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I'm Starting Keto

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Heath Blandford
Heath Blandford

Well, as the title suggests, I'm starting the Keto diet. It's not so much about my health as it is how I feel.

Let's talk about it.

Why?

Well, there are always a ton of reasons to lose weight. But here are mine:

  • I want others to find me more attractive
  • I'm tired of sweating all the time when I'm outside, even in the winter
  • I'm tired of dressing like a fat guy (you know, athletic shorts and t-shirts, or really large Carhartt shirts)
  • I'm tired of having to make fat jokes for myself
  • I want to just generally feel better.

Now, some of those reasons may seem a little selfish, and honestly, they should be. Reasons to change a person's body should be 100% self-centered.

I suppose there are also a lot of long-term benefits, or whatever. Honestly, though, I've realized that I tie a lot of my self-confidence to how I look. With low self-confidence, a lot of things become harder for me.

How?

It is, of course, much easier to say how you will do something than actually doing it. I am no different; it's much easier for me to say how I will do something than actually following through and doing what I say I will do.

So, here's how I plan on losing weight: Keto and Intermittent Fasting

I'm also going to talk about what tools I'll be using to keep track of everything.

What is Keto?

I'm sure you already know, but for my own sake of internalizing this stuff, I'm going to write stuff how here.

Keto is a diet is one that limits carbs. It's basically the Atkins Diet but for the 2010s.

On Keto, you limit your carb intake to a max of 50 grams a day. Which, if you didn't know, is literally nothing. For example, a cup of cooked rice has about 40g of carbs.

Here are some things you can eat on Keto:

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • fresh herbs (mint, parsley, basil, cilantro)
  • fennel
  • zucchini
  • chicken
  • turkey
  • berries (but only a little)

Things you can not eat on Keto:

  • Bread
  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • low-fat dairy products
  • peanut butter, which is baffling to me.

So, now that I've got a good idea of the types of things I can eat, let's talk about the other part of this equation: Intermittent Fasting.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting is, as the name suggests, fasting for a certain amount of time and then having a "window" of time to eat, sometimes called the "Feeding Window" (I hate that term, it makes me feel like a farm animal).

There are a ton of different fasting schedules, but the one I will primarily be working with is the 18:6 schedule. That means I'll be fasting for 18 hours a day, and then will have a window of 6 hours to get my calories for the day.

How will I track this all?

Two parts of this equation: Keto & Intermittent Fasting. How will I track everything?

Zero and Lose It!.

Zero is a fasting tracker with Apple Watch support, and Lose It is a calorie tracker that allows you to track macros and import your own recipes (I like to cook, so this is critical).

There's also this great tool called eat this much that allows you to put in how many calories you'd like to eat, the diet you'd like to follow, and how many meals you'd like to eat and it generates a daily meal plan for you.

So, using these 3 tools, I should be able to plan what I will eat for the day/week. I'm very lucky to live right next to one of the top open markets in the country, so I will probably grocery shop often that way I'm eating very fresh and local ingredients.

What's next?

Well, what's next is that I actually commit to doing this thing. I plan on reviewing this piece, as well as my notes on my "why" for doing this, daily to help myself stay on track.

I'm ordering a scale right now so that I will be able to track my weight as I lose it.

I will also be keeping track of my recipes here as I develop them and come up with them.

Here's to a better me. Keep cooking.