One year of keto | My 62-pound transformation!

So guess what? Today, January 26th, 2018, marks one year since I started Keto! I'm gonna look back on this past year, I'm
gonna look forward to kind of what my goals are for the future, and I'm gonna start right now! Hey guys! Welcome to A.D. Keto. My name is Aaron. This is the channel where
I talk about the ketogenic diet.

I do some keto food vlogs, I do some keto
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get a notification whenever I upload new content. So guys, it's been a year since I
started keto. It seems hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday that I started.
But I wanted to talk a little bit about the year that's been, and then I want to
talk a little bit about what my plans are for this coming year. I started keto
in January of 2017, after years and years and years of struggling with my weight,
and sort of yo-yoing. You know, I I think like a lot of people, I was in really
good shape in high school. I kind of was an athlete, I played basketball. When
I went to college, man did stuff fall apart. People always talk about the
Freshman 15. I think my first semester at college, I gained 30 pounds. I came home 30 pounds heavier than when I left.

And then that's when my yo-yoing started. I would
go through phases where I'd be heavy, and then hit a point where I said, "This is enough, I've got to turn it around and get going in the right direction." It's just been a
pendulum, for like, the last… you know, 25 years of my life. Until this January, when
I discovered keto. You know, I had seen keto — I had I would often look at places
like r/loseit on reddit for inspiration — to see like progress
pictures and transformation pictures, and I thought, "maybe that I could that could be
me. Maybe I could do this." So I'd seen Keto — the word "keto" in
passing. I never really investigated it. But in January of this year, I really dug
in and did some research for a couple days, and then dove in headfirst to this
way of eating.

I was roughly 274… 274 pounds. This was me back then. Kind of miserable. Not comfortable in my own skin.
Bereft of energy most of the time. Just not feeling good. And a friend of
mine at work turned me on to keto, and I knew within the first three days that it
was for me. After a very, very slight bout of keto flu, the third day of me taking
on this way of eating, I woke up feeling amazing. I woke up with a clear head, I
woke up not hungry, I woke up with energy. I woke up well-rested, and that has just
continued. And it's the main reason I've… the weight loss has been great, but those
those benefits are just why why I'm staying with it. The big thing with the
diet was was in the beginning, doing what I'd heard and keeping my macros to 75%
fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs. And I was really strict with that for the
first five or six months I was eating this way.

Kept my carbs really low,
tracked every single morsel of food that went into my mouth, and by November of
2017, I hit my goal. I started 2017 with the goal of going from 275 to about 215,
which is what I weighed when I was you know 18, 19 years old. And so I hit that
goal in November, early November, and I was really proud of myself. This is the
first sort of diet, quote-unquote "diet" I had ever done that I stuck with long
enough to hit the goal that I'd set. And what I found was that along the way, I
set some new goals. I thought that I wanted to try to get down to One-derland.
I thought that I wanted to try to get down to under 200 pounds. But being a
tall guy, when I got to around 215, I felt really comfortable, and I felt
like, you know? I I don't know that I need to get to One-derland.

It's just an
arbitrary number. I feel fantastic. This is the best I've felt in my entire life,
basically. I've been in maintenance for a couple of months now, keeping around
somewhere…anywhere between like 212 and 217. I don't weigh myself daily
anymore. I weigh myself maybe once every couple weeks, and I've been in this area.
You know, I feel like I did make some mistakes along the way. I feel like I've
learned from those. If I had to do it all over again, there are some definitely
some things I would do differently, the first of which is: I wish that I had
found the Keto Instagram community earlier on in my weight loss journey.

I
cannot begin to tell you guys how amazing and supportive the Keto
Instagram community is. It's unbelievable. I've made some really good friends there. People who are have the same mindset, people who are going through the same
thing. It's really something. It's amazing. And
you know, in the beginning, I was using reddit a lot for research. I still do use
reddit for… you know, doing some research. They had… Reddit has an amazing FAQ. But I found Instagram to be invaluable, just for the support, and for the camaraderie,
and for the fun. There are people on Instagram, some of whom you've seen on
this channel already, like… there are people who have been on this channel
that I met through Instagram, there are people that you'll be seeing in the
coming weeks that I've met on Instagram, who are some of my favorite people in
the world. They're just fantastic. So that's the first thing I would suggest,
is if you're starting out this journey, find the support that you need. Whether
it's in your real life, or whether it's people on the internet.

There are people
out there who are doing the same thing you're doing, and going through the same
things you're going through, and have the same
questions, and have some answers. So if you're new to keto, seek out… seek out
your people. Find… find some people who are going through what you're doing, and I
highly recommend Instagram. If you're over there, you can find me. And it's… it's
a great place to be. So that's the first thing I would advise… would have advised
myself back in January: Find your peeps. The second thing that I
would tell January 2017 Aaron — that guy, this guy right here — is that fat is not
a target. You don't need to eat fat because you want your pie chart to look
a certain way — you know, the classic keto macro pie chart: 75% fat, 20% protein, 5%
carbs. What I really needed to focus on was getting my protein. As long as I
got my protein, as long as I had enough protein in my diet to maintain my
muscles, and I kept my carbs low, fat could be anything.

Fat is not a target
that I had to hit, because I have enough fat on my body (especially back in
January 2017). I had enough fat on my body to use for energy, and I didn't necessarily
need to eat it. There were days when I was stuffed to the gills, and peeling an
avocado, because I needed to hit my fat target. Not necessary. Eat when you're
hungry, but don't feel like you have to hit some fat target, because that's not a
target. You're gonna have good days, you're gonna have bad days. Don't beat
yourself up if you have a bad day. Like Luke Skywalker, brush it off and start
again the next day.

You'll be fine. The third thing that I
would tell myself if I were just starting keto is to take pictures, and
take measurements. I have only a handful of pictures from when I… from around the
time that I started keto. I didn't like pictures being taken to me, because I was
not feeling comfortable with myself. Like this one on the day I started. Watch out,
there's some major dad-bod coming up . This is me on the day that I started keto, and
I blurred out my face. Didn't want to even have anyone know that this
was me. But that's me back in January, and here is me from just a couple weeks ago. Major difference. That's 60 pounds down. So take those pictures, because you're
gonna want to look back at them and look at how far you've come, and measurements! I never took measurements of myself when I started. I wish that I had. I'm… The
only real measurement I have is my waistband on my jeans.

I was between a
40 and a 42 back in January, and I'm wearing 34s now. So that's the
only real measurement that I have from back then. So 2017 was all about losing
my weight, getting down to where I was comfortable in my own skin, which I've
done. So for 2018, going forward, I have some definite plans for this year. The
first is maintenance. There are three M's, basically. The first one is
maintenance. I'm gonna stay in this zone between 205 and 215. I'm very comfortable here. That's maintenance. That's where I'm gonna be. The second one, the second M is muscle. I'm going to try to add some muscle this year. I've been doing a
hundred push-ups a day. I have a video coming up on this hundred push-up a day
challenge that I've given myself, so I've been doing that. And then the third M is
marathon. I am going to run, for the second time, the Mohawk Hudson marathon
here in New York's Capital District. I ran it back in 2012, finished…

I finished it,
but felt really, really bad. I felt like my body was exploding the entire time. I hit
the wall at about mile 22, because I was on the Standard American Diet. I ran out
of fuel. I'm excited to do it this year, because I'm fat-adapted, and I've been
running half marathons on the weekend without really batting an eye. It's… it's…
running fat adapted is something else. So I'm very excited to train for that, and
to give it another go in October. So that's been my first year of keto. I
really appreciate you guys sticking around let me…listen to be kind of talk
about what it's been like for this last year.

If you're considering this
way of eating, I highly recommend it. Do some research, and just dive in. It is
amazing. Let me know where you guys are in your journey. Have you just started?
are you thinking about starting? Have you been doing it for a while? What are your goals?
And I'd love to hear from you. So I hope you dug this video. Have a fantastic day,
and I will see you next time. Hey guys, welcome to A.D. Keto. Uhh. For the
second time, run the muds.. The Mudson Howhawk. Mudson Hohawk.

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