My highest weight was around 450 pounds. As I say this, I can’t even imagine that as a reality but unfortunately it was. I have always been overweight but as of last December I knew things were getting out of hand. My knees were hurting me to the point that I could hardly walk. This scared me and it was the beginning of the end for me. The thing that sent me over the edge was the possibility of me having diabetes.
Now I knew that going on the way I was going I would someday have diabetes, it does run in my family after all. I had just gotten tested six months prior and like always all my blood work passed with flying colors but some time in December I started feeling strange. I got super hungry. Now this wasn’t your normal hunger, it was something much more. I would eat and the hunger would never go away. It was an insatiable feeling, I hated it. It didn’t matter what I ate, nothing ever stopped the hunger.
I was eating all day long and I knew I was gaining weight, I could feel it, I could see it and it was one of the lowest points in my life. I could hardly catch my breath from just walking from my living room to the bathroom and I don’t have a big house. My clothes, which I was already wearing the biggest size there was, was fitting me extremely tight. I knew that soon I was going to have to walk around with a sheet wrapped around my ballooning body.
I said earlier I had always been overweight but this, this was something else. The feelings I was having was something I had never experienced before. I sat in my living room one day and spoke with my family. In tears, I asked them for help, I told them that I knew if I continued the way I was going, I wouldn’t be alive within a year. I had been checking my sugar in the mornings and for the first time ever it was high. I knew I was on my way to diabetes.
That day with my family I made my mind up, I would go on a diet and try to lose weight. Something I hadn’t attempted in a long time. I hadn’t actively gone on a diet for probably the last 15 years! So, where in the world would I start? I wasn’t even sure anymore of what was healthy and what wasn’t.
I started doing some research and decided to try Atkins Diet since it was one of the only ones that showed people my size that had lost weight. As I looked more into it I came upon something else. It was something called the ketogenic diet. It was very much like Atkins and I decided to give it a try.
What did I have to do to start this “new diet”? Well, the first thing was to learn about carbs. I would only be allowed to eat 20 carbs a day. I was going to have to give up sugar, flower, wheat, rice and potatoes. Now if it’s one thing I almost always ate was rice. I was known in my family for my Mexican rice and now I wasn’t to have it at all. I also couldn’t have any fruit (since it has a lot of sugar), which believe it or not that has probably been the hardest for me than any of the other “banned” foods.
The first week I felt exhausted. I could hardly get up and slept a lot but I kept going. I started looking for support pages on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and boy did I find them. Which is where I came upon the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of eating (WOE). I was basically already doing this but I found out that cooking with REAL butter, lard and olive oil was better than cooking with cooking spray.
I saw this video called Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off, which I recommend everyone to watch it, and it forever changed the way I think about fats. Now I’m not going to give you all the science and gibberish behind it because it’s way too much information but there’s tons of information on it on the net. There are many videos and articles on the subject that can explain it way better than I ever could.
You can visit my YOUTUBE channel as well, I have videos on Keto/Low Carb and recipes.
Although I will tell you the basic thing about it and what it’s done for me. Eating LCHF is basically eating foods that are low in the carbs department such as green veggies and you are supposed to cook with fats such as real butter, NOT margarine, and good oils such as coconut oil or olive oil. You can have meats, all kinds, and seafood and foul.
As for fruit, you’re not supposed to have any except for avocado and berries because the rests are high in sugar and carbs. Again the only ones acceptable in moderation are avocado, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I struggled with this one since I LOVE bananas but I have managed and I hardly crave them anymore. In fact, I hardly crave any of the foods I use to eat before, which brings me to how I have felt since I started this.
So, I told you about how I felt the first couple of days of this way of eating, which I found out later that this is widely known as the Keto flu. KETO FLU is what your body goes through at the beginning because you are detoxing your body from all those bad carbs. My keto flu didn’t last as long as I thought it would so I’m glad about that, the thing was that once that exhaustion passed I had this incredible energy.
I felt great! I hadn’t felt that way in years! Funny thing is that I got this energy burst and started wanting to work out but I forgot one thing, I was still weighing 450 pounds. This was my first week after all. So, what happened on my first day of working out? I hurt my knee! My mind was going, “Yeah, let’s dance!” My poor bones couldn’t handle it. I’m okay though I had to ice it for a while and it made me realize that I had to let my body do its work.
Apart from having this awesome energy I noticed that the hunger I had felt for the past couple of months was gone. I would eat and the food was filling me up, I would normally get at least third helpings but now with just one serving I would get full and it would last a good couple of hours. This was new to me. Even when I was a kid I could never go that long without eating.
Another thing I noticed is whenever I would get hungry it wasn’t that horrible hunger either; I feel that I should get some food but I can easily wait a long time. I found out that this is because the good fats I eat keep my body well fed.
A wonderful “side effect” of this way of eating has been my sleeping pattern. I used to have horrible insomnia and when I did manage to sleep I would be waking up every two to three hours throughout the night. It was horrible and I was miserable, the next day I would be cranky, tired and famished. Now I sleep through the night; rarely do I wake up and in the mornings, I feel refreshed with a lot of energy and I don’t wake up hungry.
I guess the next thing you would want to know is if I have lost weight? I have done this way of eating for two months now and the last time I weighed myself which was three weeks ago I weighed 408 pounds! So yes, I have lost weight, still long way to go but I’m on my way. My clothes are getting loser every day, my body is transforming every day and I love it.
I’m not losing weight as fast I thought I would but I have to remind myself that it took me years to gain all this fat and if I’m not gaining weight it’s a victory in itself already. Here’s the thing though, even if I don’t lose any more weight, I know I will though, I will never go back to eating the way I used to because the way I feel now is something I don’t ever recall feeling before. Join me on my weight loss journey!
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