I have tried several different scenarios of diet and exercise for years and to no avail. Every time I would just plateau after losing a few pounds. Eventually, I would give up because I just couldn’t lose any more weight. Normal me, sees food and eats it, but I am very active. I use my desk bike all day when working from home, and then I coach my kids in football, basketball, and baseball. My legs and arms look great, with almost no fat on them, but I have this huge amount of fat that just sits in the middle of my body. It makes me depressed, self-conscious and probably doesn't help my heart or back. I have never been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes but I have the exact body shape that is described with it, and it runs in the family.
A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. - https://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/
While I was listening to DotNetRocks, Carl plugged his other podcast 2 Keto dudes and shared his progress. I also heard some talk about keto from the Epic Meal Time guys of all places. Given my experience with diets I was skeptical and still didn't believe that this was working so well for everyone.
I gave 2 Keto Dudes a listen, and a few shows in, Richard said something about people hyper produce insulin for 10 years before the blood sugar goes up. This set off an alarm in my head. Over the last year I would randomly get hypoglycemia attacks and would get dizzy and fall over. I would eat and shortly after I would get better. I had to get a few EKG's and wore a heart monitor for a month, but it turned out everything was fine. I did a glucose test and my doctor said I was over producing insulin. I ramped up my research and eventually found this diet doctor site that had a 2 week challenge. I love challenges, so I convinced the wife that I wanted to try this diet and although she was worried, she agreed.
I was 253.8 pounds when we went shopping and cooked the first meal on a Sunday night. The first day was not bad, I was a little hungry but I was excited to be trying something different. The second day I had the Keto flu. I felt terrible, upset stomach, foggy brain, sleepy, and fatigue. Also, my skin felt hot even though my body would feel either hot or cold. My Keto flu lasted two days and then I slowly started to feel better. I didn't have the energy to work out or run like I planned. The rest of the week I would start getting less and less hungry. I occasionally snacked on hard-boiled egg but didn't do any carb snacking. By the end of the first week I was done snacking. I lost a ton of weight, which was probably a lot of water weight, but at the end of the week I weighed 238.6 lbs. Fifteen pounds in one week felt amazing. I imagined a bowling ball of weight that I am not carrying around anymore.
The second week I wouldn't even eat all my scheduled meals. I am not the greatest person in the kitchen so I would get angry with having to measure stuff. I was still feeling great but my energy levels were still not the best. It felt like I had a constant energy level but not like I was use to when eating carbs. I still didn't have the energy to work out. I only lost a little weight this time and began to plateau. At the end of the second week I was 235.2 lbs.
The third week I dropped down a few more pounds but I hit St. Patrick's Day and began to cheat. In other words, destroy my body again. I had some fries and then the next day I had a McGriddle. Then I had ice cream twice, and bread with a sandwich. It tasted delicious but I started to feel horrible. The celebrations and the carbs weren't worth it anymore. I started to feel like I was about to have another hypoglycemia attack.
The forth week I started eating Keto again and I started to feel better. I wanted to break my plateau so I got some kettlebells from Onnit and started a The Machine Kettlebell Workout that came with the kettlebells. I listened to The Fasting Show again and decided I would try that too. I tried a one day fast. I ate some left over Cheese-Filled Chicken lunch and I wasn't that hungry so I ate 2 string cheeses for dinner. Since I was distracted that night I figured it would be good time to start the fast. The next day I didn't eat until dinner time. The plateau was broken; I was sore from working out but I started noticing I looked like a different person I was starting to look like 20-year-old me. At the end of the week I weighed 226.6 lbs.
After a month of Keto, I lost 5 inches from my stomach. I look and feel like a new person.
As you can probably tell I am overly excited about Keto and I want to apologize to all my friends and family for never shutting up about it. My mom had diabetes and I think if I found out about this diet earlier I believe she might still be around. I feel so strongly about the benefits of this diet that if you know anyone that has diabetes you should introduce them to Keto. It could save their life.