In my last blog post, I revealed that I have gained back 85 of the 115 pounds that I had lost over the past few years. This was tough to admit, but it was easier to publish because I already had a plan in place. At the time of my last blog post, I was already 1 week into my Ketogenic diet plan. In just one week, not only was the weight coming off, but I was feeling really good also. So, now that I am over 1 month into my plan, I'm here to give you an official update.
Below, you will see my weight loss, waist measurements, and a look into how I have achieved this recent success with Keto.
First, let me say that I have watched EVERY SEASON of this show from Season 2 to 15. For 14 straight seasons, I have followed this show from beginning to end. I have visited the official website, looked up former contestants online, checked out the Biggest Loser books from the library, and even competed in my local gym's Biggest Loser competitions. It's safe to say that I was a huge fan of the show. But, today, I'm here to say that I am done with this show!
Before I get into why I'm quitting this show, I should explain why I did watch it for so long. Looking back, I think there was one reason I kept watching The Biggest Loser: To remind myself that, for someone like me, it really is possible to lose the weight. I needed motivation and hope, and the Biggest Loser was there to tell me that IT IS POSSIBLE! In the end, I found that this was a false hope. In fact, I found that nearly every aspect of this show was the exact OPPOSITE of what finally helped me lose weight and become healthy. Here are 4 reasons I'm done with this show...
Week three of my ketosis experiment is behind me, and I have learned a LOT this week that I am excited to share with you. Thanks for those of you who are following along with my experiment.
Overall, I am very happy with this plan, but I have also gained some insights on the good and bad aspects of my personal implementation. Here are 5 key observations from 3 weeks on the ketogenic diet:
A few months ago, after completing my second Whole30 plan, I submitted my story to Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and Whole30. This past week, I was very excited to discover that they had featured me on their >100 lbs lost blog post! Here is a link to the post on the Whole30 blog: 300+ Pounds lost (and 3 Lives Changed) with the Whole30
If you're interested in my own posts on the Whole30 plan, you can see them here:
Stephen's Whole30 Blog Posts
Today I am continuing to tell you about my personal experience with nutritional ketosis. In case you missed it, my first two posts on this subject are posted here: (Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning: My Ketosis Experiment) (Review of Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore). Today I'd like to share some more information about my personal plan and experience.
Many of you know that Ketosis is a low-carb diet. People assume, then, that it is a high protein diet. This is actually a common misconception. Believe it or not, a Ketogenic diet is ideally a low-carb, moderate-protein, high-FAT diet. Yes, I said high-fat! This is actually not much different from what I was already doing, but there are a few key differences:
In my previous post, I revealed that I am embarking on a personal Ketosis experiment. (Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning: My Ketosis Experiment). My decision to try this is based largely on information I saw coming from popular low-carb podcaster and blogger Jimmy Moore.
After reading and listening to his story, I reached out to him to request to be put on his list of bloggers to receive an advanced copy. Thankfully, he graciously accepted my request and 2 weeks ago, I received my copy in the mail!
Today, I'm very excited to review Keto Clarity, which is being released today, and I will reveal how this book has already produced big results for me!
For the past two years I have made it a point to explain that I am NOT on a "Low Carb" diet. This may seem strange, since I no longer eat bread or potatoes. But I have always kept a fairly large amount of fruit in my diet, keeping my carbs at a moderate level. Lately though, I have been toying with the idea of taking my current diet and making it low carb to help jump start my weight loss.
As I was looking into this, I found the work of Jimmy Moore, who is one of the leading "Low-Carb" experts. His podcast, Livin' La Vida Low Carb, which has a very funny name, is actually very serious about the science of low carb and weight loss. Jimmy's current focus is something called Nutritional Ketosis.
On top of this, I have been following Mark Sisson, a leading Paleo expert. He talks a lot about being a "Fat Burner" as opposed to a "Sugar Burner". I didn't really understand what he meant by this, but when I looked into it, I found that he was also talking about using ketones in the body to facilitate weight loss.
Since I've never actually heard about this before, I was very skeptical. I decided to research further about "Ketosis" to see what it was all about. In addition to the myriad resources online, I discovered that Jimmy Moore was actually coming out with a simple guide to ketosis called Keto Clarity. This book is scheduled to come out in August of this year.
Needless to say, I was very excited to get my hands on this book, since I was just starting to get interested in the subject.
So, I went out on a limb and contacted Jimmy to ask for an advanced copy of the book for review. To my surprise, he graciously responded and affirmed that I would be on his list of bloggers to receive a free advanced copy! Last week, I finally received this in the mail...
As of today, I have already read through the book once and I am currently trying out a Ketogenic diet to see if it is a good fit for me. (This is really not much different than what I was already doing, but I have made a few strategic changes to attempt to achieve Ketosis)
So, over the next few weeks, I will be updating you on the process and I will be writing up a book review in time for the week of the book release. I'll leave you today with Jimmy's definition and explanation of Ketosis:
Ketosis is a metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat diet that causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel to running on ketones. Ketones themselves are produced when the body burns fat, and they're primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn't available. In other words, your body changes from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. -Keto Clarity p.32
Stay tuned for more updates and my official book review.
Weekly update time! I'm so thankful for those of you that are checking in every week on my progress. This really helps me to stay focused on my plan and gives me yet another reason not to fall off the wagon!
Speaking of which, if you are struggling to stick with a plan, I highly encourage you to find someone who will keep you accountable to your health goals. It is not the best form of motivation, but it can serve as an additional motivation when your resolve begins to fail. Ok, here are this week's numbers...
I was watching some videos recently about the idea of Low Carb, High Fat diets and how they affect your health, and I came across these two videos of the Dr. Oz show. I'm personally not a fan, but Dr. Oz is definitely a trusted name in health for many, many people.
What I found interesting is how adamant Dr. Oz is against saturated fats and the idea of a low carb diet. Here is the video...
Independance Day is here for those of us in the US, and along with it comes the celebrations, fireworks, and food.
Unfortunately, for some, the food part of this equation has become the most important. I love holidays and celebrations, but when indulgence becomes the main part of each holiday, it can really sabotage those of us who are desperately trying to be healthy. Today, I'm going give you permission to forget the indulgent food and just enjoy the holiday.
Hi, I'm Stephen. I'm 34 years old and I have been struggling with my weight for most of my life. This blog will chronicle my journey as I attempt to lose 130 pounds.
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