I started on a keto diet just under a month ago. Had been on something resembling the McDougall diet for quite a long time and the weight was going nowhere. Even cut down and exercised more. Nothing. It was as though I was locked at 285 pounds.
I had broken a leg very badly back in January of 2015 and was not allowed any weight bearing on it for 4 months. I had to have surgery to put it back together again and while I was in the hospital, there were two numbers that I remember. Weight was 262 pounds. And a random blood sugar was 182.
I didn’t like the blood sugar but no one said a word about it. I wasn’t too upset with the weight but I’d just gotten off of a seasonal job where I’d been walking maybe 5 miles or so a day. It wasn’t like I was getting no exercise and yet the weight really was higher than it should have been even then.
So about 4 weeks ago, I made up my mind that I had to do something, I was setting up for a heart attack or diabetes or a stroke or who knows what. Found some videos by Eric Berg and Sarah Hallberg. They made sense to me. So I figured, why not give it a try.
Understand, I was raised on potatoes and bread and also love pasta. Sweets, sure, I was always up for a treat. But with McDougall in my mind, I was figuring that potatoes and my own whole grain whole wheat bread must be good.
Cold turkey: No potatoes. No bread. No grains. No pasta. No sugar, and no honey or maple syrup either. And no beans, with the exception of maybe some green beans.
The diet has been eggs, fish, a little beef or buffalo, lots of salads (I love avocado in my salad), leafy veggies and non-starchy veggies. It’s a good thing I really like broccoli and cauliflower.
I dropped 10 pounds in the first week. And it stayed there for a week. And then, slowly, it continued downward. Today, the scale said 266 pounds! It’s not quite a month and I’m down 19 pounds.
I don’t have a schedule. I don’t count calories. I don’t go crazy figuring macros. I eat when I’m hungry but find that there are days when I may only want my coffee in the morning and then a small supper and I’m completely satisfied. If I’m hungry, I’ll eat a little something, even if it’s just a spoonful of peanut butter. I found out that I don’t need nearly as much food to satisfy me as I used to. For the most part, I don’t get to anal about there being a tiny amount of carbs in some breading used to make a chicken or fish patty. I don’t go nuts if there happens to be a tiny amount of sugar in the tomato sauce in the homemade chicken parm or zucchini lasagna. But I’m faithful to the concepts. My wife, however, would say I’m being quite strict. She’s not so into it. She’s also not losing as much weight or as fast and does a lot more cheating. (Hey, she doesn’t have to answer to me.)
I haven’t weight under 200 pounds since we got married 16 years ago. I think I was in the 190’s and that seemed like a good weight for me. That’s my goal. I’d also like to be healthy, and I think the keto type diet is pretty healthy, at least I think it can be. I try to be careful to buy as good of quality stuff as I can, both animal and vegetable products, often organic when I can. I am hoping that I can incorporate some of the things I used to like, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and beans, back into my diet in limited amounts, even some more fruit. But I know what happens to me when I put away the starches and I don’t ever want to approach 300 pounds again, ever.
I haven’t been exercising much. I think I would like to get started into something like that again. I may look towards getting an elliptical machine. I had one at one time but I exceeded the weight rating and busted it. My wife also mentioned she’d like to have one again so maybe that would be good. I wouldn’t mind doing some weight training but don’t really have access to a lot of room or a gym where I am. I’m thinking at least a little cardio would be a good thing.
Thanks for letting me chime in!