In 2011, I sold a house, “right-sized” my life, and moved to a neighboring state. It was a nutty year that eventually involved TWO moves within 6 months, a stressful daily commute that kept me on a notoriously bad highway for at least two hours a day, and, to top it all off: menopause (yay!).
After reading all of that, would you believe me if I told you that this was a good move?? Well it was definitely difficult…but also definitely worth it for the many things that I gained…
Unfortunately, I also gained 80 extra pounds over that first year and the next. Ugh!
I have always lived what I thought was a healthy lifestyle: all things in moderation and get a little exercise each day, and though I had to be careful, my weight had always stayed in a healthy range. Now, suddenly, my usual maintenance strategies were no longer working for me. In an alarmingly short amount of time my body grew 4 sizes!
Over the last two years, I have tried strategy after strategy with only a little bit of progress here and there, until I discovered the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) and Ketogenic (Keto) diets. I’m starting with a liberal LCHF plan, with the aim at gradually reducing carbs over time until I achieve a Keto lifestyle. I have had enough success with this method already, that I want to share it with the world! There is hope!
A word of caution: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this LCHF / Ketogenic diet experiment has worked well for me so far, your mileage may vary. This diet needs to be balanced correctly, in order to avoid potential side effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any major health decisions with your doctor before getting started.