Heather L.

Oct 03, 2017

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Keto Before and After | Weight Loss | Heather L.
             5 ft 6 in height
            23 years old
           Keto-ing for 2.5 months
          Started at 184 lbs
            Lost 30 lbs so far
            Wants to hit 140 lbs
            Prefers a "Meat Lover" diet

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a ‘stay-at-home mom’ of two boys, but I’m going to school this fall to take my level 1 carpentry training. I thought that I would be happy at home taking care of my children, but the loneliness and isolation is devastating. My social life evaporated the moment I became pregnant with my first son — and my self-loathing & loneliness increased as the years go by. Now, my brave husband is quitting his job to stay at home with our boys while I pursue a career as a carpenter.

Habits & Mindset

What motivated you to try keto?

My sister who lives in BC managed to lose 70 lbs on Keto — I was convinced keto would never work and was probably very unhealthy but I decided to try it anyway. The two of us started a 9 month dietbet transformer on July 11 and I’ve been keto ever since. It took me less than two months to beat my long term goal of 10% weight loss — now I’m down by 14%.

How often do you cheat on keto?

I honestly cheat every day. I don’t binge, I have a tiny treat here or there if I’m given the opportunity — and I still generally stay under 1,800 calories a day and being flexible helps me stay satisfied and motivated. The fact that I’m still able to get results this way and rarely ever get cravings makes me really happy.

How do you get (back) into ketosis?

I don’t pee on sticks, and I really don’t worry about being in ketosis all that much. I know it’s working because I can see the progress on the scale and in my pictures — but I do know if I ever go overboard, the next day I’ll wake up feeling horribly ill, which really makes me think about my choices. If I ever end up in that situation, all I can do is KCKO (Keep Calm, Keto On) and make better choices in the future.

Do you track your weight/ketones/blood glucose/macros or anything else?

I don’t track!! I tracked really heavily for the first few weeks on MFP (MyFitnessPal), but once I got the hang of it I really started to enjoy trying new keto recipes and treats every day. So far it’s worked out. Having my husband on board really helped as he’s been very enthusiastic the minute he noticed weight loss. The thing that helps the most I think is our method of ‘fasting’ — we fill up on bulletproof coffee in the morning and make it feel decadent by adding sugar free syrups, erythritol, and spices. This normally lasts us all morning and into the late afternoon. Then we have ‘lunch’ while ‘dinner’ is much later in the night after the boys go to sleep. This isn’t actually fasting at all, but it keeps us full all day and well within our target calories. But that’s just the nature of keto.

How supportive were your friends & family when you started?

The only person who didn’t agree with my diet was my mother, who’s vegan. But I used to be vegan before she was and she was critical of that too so her comments don’t really bother me. My dad is keto, my sister is keto, my husband is keto, and we’ve all had incredible results so everyone has been really excited about it.

Has your weight loss ever stalled?

I feel like I’m always stalling — but I’ll suddenly lose a ton of weight quickly and ‘stall’ again. I just believe in the heart of the cards and KCKO. However, I am adjusting my nutrition targets for my new weight and beginning to add weight lifting. In about a month I’m going to start eating at maintenance and training seriously. I’m really going to have to watch my progress and make adjustments as I go.

What other benefits have you noticed?

I have heard a lot of people talking about having more clarity, more energy, better sleep etc. — and I haven’t noticed any of that. I’m a lot more confident and happier with my appearance and lifestyle, my relationship with my husband has really improved, but there are definitely draw backs. It’s very expensive, weight lifting is very difficult and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) destroys me. I don’t feel more energy than normal — but I never get that low blood sugar fainty-panicky feeling I got on a high carb diet, which is more than worth the hassle to me. Eventually I’m going to have to consult r/ketogains for some training tips.

Did you encounter any obstacles to pursuing keto?

Induction was really hard because I was constantly dehydrated. As a nursing mother hydration is a big issue already, so it was a huge struggle to get my water intake and electrolytes in check. I was very tired for the whole first month, but somehow I stuck it out and I’m very glad I did.

Have you had any side effects to keto?

Keto flu was my life for the first month — I had all the classic symptoms and I was seriously considering quitting. My dumb husband had no ill effects at all what so ever. That and I had to stop lifting because it SUCKED and I just couldn’t put up with the DOMS. But my biggest obstacle was really my father-in-law (lol) who lives with us and would not stop bringing home loads of chocolate, treats, pop, and delicious carby Filipino food. It’s still an issue today. He’s a feeder.

Food & Fun

What’s your typical day of eating look like?

Every morning we start the day with a big serving of ketoproof coffee. One tablespoon each of butter, coconut oil, heavy cream, and Erythritol per serving. We may add sugar free flavored syrups, cinnamon, vanilla extract etc. depending on the day and then we use our immersion blender to mix/whip it which results in a delicious thick frothy beverage. Early that evening we’ll have a ‘light’ lunch like bacon and roasted cabbage or coleslaw and bratwurst (we love cabbage) - and dinner late that night is no different. We’re also huge fans diet pop, it doesn’t seem to hurt our weight loss and actually helps keep us hydrated so we drink that in unlimited quantities (when it’s on sale). Our favourite is diet A&W root beer.

What’s your favorite home-cooked keto meal?

My absolute favourite keto snack is a ridiculously easy, almond mug bread toasted and topped with peanut butter. My sister gave me the recipe and I’m not sure where she got it from. It’s 1 tbsp of melted butter, 1 egg, 4 tbsp of almond flour and 14 tsp baking powder mixed together in a mug and microwaved for 1 minute 30 seconds. Sometimes I add cinnamon, vanilla extract, splash of cream and some sweetener and then make pancakes with the batter. You add just enough cream to make it easy to pour and they’re fantastic — just like Aunt Jemimas IMO. You only need a little sugar-free pancake syrup which means they’re very low carb for such a classic treat.

What’s your favorite restaurant meal?

I have not had a lot of success eating out, but the sugar free caramel lattes from Tim Hortons are the bomb.com

What’s your biggest non-keto temptation?

Whatever my toddler currently has and wants to share — cookies, doughnuts, cake, chips, people spoil the dickens out of that boy and it’s directly related to my weight gain because he has a tiny appetite and a huge heart.

Anything else you’d like your readers to know?

Here’s my husband’s progress: Conrado’s interview