For ages we’ve been taught that in order to lose weight we just need to reduce our calories and work out more. That all sounds good and seems to make sense but there is so much more to it than that. And I can tell you from my personal experience that it doesn’t work. Instead, I’d like to share with you how to eat well and still lose weight.
We don’t want to ruin our metabolism
By reducing your calories, you’re making your body think that it’s going to be deprived of the fuel it needs. As a result, it’s going to slow down your metabolism in order to preserve energy. And by “preserving energy” that means fat is going to be stored on your body.
“Recent research has shown that when you lose 10 percent of your body weight on a conventional diet, your metabolism slows. In fact, the number of calories you burn during the day can drop by 30 to 40 percent—an amount that’s enough to completely undermine your efforts to maintain your new weight. And your metabolism may not rebound for years. In order to keep the weight off, you have to eat even less, a long-term challenge that, for most people, is unachievable. – Dr. Josh Axe in The Keto Diet
When I was growing up I never had to worry about weight. I was always very thin and in great shape. After I had kids everything changed. I gained a good amount of weight with both of my pregnancies and I was never able to lose it all. As we age we also tend to add a little bit here and there too and since I’m getting older that didn’t help.
Talk about discouraging!
I’ve never been a fan of fad diets so I haven’t tried many of those but I have always tried to limit my calories and get in a good workout. But it just wasn’t working. I tried SO hard and nothing made a difference. A couple of years ago, I found myself weighing more than I ever had (without being pregnant that is) and I knew something had to change.
How to eat well and still lose weight.
So what can we do about this? Choose a nutritional lifestyle that gives you the nutrients you need but meets the macro levels you should have.
With the standard diet in America, most people are eating an abundance of carbohydrates – which do not help your body in any way. Eating lots of carbs also makes it easy to overeat and consume far too many calories. Much of the carbs in food come from sugar and sugar is highly addictive and has no nutritional value at all. In fact, it’s the root cause of a lot of diseases our country is plagued with today!
Sugar causes inflammation in our bodies and inflammation leads to all kinds of health problems. One of the biggest reasons I’ve decided to eliminate sugar from my diet is that I’ve read from many sources that cancer cells feed on sugar. That’s enough reason for me to put it down and choose other options.
The keto diet is a great option.
In July 2018, James and I started the keto diet and it’s been life changing. Not only have we been able to lose a considerable amount of weight (James lost about 40 pounds and I lost 36), but we’ve become much healthier too!
With the keto diet, we eat very low carbs (we try to stay under 20g a day), moderate protein, and plenty of healthy fats each day. The typical keto macros are 5% carbs, 20% protein, and 75% healthy fats. By eating good quality food and making sure it’s the proper balance of macros, we eat the right amount of calories for our bodies and our bodies continue running properly with good metabolism.
We feel full faster when we’re eating quality food and not empty carbs. Fats are more filling and we’re less likely to overeat when eating this type of balanced meal.
But isn’t keto just eating a lot of bacon and butter?
People that haven’t really looked into keto and haven’t researched it often think it’s all about eating meat – specifically bacon. It’s not.
Yes, we eat meat and we do eat bacon but that’s not what our meals all consist of. 😉 It’s also important to note that you can eat keto while being vegetarian or vegan. So it’s not all about meat. It’s about getting a healthy balance of fats and protein while keeping carbs at a minimum.
The carbs we do eat come from vegetables, leafy greens, and even some berries. Not from starchy, sugary foods that have no nutritional value. When you choose to feed your body with moderate protein (which means don’t just eat a ton of meat), a good amount of healthy fats, and plenty of low-carb vegetables and salads, you end up losing weight and getting your body in a very healthy state.
One great aspect about keto is weight loss, but that’s really just a bonus!
If you’re sticking to a keto lifestyle you’re improving and adding years to your life. You’ll be improving your brain health, heart health, and just overall body health. You’ll reduce the chances of getting diseases that plague our country today and will increase your quality of life because you feel amazing.
So if you want to start it for weight loss like we did – that’s great! Hopefully you’ll find even more value once you get started and you’ll understand how important this is to use for a lifetime.
How to learn more about keto.
If you want to learn how to eat well and still lose weight, there are incredible resources available.
When we decided to start the keto lifestyle, I went all in and started educating myself like crazy. I found a lot of good books about nutrition, the keto lifestyle, and overall health. I’ll share more recommended resources soon to help you along. You can also join our private keto Facebook page for encouragement and other helpful tips.
Whatever you decide, we’re here to help!