I lost 49kg without exercising

AN INSPIRATIONAL mum-of-two has shared her remarkable weight loss secret which saw her shed half her body weight in less than a year — all without hitting the gym.

Just 10 months ago, Teresa Venetoulis tipped the scales at a whopping 103kg — while her wardrobe was overflowing with frumpy size 22 clothes.

But now the 32-year-old mum is happier than ever with her svelte size 8 figure after losing an incredible 49kg in only 10 months.

The Sydney woman now weighs just 54kg after embarking on a major diet overhaul — ditching her daily bread, pasta and pizza habit in favour of a strict high-protein, high-fat ketogenic diet — but never once had to exercise to shed the flab.

Teresa revealed that her doctor suggested she try a keto diet to help ease her hormone and fertility issues, which had caused her to rapidly pile on the kilos in just matter of months following the birth of her son Liam, 9, in 2009.

Teresa Venetoulis (pictured with her husband John) before she lost the weight. Picture: Caters News.

Teresa Venetoulis (pictured with her husband John) before she lost the weight.

With her other option being to try a ‘cocktail’ of various medications, Teresa felt she ‘had nothing to lose’ and decided to go ‘full keto’ in June 2017.

And she was ‘astounded’ to drop 15kg in just two months after seven years of ‘trying everything’ to lose weight.

Teresa said: “I’d never been overweight before and have always been naturally slim.

“I always tried to be as healthy as I could be.

“After giving birth to my son, my hormones went into overdrive, which made me pile on the weight really quickly.

“It worsened my PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome, which she was diagnosed with in 2007), which made it harder to lose weight.

“Within a year, I’d piled on 50 kilograms. I felt like crap.

The PCOS didn’t just affect her weight. The condition can make it harder to have children.

Teresa and her mortgage broker husband John Venetoulis, 38, struggled to conceive for almost two years before giving birth to their son.

Following a devastating miscarriage at in 2010, Teresa’s erratic hormones skyrocketed — causing her to gain a staggering 50kg in less than a year.

While the weight gain was devastating, Teresa was also struggling to have another child.

At the time, doctors warned there was only a 5 per cent chance of conceiving naturally.

And after trying to get pregnant again for five years, Teresa had lined up an egg donation as a last resort — but amazingly, discovered she was pregnant with ‘miracle baby’ Faith, two, in 2015.

While her weight was stable at this time, only putting on a small amount when she was pregnant, Teresa was saddened to realise she was 103kg after the birth of her daughter.

“I tried all the diets, went to the gym and ran every day. But it was no use.

“I might lose 2kg, but then gain 5kg. It was so frustrating.

But while she felt she had tried everything, there was one dramatic diet she hadn’t tried.

“I went to see a new doctor, and he suggested I try a ketogenic diet, as it is supposed to be especially good for women suffering from PCOS.

“I’d never heard of it before, so I did heaps of research about keto diet for a month before I decided to give it a go.

KETO ON A PLATE: Check out this seven-day meal plan

Teresa’s transformation has been dramatic, all the more so as she hasn’t had to hit the gym. Picture: Caters News

Teresa’s transformation has been dramatic, all the more so as she hasn’t had to hit the gym. Picture: Caters NewsSource:Caters News Agency

“In the first two months, I lost 15kg. I was astounded. Nothing had ever worked before.

“I just kept going with it, and the weight just melted off.

“I ditched all carbs and focused on high protein and high healthy fats.

“It’s always drilled into us to go low fat or fat free, but our body needs good, healthy fats.

“It’s the best diet I’ve ever tried. But now it’s a lifestyle choice.”

The strict ketogenic diet has meant Teresa has cut all carbs in favour of high protein, high fat foods such as oily fish, lean meat, nuts, avocados and eggs.

She revealed that only exercise she does each day is ‘incidental’ — such as housework, roaming around the shops and walking her children to school.

Teresa said she also practices intermittent fasting and eats two large meals a day.

She said: “I’ve never been one of these fanatic gym people because I absolutely hate working out.

After having her two children, Teresa saw her weight balloon. But a dramatic change in diet resulted in her losing half her body weight in 10 months.

After having her two children, Teresa saw her weight balloon. But a dramatic change in diet resulted in her losing half her body weight in 10 months.

Teresa admits the fasting was difficult at first, but she has adjusted to it, especially after seeing the dramatic results.

“I’ll have breakfast at around 11am, and then I’ll eat again at 2pm.

“Then I’ll fast until the next morning. It was hard at first, but your body just gets used to it.

“I still feed my kids their three meals and snacks a day as usual.

“The meals are large, and I’m getting all the calories I need without constantly snacking.

“I feel fantastic now that I’ve lost all the weight.

“It wasn’t just about slimming down, but it was about being healthy and the best mum I could be.

“Now I can run around after my kids easily.

“I’m less moody, and I have so much more energy.

“I have so much confidence and I’ve never felt better.”

BEFORE DIET

Breakfast: Two cheese toasted sandwiches.

Snack: Fruit and a biscuit.

Lunch: Pasta or pizza.

Dinner: Spaghetti bolognese, lasagne or roast dinner with potatoes.

AFTER DIET

Breakfast: Big breakfast with eggs with avocado, spinach, mushrooms and bacon.

Late lunch / dinner: Large plate of grilled chicken or baked fish with lots of vegetables or large salad.

Occasional treat: Low-carb Keto cake.

Keto diet has taken Karachi by storm but is it for everyone?

Everything you need to know about the keto diet

 

KARACHI: Shehbaz Rauf is a banker by profession and in his own words a ‘foodie’ by passion.

The 30-year-old weighed 80 kilogrammes in February but started a new diet on the insistence of his fiancée and has lost 6kgs since, without having to give up his high-fat diet.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Shehbaz told Geo.tv.

The diet Shehbaz is on has become a weight loss phenomenon across the globe and taken Karachi by storm.

The Ketogenic diet, more commonly referred to as Keto, has become increasingly popular in the metropolis.

It started off with a few small business owners delivering food from their homes but has quickly expanded to high-end eateries across the city.

It is not uncommon anymore to be given a separate menu for keto food at cafes in the city.

However, the ketogenic diet which is a low-carb, high-fat diet has left several baffled as to how it works.

So, how does it work?

The ketogenic diet involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.

The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural metabolic state which occurs when there is limited access to glucose (blood sugar), which is the preferred fuel source for many cells in the body. It involves the body producing small fuel molecules called ‘ketones’ and using them for energy instead of carbs.

Ketones are produced in the liver and are then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain.

On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat and insulin levels become very low and fat burning increases dramatically as it becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them.

KEATO food

The hunger to know more about the ketogenic diet landed us on the doorstep of the brains behind KEATO food.

KEATO food is a keto meal plan service run by three young entrepreneurs who jumped on the keto diet bandwagon after realising that “unlike abroad there are no diet food chains in Pakistan”.

“After months of in-house trials, we finally decided to step in and launched our own gourmet food service. We are doing great and growing daily and there is a huge demand for quality diet food here,” Abrar Bawany, one of the entrepreneurs behind KEATO, told Geo.tv.

Although, they have captured a large share of the market for keto food, Bawany shared they have not yet marketed their brand.

The reason behind the rising popularity of keto diet lies in the fact that its effects are very visible, Bawany said.

“When you meet a friend after a couple of months and they have lost a considerable amount of weight and claim it is because they have been indulging in mutton steaks and prawns then you also get tempted to try the diet,” he said.

Explaining how his food service, KEATO, works, Bawany said, “We give you everything, so all you have to do is sit back, eat our food and watch the weight drop.”

Regarding whether the popularity of keto like other diets before it would fade with time, Bawany said, “Taking into account the rising demand of the food commodity, the keto diet will not die out any time soon.”

What can you eat and what should you avoid?

Your diet should mainly comprise foods such as meat, fish, eggs, butter, nuts, healthy oils, low-carb vegetables and any food that is high in carbs should be limited.

Foods to avoid:

Sugary foods: Soda, fruit juice, smoothies, cake, ice cream, candy, etc.

Grains or starches: Wheat-based products, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.

Fruit: All fruit, except small portions of berries like strawberries.

Beans or legumes: Peas, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.

Root vegetables and tubers: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.

Low-fat or diet products: These are highly processed and often high in carbs.

Some condiments or sauces: These often contain sugar and unhealthy fat.

Unhealthy fat: Limit your intake of processed vegetable oils, mayonnaise, etc.

Sugar-free diet foods: These are often high in sugar alcohols, which can affect ketone levels in some cases. These foods also tend to be highly processed.

Foods to Eat

Meat

Fatty fish

Eggs

Butter and cream

Cheese

Nuts and seeds

Healthy oils

Avocados

Low-carb vegetables: Most green veggies, tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc.

Is the diet for everyone?

From an economic point of view, this diet appears to be exclusively for the rich.

The diet requires the body to remain in the ketosis stage for at least two months. So to cut things short, to shed pounds one has to be on the keto diet for at least two months.

That is, either one has to learn how to cook keto food or avail the services of the food service providers.

But here is the catch. The average monthly charges for Keto diet food in Karachi ranges from Rs50,000 to Rs60,000. It is quite obvious that this price range is not affordable for an average household.

The costing leads to the question whether the keto bubble will soon fizzle out due to economic constraints.

Bawany assured that taking into account the rising demand of the food commodity at least in the near future it will not.

“Before the keto became common, people tried the paleo diet, gluten-free diet, high protein diet – there are tonnes more. These diets were expensive too, but they are not preferred today not because of economic reasons but because keto has been seen to be far more effective,” he added.

However, Dr Salma Badruddin, a nutritionist based in Karachi disagrees.

Dr Badruddin told Geo.tv that before Keto, Atkins diet was in fashion in certain segments of the society but the “craze fizzled out”.

“Keto is a very difficult diet to practice. There is definitely a short-term benefit as the drastic weight loss is pretty visible. But we don’t know about its effect on the body in the long-run,” she said.

“We are yet to seen how long one can afford to continue this diet.”

Dr Badruddin added that people started gaining weight as soon as they went off the keto diet and it also led to low blood pressure and sugar.

“Balanced diet and regular exercise is the only way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A human body requires 2,800 calories per day, through Keto you only get 1,000 to 1,100 calories. Clearly, it’s not healthy,” she asserted.

This is your 7-day Ketogenic Diet meal plan

THE KETO Diet is a low carb, higher fat diet that’s currently one of the trendiest eating plans in the world.

In short: it transitions your body to burning stored body fat instead of relying on carbohydrates as its preferred source of energy.

To make this transition, you need to dramatically decrease your carb intake to below 50g per day — with some people going as low as 20-30g of carbs per day.

In context, that’s about five rice cakes or a single medium banana.

This allows your body to draw from stored fat for energy, resulting in a metabolic state known as ketosis.

KETO SUCCESS: This woman shed half her body weight in less than a year

The Keto diet focuses on high fat foods.

The Keto diet focuses on high fat foods.

Health benefits include: a reduction in excess body fat, helping build lean muscle mass, enhanced energy and optimal mental clarity. At its core, the keto diet is made up of high-quality proteins, plenty of seasonal vegetables and healthy fats. You’ll need to cut out sugar, starchy carbohydrates and gluten.

WHAT ARE THE CONS?

The transition process can be hard, especially when moving away from a diet that is normally carbohydrate heavy. This can sometimes bring on flu-like symptoms for a couple of days — ‘keto flu’ is a thing! You can also experience a reduction in energy. However, if you persist you’ll quickly transition through this stage and come out the other side bursting with energy!

Below is an example of a 7-day meal plan.

DAY 1:

Breakfast: Poached eggs, sautéed greens cooked in coconut oil

Lunch: Grilled chicken served with a seasonal salad

Dinner: Baked salmon with a nut crust served with baked cauliflower

An example breakfast on the Keto diet is poached eggs and sauteed spinach.

An example breakfast on the Keto diet is poached eggs and sauteed spinach.

DAY 2:

Breakfast: Smoked salmon served with leafy greens and smashed avocado

Lunch: Low carb Thai beef salad served with tamari dressing

Dinner: Butter chicken with cauliflower rice

DAY 3:

Breakfast: Omelette served with mushrooms and spinach cooked in coconut oil

Lunch: Line caught tuna served with heirloom tomato salad, drizzled with olive oil

Dinner: Crispy skinned salmon served with zucchini noodle pesto

Try adding zucchini noodles with your salmon for a healthy dinner.

Try adding zucchini noodles with your salmon for a healthy dinner.

DAY 4:

Breakfast: Mountain Coffee — long black, grass-fed butter & MCT oil

Lunch: Naked burger with raw kale slaw

Dinner: Slow cooked pulled beef with rainbow slaw and baked brussels sprouts

DAY 5:

Breakfast: Zucchini & bacon fritters cooked with butter or ghee

Lunch: Mexican chicken lettuce wrap with avocado

Dinner: Middle Eastern chicken rissoles with seasonal greens

Roast chicken breast with vegetables is a good lunch option

Roast chicken breast with vegetables is a good lunch option

DAY 6:

Breakfast: Buttered mushrooms, sautéed greens and crispy bacon

Lunch: Roast chicken breast served with avocado and seasonal greens

Dinner: Grass fed sirloin steak with steamed greens

DAY 7:

Breakfast: Veggie medley — capsicum, zucchini, tomato, seasonal herbs sautéed in coconut oil served with eggs

Lunch: Zucchini noodle and salmon salad served with avocado dressing

Dinner: Lamb kofta with seasonal greens

SNACKS:

Low carb Protein Shake

Bone broth

Boiled eggs

Handful of nuts (macadamias, almonds, walnuts)

Small can of tuna

This article originally appeared on Body and Soul and has been republished with permission.

A Cup of Keto Coffee a Day, Keeps Your Anxiety at Bay!

Hey! Did you know that you can use Coffee to lose weight? Well, with keto coffee you just can! Nevertheless, if you’ve only begun your ketogenic dieting, you might have come across the word bulletproof coffee. Now, this not your regular coffee, It is a high-performance, high-fat beverage which keeps you energised and optimistic all day long!

Is your interest piquing up now?

Well, today let’s discuss the keto aka bulletproof coffee and why it’s best to drink this beverage while following a ketogenic meal plan.

What is ketogenic diet coffee or bulletproof coffee?

Storytime!

It all began when the entrepreneur, author and businessman Dave Asprey, took a trip to Tibet. He had discovered an age-old recipe of yak-butter tea, a Tibetan delicacy; so enthralled by the taste, he went about to find out more on this mouth-watering delicacy.

After he came back home, he was all set to re-create the yak-butter tea, but with a twist. He experimented with coffee instead, and used, healthy fats like butter and ghee coming from grass-fed cattle.

As he began drinking this beverage, every morning, he soon noted a few positive changes in his demeanour. He could feel his energy level spiking up, his mood improving and signs of tiredness leaving his body. Therefore, he went to share his experience with Silicon Valley and soon many people adapted to drinking this high-fat coffee for their diets.

This coffee made solely from fat proved useful for many weightwatchers following a ketosis weight loss diet. Hence, after little experimentation, dieters started using three ingredients for making their bulletproof coffee-

  • Brain octane oil, MCT or coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp. of butter/ghee coming from grass-fed cattle
  • Bulletproof or keto coffee beans

Moving on, there are reasons why the bulletproof coffee is the ideal breakfast drink for those following a ketogenic meal plan!

Reasons:

Speeds up ketosis!

It has been proved that fat can indeed burn fat. The ketosis weight loss diet deals explicitly with consuming fat and not carbohydrates. The main criteria of this diet is to produce ketones in the body and make the body enter a state of ketosis.

Ketosis helps burn stored fat from the body instead of glucose as no carbs are present. Therefore, the bulletproof coffee made solely form saturated fat offers no carbs and speeds up the process of ketosis. So, consuming this coffee each morning as part of your the keto diet will naturally speed up weight loss.

Cognitive enhancer!

Coffee is usually associated with protecting the brain from age-related issues like Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s disease.  Similarly, the ketogenic diet coffee not only keeps the brain safe from these age-related issues, but it also boosts mood.

Surveys conducted have shown, people who drank bulletproof coffee each morning had the following reactions-

  • They showed cognitive stability and development
  • They were more focused and less irritable
  • The frequency of anxiety attacks on people suffering from depression lessened

Energy booster!

It’s not okay to miss out on breakfast, especially if you are following a ketosis weight loss tired. So, if you are running late to the office, drink a mug of bulletproof coffee for breakfast.

Unlike, regular coffee that uses excess cream and sugar, the bulletproof coffee provides high-fat which keeps the body’s energy level up and running all day. Moreover, without sugar, the body can reach ketosis sooner which aids in quicker weight loss. Using CBD oil on the side can also aid dramatically with results. Check out HerbMighty’s best CBD oil reviews here.

Healthy fats for the body!

The bulletproof coffee is an excellent source of healthy fats which is the prime necessity of a ketogenic diet. Organic butter or ghee comprises of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. This protects the body by keeping heart health intact and prevents the body from succumbing to the following –

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Attention disorders
  • Asthma symptoms

Additionally, nursing women following the ketosis diet will also benefit from drinking this beverage. The omega three fatty acids will help repair tissues and prevent the body from a weakling.

Contains cravings!

The mother of all problems for dieters is cravings! When the body is forced to follow a ketosis diet, it is suddenly devoid of carbs. This result in the body being driven to frenzy for consuming carbs, and when it is not given those carbs, it can cause moodiness and irritability amongst dieters.

However, the bulletproof coffee can be your salvation. Filled with high-fat and no sugar, this coffee is and made with MCT or coconut oil, which doubles up as a hunger suppressant. This keeps the body fuller and also energised, while burning calories.

On this note, here are few additives you can use for complementing your ketosis diet coffee!

  1. Vanilla beans!

Vanilla beans come packed with antioxidants which boost cognitive and overall body functions. Moreover, vanilla adds a distinctive classic flavour with a savoury aroma which makes the coffee tastier.

  1. Organic chocolate

High quality chocolate can transform your bulletproof coffee into cafe mocha. Moreover, good quality chocolate contains powerful polyphenols which help to boost mood and even protects skin from damage

  1. A dash of cinnamon

Cinnamon helps reduce insulin resistance and regulates blood sugar level. So adding a pinch of cinnamon to your keto coffee will not only make it healthy but will taste delightful too.

  1. Lavender or peppermint oil

If you are ready to experiment with some ketogenic recipes, you can try making your ketosis coffee using lavender or peppermint oil. These essential oils can soothe and calm the nerves, so adding 2-3 drops in your keto coffee will keep your demeanour composed all-day-long.

Additional notes:

  1. Use a blender to make the recipe as bulletproof coffee and water do not mix. Pour the coffee with the additives in the blender and pulse till smooth. Serve it once it’s frothy.
  2. One mug of keto coffee contains 221 calories with 25.25 grams of fat. Adding additives will incur extra calories, and your average cup will provide 474 calories.

However, as mentioned above, the fat in the coffee will only facilitate weight loss. So, dieters now that you know the benefits of drinking this blend, why don’t you give it a try and post your opinions on your respective blogs?