Please tell us your story: Who you are, where are you from? Why did you start Keto? In other words, what’s the story?

My name is Kelvin from Fort Worth, Texas. I’m a 27 years old male. I’ve been on the Keto diet for 4 months starting New Year’s 2019. I started the Keto diet because I tried every other diet. I tried eating six times a day in small portions. That didn’t work. I tried going vegetarian and that was very unfulfilling. I also tried eating one big meal a day but the crashes at the end of the day were a nightmare. That didn’t work out either.

My metabolism began to slow down once I hit 25. While working for a fast food restaurant I got obese very fast. I quit the job but the weight did not come off. Before that, I never worried about my diet. But seen that the weight was not coming off even though I was doing everything right, I was at my breaking point.

Finally, I came across an article that talked about the Keto diet. I started to read about the diet and I decided to try it. The thing that most convinced me to try the Keto diet was the things I learned. We’re told that carbohydrates don’t matter and what matters is counting calories. The Keto diet tells you that calories don’t matter what matters is eating less carbs. That made me think and I dug deeper into what carbohydrates were. After researching carbs it was clear to me that carbs were responsible for the extra pounds in my body.

 

What did you personally do in your first 10 days of Keto?

The first ten days of starting the Keto diet I threw everything that contained carbs away. I especially dumped all the food that contained sugar, right into the waste bin. I divided my food portions for the week in seven containers. One container for each day, for two meals a day.

Do you count and track macros strictly?

I started to count macros and micros but I stopped. Now I eat until I get satisfied. And since I’m not eating any carbs, only meat my I get full very fast.

How has your life changed since going, Keto?

My life changed dramatically while going Keto diet. I have lost weight and I have more energy during the day because I don’t experience sugar crashes. The other positive is that I’m not running to the restroom five times a day because meat takes longer to digest.

Have you ever encountered a plateau? If so, how did you get over it?

I did encounter a plateau where I intensely craved carbohydrates. This started happening in the third month of being on Keto. I got over it by eating one meal of carbohydrates at least once a week. It keeps my carbohydrates cravings in check. It’s my 90/10 rule. Ninety percent Keto diet and only ten percent carbs diet. This allows me to still enjoy carbs with friends and family. It also reduces the cravings for carbs during the week, because I know I’m not restricted. We all know how our mind plays tricks on us. The one thing that we are not allowed to eat it’s the one thing we want the most. So to keep that urge to eat carbs at bay I just do it once a week and it’s been working great for me. I make sure that I never put any carbs in my shopping basket while grocery shopping. That way I don’t have any carbs to crave at home. When I do eat carbs once a week is usually while I’m out with family.

What is your WHY (your drive/motivation) to keep on track and stay focused?

My motivation to keep going with the Keto diet is because it has changed my life. I have more energy during the day with no brain fog or sugar crashes. You won’t know how it feels to have a clear mind until you try the Keto diet. I have lost weight and I know I’ll be healthier when I get older.

What is your favorite Keto recipe?

My favorite Keto recipe is Cream Cheese stuffed Jalapenos wrapped in Bacon. It completely satisfies my craving for dairy, meat, and veggies. It’s also a very simple recipe to make. I don’t spend that much time in preparation and it tastes phenomenal.

Finally, What advice would you give someone who is just starting out on keto?

Just do it. Throw away everything that contains carbs in your pantry and fridge. Most likely you have never experienced a day in your life without carbohydrates. The only way to know how great it feels to be carbs free is to try it yourself. Also, the majority of people have no idea how harmful sugar is. Just because it’s edible it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Sugar and carbs are the worst culprits for many health problems people face today.

Please tell us your story: Who you are, where are you from? Why did you start Keto? In other words, what’s the story?

Hi! I’m Kandy! I’ve always been a rather big gal. In July of 2018 I took a trip from my home in Phoenix Arizona to San Diego to meet some friends. I never do full body photos, so I never really had to look at how big I was. However, on the trip we had been taking photos and I was forced to take a look at myself. I was pretty big and it was devastating to be forced to see that. After that I had made it a goal to lose weight and started eating a low carbohydrate diet. I hadn’t heard of keto yet. The first month of my low carb diet I refused to step on the scale.

In September of 2018 we started a small diet bet at work. That’s when my coworker told me about Keto. I actually lost a ton of weight and won the diet bet as well. During that time I started researching keto and decided it was perfect for me. I also started an Instagram account to blog about my weight loss. I found a ton of keto support and information there that has helped me so much of my journey. I weighed myself for the diet bet and after a month of low carb eating I was down to 292 pounds. After 6 months of keto I’m 230 pounds and still going.

What did you personally do in your first 10 days of keto?

My first 10 days of keto I drank water like crazy. I bought electrolytes to put in my water as well. I kept it strict and only ate meat, dairy and veggies. I had no artificial sweeteners other than the ones in the electrolytes. I used an app to track my macros and to learn what I should eat. Meal prepping was a huge help. I had 14 days of food in my freezer ready.

Do you count and track macros strictly?

I did. However after a few months I have stopped. I mostly eat the same foods so I know I am keeping it keto. I learned to count slightly in my head to keep track but I’m not hardcore tracking anymore. Once you learn the in and outs of what you can have you can pretty much know. I still check the packaging of food but I don’t use the phone trackers anymore.

How has your life changed since going keto?

Oh this is a tough one! My life has changed so much! Firstly, my body is feeling so much more better from my taking better care of it.  I can actually tell when I am hungry and when I just want something cause it smells good. Secondly, I am so much more happy and confident. Before I would shy out of a group because my body image issues but now I am more in conversations and getting to know new people. I met my boyfriend and have not had any body confidence issues whatsoever. Thirdly is that I now wear shorts! Yup, I live in Arizona and never wore shorts unless swimming. However, now I own shorts, tank tops and crop tops! New wardrobe for the new me!

I’ve also met some wonderful people who love following my journey and supporting me. It’s been amazing to find people who support and encourage you. That speaks wonders!

Have you ever encountered a plateau? If so, how did you get over it?

Oh yeah! I started dating and I hit a plateau with the new boyfriend. I was eating out more and not keeping track. I’d have cheat meals here and there as well because of temptation. We are finally stopping eating out and I’ve been dropping again. I also cut out sugar alcohols and started dropping again! It’s nice to have as a treat but I was eating and drinking a lot of fake sugar! I was drinking Coke Zero, and other products I didn’t need but wanted. So they are cut out now and I’ve dropped a lot more since then. I also am moving to more Whole Foods instead of things like protein bars and making my own coffee at home. I can keep track of what goes into my coffee if I make it myself.

What is your WHY (your drive/motivation) to keep on track and stay focused?

I still have some weight to lose but mostly because of how my body feels. I feel so much better than I ever remember. I can listen to what my body has to say and I have so much more energy now. I don’t want to lose that feeling by eating junk once again.

What is your favorite Keto recipe?

Right now it’s definitely a keto egg loaf(https://www.ketokeuhnnutrition.com/keto-recipes/keto-egg-loaf-recipe/)! I use cinnamon and add some sugar free cinnamon coffee syrup to add a little sweetness. It makes keto French toast, which is my favorite food ever!

Finally, What advice would you give someone who is just starting out on keto?

Drink plenty of water. I know not everyone likes water but if you don’t drink a lot you will get sick. You need more than the recommended amount, try going for like 100oz of water if possible. Also electrolytes are so helpful! The keto flu is a real thing and you can get it real bad if you’re low on water.