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Keto & Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss: How I Lost over 35 pounds in 2020

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As always, I claim only to be an enthusiast and not an expert on the topics I write about. I encourage you to do your own due diligence and research while verifying with multiple sources. This post is what has worked for me and my results based on my research about what I think is best for my body.

How I Found Keto & Intermittent Fasting

2020 was a year of reflection on health for most people. I just so happened to start changing my dieting and eating habits thanks to a few different YouTube channels like FlavCity and Thomas Delaurer. These channels taught me about how to really read ingredient labels and what foods are minimally processed and how to avoid heavily processed ones. Thomas’s channel also is a great resource for combining Keto & Intermittent Fasting.

Scale & Tape Measure

Poor Eating Habits

Looking back as a result of losing over 35 lbs. and over two pants sizes over the last year has made me realize things about my past eating habits. I was addicted to sugars. I ate from boredom and not keeping myself occupied. I told people constantly I was tired because I ate processed foods and kept my blood sugar high. I was constantly snacking. I did not think about food as a medicine or fuel source but as entertainment.

Tracking My Weight & Fasting

My first recorded weight of 2020 was early February when had just started eating more whole and less processed foods that FlavCity and Thomas Delaurer recommended. I started fasting using the Zero fasting app and tracking my weight. The bulk of my weight loss came from more so diet and fasting rather than exercise. Especially later in 2020, my weight maintained, but my exercise dwindled as winter came to fruition, as I live in a colder state with snowfall.

 My progress was slow at first and it would roller coaster each day, but over the months I could tell it was going down significantly. The biggest surprise was that I didn’t feel chores were “chores” anymore. I started researching into increasing cognitive functions and creative skills. Things to keep my brain more alert and entertained. Also, it was nice to save a little bit of money through fasting.

Fasting & Finances, Finding a Community

I’ve noticed a few members in the Financial Independence community having great results with fasting. I didn’t find anyone who was combining Keto & Intermittent Fasting though. We share some similar sentiments and I’m a huge advocate of cutting out almost all heavily processed foods and seed oils. Not everyone I come across shares this value. However, many recommend eating more whole foods, and that I can agree with.

I was also fortunate enough to have a friend who was also following the Keto diet. He was researching the cognitive side of Keto, so I was able to incorporate the weight loss and cognitive functioning into my eating habits at the same time. I’m a strong believer in accountability when trying to reach goals, and although my specific goal was a broad change in body transformation and increasing cognitive function, accountability still helps me stay on track with my changing habits.

Vitamin D-eficient

My personal research and understanding found that Vitamin D deficiency not only increases during winter but also makes people more susceptible to the symptoms of Covid-19. Below is a list from of Vitamin D rich foods:

  • Salmon, Trout, Swordfish, Sturgeon, Whitefish, Mackerel, Tuna, Halibut, Herring
  • Fish oil, Cod Liver Oil
  • Mushrooms
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Pork
  • Eggs

I believe that my eating habits (and I took a Vitamin D supplement as well) have kept my cognitive function and creativity increasing through the winter (and will continue to do so in the future). I have since cycled on and off of Keto and Intermittent Fasting while maintaining my weight. Again I recommend finding what works for you and doing your own research.