One of the major questions I get is: How did you start your low carb diet?
*Consult a medical professional. I am not a physician nor a dietitian, and I would recommend checking with your primary care doctor before making any lifestyle change.*
- The first thing I did was dropped the carb filled foods. Things like bread, sugar, wheat, flour, glutens.
- I calculated my “keto/low carb macros” with the help of this calculator. I always kept my carbs at under 20 carbs.
- I started tracking my carb intake with My Fitness Pal. I read blogs, joined various Facebook groups to learn more about low carb diets and weight loss.
- Once I signed up with My Fitness Pal I customized my plan to only track my carb intake, protein and fat intake.
- I started to exercise. At that time I was 290 lbs, out of shape and could barely walk without knee pain. I started walking on the treadmill, once I felt I was used to that I started using the elliptical.
- Once I was comfortable I started lifting weights. The gym can make an overweight person very uncomfortable which I totally felt. I felt as though everyone was staring at the “fat girl” trying to lift weights. Once I got into my groove I just kept lifting.
- I would highly recommend keeping things simple. prepping simple low carb foods made it easier for me to “mess up” or go over my carb limits.
- I also recommend making extra food for left overs for quick breakfast, lunches, and dinners.
- If your going out to eat with family or friends preview the menu first and make sure they have something that you can eat- if not, eat before you go. If your friends and family are aware of your new “lifestyle” are more eager to help you, and will ask you where you can eat at.
- Measure yourself. If you don’t see the scale moving you could be loosing inches and not realize it. If you are still at a “stalling point” check your daily log and see if there is something that your eating that could stall you (too much cheese, nuts, too much fat etc).
- Set mini goals for yourself, and once you reach them reward yourself– not with carb filled food but doing something fun, or buying yourself something.
- Don’t give up, and keep trucking and you will reach your goals.