I can relate. My story is long, but I hope it helps you see how keto is different.
At 18 and 170 athletic pounds (I was a swimmer) a college nurse suggested I diet to lose weight bc I was obese. I could eat what ever I wanted but no more than 30g of fat a day. I lived on sugar.
From there my weight went up. I went from diet to diet. I tried them all. I spent thousands on gimmicks and programs and meal plans and gym memberships. I would lose maybe 30 lbs and gain back 40. I spent years denying myself food and then bingeing once I could no longer maintain rigid control. I counted points and calories and drove myself and my family insane at meals bc I had to calculate 3 days worth of math just to eat one meal. I felt like a failure and I felt deprived. Then I read a book about letting go of the diet mentality and practicing intuitive eating and body positivity. I decided that I had been fat for from age 18 to age 40. That was just who I was. I would embrace it and stop vilanizing food. So I dove in.
That was fall of 2017. I reached my all time highest weight. I ate oreos and pretended that I wanted them and I wasn’t bingeing. I lived on cereal. I was being intuitive and my body wanted these things. I had high blood pressure and felt like total crap. In Jan of 2018 we switched fertility clinics. You see, I had been trying to have a baby since 2015 after my daughter was stillborn. I had multiple losses after that. My first clinic did minimal testing. Gave me some meds. They failed and basically washed their hands of me.
I did a phone consultation with my new clinic on Jan 5. They tested everything and found hypothyroidism and put me on meds. The doctor told me they recommended that ALL patients do keto. I knew what keto was and I was MAD! I threw a full on ever loving temper tantrum. How could they possibly want me to give up entire food groups? How could this be healthy? This is undoing all my “hard work” with intuitive eating and body image. How DARE THEY?!
I texted my bff ranted at her. Told her what keto was. She told me to suck it up and do it. I messaged my sister and ranted. She said suck it up and do it. I yelled at my poor husband. He said suck it up and do it. So I did. I sat down and watched YouTube videos and holy crap! The logic and the science smacked me in the face.
So I started. That very day. I haven’t looked back. I felt sooooo good so fast. Migraines that had plagued me since 8 years old. GONE! Almost daily regular headaches. GONE! My moods were so stable. I didn’t feel constant highs and lows with blood sugar spikes. I kept reading and watching and then found 2 ketodudes podcasts.
The next thing I knew I was eating intuitively. I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full and unlike being carb burner, I actually know when that is. I feel so free from food anxiety and the diet mentality. So many plans will say, this isn’t a diet it’s a way of life. No. Keto is a way of life. This feels like who I am. Just like when you are a vegetarian, it’s just who you are.
Keto has changed my life. I am off blood pressure meds. I have lost 75 lbs in 10 months. Just not have a freaking headache every day or a migraine every few weeks is enough to keep me keto. I didn’t get my rainbow baby, but I am so, so, thankful for CNY fertility and them setting me on this path.
You can do this!! It is worth it! Like others have said, look around here and see. Start reading the science and listen to the podcast. Check out Dr. Berry and Dr. Annette Bozworth on YouTube. Casey Durango of go keto with Casey is also excellent. She follows Dr. Westman’s protocol and makes it very simple. Keeping it simple at first is so very helpful. Keto doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t require meal plans and shakes and 6 day a week work out subscriptions.