Hello and welcome, weight watchers and wellness warriors of the Internet, to the first week of our adventure into the mysterious and miraculous world of ketosis. Over the coming months, we’ll become increasingly keto-crazy, cutting out the carbs and cranking up the fat.
Follow our weight-loss journey, check out our weekly progress, and find out everything you could possibly want to know about the ketogenic diet along the way.
Week 1: Making the Change
- Starting weight: 222lbs
- Waist measurement: 40 inches
The day I knew that my life needed to change in a big way was the day I visited my doctor with a nagging headache that just wouldn’t go away. He checked my blood pressure, and, to my horror, it was sitting at a staggering 150/100.
My BMI revealed that I was a couple of cheese puffs away from being clinically obese. Trying not to panic, I had my cholesterol checked only to find that my triglycerides were through the roof!
Heart disease seemed on the horizon and I was told that taking chronic medication (statins) to lower my blood-lipid levels was pretty much my only option. That is, if I didn’t seriously reconsider the way I was treating my body.
The decision I made that day to reclaim control over my health is how my ketogenic journey began. After about 2 months of extensive research, reading everything from medical journals to fad diet plans, I came to a decision: I would start living a ketogenic lifestyle.
Alex’s Keto Food of the Week
Eggs are a miracle food for keto cooks because they are so versatile and have a ton of health benefits over and above being high in good, keto-friendly fat. They are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are specific anti-oxidants that help reduce the risk of aged related loss of vision.
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- Starting weight: 238lbs
- Waist measurement: 43 inches
Food and I have a love-hate relationship. I eat out of boredom, out of habit and out of the jar, if its peanut butter. Although some have said that my problem is a food addiction, I could never quite shake the feeling that it was what I ate that was sabotaging my health, not just how much and how often.
After a particularly dismal few months of crash diets and obsessive calorie counting, I stumbled upon something that not only confirmed my suspicions, but also showed my disgruntled metabolism a glimmer of hope. That “something” is the ketogenic diet.
What I discovered upon reading was that we have a lot more control over what happens inside our bodies than we are led to believe. Just by changing the ratios of macronutrients we consume in a day, we can change (and improve!) the way our bodies use food as fuel.
Once I started to understand how ketogenesis works, it all became clear. Sugar is my enemy, and fat is my friend.
Chelsea’s Keto Food of the Week
Salmon is so good for you it’s actually crazy. It’s rich in protein and omega-3 essential fatty acids, as well as a long list of B vitamins, selenium, and potassium. This fantastic fatty fish also reduces inflammation in the body which can help ease a variety of illnesses.
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Get involved and lose weight along with us each week! Share your own story in the comments, and let’s tackle this mission together.
We expect we’ll face many challenges along the winding road to living our best lives. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a bikini body.
Whether you are worried about your high blood sugar, stressing about your cholesterol or trying to fit into last year’s jeans, we’ll be here to support you. By sharing our stories, we hope to motivate others like you to join the health revolution. It won’t be easy, but we know that it will be worth it.