I have always done well with restrictive diets. The idea of having little to no variance in choices has always been a comfort for me. I love food, genuinely love it. This may not come to a surprise to hear a 300-pound cook enjoys to eat, but hear me out. I love everything involved in the process of eating. From grocery shopping to markets to preparation to choosing my flavor base to cooking and finally devouring it. The whole process is poetic to me. Other than sports very few things make me at peace like cooking.
That is the difficulty with diets. People who love food are reduced to low calorie options and flavorless shit, all with the hopes that you eat slop long enough to lose some weight so you can justify the cheeseburger and sour cream and onion chips that you actually fucking want. That is why I chose the ketogenic diet when I wanted to lose weight.
“So you’re telling me that I can eat all the meat, cheese, and fat I want, and I will lose fucking weight, Shauna?” That is how my diet began, an epiphany of sorts. What a beautiful concept. So on December 14th, 2016 I began my new “lifestyle”. I chose to do it then because I wanted to see if this diet was sustainable, and the only way to see if I could actually do this is by seeing how it would hold over the holidays. It was a seamless transition.
I went online to a few different sites that were and continue to be great resources for me. Due to my body weight, I am required to eat around 275 grams of fat per day (approximately 75% of my diet), but it’s not just about the fat consumption, it’s about the ratio. 75/23/2 (fat/protein/carbs). If you do all the right things Ketosis begins and your body will begin to use fat as a primary source, that means effortless fat burning. If you do it wrong, a fatter version of yourself you shall be. That is the challenge, once ketosis begins you don’t want to kick yourself out of it. Especially since days 4-5 are brutal, the Keto-Flu strikes and you truly earn ketosis. I wouldn’t want to go through it again.
The hardest part of the diet so far has been the feeling that my family is required to do this with me. My wife is a very healthy eater so through trickle down my kids are as well. But due to my odd diet, we are forced to eat very differently. We are trying to navigate my restrictions as a family and all of them have been very supportive but you do have to plan ahead, or else family functions turn into a disaster. Carbs are everywhere, and you have to be very motivated to not give in. One bad day and its over, so I don’t intend on having one.
To successfully have a ketogenic diet you become an expert in fattening food which means you have to cook your own meals. I joke about the Ketogenic Mount Rushmore as being Mayonaise, butter, coconut oil, and bacon, but it probably would be. To give you an example of what my day looks like here is a sample from today.
3 Fried eggs in bacon fat
4-6 pieces of bacon
Black coffee blended with around 50 g of organic coconut oil
6 oz homemade Meatloaf
Wedge salad with full fat caesar dressing
8oz Pork chops with an apple and onion compote (If you would like recipes from me just ask)
6 spears of asparagus
4 oz of Keto peanut butter fudge
2 oz whiskey
Every day I also supplement with a multivitamin and between 5-8 litres of water. Today was pretty tame food wise. I won’t talk about the 10 Jalapeno poppers I consumed the other night, or the tacos with tortilla’s made out of cheese last week. The diet is as much fun as you want it to be, and I want it to be a blast.
In the first 28 days I have lost around 3.5 inches around my waist and I have noticeably thinned out, I have also been reassured by several medical professionals that my cholesterol levels wouldn’t be negatively affected. I wish I could tell you how much weight I have lost but I am choosing right now to not weigh myself, because weight-loss isn’t my priority, feeling better about myself is.
I am hoping that the success I have experienced in the first-month continues but either way, the journey should be interesting.