I have one week of the keto diet experiment left. And although I haven’t been able to strictly stick to the plan, it’s been a very eye-opening experience for me overall. I’ll try to finish strong, but no matter what, I’ve learned a lot about my eating habits.
Even if I don’t lose a lot of weight over these past six weeks, the learning experience was definitely worth the time.
Though, I do look forward to having some seasoned fries soon.
With a Week Left of Keto, What Have I Learned?
As I said, this was definitely a learning experience. Although some of the things in the list below are things I already knew, being on keto for six weeks reinforced that information.
And in reality, even though I complain about it an awful lot, I’m glad to have gone through this diet plan.
That Not All Calories are the Same
Normally, I am a calorie counter. It’s how I’ve lost more than 80 pounds before keto, and how I’ll lose the rest of the weight. But like I’ve said before, you can’t eat an entire bag of Oreos and expect to lose weight because you hit your calorie goals.
The fact of the matter is that calories only play a small role in how your body digests foods. Things that are heavier in carbohydrates will pack on as fat if you’re not able to use carbs up as energy.
After gauging what I eat now compared to what I ate two months ago, it’s no wonder why I grew stagnant in weight loss.
By forcing my body to use up more fat for energy instead of relying on carbs and glucose, I was able to drop quite a bit of weight over a short period of time.
But, eating is only part of the equation…
Physical Activity is Key to Losing Weight Fast
If you truly want to lose weight quickly, you’ve got to get up and move. I’ve been exceptionally active over the past few weeks, and plan on being even more so in this last week of keto.
One thing I am tired of seeing, though, are V Shred commercials about how you can dump cardio and take supplements. Not only have I lost 80 pounds from cardio, but I’ve kept it off – for the most part.
And none of this had to do anything with some magic weight loss pill. Instead, it’s all about keeping active and burning off what you eat.
Too many people are complacent living a sedentary lifestyle. Personally, I’d rather have the strength and stamina to live longer. So, physical activity means more to me than just weight loss.
It’s a way to keep myself alive for one more day.
The Diet Should Fit the Lifestyle
After going through all of the different foods, diet plans, and exercise routines, I’ve come to the conclusion that your diet should be aligned with your lifestyle.
If you plan on spending a ton of time sitting at your computer, then something like keto or a low-carb diet is greatly beneficial. This way, you don’t have to worry about trying to burn off the extra carbs by getting up and moving around.
Look at how bodybuilders eat. Some of those guys pack away enough food in one day to feed me for an entire week. But, they also perform grueling, strenuous activities to burn all of that junk and convert it to muscle mass.
I am convinced that if I would have done low-carb or even keto-ish snacking over the past year, I would still be close to my weight from 2020.
Again, it falls back onto physical activity. How much can you burn and what did you eat for that energy?
Physical activity is also why the Progresso Soup diet worked so well for me in the past. I was burning all of that up, and as it is water-based, it travels quicker through the body.
Perhaps I’ll go back to eating Progresso Soup once keto is over. In fact, I think that’s what I’ll do for the remaining two weeks before the photoshoot.
Eating in the Morning for Energy in the Afternoon
We already had an inkling that my morning eating routine is what was reducing my energy levels in the afternoon. With a week left of keto, we discovered that it’s an actual fact.
On days that I only have a protein shake and fig bar in the morning, I’m dragging ass by 1:30 – 2:00 pm. But, if I have a keto breakfast burrito or make myself a couple of eggs in addition to the shake, I am feeling pretty good and more alert in the afternoons.
I guess I am just one of those people who need to eat something solid to sustain myself. It’s actually quite common, which is why the saying exists, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
You don’t really put much stock into sayings like this until you discover it for yourself. In my case, it is 100% accurate.
How did I discover this fact about myself? Why, by using MyFitnessPal, of course. It’s still among my most used apps on my phone, and for good reason.
Why “Maybe” for A Week in Keto?
As the title of this post suggests, there is a question about whether I am done with keto after this last week. That’s because I made a deal with Sam that I’ll only get off the diet completely if I can get down to 220 pounds.
And even then, I plan on eating a lot of keto-friendly foods until I reach my goal weight. That’s because, at the end of the day, they’re really not all that bad.
Not only that, but I also promised Sam I would help keep her motivated to stick to keto. So, that means I’m not going to instantly fill my house with cupcakes, candy, and sugar-rich sweets.
I’ll have my bad day at the end, but then it’s back to production and weight-loss mode. No, I’m not instantly going for Taco Bell, either. Right now, what I really crave is a burger from Good Times.
Besides, I’ve come a long way since the beginning of this and don’t plan on screwing it all up right off the bat.
Dropping the Hammer!
I have one week left for the keto diet scheduled. I’m looking forward to having a few carbs again, but that also means I need to really ramp up my activity. This last week, I’m going to sweat my ass off both at the gym and in front of the Xbox.
Not to mention I have a ton of content coming for keto and exercise routines.
Needless to say, I’m ending the year stronger than ever.