How I Lost 30 Pounds In 1 Year With Keto
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
My name is Brittany and I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist by day and food & fitness lover by night. I’ve struggled with weight and yo-yo dieting ever since my Epilepsy diagnosis/onset of seizure medication (main side effect was weight gain) in my late elementary school years. I tried everything from Weight Watchers, the Apple Cider Vinegar diet, fasting/juice & tea cleanses, paleo/whole 30. You name it, I tried it! Each time, I was successful for a few weeks or months… and then I caved. It felt too restrictive, and I lacked the energy and motivation to continue.
I stumbled across Keto/Low Carb in December of 2019 and thought it might be worthwhile to give it a try. I was sick of being tired, out of shape, and overweight. I wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin! It incorporated all of my favorite foods (meats, berries, cheese, dark chocolate) and was linked to seizure prevention/reduction… which was a plus for me (even though I have been seizure-free for many years)! I spent a few weeks prepping and doing my research (including a 2 week monitored/personalized meal plan to start me off), and officially began my journey on Jan. 12th, 2020.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I usually work out 3-4 times a week (in addition to walking & skating in the winter). However, during “COVID Lockdown” I’m working out 5 days a week (since I’m working mostly remotely). As gyms are closed right now, I’m using an online group exercise platform called “LesMills On Demand”. I make sure I switch up my classes between kickboxing, sports-inspired workout outs, resistance & strength training (Barre & Body Pump), and yoga!
I’m all for switching up my exercise to keep it different and exciting! I love Kangoo Jumps classes, summer runs, dance (I teach tap part-time on the side), group exercise, 9Round Gym, skating, going on hikes, and more. You don’t need to spend 2+ hours in the gym every day to reach your goals, I keep it to 30-45 minute exercise classes. My Apple Watch also helps to keep me accountable for my daily steps!
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I’ve recently gotten into intermittent fasting (16:8). I try to finish eating by 6 pm, and start eating around 11 am the next day. I try to stick to two meals (lunch, dinner) and healthy snacks. I follow a keto/low carb diet. I don’t track my macros anymore (although I did initially when I started), I go based on how my body feels.
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Some of my favorite meals include chaffles, tuna melts (on low carb bread), cobb & taco salads, chicken wings/casseroles, and lettuce wrapped fajitas. I take biotin + collagen, apple cider vinegar, Omega-3, vitamin D, and multi-vitamins daily. I occasionally use protein powders in my smoothies!
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I find seeing the changes in my body (mentally & physically) the most motivating! I track my weight on the scale, take measurements, and photos to track my progress which is also really motivating for me. The biggest piece that has helped me this past year is the Instagram community I have been a part of. I created a page specific to my food & fitness journey, and my 3600+ followers have helped inspire, motivate and hold me accountable!
Rely on and reach out to others that are going through similar journeys… We are here to help each other reach our goals! Another tip… the COUNTDOWN app! I note what I have coming up that I’m looking forward to (birthdays, trips, weddings, etc.) and it helps me stay on track knowing I have X many days left!
When did you start to notice progress?
Within the first few weeks, I started to notice changes inside and outside my body! I had more energy, fewer cravings/feelings of hunger that could keep my cardio going longer, and felt my overall confidence rising!
The biggest thing for me was when the season changed (summer rolled around) and my shorts and tees no longer fit – they were baggy and unflattering! I was able to size down from a size 12 to an 8 in bottoms… and XL/L to a medium in tops!
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Zero for fasting!
Carb Manager (I initially used to track my macros)
Runkeeper for tracking my runs!
Are there any other fitness products that you used frequently?
I live in a condo, so my fitness equipment is a bit limited. Regularly, I use my booty/thigh bands, resistance ropes, hand weights (3-10 pounds), step, boxing gloves, and yoga mats. I love my DRIPFIT products (thigh bands, topical sweat intensifier, sipfit electrolyte supplements) too!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
LOTS OF WATER! When I feel “hungry”, I always start with water (maybe a splash of Mio for taste), hot tea, or a special latte (sugar-free syrup and steamed cream)!
Have easy, ready-to-go healthy snack options easily accessible. For me, this might be fresh cut veggies (carrots, cucumber, celery, peppers), nuts (almonds, pecans, macadamia), berries, avocado, a small square of dark chocolate, or low carb popcorn (the French Cancan brand is my favorite).
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I purchased “Simply Keto” by Suzanne Ryan when I first started keto, and it was super helpful to start my journey. These days I stick to social media channels (Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook) to connect with fellow food & fitness lovers.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
You’ve made the first step in your journey by doing your research and having the mindset to want to make a change! This is often the hardest part. Making changes takes time, hard work, and perseverance and will not happen overnight. Listen to your body and make small changes that are realistic and manageable for you.
Drink more water (and less wine! haha), add an outdoor walk on your work break, and cut back on that late-night snacking. Reach out to others to support you on your journey! Take photos to look back on your progress. Eat the foods and drink the drinks you love (in moderation)! This is a lifestyle… not a diet or fad.
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