Confessions of a Closet Keto Dieter
By Meggan Larson
I’ve been doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan for the last 7 years on and off (mostly on). The first book was a gift from my sister on my birthday in 2012 after I had gone through cancer. I was thrilled to be able to find something actually doable and sustainable. My very first week on plan I lost 10lbs and was SHOCKED and so happy.
That is until…
I was scolded in one of the Facebook pages because I had unintentionally stuck to all S meals the entire week. Oops! I learned all I could about the plan and even became an admin helping many others lose weight successfully. My weight loss continued albeit much more slowly, until it eventually stopped altogether. Worse even, I started gaining the weight back. Here I was a THM admin and the plan wasn’t working for me anymore.
I realized that the weight was coming back on due to emotional traumas I had gone through and through the help of a really amazing program I was able to begin losing weight again. The only problem was that THM just wasn’t working no matter how much I dealt with my issues.
My sweet and amazing friend who has literally tried it ALL, was doing Keto and y’all she looked phenomenal. I was determined though. THM had worked for me before and I had heard that Keto was not sustainable and was even dangerous long term. I had gone through cancer so I was not about to do something dangerous to my long term health. I couldn’t deny how amazing she looked though and she was eating real food and lots of veggies. I had always thought Keto was bacon and cheese and a heart attack waiting to happen. I started asking questions and joined a bunch of Facebook groups just to prove to myself that it really was unhealthy long term.
What I found were a ton of people who had been doing Dr. Berg’s Keto plan for years and years and had come off of their diabetes medications, had lost hundreds of pounds and the only negative side effects they experienced was having to buy a new wardrobe. The way that Dr. Berg taught the Keto plan was shockingly healthy. 7-10 cups of veggies each day, good healthy fats like avocado, yummy proteins, and so many recipes I had already been using with THM. I reluctantly gave it a shot over two months ago and I haven’t looked back. I eat more veggies now than I did before (not THM’s fault, that was me) and my clothes are falling off. I’ve lost a ton of inches and my energy levels are higher than they’ve been in years. I’m not bashing THM because that plan is solid and amazing and I still recommend it. It just stopped working for my body and that happens sometimes. I’ve paired Keto with intermittent fasting (both taught by Dr. Berg) and I just can’t argue with results.
I was nervous about sharing this because Keto has gotten such a bad reputation but it’s not warranted (if you’re doing it in a healthy way). I don’t use test strips or blood tests or anything like that because that’s just too complicated for me. I’ve just watched a ton of Dr. Berg’s YouTube videos and learned enough to do it successfully. If you’re struggling to lose the weight I’d recommend checking him out.
~ Meggan 🙂
p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!