Two weeks ago I jumped on one of the faddish diets: keto. Normally I would avoid something like this at all cost, because if they’re effective, they usually don’t seem to be permanent (since no one is going to eat like this permanently). But after increasing the amount of exercise I was doing AND still gaining weight, I got desperate enough to try it.
I have watched dozens of videos online. Most of them are anecdotal, but a few seemed rooted in persuasive reasoning. With nothing much to lose, I gave it a try.
Beginning two weeks ago, I weighed in at 213. Today I weighed in at 204. A nine pound reduction in 2 weeks is pretty good, but I found that about 5 of those pounds was probably excess water retention.
I was 194 in Mexico for about 5 years prior to departure. It was pretty consistent, as was my level of activity (which was much more than here in the US). As soon as we moved back to Tucson, I have been gaining weight steadily and rapidly. Much of that could be related to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic. I was consuming much more food than I used to.
The results so far are great, but so has been the price. To illustrate:
That was my breakfast most of last week. To try and make meal prep more efficient, I just measured out the allowances for various items and then liquefied them. In this case, pork, cauliflower, and zucchini. It makes a hot breakfast drink. A glass of pork juice isn’t really as bad as it sounds, but it’s not exactly something I would naturally gravitate toward either.
Yun thinks there’s a lot I could improve upon in regard to meal options. I tend to agree, but don’t often like to spend the amount of time required to make it happen.
Overall, I am encouraged to continue. In part, because I feel great in the mornings. I used to wake bloated and miserable. That is all entirely behind me. Most of my cravings are gone and I eat much less than I used to (around 1200-1400 calories a day). I am not exactly sure how one would sustain this lifestyle, but the reduction of weight feels good and I’m hoping to reach 185 within the next 3-6 months.