Initially I think I did well because my drive to lose weight was so high and was motivated to lose weight. I got on the scales one day and weighed 285 pounds, I had seemingly put on the last 20 pounds in a matter of days. I had noticed my gut getting bigger, and was starting to become concerned about where I was headed. I knew I had to act immediately. I quit pop and junk right away and began researching keto meals. I had a friend who had some success on the keto diet, and it is popular these days. Initially I just started eating a fairly strict keto diet, limiting my carbs to 20 grams or so a day. I did not initially track my macros like calories, fats, proteins, or fiber, I just ate keto. This worked amazingly for my first seven weeks, I averaged around five pounds of loss a week. I was also walking for exercise, I started out slow a mile or two a day and increased over time. I want to say I was aiming for 30 miles a week by weeks 7-10. Around week 10 I had to back off due to time limitations. I started to do micro workouts during my workday. I would exercise for about five minutes for every 90 minutes I worked. I would do things like air squats, pushups, situps, and curls, lat raises, and triceps push downs with exercise bands. Once I learned about and began to practice intermittent fasting, I would exercise in a fasting state. This allowed me to take full advantage of the state I was in. This would make my body burn more of its own stored energy or fat for the energy it required. I just wanted to maximize the benefits I was getting from the work I was doing. I was not working out hard or requiring more than my body could handle. On the weekends, I might try to get in 5-7 miles in a fasted state and really burn some fat and boost my results.
Around week seven, my results had started to diminish a bit. As I began to research what can cause a diet to stall, I found there were a multitude of reasons why weight loss can stall. I found that all types of nutrient deficiencies will halt weight loss. Anything from not enough fiber, water, or lack of key vitamins and minerals can impact results. So, I began to educate myself on the power of nutrition. As I learned more about nutrition, I knew I could increase my metabolism and fat burning through eating. In order for all the systems in the body to perform at their best, they require certain nutrients. I began a mission to start incorporating as many of these foods in my daily diet as I could. I squeezed as many of the tips to boost fat and weight loss and other diet related tips as I could into my daily routine. In fact, I have added so many things daily that I really only have two choices to make each day. Which protein I add to my eggs for my first meal, and which protein to add to my second meal. My suggested daily macros are 2678 calories, 27g carbs, 170g fat, 136g protein, and 25-30g of fiber. Where I am currently at daily is around 2200 calories, 35g carbs, 153g fat, 120g protein, and 27g fiber. Does not meet strict keto requirements does it, according to the keto gods we should limit our carbs to 20g or so. Actually, 35g is my net carbs and total carbs are 61.6g. I lost 15 pounds at these numbers in a 10 day period, sounds like it is working for me. All my nutrients and macros are being filled with healthy whole foods and healthy fats, and that’s why I think its working so well. I am getting these results during weeks 12 and 13 of my journey after losing 40 pounds already. I am not certain, but I believe my ideal weight is somewhere between 200-185. I am currently at 230 pounds, just 90 days ago I weighed 285 pounds. I took advantage of everything I have learned and shared with all of you so far.
I encourage all of you to see if you are giving your body all it needs, play around with your macros and nutrients, and find out what works best for you and your body. I am thankful my body has responded to its new diet the way it has, and it shows me just how far off the mark I was before beginning this journey. Most days I eat all of my meals within a 4–6-hour window, and I try to get in one 24-hour fast each week. I am not always successful I eat outside my window 2 or 3 days a week and do not always get in the 24-hour fast. I do what my body lets me if I get hungry, I eat. I begin each day with 32 ounces of water and at least a one mile walk with my dog Zoey. The body really needs water first thing after all the healing that took place overnight. The body need the water to function optimally, and the combination of water and exercise helps pump out all the toxins.
I would also like to add it is not necessarily important to lose weight quickly, weather you reach your goal in 6 months or 6 years does not matter as long as you get there. If you want to see results quickly, learn to maximize and leverage your opportunities, and make the most out of every situation. I still have so much to learn, and I am certain I will keep incorporating new improvements to my diet. My 90-day transformation has been incredible, powerful, and mind blowing, I would most likely doubt it was possible if it did not happen to me. I am so proud of how far I have come already, thankful for the new friends I have made along my journey, and can’t wait to see what’s next. My journey has become contagious to some of my friends and family. By publicly sharing my journey, I think they may have initially read it to simply support me and see what I was up to. Now some are starting to make some changes in their own lives, continued or started a new journey of their own. I have been fortunate to have had a small impact on the lives of a few and hope to keep doing it. This has been such a rewarding and powerful journey, I hope it never ends. Thank you all for being a part of it.
Good luck on your journey and have a great day.