The one thing I changed that helped me lose weight

Having recently lost over 50 lbs in the last 4 months, I attribute one thing to that weight loss.  Ketosis.  Ketosis is the natural body process of primarily burning body fat instead of sugar for energy. 

How can I be sure ketosis is the reason why I am losing so much weight so easily?  Because I have sincerely and honestly tried many other diet approaches, including very popular ones.   Before I even started low carb / ketogenic diet, I had completely cut out fast food, was cooking meals at home and making ‘smart’ ‘healthy’ caloric choices and after 4 – 6 weeks I had only lost a pound.  1 pound??  I was also still walking 4 – 5x per week and had only 1 pound of weight loss??  Sound familiar to anyone??

However, when I switched to low carb and went into ketosis that first week, then I lost 17 pounds in the first month alone.  It’s hard to argue with results like that.  And guess what?  That really encourages you to do more of it.  Because for me, a light bulb went off in my abdominal brain.  Excessive carbs are simply not good for me.  And I didn’t even change my exercise routine one bit, I still walk about 4 – 5x per week and the weight starting flying off.

So how does one get into ketosis?  Simple – reduce the amount of carbs you eat.  For me, I keep my carb intake under 20 – 30g of carbs per day.  Put in a way that people can relate to, 20 – 30 g isn’t very much, especially if you’re used to gorging yourself on carbs.  For example, one banana has 27g of carbs.  That’s more than I usually eat in a whole day. 

However, I certainly am not starving or going around crying about being hungry.  In fact, far from it.  I actually eat a lot of unbelievably great food, like chicken curry or grilled steak, green beans and a salad.  I also eat all sort of vegetables, eggs, cheese and cream.  I also eat FAT, like butter, olive oil, flax oil, etc.  I even eat fruit, like strawberries and blueberries.  And am losing weight like it’s nothing else I have ever done. 

But carbs aren’t all they are cracked up to be.  Most of them are really empty calories that serve little to no benefit.  And they can cause obesity, mental and physical fatigure, moodiness, spikes in blood sugar responses and can really wreak havoc in people with diabetes.

Some people might think that it takes a lot of willpower or mental fortitude to eat a low carb diet.  But for me, the answer is nope, not really.  Why’s that?  Because with the right recipes, the right routine, the low carb diet is actually very easy to follow, I am rarely hungry, and I feel SO much better eating low carb.  It’s not hard to stick to a diet when you are really losing weight, that’s deeply satisfying (fat = flavor) and feeling better than ever (fat = energy).

For me, I like having a set routine of what to eat.  I like knowing that if I eat x,y,z foods then I will lose weight at an accelerated rate, plus helps provide me with stable energy levels and makes me happier.

I am a huge advocate of finding things that work for your specific body.  If what you’re doing now isn’t working, then try something else.  Some people do better with low fat, others, like me, low carb.  I suspect you’ll know when you’ve found what’s right for you.

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