Is anyone in the mood for summer?
After an entire year of lockdown misery, I know I am!
And not just summer, I am in the mood for life, for living, no more just existing!
Unfortunately, however, the people in charge have other plans.
Summer 2021 is, ostensibly, off the cards, as is our foreseeable future, for that matter.
Normally, I am prone to a spot of hyperbole and, oh, how I wish I were exaggerating about our current state of affairs!
Sadly, however, our wildest dreams would struggle to come up with the absurdity of the reality we are currently experiencing.
The feelings of powerlessness, of helplessness, can be overwhelming at times, as we struggle to navigate a world over which we appear to have little control.
(To see exactly how my personal world has been falling apart, check out my last blog post, How to Find Hope when All seems Lost!)
Now, I can’t exactly vouch for anyone else, but when my external world feels like it’s spiralling out of control, I begin to lose control of those aspects of my life that I should have complete authority over, like my weight. 😬
(For more evidence of this, read How to Prevent Lockdown Weight Gain.)
A couple of weeks ago, I read an article online that tried to claim that lots of people were managing to get on top of their weight issues while in lockdown.
My jaw almost hit the floor when I read that, because lockdown weight loss anecdotes seemed about as plausible as wild claims about not having packed on any pounds over the festive period.
Considering the fact that the gyms and shops have all been closed for much of the year, takeaway outlets have remained open and even the dreaded school run has been cancelled for months on end, if anyone of you reading this has actually managed to achieve your weight loss goals recently, I congratulate you!
I, on the other hand, have undone a whole lot of the good work I did to achieve my goal weight two years ago. 😭
(Read all about that success in 5 Real Ways To Reach Those Weight Loss Goals.)
At least, according to recent reports, Pete Doherty, the now 42-year-old rocker and ex-boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, might feel my pain.
Pete in 2007
Pete now 😱
A few weeks ago, I confirmed my worst fears (well, one of them! 😐), when I dared to step on the scales for the first time in, ooh, months…
I won’t go into all the gory details but, long story short, lockdown-life has not been at all kind to my waistline, so I have come to the conclusion that…
Oh, okay, maybe a bit more than that! 😬
Such was my situation that drastic measures would have to be taken…
And they were!
Somehow, my all-knowing phone had the urge to suggest to me that I try out a keto weight loss app to kick-start my fight back to fitness… 🤔
And, yes, in my emotionally weakened state, I took that bait.
Without thinking twice, I downloaded a keto, short for ketogenic, diet plan – this is not a sponsored endorsement, by the way – and for two whole weeks, I stuck rigidly to that plan.
Do I have any regrets about it?
Here are all of my reasons to go keto…
Let’s face it, the past year has been steeped in a whole lot of negativity.
Projections of doom and gloom, never-ending restrictions, goal posts that have been moved so many times that they are no longer in the same pitch…
I desperately needed a positive focus in my life and if that focus was no more than an achievable weight loss goal, then so be it!
(Apparently, keto is also a great immune system booster and in these times of unseen assaults on our immune systems, I couldn’t think of a more positive outcome for a diet plan. 1😊)
2. It’s easy
When it comes to diet plans, I do not want to be faffing about with complicated recipes and food items that I need to consult Google about.
This is where keto comes into its own.
Essentially, the keto diet plan dramatically cuts your daily intake of carbohydrates while upping your intake of protein and ”good fats”, like olive oil and avocados.
A typical day might look like: a scrambled egg and a slice of bacon for breakfast; black coffee and a couple of squares of dark chocolate as a mid-morning snack; smoked salmon with avocado, spinach and a drizzle of olive oil for lunch; and steak with broccoli for dinner.
Best of all, it’s back to basics with all processed foods (dark chocolate aside), and their hidden nasties, banished to the back of the cupboard for the foreseeable future.
Let the inner healing begin! 😃
3. It works
If we are to believe the hype, a keto diet plan will help people to shed those pesky pounds at least twice as fast as any other conventional weight loss regime.
Now for the science bit…
As the body is essentially starved of carbohydrates, it is forced to use (and burn off) fat as a source of energy, a process called ketosis which results in rapid weight loss.2
So, now, to answer the burning question…
Yes, I did manage to lose weight on the plan.
And, yes, a total of almost seven pounds over a two week period is a lot more than I ever lost on my previous WW diet plan over the same period.
I feel less bloated and more full of vitality than I have felt in months.
However, on the flip side, the lack of carbs caused a flare-up of my usual migraine headaches.
Taking this into account, I have since incorporated some more carbohydrates back into my diet, while, on the whole, sticking to a basic keto diet plan.
So far, I am well on my way to being in tip-top shape for summer, another one in our back garden it seems… 😐
At least, all going well, my weight will be one less thing to worry about!
Swings and roundabouts… 😬
As ever, I will keep you all posted!
Until next time, my dear readers,
💋 Mostly Mum
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