My daughter Melissa has introduced me to the Keto diet philosophy, so I am listening to the book she recommended, “Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It” by Gary Taubes on Audible. Taubes presents exhaustive research and sites study after study to back up his claims. I find this to be very helpful in convincing me that this diet could work for anyone.
Taubes gets into the nitty gritty of how insulin making us gain weight in chapter 11, and explains things very thoroughly!
The Keto diet reminds me of the Suzanne Sommers diet I tried years ago, which blew my mind because I could eat so much wonderful food and still lose weight. One night I remember going out to dinner and I had a gorgeous large trout dripping with seasonings and butter, along with a double serving of roasted asparagus, buttered and seasoned to perfection. I did not have the rolls, the salad or the salad dressing because there were carbohydrates and sugar there and I didn’t want to draw insulin into my blood which would simply take all that fat and store it in my cells. Instead I ate the meat, veggies, and fats and lost a pound by the next morning.
The Keto diet is all about keeping the insulin in your blood low to keep your fat cells from storing fat so your body can release it instead to be used as fuel. Low carbohydrate diets are not new, and Taubes cites quotes from ancient times where it was well known that carbohydrates and sugars, which trigger the insulin spike, were the main culprits in the struggle against obesity.
I have a renewed interest in this type of diet since my daughters are excited about trying it and we are all three working the diet together, supporting each other with texts throughout the day, phone calls sometimes, showing what we each are eating (knowing I am going to have to show my meal to my diet partners makes a big difference in whether I stick to my goals or not)!
Melissa’s husband is trying the Keto diet too. He has lost an amazing 9 pounds in two weeks without having to go hungry!
When we reach a milestone, we are going to celebrate with something special. And at our family reunion this summer, we are going to have an awards ceremony for each of us and give prizes for our accomplishments in our weight loss goals! We are having fun fantasizing about the flower wreaths we will crown each other with and just being recognized for our determination and accomplishment!
We are publicizing this awards ceremony to the family facebook page to invite others to join with us, share information and support, in this health crusade!