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What 60 Days in Ketosis did For Me: My Keto Diet Results

What 60 Days in Ketosis did For Me: My Keto Diet Results

What 60 Days in Ketosis did For Me: My Keto Diet Results

My Keto Diet Results

I hope, you're following me on Instagram, because if you're not, you're missing out on a whole lot of hilarity, snark, exclusive first look at my recipes, and a healthy dose of my adorable daughter, Jessica.

If you have been following me, then you'll know that a couple of weeks ago I wrapped up my #60daysketo experiment.

I documented the whole journey, from dropping weight very quickly in the first two weeks, to being sidelined on day 18 by emergency surgery to take my appendix out, my first carb-up, and finally, my results from it.

Of course, if you haven't been following along, those posts are all still there, so feel free to scroll back and take a peek. Or, just search the hashtag #60daysketo to see everything I ate and did!

I'm going to dive into tons of into about the why+how of my Ketogenic Experiment, but first I'm sure you wondering:

What were my results on a Ketogenic Diet?

I'm so glad you asked, because I'm super excited to share them with you!

The picture on the left is after 75 days on Keto (I was very busy when the 60 days ended) and the picture on the right was before I began the experiment:

A post shared by gretchen (@fitmomjourneythm) on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:02am PDT

So here's the thing: the pictures obviously speak for themselves, even though I hated having my picture taken before going Keto, so I don't have a ton of great ones to compare the “afters” to.

The state of my midsection.

The shape of my thighs.

My face….

My arms.

Just so many things, and even things you can see like not sleeping well, lacking energy, not much mental focus. I could go on, and on, and on.

But, there are some pretty compelling stats about my weight and measurements that seal the deal that Keto was so, so good for me:

I lost, in 60 days:

23 pounds

2.25 inches on each arm

3 inches on my waist

5.5 inches on my pooch

3.5 inches on my hips

1.75 inches on each thigh

1.5 inches on each calf

Ya'll, I lost more than 20 inches in 60 days without my energy levels dropping, losing sleep, my hair falling out, or even drinking any of those magic pills or potions that so many people are hawking on Instagram.

My Keto Plan:

These numbers were designed to help me lose fat by taking in to account my weight, body fat percentage, activity level, and exercise amount each day.

However, a few weeks in, my energy levels started falling, so I adjusted my calories and macros for increased activity (maybe I wasn't as sedentary as I thought) and used these macros for the remainder of the experiment:

1950 calories/day

146 g protein

25 net carbs

121 g fat

I started feeling much better, albeit a bit full at the end of the day, but my body seemed MUCH happier with these numbers.

Why Keto? (Not THM, Low Carb, Carb Cycling, Paleo, etc?)

After doing Trim Healthy Mama for almost 2 years, I started noticing some patterns in my eating, my energy levels, and even my mental focus.

And to be honest, I was burnt out making sure that each meal fell into an E, S, or FP. I am a numbers person, so I would put all the foods into My Fitness Pal and make sure that I wasn't eating too many carbs, too much fat, and that I was eating enough protein.

The other big factor in deciding to do Keto for 60 days was noticing how I felt doing Trim Healthy Mama (some people call it carb cycling). When I ate lots of healthy fats, especially in the morning I felt amazing. My mental focus was amazing and I felt bulletproof. Often, I would eat an E lunch with carbs and very little fat, which, while perfectly in line with THM guidelines, left me feeling mentally foggy, tired, and lethargic.

I was eating really clean, complex carbs, but I just couldn't deal with the energy levels dropping.

So, I decided to switch it up, and put fats and protein at the center of my lunches, trying out E meals for breakfast, lunches, or just throwing in an E snack every day.

And ya know what happened?

Every time, no matter how careful or when I timed my E meal, my energy flagged and my brain got foggy.

So a lot of this was just noticing how my body treated all sort of different carbs vs. fats.

The final straw was realizing my cravings were out of control. I was fueling my body really well, but still being able to stress eat THM treats was not a healthy habit.

So I took on the 60 Day Keto Challenge to help with all of these problems.

Ready to take the plunge? Join the first 30 days of the challenge here:

You'll get The Keto Quickstart Guide, with everything you need to know to start Keto + 30 Days of Meal Plans, Shopping Lists, and more!

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

I want to put a little blurb in here about what a Ketogenic diet (known as Keto) is, in case you're not familiar. If you are, feel free to skip this little Keto 101, and skip down to see what I ate.

A Ketogenic diet is one that is high in healthy fats and proteins, and extremely low in carbohydrates. Typically, it takes around 100g of carbohydrates per day to keep up with the average person's brain and organ function. When you eat between 20-50 g of net carbohydrates (total carbohydrates – fiber) your body has to switch over to using fat to fuel itself instead of carbohydrates. This process is called Ketosis, and it's a perfectly natural state of humans to exist in.

Typically, it takes between 3-7 days for Ketosis to kick in, but once it does, most people on Keto notice their energy levels rapidly increasing, cravings diminishing, and of course, they start to rapidly lose body fat.

I did, that's for sure!

Even better, Ketogenic diets have been linked with helping to prevent or drastically reduce the symptoms of diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, epilepsy and more.

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thank you so much for this informative articles it really helped me getting my shape again and I’m planning to go on this diet all my life really.

they are mistakes you should avoid such as eating too much protein 20 % is enough because of protein when it’s too much it will convert to glycogen and stored in your body. focus on potassium, sodium, and magnesium they are your friend in this type of diet if you don’t want to feel dizzy and get the keto flu. and what I suggest to you guys is to keep intensity in your training so you can adapt really fast and your body uses fat as a primary energy. they are really good cookbooks that can make things enjoyable and fun. I know eating the same things can make things harder but you can use cookbooks out there just type in google “keto diet cookbooks” or use this one I test it myself is great

one more thing is flexibility cause they are events that you can’t avoid eating manage a day in the week and eat carbs if you like but never exceed 300 carbs.

Yay! I was so happy to find this website! Even if it’s hard, I’m going all in. ?? You’re not reading this by accident. The Lord Jesus Christ loves you SO much! HE DIED FOR OUR SINS ON A CROSS, WAS BURIED, AND ROSE TO LIFE FOR YOU TO LIVE ETERNALLY IN HEAVEN WITH HIM!??????Please give Him a chance ?? He’s amazing, and alive.

I was overweight for my height of 5’3¨, tried dieting but did not work. I started to try keto diet for a month and notice a drop to my weight of 1lb. Did exercise for twice to four times a week and it works. I highly recommend it.

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The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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Fast food and diabetes: Tips and options

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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