A Brief History
Are you obese, sick, and tired? Have you tried numerous diets, failed and feeling like you are never going to lose this weight? I can relate because that was me for the better part of the 25+ years of my adult life.
I would say I'm really going to stick to the diet this time and I would for 4-6 months. I'd lose some weight but eventually my weight loss would stall or I would give into the non stop cravings. My doctors, family, and friends would look at me like I was just lazy and why couldn't I just eat less and exercise more? It was all my fault and I believed it.
Well they were wrong and I was wrong. It wasn't my fault and I wasn't just lazy. I was overweight not because I was lazy but because the foods I ate made me overweight and lazy. It was all the carbohydrates I was eating. Amazing these carbs were also in all of those low fat wholesome foods that the so called experts said we should eat more of like whole wheat bread, fruit, potatoes, etc. I could go on an on.
All of these excess carbs meant that I couldn't readily access my fat stores. It also meant that I was always hungry. On top of that because I was well over 125 lbs overweight, I was super insulin resistant. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and gout. I was taking taking 3 medications and used a machine each night to get a good nights sleep.
When I would go to the doctor they would say I needed to lose weight but it was always the "eat low fat and exercise more" dogma crap. I knew that just didn't work for me so I didn't bother. Also they never offered a cure or solution to any of my problems but rather just more drugs. It's sad that our medical system has become drug pushers rather than the healers that I thought doctors were when I was growing up.
I knew there had to be a better way so I started researching and that's when I came across low carb diets. At first it was the Paleo diet. It was based on eating like Paleolithic man. No grains, no sugar, higher fats, and proteins. Moreover, strenuous cardio that is so prevalently prescribed by our society today wasn't recommended as it caused stress on our bodies.
So I tried Paleo and I did fairly well. I lost weight, ate all the meat I wanted and a lot of the carb cravings I had went away. However I still had some carb cravings and my weight plateaued hard and after 6 months I reverted back to my old ways of eating and put it all back on plus a few pounds.
Looking back and knowing what I know now, I think I was still eating too many carbs and too much protein that was getting converted to glucose in my body. My body was just too metabolically broken and insulin resistant to do well on this diet.
I got to a point where I knew I had to do something again. I knew that Paleo was the easiest diet to stick to that I had tried so far so I went back and started doing some research as a refresher. That's when I stumbled across the Ketogenic Diet.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
In it's simplest form it's a super low carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high fat diet. No grains and no sugars. In a percentage form it looks something like less than 5% carbohydrates, 25% protein, and 70% or more fat. For me, I eat less than 20 grams of carbohydrates daily. Some days I eat almost zero.
I will post a more in depth article on what the Keto diet is later. On April 9th, 2016 I started my Keto journey and the photos below show my progress.
April 9th, 2016 - 5'8" - 307lbs
January 1st, 2017 - 5'8" - 230.6 lbs - 76.4 lbs lost
I currently don't take any medications. My blood pressure is good and I rarely have any gout issues. I don't use my sleep apnea machine anymore and I sleep like a baby. Better still, my carb cravings have disappeared. I am no longer hungry anytime I'm awake and only eat 1 or 2 meals a day. I'm currently experimenting with more fasting to help with weight loss, reset my metabolism, and lower my insulin resistance.
I still have a long way to go both in my weight loss and overall health but for the first time in my life I truly feel like I'm in control. I can look at a bag of chips or a sugary dessert and not have to fight back the urge to snatch it up and eat it all. I can just pass it up because I don't crave it and I know what it does in my body.
This blog will be about what I'm experiencing on this journey to better health and the things that I learn along the way. Hopefully you will learn something from it or draw inspiration to start or continue in your own journey.
So why the BodyInBeta name for this site? Because while I'm enjoying the Ketogenic diet and feel it's the best diet for me now, I'm open to the possibility that I'm wrong or there is a better way. My body is like a piece of software that I'm continually editing to hopefully make it better. I will never have a turly finished product. I will constantly be listening to it, investigating it, and improving it.
I also believe that there is no one size fits all diet for everyone. We are all unique and have our own set of problems. But if we are truly honest with ourselves and listen to our bodies we can figure it out.
I hope you enjoy my blog and if you ever need anything from me, don't hesitate to contact me.