I’ve always been overweight. Always.
There has never been a time in my nearly 28 years on this planet when I haven’t been fluffier than my peers or felt paralyzing shame at the thought of having my shirt off. With that history has come an ever shifting attitude; my mindset has ranged from “I’m worthless because I don’t have a 6 pack” to “this is the way I am and I don’t need to change.” In fact, I’ve blogged about the later on this site before. I’ve tried diets and supplements and even gym memberships but it always came back to food; I love food and I love everything that goes along with it! The time with people, the process of crafting a meal, the various tastes and combinations thereof – there doesn’t seem to be anything about food that I dislike except for the fact that with it often comes judgement by others. And plain, raw veggies.
The bottomline is that I’ve been a failure when it comes to food for most of my life. I’ve used it for a cure to boredom, relief from constant teasing, and as a barrier to unfair expectations. I’ve had ups and downs in the battle against this addiction but they mostly have tended to repeat over and over because I don’t learn from my errors. That changed this year with my efforts to live a Low Carb, High Fat lifestyle (LCHF, also known as Keto).
Over the last 5 months I’ve successfully lost 56 pounds. I’ve gone down 1.5 shirt sizes and 3 pant sizes by simply changing what and how much I was eating. With 19 pounds left until I hit my extended goal, I’m happier and healthier than I have been in quite some time. I still love food, even though I’ve been steadily losing weight, and I have been able to grow my love of cooking by discovering new and different recipes. It truly has been an adventure and I don’t see it ending.
Why has this worked when so many other methods failed? Here are 5 things I have realized in my 5 months of Keto: