In this week’s post, guest blogger Dan Heiland of the Budgeting Essentials and Debt Relief Journey blogs talks about the ups and downs of his Keto journey. His story shows that a Keto eating plan really works. Learn more in this week’s "Your Keto Journey"©post.
Probably the last thing that I thought I would be posting about is a Keto eating plan. I have always shed my weight through exercise, especially by running. But after moving and making career adjustments, I found that I wasn’t finding time to get my running in. In addition, I had reached the heaviest weight I had ever been at.
So when I came across the details of a Keto eating plan from Dr. Colbert & Brother Copeland on the daily Believers Voice of Victory broadcast, I was both encouraged and intrigued.
We have been working on improving the way we eat for a number of years now. (Had it been up to my wife we would have started sooner.) But the concepts they introduced, the research they presented and the results people were getting made a Keto eating plan something that we wanted to do.
My initial results were just as expected. My body dropped weight as my appetite hormones leptin & ghrelin got back into balance from not having to constantly deal with the effects of carbs. My body wasn’t screaming that it was hungry every four hours. It was very encouraging. After several weeks of steady progress, I reached a weight loss plateau, but my waist size was continuing to go down. I stayed on that plateau for about a month, then I started losing weight again.
So far I was doing well on my journey, and the progress I was making helped keep me motivated. About 15 weeks into the program, I had another change in my schedule. I was still eating about the same amount, starting my day with our version of a Keto coffee and eating a small lunch and dinner. But I was stuck. For eight weeks, both my weight and my waist stayed the same.
When something works well, then suddenly stops working, seemingly, wondering thoughts can come. It was starting to be challenging to maintain my enthusiasm.
At that point, I knew that I needed to take a look at what I was doing so that I could figure out what was stopping my progress. In the book of John, we are reminded that “in the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33. That verse helps me remember not to quit. Trouble comes, but we don’t have to let it stop us.
I looked at the changes that I had made to my eating schedule and one thing stuck out. Before the change, I didn’t get hungry until about 10:00 or 11:00 am. So I would have my Keto coffee about that time and have my light lunch a few hours later. Then I would have my supper at normal time, which confined the majority of my eating to about an eight hour window. (This is called intermittent fasting.)
When my schedule changed, I started having my Keto coffee around 7:00 am. I was getting hungry around 11:00 am. To compensate I would have some nuts or parmesan cheese crisps as a snack to get me through to lunch. But lunch wasn’t holding me until dinner any more. I would often need to snack again in the afternoon to hold my appetite in check until supper.
I realized that I was kicking in my appetite by starting to eat before I was really hungry. I was extending the number of hours I was eating during the day and it was stopping my progress.
At that point, I decided to go back to having my Keto coffee late in the morning. That adjustment helped me get back on track with my weight loss. I don’t get hungry in the morning and more importantly, I don’t get hungry between my meals any more.
The main thing that I want you to notice about my experience is not what I did. The adjustments that I made were specific to the way I get hungry and eat. You will need to experiment and see what things work for you and what doesn’t.
What I want you to notice is what I didn’t do.
I didn’t quit because the Keto eating program wasn’t working.
I didn’t quit because I was getting tired of not getting any results.
I didn’t go back to my old eating habits that had me 75 pounds over my ideal weight.
You have to stick with your decisions even when it seems like they are not working. When you are not getting the results you expect, don’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome. Examine what you are doing and make adjustments. Give the adjustments time to work, then evaluate your progress. Keep adjusting until your results return.
If you do, you will succeed.