A few days ago, I posted and mentioned that we had lost a lot of weight and that I would post later explaining how we did it. Before I reveal, do you want to make a guess? Did we do Weight Watchers? Or Paleo? Did we become vegans? Nope, none of the above.
Since January, we have been doing what’s termed the “keto diet.” It’s a very low carb diet that promotes eating under 20 grams of net carbs (carbs minus fiber = net carbs), moderate protein and high fat. Yes, this means you give up bread, pasta, sodas, and pretty much all kinds of sweets aside from occasional berries. But the beauty of this way of eating is that you get to eat lots of foods that are usually off limits on diets like steak, cheese and bacon. It also allows for vegetables, as long as they have low net carbs. I actually eat a lot more vegetables on the keto diet than I did before.
Now before you go off telling me how crazy or unsafe the keto diet is, you should know that it was original designed for people with epilepsy and it is still widely used for that purpose. It helps lower the number of seizures epileptics have. Researchers found that it had a side benefit of helping overweight people lose weight and the keto diet is slowly becoming a very popular diet.
So what do we typically eat on keto? We usually eat eggs and sausage (or bacon) for breakfast, dinner leftovers or tuna salad for lunch, and we have some variety in dinner. Sometimes we have rotisserie chicken and green beans, other times we’ll eat a Meatza (it’s as awesome as it sounds), but usually we have a great casserole we call cheesy cauliflower. It involves steamed cauliflower, cream cheese, shredded cheddar, ranch seasoning, and shredded chicken. It’s really tasty, even if you hate cauliflower (I am not a fan of its taste but this casserole completely masks it).
So how much have we actually lost? I have lost 47.9 pounds and Dup has lost 54.3 pounds. That puts us at a little over 100 pounds combined. We feel so much better – we have more energy, we cook at home more, and we’re even saving money by not going out to eat all the time.
We’ve still got a long way to go but the progress we’ve made in a little over 6 months is fantastic and we are so excited by what the future may bring. I’ll be sharing some low carb and keto-friendly recipes here in the next few weeks. I’ll also be sharing some more of my personal progress photos soon and if you have any questions about the keto diet, feel free to ask!