Nearly two years ago, Megan Faraday, a now 25-year-old woman from Ontario, Canada, decided she was ready to make a change in her health.
“I’ve felt really uncomfortable with myself for a really long time, my whole life of dieting and binge eating,” Faraday told Good Morning America. “I woke up one morning and said ‘I’m going to try keto to see if it sticks,’ and it did.”
Faraday has since lost more than 100 pounds following the “lazy keto” diet, a version of the ketogenic diet known for its focus on high-fat, low-carb foods.
For Faraday, following a “lazy keto” diet meant skipping counting all the macronutrients, such as protein and fat, she was eating and instead focusing only on the amount of carbs or carbohydrates she was eating each day.
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“It’s keto without all the strict rules,” Faraday said of her “lazy keto” approach. I found out how to calculate net carbs [the total grams of carbohydrates in a food minus the grams of fiber] And I just went from there.”
Faraday said she’s transitioned from a diet full of junk food, bread, potatoes, and pasta to one that includes plenty of fresh vegetables and lean protein. Within one month, Faraday had lost 15 pounds.
“I think the reason this time has really stuck with me is because it was so easy for me to get into the swing of things with keto,” she said. “Seeing the weight coming down was the biggest motivation. I saw it and it kept me determined to keep going.”
Faraday said she lost just over 100 pounds in one year on the “lazy keto” diet and since then has been slowly bringing carbs back into her diet while still losing weight.
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“There are a lot of things you would have eaten otherwise, just minus the carbs. Things like chicken wings that you wouldn’t normally think of as diet foods,” she said of her approach. “And it’s easy to make regular recipes that I would have eaten before they were keto-friendly.”
Where Faraday two years ago had trouble climbing a flight of stairs, she now runs and exercises three to five times a week.
“My whole attitude to life has completely changed,” she said. “I’m more extroverted and like to put myself out there more and I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life and it’s a lot easier for me to deal with now.”
“I am happier now, happier myself,” said Faraday.
Here are four weight loss tips from Faraday
1. Make eating simple: “I keep my diet really simple because I like to know exactly what I’m eating. It’s easier to keep track of when you’re not trying to make very complicated recipes.”
2. Drink plenty of water: “Everyone says that but it’s very important.”
3. You have a support system: “Ask people you can connect with when you’re having a bad day or someone you can ask a question. It’s a lot easier than trying to navigate it on your own.”
4. Make a change to please yourself: “You have to do it yourself. You can’t worry about doing it to other people. There will be times when you don’t see the scale moving. You need to keep going through that and figure out what your goal is for yourself. You have to make yourself happy at the end of the day.”
Editor’s note: Originally published in July. 23, 2020.
Woman loses over 100 pounds after ‘lazy keto’ diet originally featured on goodmorningamerica.com