When my husband and I started keto, I absolutely believed that I would either quit in a few days or I’d murder my husband. Giving up bread and sugar? I’d sooner give up the ability to shed tears or see the color green. I kept going in spite of myself and now, 35 pounds lighter, I’m going to share these 5 keto myths you need to know so that you can lose weight, too.
1. Keto means you only eat meat and cheese.
Not true. I can barely stomach most cheeses. If you ever see me chowing down on a big hunk of cheddar, please call the police because someone is behind me with a knife. I like cheese in small doses and even then, not every day.
Same goes for meat. I love a good steak as much as the next person. That doesn’t mean I want to have one for breakfast. Too much of a good thing is too much.
2. It takes a long time to lose weight on keto.
Not true. I started losing within the first 2 weeks. Within 4 months I’d lost all the weight I wanted to lose. Sometimes I think about losing some more, but I’m 53 and need to be careful. If I lose too much weight, my face will start to look like a crumpled up paper bag.
3. Keto is a fad diet.
Not true. I can’t see myself ever going back to the way I ate before because it doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not on a “diet.” This is just how I eat.
My body wants to eat healthier foods now. Sounds silly. Totally true.
I cheat sometimes. Oh mercy, y’all. I have times when I cheat. No one can live the rest of their lives without a donut once in awhile! Here’s what keeps me from doing it very often though: it doesn’t feel good.
Donuts are yummy, so sometimes I eat one. Within an hour after enjoying it my stomach feels bad and I start to feel yucky. I think of it as my body’s way of letting me know that what I did wasn’t appreciated.
When you stop being “on a diet” and simply start eating differently, things change for you. I never feel deprived, or hungry, or like I’m missing out on something.
4. Keto weight will come back quickly.
Not true. My weight left town and hasn’t come back. If I eat something I shouldn’t (aka the donut thing again) I may gain a few ounces – sometimes up to a pound depending upon what I ate.
All I have to do is continue eating the way I know I’m supposed to and the weight disappears in about 24 hours. It’s always amazing to me to watch my body sort of fix itself this way. It’s as though it’s figured out a weight that’s right for me, and it works to keep me there.
5. You have to exercise a lot to lose weight on keto.
Not true. If that were true, I’d still be eating frosting from a can. (True story.) I’m a horrible person in that I hate to exercise. I know. I should be ashamed.
The point is, I didn’t have to exercise and the weight came off easily. You can’t use that as an excuse.
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Be brave. You’ll be so, so proud of yourself!
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.