A weighty issue

In my tag line I have mentioned obesity. I have been at war( regular armed warfare!!!) with the weighing scale most of my life. Being a chubby and cute baby really didn’t help me when I grew up into a teenager. My weight would fluctuate a lot. I would gain weight and after some effort, would get it off but not for long. This continued till my marriage and first pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, I put on a whooping 60 pounds.This yo-yo’ing went on for a lot of years till , finally at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

I thought that now , at last, my weight troubles are over! Well not exactly! I did loose about 35 pounds after the start of treatment but not for long. Apparently, people with hypothyroidism have a tough time taking and keeping the weight off.

I tried Atkins diet, low-fat high carb diet, southern beach diet and any number of variations of these and many other diets. The result was more weight fluctuations and very little satisfaction.

So, where am I now heading? I have not given up. No sir! I mean to keep on trying to lose this excess weight , not because I want to just look good( BTW, who doesn’t), but now it’s a matter of being healthy.                                                                                                                                       appetite apple close up delicious

So the battle continues!

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Lost

“Hey! You have lost some weight” said my friend who hadn’t seen me for some time. “Yes” I answered a bit smugly. It was no mean achievements, loosing thirty five pound in six months. I was very proud of myself.

“But how did you do it?” She was incredulous. After all I had been overweight since a long time, trying different “diets” and giving them up in disgust as nothing would work after first few weeks.

“You see I have started on this new lifestyle, they don’t call it a diet because one has to change one’s eating habits for life to achieve success ” I told her. “And what is this lifestyle called?” She was still skeptical.

It’s called ketogenic lifestyle. Now I had caught her interest. She had heard of this keto diet, as people were calling it, and wanted to know the details.

I told her all about it. The highlights were to stop eating carbohydrates, if not altogether, then to bring them to a minimum. Just vegetables which are practically starch free. ” You mean to say that you had to leave all carbs, like bread, pizza and dessert.” She still couldn’t believe it, that a carb junky like me could give up pasta, breads and all other yummy carb rich foods.

As I explained to her the mechanism through which this diet/ lifestyle change works, she was finally convinced. Even to the extent to give it a try herself.

And do you have to exercise a lot, she wanted to know. I just have a daily walk for an hour or so that is enough for me.

If you want to know about Keto diet/ ketogenic lifestyle, you can check my posts about it on the following;

My keto journey 

Do’s and Don’t’s of keto

Foods allowed in ketogenic diet

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Do’s and Don’t’s of Keto diet

Most people who try to follow Keto diet are confused as to what they should eat and what to avoid. Here I have complied A list of do’s and don’ts of Keto diet.

In one my previous post, you can read it here , I gave an outline of my initial daily food intake.

Now I want to help people who have started Keto diet and haven’t much information about how to go about it.

1. Meals and their timings:

It is a vital part of Keto diet to eat your meals according to a fixed schedule. Now don’t get the idea that this would tie you to an unreasonable routine. By a schedule, I mean that the time between each meal should be around the same, daily. Now if you have breakfast early in the morning, you don’t have to have it at the same time every day, but make sure that the time difference between dinner and breakfast stays (almost )the same. And apply the same principle to lunch and dinner.

2. If you are not hungry at a meal time, don’t eat. The idea of 3 meals a day, or short frequent meals is not good for health. Frequent eating releases Insulin, which will hinder you weight loss and can make you Insulin resistant.

3. Appetite management:

It is natural to feel hungry initially, when you start on Keto. The Macros of Keto as I explained in my previous post are:

FAT:70%

PROTEIN 25%

CARBS 5%

You can add non starchy vegetables to this.

Vegetables allowed on Keto: 

Eat as much as you want:

Green leafy vegetables like ;

Spinach, Iceberg, Rocket( Arugula), Mustard greens, Collard greens, Kale. Lettuce

Cruciferous vegetables like;

Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts.

High water content vegetables like;

Squash ( all types), Peppers( all types ), Cucumbers, Eggplant, Turnips, Zucchini, Celery, Asparagus. Mushrooms, Olives

Eat less of these:

Tomatoes, onions, green beans, okra, carrots

These vegetables will not only fill up your tummy, but will also provide essential nutrients like Potassium, iron vitamins, specially vitamin B and C.

Start your meal with a large plate of salad. The daily recommended amount of vegetables/salad per day is around 7-10 cups. Divide it in two servings one with lunch and the other with dinner. If you find it difficult to eat that much vegetables, then you can try a veggie smoothie.

     Avoid completely

Potato, peas, lentils, beets, yams, corn.

All the products made out of potatoes and corn also must be avoided.

4. No snacking:

This is a difficult habit to stick to, specially in the beginning. But to get you body into ketosis,you must stick to this important rule. If you feel hungry in between meals:

a. Increase your intake of fat in your meals

b. Have a glass full of water with a tablespoon full of Apple cider vinegar in it. You can also add some lemon juice to it. It will lower your urge to eat.

Hope that these tips will make it easy for you to follow Keto Diet.

I will follow up with another post of foods allowed on keto!

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