I love social media, because it gives me lots of writing opportunities. This week I am going to address the dozens of posts I see from people fretting and nail biting over stuff that we really don’t need to fret and nail bite over.
I see that people are frequently making themselves nuts and stressed about macros – the calories, the this, the that. Look, I get it. Most of us have addictive and obsessive personalities, that’s how we got where we are/were. I know Brian (Mr. Ketovangelist himself) has virtually slapped me upside the head plenty of times because I have gone to him and his wife whining about small stuff and trying to figure out why my blood sugar is three points higher than the day before, or why my Ketones were only .6 and blah, blah, blah. So, this article is as much for me as it is for you.
For me, Keto is a life-long change, a lifestyle. There is no finish line, there is only progress and maintenance. It isn’t a race, it isn’t temporary, we will not arrive at a magical destination where we can begin to shovel in carbs again and have no consequences. We won’t be fixed like that. No, we are on a journey and we should enjoy it every step of the way. We are learning as we go and we will never get it perfect or right all the time. It’s okay.
So, regarding the title of Stop Acting Like You are On a Diet – for the love of Keto, just eat high fat, low carb and moderate protein. Don’t track every morsel of calories and quit trying to figure out the magic formula that is going to make things happen faster than they are for you. Look, if you are really big, you don’t want it fast anyway! Too fast can mean super loose skin, which many have a fear of, so just slow down. Half a pound, one pound or two pounds a week are all good. And stalls happen, so don’t start freaking out and looking to do an egg fast, a fat fast or whatever else is out there to “break” the stall.
You know what breaks the stall? Your body. Time. When you get in a stall, sure it could be the diet soda, the Splenda – so by all means STOP that, but otherwise, just keep Keto-ing on and let your body do its thing! A stall means your body is doing work, some re-setting and figuring out where to go next. If you know you are doing everything right – you are not going over on carbs, eating hidden sugars and you are staying active, then just let it ride.
Since I hit my goal weight of 160 (actually hit 159…but who’s counting) I have only seen it on the scale a few times since then. I am 159-162 and I am not letting it bother me. Why? Because I am working on inches and muscle building now and I finally “get it” that the scale is not the measure of my success. I guess you can say I am in a stall and you know what I am NOT doing? An egg fast or any fast or trick to try and make something happen. Yes, I hit my original goal weight, but to be honest, there is still body fat I would like to see disappear forever, but it may take me another year to drop ten pounds. Is that frustrating on some level? Yes, but it is what it is. I am not going to force it by “dieting” – that is not freedom for me. I am just going to keep doing what I know to do and enjoy my life. I am enjoying my new clothes, my new muscles and I am trying to love the skin I am in while still pursing my goals.
Bottom line – RELAX – let go of the diet mentality and see this as a lifelong journey. You aren’t going to arrive at goal weight and then get back to carbs/sugar so it really doesn’t matter how long it takes. I saw a post by someone yesterday and she lost 100+pounds in 9 months, it took me twice that. So what? We both did it right? I am just going to keep doing life one day at a time and enjoy myself. I don’t have time for stress and calculating and trying to force my body to shed weight faster than it wants to. I am trying to love my new body and I am letting it tell me what to do. I just feed it right and I am going to trust that now that I don’t abuse it, it’s going to do it’s best to function properly.
Dump the diet mentality and just live Keto. Live and be free from the bondage of dieting.