One such advocate is American woman, Katie Boyd, who recently shared her story with womenshealthmag.com.
Katie switched to the fad diet as a solution to what she describes as a “perfect storm” of unhealthy habits.
She worked long hours, was constantly tired and turned to takeaway food because it was an easier option. “French fries sound way better than a salad when you’re tired and overwhelmed from working a 16-hour day,” she told the publication.
Interestingly, she points out she was also vegan at the time “which was not helping me—all I ate was carbs, which made me feel constantly hungry, tired, and grouchy.”
Her first step to better eating choices came by way of adding fish. She says for six months she followed a pescatarian diet to slowly help her body transition out of veganism. “I [then] eased into paleo—adding chicken or beef to my diet, and taking away most of the carbs. After six more months of that, I began to feel better and more focused—but I’d only lost a few [kilos].”
Enter: the keto diet (the of-the-moment diet that is all about eating low carbs and high fats as a way to put the body into a state known as ‘ketosis’ which enhances fat burning.)
Katie’s day on a plate soon turned to involve coffee with grass-fed and organic butter for breakfast, “a huge salad with arugula, romaine lettuce, and mixed greens with goat cheese, caramelised onions, organic grilled lemon and rosemary chicken, pecans and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing” for lunch, and roasted salmon with asparagus for dinner.
“It was tough at first (I had to cut out my beloved starchy carbs, along with any sweets),” says Kaite. “But eventually I got the swing of things and actually started to enjoy it. I lost about 15kgs in the first six months.”
Once she started dropping weight, she felt comfortable enough to exercise again and now goes to the gym three times a week doing a mixture of cardio and light weights, this has led to an overall weight loss of 27kgs.
“But it’s not just about the weight loss—doing keto and making a commitment to exercise helped me start putting myself first, which ultimately made me a healthier, happier person overall.”
If it works for you and makes you feel good – that’s all that matters.
For those thinking of undertaking a new eating plan, be sure to speak to your healthcare professional first.
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