The Internet is a very interesting place. By interesting, I mean, cool, weird, fun, crazy, smart, clever, insane, quirky, funny, puzzling, perplexing, hilarious, stupid, and ……. on and on.
The LCHF/Keto forums online are a blessing and a curse to me. I love when I find nuggets of wisdom, a yummy recipe, a success story, inspirational quotes, funnies and general feel good stuff that motivates and inspires me. I dislike the rigid, know-it-all folks who really don’t have anything to show for all their knowledge. You know the ones. “Eggs have .6 carbs!!” “Calories matter!” and they won’t let it go. Ever. They want to beat you over the head with what they know and they spend lots of time meticulously tracking every speck that goes in their mouth and they don’t let go of the old diet rules. They are dogmatic and on a diet – even if they say they aren’t on a diet – if that is how they are living their life – they are dieting. I promise you.
Look, if what you are doing doesn’t work, don’t do it anymore. By that I mean, if you insist on having your once a week cheat meal or cheat day and then turn around and grumble about how slow you are losing or not losing and this Keto thing just isn’t for you; you need to stop. Stop saying what you are doing is Keto or stop the cheating and be Keto. Also, if you are that person and you are yelling at people online about how calories matter or telling people they are stupid for not counting eggs as having carbs, just stop. People don’t need your kind of advice or example.
Here is how I have always operated…..I take advice from people who have accomplished something and people who have accomplished something I want to accomplish. Period. If you spout off all the facts in the world, but you haven’t had success applying those facts, I don’t need your advice. Does that make me mean? Maybe in the eyes of some people, but in general, I think that makes me smart. I would much rather get direction from someone who has taken the road to success than someone who has just read the map. Do you know what I mean?
So listen, you will not fail at Keto if you count eggs as having zero carbs. You will not fail at Keto if you count your tablespoon of heavy whipping cream in your coffee as having zero carbs. It is okay to not count calories. It is okay to go with the science that says CICO (calories in calories out ) is bunk. You don’t have to be bullied by the militant calories matter crowd.
You won’t fail at Keto if you don’t want to track macros and every little thing you put in your mouth. For the love of……”lazy” Keto….. just count carbs and be reasonable about what you eat. Educate yourself and realize that popcorn is carbs. Most yogurt is sugar and carbs (there are some exceptions). Cottage cheese is high in carbs (why would you want to eat cottage cheese when you can have cheddar or cream cheese for almost no carbs?) Protein bars are carbs. Alternative sugars can still spike your blood sugar. Sugar-free and low-carb marketed products are a chemical crap storm. If your brand of Keto includes those things, that could be why you aren’t seeing the results you want. Just eat real food.
I don’t want to spend my days tracking and logging calories, fat grams, protein grams and carbs. I know that if I eat from the list of allowable foods and I don’t gorge and eat until I want to throw up, I am probably eating in a way that will cause me to lose. Have I hit plateaus in the 17 months I have been living this way? Yes. Did I make it past them? Yes. I refuse to look at calories – I don’t need to. I don’t eat breaded foods, I don’t eat bread, I don’t eat candy, I don’t eat Snickers. I do not need to worry about all the numbers. I eat real food. It is pretty difficult to “over do it” with real food.
See, tracking and counting every thing isn’t a way I want to live. For many years, I counted calories and dieted and it got me nowhere except fatter year after year. I simply track my carbs and most days I track them in my head. Guess what? I am still losing. I am now only 6 pounds from my goal weight. I have surpassed my goal clothing size (goal was 12 or in my wildest dreams a 10) and I am wearing a 6. I also look way different than I had in mind, so even though the scale doesn’t say what I want yet, basically, I set out to achieve what I wanted to originally and I am thrilled with my results, body dysmorphia aside. Which means the way I did it works and it could work for you too.
What I noticed about people who rigidly track numbers is that they are stressed and they are dissatisfied with their results thus far. Hmmmmm.
There is only one thing I am rigid and extreme about – cheating. I will not put even a crumb of bread or the edge of a potato chip or one piece of popcorn in my mouth. I will not drink a soda, I will not eat a Cheese It or a Frito. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. I have no desire to do so and because I don’t, there is no need to track it either.
You can tell me until you are blue in the face, calories matter, macros matter, but I do not care. I don’t believe it and I don’t care. I have results and results are what I care about.