I’ve struggled with weight all my life. I’ve lost and gained, lost and gained again and again. I’ve gotten close to a healthy weight but I’ve never achieved it. I’ve managed to sabotage my success every time. It was never a conscious decision. Looking back on it now I’m pretty sure I know why I did it. It’s that awful V word– vulnerability. The more layers of fat I had covering me, the less the real me was exposed . All of that squishy fat was good insulation against the all the things that could hurt me. I felt protected in my fat shell. Now that I am finally healing, for the first time in my life I feel truly ready to shed that shell. I want people to see the real me!
By January of this year, my weight had skyrocketed to an embarrassing number that I am not yet ready to share. But trust me, it was a lot for my 5’2″ frame. It would have been a lot for a 6 foot frame. My sister decided to join Weight Watchers and suggested we do it together. I had lost weight with Weight Watchers before and decided that, now that my head was in a better place, I would give it a try.
By the middle of July I had lost 45#. But my weight loss was slowing. I had hit a plateau, losing only 5 pounds total since the beginning of June. So I talked to my doctor and she suggested I try a Ketogenic diet. She said this would not only help me lose weight but also could reverse my pre-diabetic state and the extremely high level of inflammation in my body.
I took her advice and have been eating “keto” since then, and I’ve lost another 10#. Without going too far into the science of it (there’s plenty of it out there, if you want to Google it) it’s a high fat/adequate protein/low carb diet. Essentially this puts your body into a state of metabolism called ketosis and your body burns fat instead of glucose for fuel.
I eat a ratio of about 75% fat/20% protein/5% carbs. I try to keep my total calorie intake to about 1500/day (which is about 500 more than I got on Weight Watchers). That breaks down to about 125 grams of fat, 85 grams of protein, and 25 grams net carbs.
25 grams of carbs is not a lot. It’s really only enough for the carbs that are in vegetables, and that’s how I usually meet my carb requirement. I’ve had to give up bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugar, and even most fruits. As an Italian girl, I didn’t think I could do it. Even on Weight Watchers, carbs made up about 75% of my diet! But surprisingly, I really haven’t missed them as much as I thought I would. Sure, I crave a bowl of pasta or a piece of bread once in a while but it’s nothing so strong I can’t talk myself out of. And if I REALLY want it, occasionally I will eat it and then go right back on keto the next day. It’s all about balance.
Maybe I don’t miss the carbs so much because I get to eat all the glorious fatty foods that I usually avoid when dieting. Bacon. Cheese. Heavy cream. Butter. A juicy ribeye steak. Salad dressing. Sour cream. You get the picture. I eat things like this:
It’s still a work in progress and I want to lose at least 50 more pounds. But here’s my before and after so far:
It’s so counterintuitive to eat fat to lose weight. It goes against everything we’ve been told about dieting. But it works! Not only for weight loss, either. I have more energy, suffer from less fibromyalgia pain, and I don’t get hungry because of the way ketosis effects the release of hormones and digestion of food. I was skeptical at first but I think I could keep this up the rest of my life. I believe I will reach my goal this time.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
– 1 Corinthians 10:31