Let’s Talk Keto

My cousin and brother told me about the Keto diet and that I needed to get on it right away. That it worked and would be the one diet that would work for me. SO I began doing research and deciding if I wanted to give another diet a go. I mean did I really want to put myself through all of that again?

For those of you who don’t know already the Keto diet accoring to Wikipedia is:

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used mainly to treat hard-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.


I thought why not. One of biggest concerns with the keto diet is that it is a high fat diet so what would that do to my cholesterol and such. Would that much fat cause me more problems. The research I did said that some people found a rise in cholesterol levels but it wasn’t a problem for most people. What about my diabetes? It has taken me a long time to get it under control. Would changing things do anything?

I spent a month on the keto diet and never lost a single pound. I didn’t cheat or anything. I’m not sure what the deal was. My brother and cousin both lost weight. I got higher cholesterol and a new pill to take for it. It didn’t interfere with my diabetes much. Now before you ask I was strict about the sticking to the diet. I gave up sodas, endured the headaches and still didn’t see any results.

I look at all the suggestions as to why I wasn’t losing weight. One said maybe I was eating too many carbs. I checked that I wasn’t because as a diabetic I know that carbs aren’t super great for me. I have to watch them as much as I watch the sugar.

Another suggestion was I was eating too many calories. Again, it was something that I tracked and watched religiously. I wanted to succeed. After a month of no results I thought I would stop and then maybe do some research, regroup, and try again. I lost half a pant size the first week I was off keto.

For me keto just didn’t work. I went back to sticking with my diabetic diet, watching what I ate and was able to lose weight. Maybe if no one ever said diet when they were talking about it would have worked. That is the only thing I can figure it is. My doctor has checked for any underlying issues that weren’t diagnosed. There weren’t any.

My cholesterol has improved after a few months of meds and not eating so much high fat foods. I’m getting better at knowing when to stop eating and I always ask myself if I want an apple when I think I’m hungry. If the answer is yes then I’m truly hungry and not bored. I’m a bored eater for sure.




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  1. Ed wrote:

    I am still trying to wrap my head around everything keto.

    Posted 9.15.20 Reply
  2. Heather Kaufman wrote:

    Thanks for explaining it, I have been hearing lots about Keto lately.

    Posted 9.15.20 Reply
  3. Jeryl M. wrote:

    I was recently told I need to cut back on my carbs.

    Posted 9.15.20 Reply
  4. Amanda Whitley wrote:

    i see so many people rave about it but i still dont know if i could do it.

    Posted 9.15.20 Reply
  5. Teresa Moore wrote:

    I never have tried the keto diet. My family has a history of high cholestrol so that concerns me greatly. What is working for me is a good ratio of fats, proteins and carbs and cutting back on calories.

    Posted 9.19.20 Reply