Microwave vs Barbecue: Losing Weight with Keto
I LOVE food. I’ve loved food my whole life. As a kid I remember when my dad bought our first microwave oven. It was a beast compared to today’s microwaves, but some of my earliest memories of food involve heating up a plate of leftovers in the “Microwave.” I also remember when as a young adult I learned that barbecue is a verb. It involves cooking meat over a low heat for a LONG time. You wouldn’t throw a plate of day old spaghetti into a pit smoker nor would you microwave a beef brisket or an entire pork shoulder. But essentially the result is similar in that previously cold food is warmed and ready to eat.
I’ve struggled with being over weight since about the 5th grade. By the time I was 15, I was 5’8’’ tall and weighed 210 lbs. My first attempt at weight loss was a program called Physician’s Weight Loss, where you visited a clinic, bought special foods (mostly powdered puddings and shakes and DISTGUSTING salad dressings), and basically restricted your calorie intake to 800 calories per day, all for the low low cost of $600. The summer after my sophomore year, I dropped 60 lbs to 155 in 10 weeks. Then they told me I’d need to do their “Maintenance program” for 2-3 years where the cost of the program was half as much but I still needed to buy their foods. (That was never going to happen). When I returned to school my friends were shocked and happy for me. Truth be told by the end I was passing out if I stood up too fast and couldn’t finish a round of golf unless I used a golf cart.
After that summer I grew 3 inches and over the next 7 years I added about 20 lbs a year every year until I weighed about 305lbs which I tended to maintain for the just over 3 years. My next big foray into weight loss was a program called Body for Life. I bought the book, joined a gym, and took the supplements including creatine. I took before and after pictures, shaved my chest and legs and added lots of muscle. Ultimately I dropped to 265 lbs., but after my doctor mentioned some of my liver numbers looked funny, I started to read about the side effects of creatine and honestly I was tired, so that experiment came to an end.
A few years later following a brief attempt at eating Nutrisystem prepackaged meals. I found myself weighing 335 lbs, and decided I needed to make a change. I watched an amazing documentary called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” about juice fasting and my next weight loss adventure was set. I juiced vegetables and fruit exclusively for 60 days. I dropped 60 lbs to 275 in that time. After 60 days I was tired. I loved the results, but I couldn’t see living on only the juice of fruits and vegetables. (Did I mention that I love food?)
Fast forward a few years; I stepped on the scale and it said 375. A good friend of mine said, “Look, man, you can’t be comfortable. You need to do something. I don’t know what you need to do, but find something and do it.” I agreed. I got my juicer back out, dropped 30 lbs in 30 days, and realised why I stopped juicing before. (Did I mention I love food?). Over the next 6 months I added a pound a month until the scale read 351.
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I was in my old home town for Christmas and was walking into a grocery store when Tony, a friend I hadn’t seen since high school, drove by and called my name. We chatted for about 45 seconds and he said, “I dropped 80 lbs in 15 weeks.” “WHAT?” I asked. “How?” He said “I did this thing called Keto. It’s where your body burns fat instead of carbs.” “I’ve heard of that,” I replied. “Shoot me your email and I’ll send you what I did.” With that he drove off…
I remember standing in that parking lot thinking, I have 15 weeks. So I sent him my email address. He sent me a short explanation, and I decided to learn as much as I could and start on January 10, 2018. A year later, January 10, 2019 when I stepped on the scale It said 245. I had dropped 130 lbs (106 lbs in 12 months). All I changed was what and when I ate. No crazy exercise, no gym membership, no special foods or supplements, no books, and no expensive programs.
What I found in Keto was a new way to love food. It was something that worked for me as a lifestyle and got me the results I wanted: sustainably dropping loads of weight. I had tried a bunch of microwave approaches before and enjoyed good results, but they weren’t sustainable, and when I returned to my default way of loving food, I always rebounded higher than when I started trying to drop the weight. Keto for me was more like barbecue: low, slow, consistent, making sure the fire was well fed.
Maybe you don’t love food. Maybe you love to exercise. If I could offer some encouragement or advice, it would be: find a sustainable way to enjoy what you love and get the results that you want. Keto works for me.
Here’s a look at some of the foods that I’ve enjoyed while eating Keto over the last year. From top left to bottom right: Braai (steak, pork, lamb, sausage, chicken cooked over an open fire) Amazing salads (the more ingredients the better and a great high fat dressing), 3 egg omelettes (with meat, veg and plenty of cheese), 6-8 oz of pure ground beef (25-30% fat) bacon and cheese, Sausages (especially bratwurst, Italian and boerewors), eggs pork chops and bacon, roast pork and Sauerkraut, steak veg and salad, and pulled pork BBQ salads.
Andy Milligan is an entrepreneur, business coach, and consultant who lives in Pretoria South Africa. He is also the Founder of FlicJam. You can learn more about Andy by visiting his Mad Cookbook profile. You also need to follow him on Instragram where you will find more awesome images of his love for food. Instagram @imilligans.Enjoying this so far? Check out our Exclusive Recipe Library, Incredible Blog and other Awesome Features by Signing Up – It’s FREE! Just Click This Link to Start.