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Going Keto Conquering My Lifelong Battle

If there’s one thing I’ve had experience with for my whole life, it’s diets. I know, I know; if you haven’t seen me in a while, you’re probably thinking, “Diets? You ?” So, let me clarify. I’ve tried many different diet programs since I was young, but haven’t found one that worked for me — until now. At the time of writing, I’m into my 10th week of the ketogenic diet, more commonly known as “keto.” The name comes from the medical term “ketosis,” which is a metabolic state your body enters when it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it begins using fats for fuel instead. That’s the state the keto diet aims for: restricting carbs and requiring plenty of fats and proteins. feeling great. At the outset of the diet, I was pretty overweight, prediabetic, and on cholesterol and blood pressure medication. I had difficulty sleeping and was fatigued throughout the day. I knew that it was now or never for a lifestyle change, but I couldn’t help but feel that the odds were stacked against me. I joined Weight Watchers when I was just 13 years old. I was definitely not lacking in incentive — a girl in school, whose name rhymes with Paula Hart, used to call me Okay, chemistry lesson over. What matters is that I’m seeing results and, more importantly,

“Chubsticks.” Think poor Chunk from “The Goonies .” Believe it or not, she’d said it lovingly! That didn’t make it hurt any less, though. Barely a teenager and already having to learn to diet, I would battle my weight for the rest of my life. I’ve tried all the fads, from Atkins, to HCG, to Nutrisystem, and it was always the same story. I’d lose 10 pounds (with 25 more to go) in the first few weeks and have a honeymoon period of sorts. Then my weight loss would plateau just as the withdrawal symptoms reached a fever pitch. Inevitably, I would cave to the sweet siren’s song of ice cream and carbs. But well over two months into keto, I’m not just sticking with it; I’m enjoying it. Maybe it has something to do with my previous experience with dieting, but I was able to weather the infamous “keto flu” that comes after you first start denying your body carbs, and now I can’t picture myself stopping. I’ve already lost well over 30 pounds, and I enjoy living the keto lifestyle. But there’s been so much more to this change than just weight loss. I sleep better, exercise more, and avoid the midday crashes that used to be the bane of my existence. Even my sweet tooth has been diminished. Although Keto forbids me from eating ice cream, I just don’t crave it anymore. Needless

1 Berlin Law Firm • DefendingTulsa.com But being where I’m at now, feeling as good as I do, I’m glad I stuck with it all these years. If it weren’t for the trials and errors of my past diets, I may never have found keto or been able to stick with it. For what it’s worth, I’m glad I found it when I did. - Lee Berlin to say, my wife thinks I’ve been abducted by the Body Snatchers. I am not a pod person, though. The diet just works for me. I’m proud about these changes. I haven’t been this healthy since my Army days. Naturally, I’m prone to evangelizing the diet to all who will listen to me (thank you). But what I want to make clear is that this may not be the right diet for you. Everyone has different needs, different tastes, and different hurdles to overcome. For me, keto was a perfect fit for where I’m at right now. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all diet. My advice for those who think that dieting isn’t for them because of lapses in the past is to keep trying. If a diet is grueling and you’re miserable, quit and try another program. Believe me, I know how difficult it can be. There’s nothing more discouraging than falling off of a diet and into a three-day bender of pizza, pastries, and cake.

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