I lost 130 lbs, and I’m going to keep the first part of this very simple, as people often get confused with all the advertising. If you want more detailed information I have a weight loss packet along with accountability sessions and other informational sessions on my website. I am now an IAOTH CPD certified Nutritional Therapist. Click on the link to go to my packet.
These are the three ways I’ve been able to lose fat and reshape my figure.
- Watch my calories and keep them to the recommended limit using an app such as Lose it. In this method I did not pay attention to macros in other words I did not try to stay low carb. This is probably one of the slowest methods that I’ve gone through but it still works, creating a caloric deficit and thereby the body uses your stored fat. Its also the simplest method. Use a progressive calorie daily total adjustment for plateaus.
- Going super low carb, less than 50g a day, high protein and a lot of spinach, and low fat too (not “Keto”). Spinach is it good appetite suppressant and diuretic meaning helps you lose water weight. I did not exercise in this plan. This is the fastest method I have used, but not for the faint of heart. Expect moodiness and use supplements such as MCT oil and others to help with moods and energy swings.
- Watching my calories as well as exercising. I would exercise in the morning before I had eaten anything, taking my BCAAs and pre-workout supplement, I would do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training. I felt awesome after my workouts, I could feel my body changing quickly and I had way more energy and positive attitude. Other than food, exercise can uplift your mood as well and it’s probably one of the healthier ways of doing that. I would still watch macros, about 50g of whole wheat, which is a 1/2 cup. Best way to have this was my flat bread, recipe here. No extreme mood swings, if anything I was happier. Use a progressive calorie daily total adjustment for plateaus.
To be honest keto never worked for me longer than a week. I’ve tried it twice now, I didn’t have long-lasting results, a lot of mood swings. Maybe it was just my body type, I don’t know because I’ve seen other people have success or say that they do. What I found is keto give you a false sense that in order lose weight you will never be hungry because you just load up on fats, so you have the expectation going into it that you’re not going to be hungry. I think that’s false. I don’t think I ever lost weight on any plan that did not make me hungry at some point. I think you may be hungry, because that’s your body singling to you “hey I’m using up your fat preserves, I don’t like this I wish to survive, eat more food!” So going in with an expectation of never being hungry I think is not good, and loading up on more fats has not done positive things for me. I did keto while watching my calories, still didn’t get the results I was looking for. The other 3 above were more effective. When I watched carbs I was also low fat.
Keto may not be the right fit for you. Low carb, yes that helped me, but with low fat as well. I was hungry at some point in all of these plans, got used to it, and liked the slimmer figure as a result. I would say if you really want to lose weight, expect to get hungry every once and a while. Work on your fear of being hungry. Hunger is not something to cure, you have plenty of food, you can eat “later”. You’ll be ok with a little hunger.
I do not recommend drinking alcohol on these plans either, it can affect your pancreas, which regulates insulin and glycogen, and may slow down your progress. Have a doctor do a full blood panel with Lipase to see if you have organ issues that may be negatively affecting your weight loss. If your Lipase is high you may have a pancreas issue and need to be on low fat and no alcohol to continue to lose weight.
Now what I do is use some of those keto recipes to supplement sometimes like for dessert, so I can feel like I’m having a dessert without spiking my sugar, thereby releasing insulin, which causes the body to store fat. Just count those calories, and macros if you are using that route.
Also, ditch the idea that you can lose weight without counting calories. Won’t work. Just like losing weight without getting hungry every once and a while. Won’t work. Your body wants to keep you alive, it will signal to you to eat and even store fat sometimes. So going off of only your feelings on how much to eat may not cut it. Never worked for me. That’s just commercials trying to sell you the dream.
You think I gave you all you need to know? Kind of. I did clear the clutter of false advertising. You could take that and run with it and be successful, in theory.
However you also may run into psychological problems such as emotional eating, binge eating, hopelessness and other spiritual problems such as being ungrounded, energies and entities that set you up to fail.
There is way more to tell you but that is the advice of the day. My packet gives the other components such as psycholoigcal tricks and spiritual tips to help you succeed long term. Keto may not work for many of you because of the mood swings, the expectation that you will never be hungry which is not logical, and having too much fat in a diet may not be the best way to lose fat.
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