How long have you been on the Ketogenic Diet?
I started keto on January 13th, 2015
What are your stats?
32 years old, 5’11” Starting weight: 289lbs, Current weight 168 lbs (-121lbs)
Do you count net carbs?
Yes. 20g net. (Net carbs is the total carbs in an item minus fiber/ sugar alcohols)
Do you exercise?
I did not exercise at all my first 24 weeks. I felt like I needed to get in a groove with my diet before I made too many changes. This worked great for me because in the past I would do too many things and once and fail. After week 24 I decided to do 45 mins of exercise/weight lifting 2-3x a week.
What are your favorite recipes?
Tuscan Keto Chicken and Twice Baked Cauliflower Casserole
Check out my new cookbook, Simply Keto
Do you have “cheat” meals?
My first year being ketogenic I didn’t allow any cheat meals. Once I had time to learn about nutrition, and work on my relationship with food I decided to allow non low-carb meals on special occasions/traveling. I don’t recommend introducing “cheat meals” weekly, or early on in your journey.
What other diets have you tried?
You name it, I’ve tried it. South Beach Diet, Atkins, Weight Watchers, B-12 Shots with diet pills, 21 Day Fix, Slimfast, Jucing….The list goes on.
What are the first two weeks like?
The first two weeks I felt tired and hungry. I realized that I wasn’t actually hungry as much as I was detoxing and craving sugar. Sugar is 8 times more addictive that cocaine, so your body literally goes through a withdraw. As long as you stay on top of your electrolytes and stay hydrated it will pass and then you feel better than ever! I now have so much more energy and mental clarity.
Do you have carbs in your house?
Yes. I have a four year old and I’ve learned to deal with having carbs around. I figure that in life they will always be around, so I had to learn how to deal with it at some point. If everyone in your home is eating low carb then of course it’s always a safer bet to keep carbs out of the house.
Does your family eat keto?
My husband and I both eat keto. Our daughter eats healthy, but is not keto.
How did you find out about keto?
Do you consider keto a lifestyle change or a diet?
This is an easy one, it’s definitely a lifestyle change. If you go back to your old ways, the weight will come right back on. I will never eat a high carb diet again.
Do you use or recommend any supplements?
The only supplements I recommend are for electrolytes and a daily vitamin. I personally don’t feel that supplements are needed if your goal is weight loss.
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