Two years ago, I lost over 120 pounds in about a year, following
and going to the gym five to six days a week.
, I dramatically reduced carbs and relied on higher fat options to feel full. Combined with my intense cardio workouts, Keto helped me
But my attitude towards diet has changed and I will not follow it again while trying to lose weight after gaining almost half the weight I lost in the last year.
The keto diet includes a lot of fat, which didn’t make me feel great
The keto diet usually involves cutting out carbohydrates and replacing them with fats and proteins. The typical keto diet consists of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrates.
The diet does not necessarily require you to consume a lot of fat, but it definitely happens when you try to reach a certain caloric intake without feeling super hungry.
Fats ranged from olive oil and avocados to red meats and butter, ghee, or even animal fats used for frying and banning. Each source is on the table.
Many who choose to follow a keto diet swear by the ability to eat giant steaks fried in butter and piles of bacon every day while still losing weight. But the diet felt extremely restrictive and all the fat made me feel blah.
I also felt that the diet forced me to be super strict about what I ate instead of being careful.
The most preferred diets require some level of
, but the limitations of the keto diet felt unbearable at times. The worst was when it came to eating with friends or having dinner outside.
I often limited myself to eggs, salads or a large plate of meat and vegetables with not many variations. It became annoying. I got sick of my abilities and I’m sure my meals disappointed the people I ate with (although they were kind enough never to say so).
Despite losing weight, I began to worry about my long-term health
A few months after the keto diet, my cholesterol levels went through the roof.
A blood test I took after I started dieting showed my low-density lipoprotein (also known as “bad” cholesterol) in red with a big difference. At 35, this is a serious concern for me.
Although many people who follow keto find that their cholesterol is reduced (reducing processed carbohydrates can do this), this was not my experience. It seems my body just hasn’t adapted well to keto life.
For my weight loss journey, this time I go more moderate, counting macros
To lose weight this time, I do not undergo a keto diet. Instead, I try to count macros.
Macro counting involves collecting the total number of grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats you consume in your diet each day. Some people choose to keep their carbs lower in favor of higher fats, but my personal preferences are focused on higher carbs and lower fats.
Tracking macros requires a lot of effort and is not for everyone, especially for those who are at risk of developing irregular eating habits. But I like that this diet allows me to focus on achieving a high-protein goal and then fill the rest of my daily calories with whatever percentage of carbohydrates and fats I prefer.
Unlike keto and its strict limitations, counting macros allows me more options and more freedom. No food is forbidden as long as I stay within my calorie goals.
I’m still trying to lose my keto thinking, but I know I’m not going back to such a strict lifestyle
Although I center my days to make sure I’m meeting my protein goal, I no longer make a spiral if my partner wants to share a little pizza or I desperately crave McDonald’s McFlurry.
I’m still trying to get out of the keto thinking that carbs are a villain that should be avoided at all costs, but it’s nice to know that I can go out to dinner and choose anything from the menu, as long as I follow it. and a plan around it.
It’s a freedom I’ve never had with keto and it feels much more sustainable as a way of life. For now, it works to help me lose weight – I just want to try it earlier.