After my terrible experience with the keto diet, I’m counting macros to lose weight and fix my relationship with food

  • When I first tried keto, I quickly lost 130 pounds, but found that the diet wasn’t sustainable for me.

  • Now I count macros to lose weight and rebuild my relationship with different types of food.

  • I want to eat meals that make me feel good about myself without attaching morality to certain foods.

Lots of people are singing the praises of the keto diet, and I was one of them. I lost 130 pounds over 14 months while still being able to stuff my face with bacon. Although the diet was restrictive, it seemed sustainable – until it wasn’t.

I stop following the keto diet because I finally found that it did not suit me. For example, following it raised my cholesterol levels and gave me food fatigue. I have also gained a lot of weight since I stopped doing keto.

Instead I am now count macros — by adding up the total number of grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats I consume per meal. By counting macros, I focus on getting enough protein to maintain muscle mass while eating in a calorie deficit.

I’ve been following this method for a few months, and I already feel happier and less obsessed with my diet.

I’m trying to develop a really healthy relationship with food

I focus on meals that make me feel good.Jennifer again

Although keto has helped me lose weight fast, I’m one of those people who did not find the diet helpful in all directions.

Keto did me no favors when it came to healing my relationship with food and it furthered my eating disorders by attributing a certain level of morality to what I ate.

If I went out to dinner with my partner and ate a few fries, I had an overwhelming sense of guilt and felt that I had “failed” somehow.

This time around, I’m trying to find real middle ground and learn the meaning of moderation, which is easier said than done.

I focus on how food makes me feel rather than how I look

I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to lose the weight I regained after quitting keto, but that’s not my main goal this time around.

As I begin my journey with macros, I have an amazing level of fitness under my belt, which is very different from when I started my keto experience. I also approach food as a way to feel stronger and give me more stamina for workouts.

It’s a real change of mind, and I’m more attracted to foods that make me feel good than to things i feel i need to eat because they correspond to a certain diet.

I eat fewer processed and “keto-friendly” treats

Full plate of squash, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, stuffing, turkey, leafy greens and a bun

I try to give up attaching morality to the food on my plate.Jennifer again

Not everyone on keto falls into this trapbut some of us end up eating a lot of processed foods to make up for what our diets are lacking.

For example, when I was on keto, I ate sausages, bacon, and other processed meats daily. It destroyed my cholesterol level. Since I couldn’t enjoy regular ice cream or cookies, I also stocked up on protein bars or other keto-friendly treat versions which were generally high in calories and fat, but not very nutritious.

Now that I’m counting macros, I make lean protein my priority and fill my plate with plant-based foods like sweet potatoes, beans, leafy greens, and squash. If I want a cookie, I eat a real one. I still occasionally eat sausage and bacon.

I learn to practice patience

When I went on the keto diet, I felt great about losing weight fast, but I also discovered how unbearable it was after picking it up.

My method of counting macros will probably mean that it will take me a lot longer to shed a few pounds. But this time I don’t want to lose so much and I want to do it right.

Above all, I view macro counting as a lifestyle change, not a diet with an end date and end goal.

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