Last week, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Mary Gowdy, explained the basics of the Ketogenics Diet as well as some of the dangers, in this post, The Keto Kraze: Is It For You?. This week she checks in with Dylan R., a local keto dieter, to see how he’s doing.

MG: What made you decide to do keto?

DR: I decided to do keto before it was a fad or popular choice for weight loss.  I had success years ago with a low carb approach, but never took it seriously and gained the weight back.  This time around, I decided on a more serious approach, did my research, and knew keto was right for me. 

MG: What does a day of keto lifestyle look like for you? 

It isn’t what most people think.  It’s not all meat, bacon, and blue cheese.  It can be on occasion, but this is not something that should be done on a daily basis.  I include plenty of healthy fats like almonds, avocado, organic oils, grass fed dairy … proteins like grass fed beef, free range chicken, and wild caught fresh seafood … and tons of veggies!  I also tend to include intermittent fasting several days a week.

MG: What changes in mind/body/spirit have you seen in yourself since you started keto?

60 + pounds weight loss has been the most obvious change to my body.  I did, however, lose some muscle mass by not working out and limiting my body of protein and other nutrients.  My back/knee pain is completely gone.  My skin is clear.  I sleep much better at night, and my mind is clear and focused.  

MG:What have your successes been?

Accomplishing what I have through whole food and nutrition alone.  I did not take any of latest keto fad products that are selling on the market including coffee, shakes, pills, meal replacements.  My advice is to do your research and stay as far away from those products as you can. 

MG: What are some challenges?

Challenges come every single day, especially when you’re traveling, trying to cook for more than yourself, or are out to dinner with friends.  I’ve learned that many restaurants will allow you to substitute veggies or a salad for french fries, rice or pasta.  At home, I enjoy cooking, so it’s all about getting creative in the kitchen, while still enjoying many of my favorite dishes.  I will admit, at the end of the day, the urge to cheat is still there sometimes.  I try to fill up on a salad of avocado, tomato, basil and olive oil, before cooking my dinner.  That way I still get my healthy fats, then it’s all about the protein