How long have you been on the Ketogenic Diet?
I started keto on January 13th, 2015
What are your stats?
33 years old, 5’11” Starting weight: 289lbs, Current weight 168 lbs (-121lbs)
How do you figure out your keto macros?
I use the Keto Calculator
Do you count net carbs?
Yes. 20g net. (Net carbs is the total carbs in an item minus fiber/ sugar alcohols)
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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. I currently enjoy being more active, like hiking and going for a walk, but I don’t spent hours in the gym.
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 ketone supplements are needed if your goal is weight loss.
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