How I Lost 56 Pounds on the Keto Diet

(Jan 16th, 2019)

I am now down 56 pounds and still going strong on Keto! 

How I Lost 30 Pounds on the Keto Diet in 12 Weeks…

Truth time, ladies! Keto has been a blessing!

When I got married 11 years ago I was at an overweight 165lbs. Fast forward a couple of years when I was pregnant with my first child and my weight shot up to 215lbs.

After giving birth I tried really hard to lose the weight but I always hit a wall at 185lbs.

Fast forward another two and a half years and I was giving birth to my youngest. My weight was once again at 215lbs. I was happy I hadn’t gone over the previous number. It took me nine long months to lose those thirty pounds. I was drinking protein shakes and starving myself. I was always hungry, counting calories. I never felt satisfied.

After a triple sinus infection in 2013 I decided it was time to try a gluten-free diet. My sinus infections went away.

People in my family told me I was crazy, faking being gluten sensitive. My DOCTOR even told me that it wasn’t possible for me to have celiacs because I was too fat. People with celiacs disease are thin, he said. Well, this past Fall I went back on the gluten. I binged hard and ate all the things I missed from my childhood. My first meal: REAL pizza!

Things started happening to my body. I went back to my doctor and he gave me the blood test to test for gluten sensitivity because he “could see I was really worried about it.” The blood tests came back… guess what? I have celiacs.

All of this is to preface and say that I was used to being restrictive with my foods. I knew I would feel better without gluten and that my body would work better. Earlier in my life I’d known lots of people who went low carb/no grains. I thought they were crazy and that I could never do that.

Well, it’s June 2018 and I’ve been off of grains for 12 weeks. It all started when I saw one of my exes on Facebook. He’d posted his before and after pictures and he looked amazing. He’d lost 40 pounds in five months. I’d been struggling to lose the same five pounds for the past six years. I decided enough was enough and I asked him what he was doing, where he got his info. He said he was doing keto and sent me to reddit.

Learning About Keto

If you get my newsletter you may have already seen the resources that I listed there. But just in case you don’t, here they are again:


I learned a lot from this book also. Most of the recipes I use come from this book. And she has a great visual in the front of what kinds of alcohols are best on keto (this is super important for me. lol. But beware…drinking with very few carbs in your body does not come without consequences. ie, hangovers are very real.)

My Keto Experience

My first six weeks on the keto diet was rough. The “keto flu” that you might read about was very real for me. Maybe it was sugar withdrawal… maybe it was both my body switching into ketosis and sugar withdrawal, either way it’s the first six weeks I felt very tired, my brain was very foggy and it was so hard to walk up the stairs, my legs would cramp up.

After my body became fat adapted it was like… night and day. My brain is clearer, I sleep better and I can go for hours without feeling the need to eat.

My Typical Meal Plan

Here is what my typical day eating looks like:
7am – Keto Coffee (coffee, 1 T MCT oil, 1 tsp Pyre sugar)
10am – Electrolyte drink
12PM – Salad (mixed greens, black olives, green olives, pepperoni, salami, feta cheese and dressing)
2PM- Electrolyte drink
6PM – Keto Lemon Shake (1/4c Heavy Whipping Cream, 3/4c cold water, 1T MCT oil, 2 oz cream cheese, 1-2 tsp lemon juice, 1 T Pyure sugar substitute, 1 tsp vanilla)

Next Steps

When you’ve done some reading on keto, or know someone who might be interested in starting make sure you come back and check out my list of Keto Diet Essentials. On it are the things I use religiously while on this diet. Unfortunately I couldn’t put bacon, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese or Halo ice cream on my list. 😀



Marie Cole is an Amazon Bestselling Author who lives in Georgia, near Dawg-country, with her husband, daughters and two lazy cats.

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