Sunday, March 8, 2020

My Personal Keto Testimonial

My Personal Keto Experience

So, I'm going to do this ... drumroll ... I'm going to review my experience with the Keto Diet.

I've been reluctant to write about Keto because most people seem to have an opinion on it already. However, since I feel so much healthier than a year ago, I feel compelled to say something about my experience.

This review isn't going to include education on Keto, but I'll link to a few useful resources for those interested. This is more of a testimonial.

I Started Keto May 4th, 2019

Going on a Keto Diet wasn't planned. In fact, I knew very little about it. For several years previous, I kept seeing "Keto" recipes on Pinterest and wondered 'what the heck is Keto?'.

I was introduced to Keto by a family member. During our family gathering, we were all extremely impressed with her weight loss and wondered what she was doing. She's very gracious and only volunteered information because we were asking. Her position is that she doesn't talk about it to others because everyone has 'an opinion' and she'd rather not go down that road. We were all curious though, and since I'm an information junkie, I was all ears.

When I Was Young I Was Thin

Some people struggle with weight their entire life. My struggles only happened later in life: in my fifties. I wasn't 'thin-thin' in my 40's but, after dieting I would lose weight. In my fifties, things changed drastically, and even though I didn't eat much, I couldn't lose weight - or so I thought!

I Didn't Eat Much Prior to Keto - I Thought I Was Choosing Wisely, Was I Wrong!

When I was young, like many people, all I had to do was cut down food and the weight would fall off. After four children and entering mid-life, things changed.

Keto, it turns out, works for my body. When I reflect back, my young years didn't include a lot of carbs. During those young years, when I cut food down, more than likely I didn't have a lot of stored carbs. Plus, the obvious, I was young and active.

What food choices were so wrong for me?

Keto gave me an education on the number of carbs in food. What I thought I knew about food, was all wrong. I had no idea what sugar really is, what it's in, how it works in the body and what it can do to you.

Here's an example: Prior to Keto, I would start my morning with 2 small yogurts and a banana. Big mistake for me, huge. lol. The yogurts each had about 13 carbs, and the banana approximately 22 carbs. Add the teaspoon of honey in my tea, and my day started with over 50 carbs!

You may be thinking, so what, 50 carbs should be fine - ahem, on Keto my daily net carb intake is 15 to 20 carbs - that's for the whole day!

Add my additional daily mistakes prior to Keto - bread, pasta, a sweet treat, and my daily carb intake was a lot! My body couldn't lose weight because I was storing carbs like a squirrel stores nuts for the winter! So when my body needed energy, it would access all my stored carbs - it never got a chance to get to my fat!

Keto is NOT for everyone. Some people (like my husband) can eat carbs 'til the cows come home and not gain weight. He eats breads, pastas, sweets, and omg doesn't gain weight..ever. I'm not like that. My body doesn't do well with a higher carb intake.

That's what keto taught me about me. Carbs are not my friend; good fats, proteins, and limited healthy carbs are. That's what works for me. Keto foods are my fave anyway; salmon, chicken, cheese, pickles, dark chocolate, steak and on and on.

What is Keto?

The Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein and low carbohydrate diet. Since you're running on low carbs, the diet forces your body into a state of Ketosis. Normally we fuel our body with carbs for energy - on Keto you fuel your body with fats (choose healthy fats).

Wiki Definition of Ketosis:
"Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood or urine. Ketosis is a normal response to low glucose availability, such as low-carb diets or fasting"

Some people do 'dirty keto' where they allow themselves unhealthy fats. I haven't done that. I've been responsible with my fat choices; avocado, almonds, coconut oil, 85% dark chocolate for a treat, and so on. Once in a while, I have bacon, but not that often.

I Could Have Never Succeeded Without This App

The App is Carb Manager. That link takes you to the iTunes version of the App. You can also read more about the benefits of Carb Manager at CarbManager.com.

Follow the directions on the App, input your data, and it will allow you to track everything you eat daily as well as auto-populate the fields of portions for protein, carbs, fats, and calories for you.

I've never missed a day of entering my food in Carb Manager. Every single thing I eat is entered. I'm brutally honest as well. No point in cheating, because that's just cheating myself.

My Results on Keto to Date

My Weight:
Today is March 8th, 2020. I started Keto on May 4th, 2019. I've lost approximately 55 pounds to date. I want to lose another 20lbs. However, if my body says it's done, I'll stop, but so far, so good.

My Health
I was diagnosed in 2016 with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is a serious auto-immune disease. (Most people confuse it with Arthritis). I was so sick in the early stages. Just horribly unwell. Since I've lost all this weight, I'm the healthiest I've been in my fifties. Cutting out all that sugar and gluten has changed my life. It's noticeable.

I'm not promoting or suggesting this way of eating is for other people. Everybody has to find what works best for them. I wanted to let others know who are on Keto or maybe considering Keto that this lady has had a very positive experience.

Keto is not a diet for me now, it's a lifestyle - it's a way of eating that my body and health are grateful for.

So here I am today - I'm 59 years old in this photo taken about a month ago - I turn 60 in August and am planning to be at my goal weight for that big birthday number.

50 Pounds Down after 9 months on Keto - February 2020
Life isn't perfect. It never will be. My motto is that I can't control other people, but I can control myself. I've been working hard to live that way in every aspect of my life over the past year. I feel as though I've just woken up and that life is only beginning - self-control, hope, bravery, love, kindness, patience, woman-power, and prayer - that's me at 59.

Note: This is not meant as medical advice - it's always prudent to check with your doctor before starting a diet.


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16 comments:

  1. Wow Barbara that is great news. I'm so glad it works for you! Now I have to learn more. Mid-life is definitely a time for some changes and my diet is one that needs help. I will have to look further into this and see what happens when I get my carbs under control. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. Olivia, thank you. I think it's like anything we tackle in life, we do it when we're ready :)

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  2. Kudos to you, dear Barbara, for making a big lifestyle change and having it work out so well for you. I read about the Keto diet when my neighbor decided to go on it. I don't think it is a diet for me, but I am SO very glad it has worked so well for you. Congratulations on your weight loss and improved health and wishing you success in reaching your weight loss goal for your August milestone birthday. :)

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    1. Thank you so much :) - it sure isn't for everyone - it's a matter of finding what works for you - this way of eating features all the foods I love - which should have been my first clue that those are the choices I should have been eating

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  3. You are such a beautiful lady, and friend, Barbara! I wouldn't care if you weighed 300 lbs, I would still see you as beautiful. However, I am thrilled for you! Just knowing that you are feeling better, more healthy, makes me rejoice for you and your success using the Keto plan. The lose of 50 lbs is amazing! Way to go, girl!

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    1. Awe, thanks so much. You're pretty awesome yourself girl! Glad you're in my life.

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  4. Oh! I forgot to say, I love that picture of you!!! You look marvelous!

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    1. thank you! feeling lighter helps so much with my health <3

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  5. Interesting, it seems to be working well for you.

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  6. I've been considering some variation of this diet, so I'm happy to learn more about it. I'd have a tough time without bananas and many other fruit, Limiting bread and crackers, which I've been trying to cut down on, is hard. I am trying to stay off sweets, except for dark chocolate. I'm way past midlife now, and I think what I most need to do is get back to walking. If I cut out junk food, I may still be able to lose weight even if I eat fruits. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I agree you look great in that photo.

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    1. Barb thank you. Hope you have success with your plans to change your eating. It's only difficult in the beginning I think - however, I honestly got into this program quickly because of how fast the weight falls off in the early days. I found the science interesting, lol and that kept me reading and on track.

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  7. So happy for you! What a journey and a successful one to a happier and healthier lifestyle for you!

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  8. Barbara dear, you look incredible! You were always beautiful, inside and out, but now you’re an absolute knockout!!! I can’t imagine you 20 pounds lighter - you look perfect to me - but if that’s what feels right to you, go get ‘em tiger. (I know you can do - and have done - whatever you set your mind on!) I’ll always be grateful to you and two or three other people who helped inspire me to start my own keto journey and lose 50 pounds since May 25, 2019 (shortly after you started). I feel SO much better! Just one more way in which you are an inspiration, dear friend. ❤️

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  9. You look really great and I'm not surprised that Keto is working for you. In my days as an Herbalist we always told people to eat Keto if they had any auto immune diseases. I will check out the app you recommended too, so thanks for that!

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