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Final Update: Ketogenic Diet

The day has finally arrived!

When I came up with doing a different challenge every month, this was the flag ship challenge for me. Like I said before, I’ve never followed a diet plan. I started out at 230 lbs at the beginning of 2017 and got to 190 following my own “diet” I came up with. It wasn’t anything fancy or anything that the experts had people follow. It was all pure determination on the end goal of getting under 200 lbs.

Around July or August, it seemed to plateau. I wasn’t losing weight or even body fat, but I was working out 5-6 days a week wanting to at least lose body fat. That’s when I first started thinking about going on a diet, but being in Wisconsin I knew that the fall time would be hard. Fall time is big here with hunting and everyone trying to get as much golf in as possible before the courses closed. So I knew that it wasn’t feasible to start a diet and have it go awry on the weekends. I just stuck with what I was doing because at least I was maintaining the weight and body fat. Also around this time, I was listening to a lot of Joe Rogan. He doesn’t follow Keto, but has had professionals on his show talk about it. In December, he had Brendan Schaub on and he was going through Keto. On that podcast, they convinced me that it was the right diet to try.

I didn’t really go into it with any expectations. The only expectation was that it was going to be hard. Like I said, I’ve never followed a diet plan so meal prepping and setting guidelines was going to be new to me. Instead of taking it as the whole month, I set a mindset of getting through each week. Writing these weekly updates was a way for me to keep my goal in sight and just get to the next blog.

So how do I feel?

At the beginning, I weighed in at 195.6 lbs. I currently weigh 180.6 lbs. That’s 15 lbs in a month just because I changed my diet. I have felt incredible for most of the month. I had a couple illnesses that didn’t help. I don’t have a tool to test body fat percentage, but from the look and feel, you can definitely tell that it’s down. The diet changed my sleeping pattern, for the better. I would always wake up around 2-230 am no matter what time I went to bed. Now, I sleep until my alarm at 430 without waking up throughout the night. I will have nothing bad to say about the diet itself and would recommend it to anyone that wants to try it.

So why am I no longer going to follow Keto?

For me, it’s not sustainable. There are a lot of health benefits that I have helped me out throughout the journey, but there’s too much tip toeing around foods. Throughout this journey, I learned to actually read labels. There was a ton of foods that are considered healthy, but not because of the diet.

What will I follow moving forward?

Portion control. This has been the biggest change for me. I’ve always been an over eater because I eat too fast. The food that I eat doesn’t have enough time to get into my stomach to let me know “Hey, you’re full. Stop eating.”. With Keto, there’s a lot of portion control. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to start eating a bunch of crap just less amounts at a time.

I’m a big believer in cheat meals. It helps you get through the week and have something to look forward to whenever you decide it’s going to be a cheat meal. As long as you eat clean throughout the week, then it’s less significant if you indulge a little bit.

I want to thank you all for following me throughout this month. It’s been easier writing these blogs as well as holding myself accountable. I hope you continue following for future challenges as well as join me in some of them!

Next up: Sobruary. (Sober February)

For those thinking, that’s easy it’s the shortest month of the year. I started Monday and going through February to make it even with the other months.

DR

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