Fitness Quest is a weekly column in which the journey of losing 90 pounds is chronicled online in hopes of helping other people as well as providing a catalyst for motivation. This week, Alex Lynn opens up about his weight gain and quest to get back in shape through the Keto Diet.
Starting date: Aug 2013
Starting weight: 341lbs
Current weight: 238lbs
Can you explain the diet you are on?
I’m on the “keto” diet, it’s a high fat low sugar low carb diet. On this diet, you put your body into Ketosis were you burn fat for energy instead of sugars, it’s incredible how amazing the food is on this diet, that’s what made it so inviting.
What prompted you to start this diet (personal, medical, etc.)?
I hated the person I had become. I was unable to walk for any extended amount of time, my health was bad, blood pressure was up, cholesterol was high, and I’m pretty sure I was well on my way to being pre-diabetic.
What changes have you had to make to your life in order to make this diet work?
The changes, or sacrifices, that I’ve made on this diet are simply giving up sugars and carbs. The pro’s outweigh the cons in every facet. I thought I was going to have a hard time giving up the breads and the sweets, but after a couple weeks, the cravings went away and the scale was finally going in the other direction. I had to buy smaller clothing, I was eating less, I had more energy, and my mind was incredibly sharp. I was very willing to part with the carbs and sugars… I was getting my life back.
You have lost over 100 pounds on the diet? Is that correct? How long has it been? Are you done now or is this a complete lifestyle change?
To date, I’ve lost 103lbs in about a year. To reach my goal weight, I’d like to lose another 20-30 lbs but I also would like to start going to the gym. That’s right, I said start going to the gym. I haven’t placed a foot inside a gym, now that’s not to say that I haven’t been more active or been able to do more, but I’ve done it without the gym so far. I’m sure at some point, I will begin to reintroduce sugar and carbs back into my life, but never to the point at which I was, I’ll never go back to that, life is too awesome to throw away.
What was the hardest part of making the changes to succeed in dieting? What was easiest?
There wasn’t anything terribly hard about the diet, I mean, it was all worth it. some of the cravings were difficult to overcome, or finding out what you can and can not eat. there were a lot of different websites and apps that I used to find out what I could eat or how much I could eat. Those websites and apps made it super easy if I was eating out with friends, or cooking at home. When it comes down to it for me, the number on the scale didn’t lie, it was going down, and I was going to keep doing what was working.
Another hard part of the keto diet, is that there are no cheat days, but a year into it, I kind of really like that. It means you can’t cheat, because if you cheat you throw your body out of ketosis and you have to start all over again…it’s about a 2-3 day process
Do you think this diet will work for anyone or that people sort of need to find whatever works for them?
As stated above there are no cheat days, so I don’t think this diet is for everyone, but I know it will work for people who want to lose 10-20lbs easy. If you can set your mind to the fact that you can do this and it does work, I think anyone can do it, just have to have the will power to push through the cravings and temptations.
What advice do you have for anyone starting to get back in shape? What about those starting this diet in particular?
Take before photos and measurements!!! you might not see results on the scale, or in your clothes, but if you look back at an old photo, you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come.
Also, you’ll get a lot of looks when you order food on the keto diet, but a double cheeseburger with a fried egg, bacon, and avocado is just part of the keto diet… just hold the fries
Finally, is you have any other advice/thoughts/feedback/ideas, please feel free to share them!
There are many websites out there with plenty of info on the Keto diet, if you’re unsure or have issues with the amount of fat you’re putting into your body, I highly recommend reading into it. As always, keep calm and keto on!