Keto Police……

Welcome! Before we begin let me start  by saying…..wait.  Are you eating something that is processed? Ok, no you’re done get out.  You’re doing keto wrong.  Leave!

Ever seen something like this when you enter a Keto forum looking for help, motivation, or just have questions in general? I have and I have to tell you it’s quite discouraging to see.

I have been in a forum where people come to for answers to questions that maybe normal people can’t answer because they’re not on keto.  Best way to do that is go to a forum or community dedicated to keto.  I mean I’ve been doing keto for a little over a year now and I’m no expert.  I still have questions, but their are some who are out there that lurk in the shadows waiting to pounce an innocent person asking an innocent question. They’ve been labeled as the Keto police.

Don’t get me wrong they have a right to say what they want.  I would prefer it if they didn’t have anything nice to say, well don’t say anything at all.  I mean if you’re gonna be harsh to someone asking if this item is keto friendly you might be discouraging them.  People are supposed to help, but I always see more bashing than helping.

Low carb/High fat is my only rule for keto.  As long as what I am eating falls in that category and doesn’t exceed my 20 grams of net carbs per day. I’m good.  According to the keto police there is more to keto than just what I follow.  I don’t know every rule, but I know if I were to post my rule I would get torn to pieces.

If you ever want to see a grown man cry then I may satisfy your desire by posting in a forum just so I can have my tears flowing.  I just want people to lay off and be more helpful.  I mean we’re all on keto for one main reason.  That’s to better ourselves health wise.

Either lend a helping hand or get out of the way!

Why so lazy?…..

There are so many classifications and/or categories when it comes to diets.  I mean I see people say that their diets are either clean, dirty, or lazy just so they can segregate themselves from the group.  Well I’m no different.  I am doing the lazy version of the ketogenic diet. Not because I’m trying to stand out.  No being lazy fits my schedule better.  Also I am lazy too.

I don’t like to classify my diet because when it comes to keto I only follow one rule.  Keep it low carb and high fat.  If you’re daily meals fall into this category. I consider you to be on a ketogenic diet. Many people will argue what I just said, but I don’t care.  You know why? Because it’s giving me the results I am looking for.  Weight loss.  That’s my goal.

Really that’s all you need to do to get into ketosis.  Eventually your body will understand and say, “hey! you’re not giving me enough carbs to work with.  I’m just going to have to use your fat as energy instead then.” Viola, you’re using fat as a fuel source now.

People will always judge everything you do.  We will never, ever get rid of such judgement for others.  We just have to learn how to ignore them.  Do whats right for yourself.  Another important factor about the way I do the keto diet is that it makes it sustainable for me.

I believe that for myself to be successful in weight loss I need to have something that is sustainable.  Following strict keto rules will help me lose weight.  That’s a fact.  In the long run if I can’t stick with the diet I’ll most likely regain the weight back.  I need to find my happy place within the diet to help keep the weight off.  If I’m not happy on a diet then there’s a high chance that I’m not going to stick with it.

The easiest way for me to say it is to quote someone.  I don’t know who said this, “do what makes you happy.” It might be from a disney movie.  I apply that to what I eat, and I also try to apply it to every aspect of my life.  I am getting older now and I just want to be happy.

I am a lazy person and in the end being lazy in the way I eat makes me happy.  Lazy keto is my path to weight loss.  What’s yours? Lazy day on a summer vacation

The hardest part

I remember starting the Keto diet and thought to myself, “eat bacon to lose weight? Too easy.” At first it was pretty easy.  As the days went by I found out quickly what made the ketogenic diet so hard.  I was the cravings for sugary foods.

Cutting out all the sugars like candy, snacks, sodas was really hard.  After starting the keto diet and looking at box labels I never realized how bad these foods were for me.  I mean sure I heard it before, but like most people I thought it wasn’t that bad.  Everything had some form of sugar in it.  You wanna know what else I learned while doing keto? That sugar is a carb.  I never knew that.  Albeit I’m not the smartest guy, but I felt that was something I should have known.

The cravings got worse, but to be successful my will needed to be stronger than my cravings.  They were.  I also needed to find something to satiate these cravings or else I was going to fall off this wagon hard.  Thank goodness for the internet.  I did a little bit of digging and found all these different recipes for sweets that I was craving.  I only followed through with a few recipes because I was lazy.  Hence, the lazy keto guy.

My diet consisted of mainly eggs and bacon.  Surprisingly, I wasn’t sick of it.  I found that strawberries and some whip cream was a good way for me to curb my cravings.  Both items were keto friendly in small amounts.  I still needed to show a little bit of restraint.  Once you start it’s hard to stop.

There was still the trouble of sugary drinks.  My brother introduced me to diet sodas.  I have always stayed away from diet sodas because of all the taboo things I hear about them.  It was the only way for me at the time to easily control my temptations. A&W diet root beer mixed with heavy whipping cream saved my life.  I limit myself to one maybe two cans a week.  That still a lot, but I was still learning to control myself.  Over time it got better.  I was down to about maybe one or two cans a month.

I knew that restricting myself this much wasn’t going to be sustainable.  I knew that I had to be a little bit more flexible with what I was eating to be able to be successful.  From failure we learn to be successful.  I wasn’t going to fail this time around on my weight loss journey.


The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Come follow me, and my journey of weight loss.  Like most people I tried to diet, and exercise, but never have been successful.  It wasn’t the diets, or the workouts that failed me.  I failed myself.  I was never committed and in my mind I expected quick results.  How quick? I was hoping to be shredded after a week of eating healthy, and being in the gym.

At my heaviest I weighed about 286 lbs.  Looking in the mirror everyday I never noticed the weight gain.  The only indication was that my clothes were getting smaller and I had to move up sizes.  It was hard for me to face that I was overweight.  Even looking back at pictures of me in high school told me I was overweight.  I needed a wake up call, and I got one randomly.  The call came in mid afternoon when I was getting ready to go out.  I had slipped my shoes on, and as I began to reach down to tie my laces I couldn’t get to them.  My stomach was in my way.  I had to bend my legs up and rest my foot on the opposite knee to be able to tie the laces.  After I had finished I was out of breath and tired.  That was the call and it was a slap to the face.  How could I let myself get this bad?

I knew I needed to do something.  I needed something that would be easy enough to follow and sustain.  It just so happened the following even I noticed that my brother was eating certain foods that was out of the norm.  Most noticeably out of the norm was that he wasn’t eating rice.  Not eating rice?! That’s blasphemous! We’re Asian we eat rice with everything.

Curious, I asked him what he was eating.  He told me that he was following a new diet that he just heard about where you cut out carbs and eat bacon to lose weight.  It piqued my interest. I said to him, “Eat bacon and lose weight? Go on.” He told me that he was doing a diet called the Ketogenic Diet.  It’s a low carb/high fat diet.  He told me as long as you stick with low carb, and high fat your body will start to use fat as energy.

Eating bacon, and not working out?  What more could I ask for? I was fat back then. I couldn’t say no.   Just like that my journey to weight loss began.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton