The Keto Diet Helped Me Lose 60 Lbs. And Break My Food Addiction

My name is Kelsey Baker (@keto_kels). I’m 26 years old from London, Ontario, and I am a mental health nurse. I decided to try keto in 2017 when I was at a low place in my life and have lost over 60 pounds in the process.

I used to deal with food addiction and binge eating. I was in denial for a very long time about the state of my health and how unhealthy I was both physically and mentally. Growing up, I was always heavily involved in sports. I was constantly active, but that drastically changed when I entered university.

I was really unhappy at school and turned to food for comfort. I developed quite a few unhealthy habits during this time, namely binge eating. I was in a vicious cycle of being unhappy with the direction of my life and turning to food to hide behind a veil of short-term comfort. As I gained weight, it just worsened my already poor self-esteem. I became increasingly self-conscious, so I continued to turn to food for immediate satisfaction. And the cycle went on.

Even at my highest weight of 220 pounds, I was still in a state of denial. I knew I was at an unhealthy weight, but it was never motivating enough to implement a lifestyle change. I would participate in unhealthy crash diets (the military diet, the lemon-cayenne water diet, laxatives, extreme caloric deficit, you name it). Of course, they weren’t sustainable. And I’d answer those failures with binging.

 

 

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Haaaaay #transformationtuesday ! This photo on the left really highlights where I carry a lot of my weight: the tummy! I also get a lot of questions about how to reduce tummy fat and here’s the god honest truth: ⁣ ⁣ ❗️You cannot spot target fat loss❗️⁣ ⁣ I know, I know, I’m sorry but I have to be a truther (Drake&Josh reference anyone??).⁣ ⁣ I get a ton of messages asking how I lost so much weight from my stomach or if I have a secret for tummy fat.⁣ ⁣ I don’t. ⁣ ⁣ Your body loses mass from areas where fat is in its highest concentration. For me, that was my stomach. Which is also why I saw the impact of switch to keto so quickly! You’ve heard it 1000x, every body is DIFFERENT. So just because you’re not seeing a change in your body like someone else is, it may just mean your makeup and fat concentration is different. I think this also highlights the importance of using other methods than the scale to measure success like taking photos and using a tape measure. ⁣ ⁣ Ps thank you for all the lovely messages! I’m still feeling the effects of this cold, but I’m keeping my fluids up and buckley’s liquid gels close by😂 Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

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At that point, I had been following a keto Instagram influencer for close to a year and was intrigued. So on one random day, I made the decision to just *try.*

I started following a ketogenic lifestyle on May 3, 2017. TBH, though, there wasn’t anything memorable about that day, or even an “aha” moment that switched my mindset. I remember specifically saying to myself, “Just try it for three days, then go out for sushi on Saturday.” Guess what? I ended up canceling my sushi plans.

I actually enjoyed the keto way of eating. It genuinely didn’t feel like a diet because I was consuming a lot of the same foods that I was already used to and loved. It truly just took making some small tweaks and food swaps to align my diet with a ketogenic way of eating.

 

 

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2016➡️2019 Happy Friday! And happy #facetofacefriday ! The photo on the left was taken on my 23rd birthday. It was while I was working out in BC for the summer at a camp. I had lost probably about 20lbs without really trying because it was such an active position, we were never not moving! My family came down to visit and even commented on my weight loss. I honestly hadn’t noticed but it definitely boosted my confidence that others had. Then, I saw this photo😂 It’s not a flattering angle, that’s for sure. Also, RIP boobs. After I came home from that summer, I immediately got a personal trainer because I was determined to get skinny. Not be healthy or be fit, literally my goal was to be thin. . . It really wasn’t until I had made the mental shift from “get skinny” to “get healthy” that I truly stuck to eating well and exercising regularly. It’s still a struggle, don’t get me wrong. I have noticed that with this trip to Costa Rica coming up, my mind drifts towards the ‘get skinny’ mentality more often, and it was to the point of causing stress. I’m making the effort to focus on feeling good and feeling healthy, because that’s ultimately the most important✨ Hope you all are enjoying your Friday! (Also what a cute lil babe!!!🤱🏻)

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Here’s what I typically eat in a day now.

  • Breakfast: Two whole eggs, two pieces of bacon, and coffee with cream
  • Lunch: Cobb salad with hard-boiled egg, avocado, bacon, and ranch dressing
  • Snacks: Turkey pepperettes and cheese or veggies and dip
  • Dinner: Chicken breast with broccoli sautéed in butter
  • Dessert: Frozen raspberries

 

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I saw so many positive changes when I switched to a keto lifestyle.

I typically call it a ketogenic lifestyle because it truly doesn’t feel like a diet anymore. It’s not something I view as short term at all. My body responds best when using fat for energy. My energy levels drastically increased. I used to take a nap every single day because I was so fatigued all the time. I was constantly fighting against my poor health, as well as the mental war going on inside my mind.

I also started to exercise. The keto diet opened my eyes to new passions, such as Olympic lifting. When I first started keto, I lost 60 pounds in seven months with diet alone. In January 2018, I shifted my focus from weight loss to fat loss/muscle gain, and I’ve decreased my body fat percentage by 15 percent in two years.

 

 

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This is WHY👏🏼WE👏🏼LIFT👏🏼WEIGHTS. . . There’s approximately 20lbs between these two photos. That’s it! It’s crazy how much 20lbs can make a difference, especially when muscle mass is increased. I, like many women, thought that the only way to get effective results in the gym was to do strictly cardio. And you know what? I don’t love cardio. Which made it really hard to stick to. . . People ask me all the time for workout plans or what to do in the gym, and I’m more than happy to share. BUT if you don’t enjoy the exercise you’re participating in, are you going to continue going consistently? Probably not. One thing I’m the most proud of is genuinely developing a love for the gym, specifically weightlifting. I never thought I’d be the person that others would turn to as the ‘fit friend.’ I never thought I’d be capable of challenging my body in ways like deadlifting over 200lbs and jumping a 30inch box jump with ease, OR genuinely enjoying the feeling after. . . I’ve found a passion in lifting heavy, sports, and functional cardio. Do I sometimes struggle to get to the gym? Hell ya. But I’ve turned into one of those annoying people that say it eventually turns into a habit, and I feel 100000x better overall because of that habit. How has your exercise game transformed??

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When it comes to weight loss, this is my biggest piece of advice: don’t over-complicate things.

There’s a ton of conflicting information out there. To simplify the process of starting out on keto specifically, I stuck to the keto food pyramid at first to guide me. It took a lot of the guess work out of what to eat. (Need keto grocery shopping advice? Check out this WH keto foods custom.)

I also made sure to keep my goals small and attainable, and I think that has helped me stay on track. My first goal, as I mentioned, was completing just three days of keto. Then I would set a short-term goal of tracking all my food for a given period. You’ll stay motivated, and it helps keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

 

 

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2016⏩2019 It’s Friday! AND I don’t work😍 which means big smiles😁😁 Change doesn’t happen unless you’re willing to sit and work through the uncomfortable. That’s where I am right now, I have been comfortable way too long and I’m not used to this feeling of being unsure. I am at the point where I really want to push my boundaries and revel in that feeling of accomplishment. I think that’s where a lot of people give up on their journey. They make a commitment to a different lifestyle, which comes with a really wide variety of feelings. But, what I at least struggled with in the past is being met with feeling uncomfortable in trusting the process of adopting a new lifestyle over the instant gratification I know and am comfortable with. So, here’s to the challenge of being uncomfortable and facing it head on☺️ happy #facetofacefriday lovelies!💕

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I also recommend that everyone experiment with exercise until they find something they genuinely enjoy. If you don’t like weight lifting, more than likely, you won’t be consistent with it. There are so many ways to get active.

Weight loss is also not a race. Get rid of the expectation that if you’re not seeing results as fast as the next person, you’re failing. Everyone is different, and the goal is to strive for progress, not perfection. My mindset was always “get skinny and be thin.” It was only once I switched my mindset from “get skinny” to “be healthy” that I started seeing (lasting) results.

 

 

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Hey there friends! Happy #transformationtuesday ! We love a good #beforeandafter 😁 I have been following a ketogenic lifestyle for over 2 years now🤯 Over 24 months of dedication. What would have happened if I had listened to those that told me “keto isn’t healthy” or “cutting out carbs isn’t sustainable” or “all that fat will kill you”? I’m sure I’m not the only one that was met with negativity or unfounded opinions. To those that are embarking on any kind of weight loss journey: LET YOUR RESULTS DO THE TALKING. As difficult as it is, allow those individuals to have their opinions and continue on doing WHAT👏🏼WORKS👏🏼FOR👏🏼YOU. I promise (and I cannot stress this enough) their opinions will change very quickly when they recognize your success. And then the best part? Their opinions magically matter less because you’re out here living your best, successful life💃🏻 To those that have individuals in their life that are sharing these intimate details, be supportive. They are sharing these plans with you because they trust you, and down the road, you’ll like yourself better being supportive. When I first started keto, I didn’t tell anyone until about a month in. The first person I told? Shot me down and told me I’m going to have a heart attack. Since then they’ve adopted keto themselves, and I am more than thrilled and proud of the progress they’ve made. Hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday, meeting your goals, and slaying the day🤗

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The weight loss aside, I am a much more active participant in my life in general.

I was in an incredibly low place for such a long time. I battled with anxiety and depression for years. I still do, but it’s not debilitating anymore, and I consistently implement healthy coping mechanisms to help combat those internal struggles.

I never realized how much I held myself back in the past. It’s truly shocking how impactful poor self-image is. On the other hand, it is amazing how much positive energy you draw in when you exude it. Genuine confidence and self-acceptance have the ability to influence every aspect of your life. I’ve truly never felt more empowered.

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