Low Carb Lifestyle
& How I Stay On Track
Hi guys! It's been a minute since I did an update on my overall health so let's get straight into it. As of today, it's officially been 8 weeks since I've really been on Keto and so far I'm down 10 lb., mainly fat and some muscle loss which at the moment, I'm completely fine with. I've found focusing and achieving smaller goals one-at-a-time has been an uncomplicated approach versus attempting multiple goals at once.
Basically, my first goal was to cut out the worst of the carbs from my diet; including bread, pasta, rice, pastries, and so forth. Next was to minimize my alcohol consumption. Not entirely, but by not going out to bars/clubs and not purchasing alcohol from the grocery stores. I haven't entirely cut it from my diet because let's be real, I work full-time and now in school. There are days I want to have a glass of wine or a beer to unwind, so I don't deprive myself of it.
The trick is and always will be moderation.
To be completely honest, I now get buzzed off of 1.5 glass - cheap date much?! Lol. Anyways, next goal was to only eat the food that I cook for Monday-Friday. This includes coffee... and guys, I have a Starbucks at my work. To say no is like pulling teeth! I mean, I won't front, I do cave and get a few throughout the week if needed but I make sure to bring k-cups and sugar-free creamer to deter me - as best as possible. On the weekends I allow one day to eat a cheat meal or two BUT I don't allow myself to eat like crap the entire day.
A misconception about Keto/Low Carb is that you can eat as much as you want whenever you want and that is simply not true. In order to lose fat you still need to be at a caloric deficit. If you're binging and not burning off more than you consume, you can't expect to see results. Which brings up my workout schedule; I aim to workout Tuesday-Thursday then Saturday-Sunday, which gives me Friday & Monday to rest. Personally, this schedule works best for me because I'm usually exhausted on Mondays and focus on homework/studying. On Fridays it's the day my body/mind is like, "Yes, the weekend is here. Time to relax!", so I do just that.
Since I'm a "veteran" at working full-time, going to school, and trying to juggle it all (through multiple years of trial and error), my best advice is to listen to your body and control of your mind. If you need to rest, do that but don't over rest. If you need to eat, do that but don't overeat. Moderation (yet again), it will save you from yourself. To stay consistent, I've found creating "mini" goals, example being: burning x amount of calories during my workout - and holding myself accountable to that has helped tremendously.
So what's my next goal? I'd like to lose at least 5 more lbs. and really start to tone up. This next cycle I'm going to lower my carb intake and up my fat intake. I noticed recently that I've been eating a lot of protein but not enough fat throughout the day, which is crucial if I want to stay in ketosis to truly reap the benefits of Keto.
If you have any questions for me or would like to share pointers on staying on track, let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,