Whether it takes a few months or a few years, your ultimate success with keto depends on changing your attitude from obsession about what you gave up to satisfaction with what you gain.
If you’re new:
We all came to keto from years or decades of eating SAD. We all had fave foods we “couldn’t live without”. So we all know what it’s like not to eat some or all of those formerly fave foods. We didn’t forget what they tasted like or smelled like; or the good times with family and friends we associate with many of them. Some of us were literally food addicted to various stuff and as most who were will attest, addictions don’t go away any time soon. So that’s an ongoing struggle. If you feel lost at first, you’re not an exception or weirdo.
When you suddenly deduct 500-600 grams of carbs per day it’s natural to wonder what you’re going to eat to make up the difference. We all felt that way. We all stumbled at first. It took all of us weeks or months to get a sustainable eating plan. But we all managed. We’re all here. Along the way we all made mistakes, learned from them and carried on.
Unfortunately for many, the results of keto come slowly, whether one began keto to address fat loss or other serious health issues. For many of us there were a few days or weeks of physical discomfort. That passed, but many experienced other strange and sometimes scary things. For example, a stratospheric rise in total cholesterol. At this point, I suspect most of not all of us were wondering out loud if the critics were right after all and we were just committing slow suicide by carb deprivation and saturated fat.
If you stick with it, you will eventually reach a point where the benefits of keto become apparent whatever your initial motivation was. At that point, whether it be a few months down the road or a few years, you begin to appreciate that what you ‘gave up’ for keto was small and fleeting, a mere trifle compared to what you get back. Keto helps you trend towards normal metabolic health and well being and normal weight and fat composition. Eating keto keeps you healthy.
If you’ve been here a while:
Let the conversation commence! Agree? Disagree? Alternatives? Addenda? Suppositions?