I started gaining wait two years after college. My eating habits had not changed nor had I stopped working out. 100lbs slowly crept up over two years and my doctor sat me down to tell me he thought there might be an underlying medical condition. There was: PCOS and an under productive thyroid.
NAME : Alaynah
BEFORE WEIGHT : 235
AFTER WEIGHT : 180
POUNDS LOST : 55
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I’ve always been pretty athletic and confident in who I am as a person, but packing on so much weight quickly really put a strain on my relationship and social events. I felt like people would judge me when I bought certain outfits or food. I didn’t want to celebrate any event or eat anything unhealthy in public for fear of being judged (even though I rarely ate sweets).
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? After numerous tests and a positive PCOS and thyroid diagnosis, we started a medication to help my thyroid. My doctor was very frank in explaining that the medicine “was not a weight loss drug, but a medicine that would allow my body to lose weight with the proper diet and exercise.”-something it had not allowed me to do previously.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? My doctor recommended a low carb diet for me to try; initially suggesting Atkins. After researching what exactly I needed to do, I kept seeing articles that led me back to the Ketogenic diet. I’m a very realistic person and the fact that they had the Mayo clinics backing is what prompted me to switch.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? The weight came off pretty quickly dropping 16lbs my first month. After month three, I noticed the biggest change in my face shape and my arms.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? My biggest challenge was PCOS. It can sometimes stall you-although Keto helps with the symptoms so much!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? BEFORE AND AFTERS! I would search pinterest and instagram every night just to see that other people were successful. It was my biggest motivator-if someone else could do it, so could I!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? I hit a few plateaus (thank you again, PCOS). It was challenging to stay positive but I had told family and friends about my diet so they would encourage me when I felt like giving up or questioned the diet I was on.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? I lost 60 lbs within 7 months. I still have another 40 to go, but I’m feeling so much better with that weight off.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? My non scale victories definitely were being able to fit into my clothes from college again. I didn’t even have to buy a new wardrobe.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I’m am 100% an emotional eater. For the most part, I considered what I hate fairly healthy; a bagel for breakfast, a salad for lunch and chicken with veggies and brown rice for dinner. Although I typically ate well, any stressful event would send me straight to the chip and cookie aisle.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? I’ve tried every work out there is. Nothing beats light cardio and weight training!
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Use a keto calculator to find your macros. Get a general idea of what your protein and fat should be.
- Stay hydrated. It’s good for your overall health and your kidneys during keto. I made a silly goal-clear pee by the end of the day or I hadn’t drank enough!
- Pick three meals that are easy for when you first start. It’s easy to get caught up in keto cheats; biscuits, cookies and cake-but keep it simple. That’s what’s best and easiest so you’re not overwhelmed.
- Ditch the scale – seriously. Take measurements to keep accountable. My scale wouldn’t budge but my pants would be falling off of me. It keeps you from being discouraged.
- Tell your friends what you’re doing so they can help support you. It was easier for my friends to know what I was doing so they wouldn’t recommend pizza places on our girls night out!