Stop dieting. Train and listen to your body.
This should be what you want to do. Yet, when people begin Keto (which let’s be honest, while gaining popularity, it is still greatly misunderstood), they insist on dragging along plenty of unnecessary diet dogma.
- Calorie and Macro Obsession
- Calorie Counting
- Food Fantasy
- Excessive Exercise
Stop with the calories nonsense and the macros. Do you want to do that the rest of your life? Or do you want to have some sense or normalcy? Yes, I know the word “nonsense” seems a little harsh, but really it is nonsense. This idea that some keto calculator or chart holds the answer to your weight problem, is really silly. I got sucked in to the macros for a while and I realized it isn’t much different than being obsessed with calorie counting. LET IT GO. Stop counting calories and stop being a slave to macros. Yes, the calculators and charts can be useful and they have their place – TEMPORARILY. Once you know what you can and cannot eat on this woe, the focus needs to become learning when you are truly hungry, learning to eat to satisfaction, and to stop mentally obsessing about food. When you do that, all is as it should be. I can eat intuitively at this point, enter it in to MFP, and, lo and behold, they are almost always ketogenic perfection.
Dogma. CICO is flawed and everyday someone talks about keto macros and then says, “But the bottom line is calories still matter.” No. Stop worrying about calories and worry about eating when you are hungry. The ONLY reason to eat is to fuel your body so you can go about your day to day activities and have energy to do the things you enjoy and to keep that body running and healthy. It is not natural to consume the same calories day in and day out. We should not live and die by calories. Oh you are allowed 1600 a day? You are at 1420 right now? What can you eat to get your calories to 1600? These are questions I see people asking constantly. Just stop. You do not need to eat to meet calories or macros. Quit trying to make the numbers be perfect as if that is the answer. Read The Calorie Hypothesis and put calorie counting behind you.
When you fantasize about non-keto food and obsess about what you “can’t” have you are operating in deprivation mode. You think you are depriving yourself of something good. Let’s be real. If those non-keto foods were good for you and brought something positive to your life, you would not be fat, sick, and depressed. The Hershey bars, the birthday cake and ice cream, the french bread still warm from the oven – those things only caused us misery. Stop reminiscing and thinking fondly of them. They cause bloat, obesity, fatigue, diabetes, infertility, pain, depression, and more. Do you miss those things? When you say you miss french bread, what you are really saying is that you miss being fat and depressed. Think about that a moment.
Some people still think if they just exercised more they would lose weight faster. Exercise only contributes a little to your overall success. Exercise is great. I love it (ha – that’s still a new thought for me) but it is not the thing that is going to make or break your keto success.
Do it because you enjoy it, because it makes you feel good.
Don’t do it because you think it magically burns off calories you “shouldn’t have” consumed. Don’t do it because you think you can eat more keto food if you do.
Do it because you love it or because you love the results you get.
I used to despise exercise, I despised cardio. I despised it because I had the wrong attitude about it and was doing it for the wrong reasons. I exercise now because I love how it makes me feel – strong, powerful, disciplined, energized. And I love the visible results. I keep doing it because I want to continue getting results and I love beating my best. Never do I workout thinking, “Man this sucks, but I have to burn off that bunless burger smothered in bacon and avocado.”
Please, for your own mental health and for the sake of the ketogenic movement, do not drag along diet dogma anymore. Keto is freedom. Dogma is prison.