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9 Things I Wish I’d Know Before I Started

Now that I’m starting my twelfth week of keto, my weight loss is more obvious. I’m starting to get lots of questions about keto and how to get started so I thought I’d compile a list of recommendations with the appropriate links.

Let’s start with the basics. The “keto diet” was originally developed to treat epilepsy in children. However, it has become a popular way for adults to lose excess weight, gain mental clarity, develop more energy, and cure certain diseases, especially those related to high insulin and inflammation.

People who are in a state of ketosis burn fat (ketones) rather than sugar (glucose). Many people confuse keto with various high protein diets. It’s not. Keto is a low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet. However, I don’t like to refer to it as a diet. For me, it’s a lifestyle — a way of eating that I intend to practice for the rest of my life. …

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For the past five years, I’ve had a goal of losing twenty pounds. Each year, I would include it on my annual goal list, determined I would figure it out and finally achieve it. This was particularly frustrating since I am supposed to be a goal achievement expert.

I tried a variety of strategies. For the first couple of years, I focused on strength training. Bigger muscles burn more fat, right?

However, after three years of working out three times a week with a trainer, not to mention, two to three days of cardio a week, I couldn’t seem to move the needle. My weight stubbornly stayed at the same level.

Then I decided to focus more on nutrition. Several people told me, “The battle for weight loss is won or lost in the kitchen” Of course. That makes total sense. …

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