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Losing Weight at 55--The Keto Way

David Barber

Posted on July 9, 2019 12:08

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Trading in cake and ice cream for bulletproof coffee, eggs, and bacon has helped me drop over 20 pounds--so far.

Thousands of people are constantly trying to lose weight, opting for popular diet fads such as Atkins, The South Beach Diet, and Paleo. Personally, I have never actively dieted for any substantial length of time, even though I've tried, perhaps less-than-earnestly, for years.

But after breaking the 250lb weight mark, having been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and beginning to feel certain worrisome pains in my chest, I decided that enough was enough.

Likewise, my wife has always struggled with her weight--losing and gaining, gaining and losing--for most of the 21 years we've been together. In fact, she recently considered having a sleeve gastrectomy and even had an appointment with the doctor. This was another big shock to me. Our unhealthy lifestyle had gotten so out of hand that she was thinking about undergoing a surgery that has so many possible risks, including blood clots and hair loss.

Since both the pre and post surgery procedures would require her to have a massively restricted diet anyway, I thought: what the hell, let's just do it the right way, together. It's not easy, but it's less difficult when you have someone to support you through the new and often complicated process of figuring out what works and what doesn't for your bodies.

After a fair bit of research, we both decided to try the Ketogenic Diet, which consists of healthy fats, less carbs than one would normally eat, and a moderate protein intake. We watched, and still continue to watch, countless YouTube videos on the subject, our favorite inspirations being Dr. Berg and "The Butter Man."

The first two weeks were difficult, to say the least. But when we saw almost a pound per day drop from the scales, we were reassured. It's almost become an obsession, watching our weight decrease over the last six weeks. 

The weekends are probably the toughest times to maintain our diet. We have to avoid pulling into DQ, McDonalds, KFC, and our other favorite fast food restaurants for that ever-so-easy instant gratification. However, having each other to keep away from the ultra-processed junk food that we used to consume multiple times per day has made all the difference. I believe that we will continue succeeding together.

Our 21 year old daughter also helps us stay on track now that she sees we're finally serious about the diet. In fact, she has started the keto diet as well to support us.

We've traded in cake and ice cream for bulletproof coffee, eggs, and bacon. 

I guess our biggest sin is no longer drinking sweet tea, a staple here in the South. Wish us luck as we try to change our lifestyle and enjoy more than just the food in our lives.

David Barber

Posted on July 9, 2019 12:08

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A new study suggests that high-fat, low-carb diets like the Keto Diet can lead to weight gain, not weight loss.

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