Berg and amazingly enough, he answered (or one of his well qualified staff did!) He sent me three videos of his on how to achieve rapid weight loss for adrenal and thyroid body types. So, I was eating all wrong! Well, not all wrong but the little tweaks he told me I should do, worked! I seemed to be following old eating habits: high protein, low fat, lots of veggies and I was putting blueberries in my kale shake every morning.
I was eating the wrong berries. I should have been eating blackberries and raspberries. I was eating the wrong nuts. I should have been eating pecans and macadamia nuts. I was eating when I wasn’t hungry rather than fasting a little longer. I was eating the wrong meats. I was eating salmon and chicken when I should have been consuming more eggs, hamburger, pork, lamb, and steak. I didn’t know what “fats” to eat. And now I know I need to consume 50-70% of my meals with healthy fats. Pork or bacon, brie cheese, steak (prime rib), lamb, hamburger (the fattest I can find), pecans, avocado and butter on my veggies. And guess what? Once I started eating like he suggested for rapid weight loss, 2 days in, I had lost 3.8 lbs! (I did not hide my scale). And today when I weighed myself, I was down another 1 lb.
So, since starting this eating plan almost 4 weeks ago, I have gone from 193 to 186 – that’s 7 lbs. I’m so glad I reached out to him for some help because I was again thinking, “oh, no, here we go again.” But that is not what I’m thinking anymore. I’m thinking, “oh, hell, yes!” I do not mind fasting at all. In fact, most days I fast from dinner the night before until dinner the following day! So, that’s about a 23 hour fast. I love how everyone abbreviates OMAD or TMAD (one meal a day vs. two meals a day). My eating window is 2 hours so I have to consume all the fat, carbs, protein and calories in one sitting within a 2 hour window. Once you get used to it, it’s pretty darn easy.
I’ll keep you all updated on my progress. I’ll post more pictures before and afters. I do want to add, I have so much energy, I am working out 4 days per week with a trainer and I can already see my muscle tone coming back. This WOE may not be for everyone but for the one’s I have met on FB, the brave souls who post their before and afters, the people who no longer have to take medication for diabetes or pre diabetes, the one’s who are way more healthier than they have ever been in their adult lives, this is for them and for me. I really thought I would miss sugar, but I don’t. I still get to cook and bake and it’s fun trying out new recipes. I’m by far not an expert on this WOE but I’m learning new things everyday, and it seems to be a good thing for me and my body.
Sometimes we just have to let go of the norm and look outside the box. I’m so glad I never gave up!