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Low Carb High Fat: My Journey with Food

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I first want to say that I made this site to try to help and motivate people that are in the same situation as I was. Confidence almost hitting ground none – not able and not wanting to live the life of being overweight.

I’ve made a group on Facebook where all low carb high fat dieters’ can talk and get together for support, so if you’d like to join you can! Even if you haven’t started a low carb high fat diet yet, don’t hesitate to join us – we try to help everyone and answer everyone’s questions! Join The Ketogenic Living Group on Facebook

Now, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my past. I’ve been struggling with my weight for the past 12 years, ever since I was progressing into my teenage years. At that point in my life, I never really thought about weight or my body, so I just ate what I wanted to and didn’t care for the consequences. Nobody says anything to you when you’re young; people find it cute that you’re a chubby kid – so I never saw it as a negative thing.

I continued to eat as I pleased, and grew in size. Fast forward to my high school years, I was a pretty hefty guy. I made the horrible decision to grow my hair out and TO THIS DAY I still wonder why the hell I did that! I thought it looked good, but I guess hindsight really is 20/20.

Picture high school

Why did I do that to myself, I still wonder.

A few years back, when I was in college, I decided to start a low carb high fat diet to get into better shape. At first, I was seeing weight coming off slowly, and I started to love it. I was starting to gain more confidence and was really proud of myself for taking the initiative to finally lose weight. As I made more friends, partying became more frequent. My outlook on partying was fine and dandy, because I was just drinking hard liquor – no carbs, right?

I started drinking a lot more than I should, never letting the consequences really sink in. The drinking started taking a turn for the worst – to the point where I was drinking all day every day. All I wanted was to get drunk, so I started skipping meals to get the most out of each drop of liquor.

I was extremely lucky that I never had a problem with my health. I never really read into a low carb high fat diet, so I didn’t know that being in ketosis and being an alcoholic is extremely dangerous due to ketoacidosis.

As my daily intake was about 1400 calories from alcohol and 200 calories from food, I unhealthily dropped from 225lbs. to 130lbs. I was pretty much a skeleton, I was getting those looks from people where they wonder if you’re sick or not. I had dark circles under my eyes, my face was gaunt, and people were starting to worry.

140 pounds

I am about 145 pounds in this picture, so imagine 15 pounds less than that.

Turns out I wasn’t doing very well in school since I thought skipping class to get drunk was a good idea, believe me it wasn’t. I had to drop out of school from having a low GPA, and that’s when I decided it was time for a change.

I moved back in with my parents to try to get away from everything around me. This was a shock to me, I didn’t know anyone in this area and I was staying inside my house – not really making an effort to do anything active with my life. I rocketed back up to 225lbs. within 5 months. I was constantly eating and making midnight meals for myself before bed.

225 pounds

One of the heaviest points I have been at, sitting at 225 lbs – right as I started low carb high fat.

It wasn’t a good time for me. Once being confident from the weight I lost, to slowly not being able to look myself in the mirror. My self-image was sinking fast, and it was affecting me in my everyday life. Just going to the store and not being able to give eye contact to the cashier, being embarrassed about how I looked, it was crushing me on the inside.

One day, I had a great opportunity land straight in my lap. It was to work on a cruise ship, and decided to jump at that opportunity. I thought of it as a new start, something fresh. One month before I left, I decided that it was time to get myself in better shape.

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Cuisinart CSB-75 Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender
Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Coconut Oil
Sunbeam 76893.05 Kitchen Bake 5-Piece Bakeware Set
I started eating low carb high fat, learning more about it each and every day. I calculated my macros and made sure I stayed on point, learning about what was happening to my body became a new passion for me.

The life on the ship turned out to be fantastic! I worked in the gift shop and luckily when the ship was in port, I would be able to get off and enjoy the cities! Now, I’ve been to most parts of the Mediterranean and have met tons of people that I grew close to in the 5 months that I was there.

Parrot dubrovnik

My new parrot friend from Croatia.

It was a challenge to eat low carb on a cruise ship, as I’m sure you know how the food is there – but I was determined. As I lost my weight, my confidence grew, and I started opening up a lot more than I used to. I was able to make friends, approach people, and genuinely be more social than I was for a year before the experience.

Starting to get there

The difference that a low carb high fat diet makes is astounding.

When I got back home, everyone had noticed a huge change in me, but it wasn’t enough. I started on a workout regimen and figured it was time to look my best. So here I am today – working my way to what I never was, and it really is all thanks to a low carb high fat diet. It’s amazing what weight loss can do to you, both mentally and physically, and all it takes is a little bit of determination.

Low Carb High Fat Progress

Here’s a side view of the progress I’ve made on a low carb high fat diet in 6 months.

Here's a front view of the progress I've made over the last 6 months on a low carb high fat diet.

Here’s a front view of the progress I’ve made over the last 6 months on a low carb high fat diet.

 

Am I finished? Of course not. I have started weight training now and want to get to about 180lbs with around 12-14% body fat. I still have a long way to go, but the idea of being able to share my story and hopefully inspire and motivate one person really means a lot.

If you’re interested in a low carb high fat diet, I made a great guide for people that are starting out: The Ketogenic Diet.


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  1. Tati

    I relate to all of what you’ve been thru… I lost 30 pounds last year doing Atkins and exercising. I started eating my emotions and gained 50 pounds this year. I feel awful, depressed and ugly. Thanks for motivating me! I’m looking forward to reading ur plan. :)

  2. Yuka

    Thanks for sharing……Like Tati I been eating my emotions too….I been in keto for two weeks; did the fat fast to accelerate my weight lost, but I haven’t lost a pound :( I am going to try for two more weeks ..will see….thank you again for motivating so many people out there…..looking forward to read your plan too see if that will help me figure out if i am maybe doing something wrong.
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  3. Armando

    Excellent blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web
    site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  4. Gina

    I see that you’re weight training, good for you. I just started 1 month ago myself.
    How has the LCHF diet been treating you with building lean mass and recovery?

    I’m curious because I’m constantly being told you need carbs to recover and/or build muscle. But, then I read sites such as Ketogains (a keto application to the Leangains protocol) and they debunk the persisting myth of carbohydrates and/or carb cycling necessary for weight training…

    I trust your opinion, so I’m curious how you’ve been doing (:

    • Craig

      I’d trust what Ketogains says. I read all of their information also. I’ve written articles on TKD/CKD and also for training on keto. You can gain muscle on keto, but you have to remember you should be in a calorie surplus for it to happen. If you’re noticing you can’t make progress, transition into TKD as it’s a lot easier to do than CKD.

      I was training for a few months and then got lazy so now I’m not training at the moment, but I put on around 6lbs muscle which was nice for only a few months considering my bodyfat stayed almost exactly the same. Thanks for asking, I need to get myself in gear soon ;)

      • Gina

        Thanks! (:

        I’ve been doing Wendler’s 5/3/1 for about 2 weeks now. Prior to that, SS 5×5 for 1.5 weeks. I switched to Wendler because I felt he had more structure.

        If you don’t mind my picking your brain for a moment…

        I’m pretty darn sure my TDEE is 1,540 (I’m 5’3, ~115 lbs and 20.2% BF) After extensive analysis I’ve determined after 1.5 weeks that +20 TDEE makes me gain too much weight and some of which is fat (Like, more than I was comfortable with)
        So I made my surplus more conservative
        I’ve been doing a -30/10 split for calorie cycling. -30 on off days (I like to IF) and +10 for training days… maybe a little more conservative at +5 or +15 if I’m feeling really adventurous lol

        Does that sound good for muscle gain? Or too low? (:
        And I do TKD insomuch as I strategically place my daily allotment of carbs (<=30g) peri-work out, and I'm toying with the idea of a CKD… but probably too soon for that?

        • Craig

          Stick with TKD for a few months at least first, to see your results. I would bring your calorie cycles a bit lower in deficit on your off days. Like some -15 or so, +15 on training days.

          Rest sounds good, sounds like you’re taking it seriously which is awesome! With Strength Training you really have to give it a few months to really see the results that are coming from it all.

          • Gina

            Awesome (:
            Thank you for the kind (attentive) response.
            Shame you don’t have a sign up / member registration. I’d sign up for comments

            G

  5. Gina

    Oh! One more question

    When you do the surplus, say +15 – is that from the straight TDEE, and you ignore calories burned during weight lifting? Or, is it +15 on TOP of burned calories?

    E.g., I estimate I burn 200 -250 cals per strength session. Is my +15 with the 200 – 250 eaten back; or do we ignore the calories burned and just eat +15 over TDEE since we’re going for weekly averages?

  6. Gina

    OK, thanks (:
    I’ve calculated myself for a 1,309 / 1,771 split. (Ignoring calories burned since I’m focusing on leaning out a bit more)
    I’ll let you know how that goes — in conjunction with your AWESOME recipes!!! (You’re out of CONTROL with all of the great stuff you post)

    P.S. I’m pleasantly surprised you had an opportunity to visit the mother land (Croatia) (;

    • Craig

      Thanks Jos! No, I’ve never really been an active person, to be honest. Even as a kid, it was mostly just playing with friends, so no training or anything was done – just for fun.

  7. Sandra

    I am trying again to loose the weight I lost and gained back (like you). I just started again on low carb….initially on Atkins diet. I am struggling with my first two weeks, I always have to grab something carby during day that ruins my carb count. In reading your story, I have found new strength….I will make it! Thank you for posting your story as it has definately help motivate me again. I am 58 years old, 5′ 6″ and 225lbs.

  8. Jay

    Came here to post that ever since I’ve seen your blog and started following the keto diet, I’ve gone from 205 to 180. My confidence has been through the roof lately and owe it all to you. Thanks for making this blog!

  9. Angi

    Just curious, how easy was it to eat in the mess or the buffet on keto? I’ll be on for 6 months soon and last contract I went off keto and gained 25 lbs. Working that weight back off now but want to do better next contract. Did you stay away from drinking? I average 80 hours a week working onboard.

    • Craig

      Angi,

      I was about the same – 80 hours a week. I didn’t avoid drinking but I wouldn’t make it an every night kind of thing. I went to crew bar and had beers every now and again, but I tried to go up to the guest bars and get liquor when I could. Eating in the mess as keto wasn’t that big a deal as there was meats all the time. In port, I’d go up to the guest buffet and get food there also.

      Wish you the best on your next contract!


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