I may be going out on a limb here, but something tells me I’m not the only one who kind of let things go over the summer in the general nutrition department. While there are plenty of people who are lucky enough to take off a few pounds during the warmer months, you know, because they’re outside and being all active — I’m the opposite. Summer is basically one huge party, full of delicious things at cookouts every weekend, early cocktail hours where the wine flows freely, strawberry layer cakes that just scream EAT ME, and … more wine. Meet Summer Mary:
And that’s why as soon as August wrapped up, I desperately felt the need to go into full-on detox mode to get rid of the extra layer that “suddenly appeared out of nowhere.” (Oops.)
Enter the Keto diet — or Ketogenic diet, if you want to get technical. OMG. When Joan first told me about this plan, I have to admit I was intrigued right away. I mean, I’ve done dozens of diets in the past, including buying into the miracle shakes craze that so many people are on board with these days — and I was at a point where I needed something different. Something new. Something strict. Something that involved real food in lieu of a blender bottle.
As soon as Joan gave me the run-down of what going Keto entailed, I knew I was ready to hop on board and at least give it a shot — even though it meant that most of the daily calories I consumed were going to come from fat (and not wine.) Yes … FAT.
In case you haven’t heard much about Keto, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version:
Fats are good. Protein is good. Carbs are bad. Well, starchy carbs, processed carbs, sugar carbs, and basically anything other than vegetable carbs and the trace of carbs found in nuts are bad. (Yes, even potatoes are the enemy. Sniff, sniff.)
Basically the majority of your calories should come from things like avocados, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, protein calories should come from grass-fed meats, full-fat cheeses, and fish, and then you really can’t go wrong with leafy green vegetables, broccoli, and cauliflower in the carb department.
Eating this way puts your body into a state of ketosis, which basically means you’re burning fat for fuel instead of your body using carbohydrates for energy. And guess what? When your body uses your own fat for energy — you lose fat. Funny how that works.
Ok, enough with the basics. Back to me. I figured I’d lose a few pounds and this would at least give me a good jump start, but here I am almost 3-weeks in, and I honestly cannot believe not only how fast the weight loss has been, but also how much of an improvement there is in how I’m feeling.
Meet Keto obsessed Mary:
Again, it’s been roughly 3-weeks, and I’m down 8 pounds. Which is awesome — and I’m hoping to take off another 5 to 10. But you know what’s even better than the weight loss? The energy I have. I’m seriously bouncing off the walls, people! I cannot sit still, hence why you’ll find me on a hiking trail any day I’m not working and the sun is shining. And if it’s raining? I’m cleaning the house and/or organizing a closet — which is so unlike me. (Just ask my mom. I’m the queen of putting that type of stuff off.)
I’m not feeling that afternoon slump-reaching-for-a-cup-of-coffee-at-3pm anymore. I’m staying up a little later, and getting up a little earlier — and I’m sleeping soundly and waking up refreshed instead of groggy.
My skin looks awesome. (Probably from all the fat. Winning.)
The “fat” jeans I bought to accommodate my expanding summer body are falling off — and I’m not complaining. My favorite pair of jeans I’ve had since I was 25 finally buttoned up again this morning. And I even have one pair of shorts that at one point, were the only pair of shorts I could comfortably fit into this summer — and now they are hanging off me and there’s no way I can wear them anymore.
Oh, and you know what else is weird, but pretty amazing? I’m not hungry. Like at all. Sometimes I eat about half my dinner and cannot get through the rest of it. Did I mention I’m even saving money, because I’ve gotten back into cooking meals at home instead of going out to dinner 3-4 nights a week? The perks are endless with this plan.
I’m honestly just so excited about these results, and I’m fully committed to keeping up with the Keto diet as more of a lifestyle change than a quick fix. Given how wonderful I feel after 3-weeks, I can’t wait to see what kind of transformation happens after a few months. Yep, I’m #KetoObsessed — and I dig it. (Thanks Joan!)