Keto to Vegetarian: Get Ready (#1)

Just over two years ago I decided I needed to lose weight. My son had just gotten engaged. I wanted to shed more than a few pounds before the wedding. At the time I tipped the scales at just under 280 lbs (127 kg).

With the wedding twenty-four months out I knew I could lose weight but wondered if I could keep it off. That is always the question, isn’t it?

I decided on not just dieting. I wanted to incorporate new eating habits as a means for changing my life. My biggest issue (and one I still struggle with today) is overeating.

Keto is a short for ketosis, defined as a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues, which is typically pathological in conditions such as diabetes, or may be the consequence of a diet that is very low in carbohydrates.

Essentially, for the diet to work, I cut out carbs and sugars and increased the amount of fat intake. Sounds crazy, right?

It isn’t. It worked. My daily diet consisted of 75% fat (bacon, burgers, beef), 20% protein (chicken, fish), and 5% carbs (should come from veggies). I mostly eliminated fruit from my diet (with the exception of berries every now and then).

In about fourteen-sixteen months I dropped close to 100 lbs / 45 kg, and made it down to 185 lbs / 84 kg.

My son’s wedding was this past October, and I just don’t think I can eat another cheeseburger without bread . . . well, okay, I could. The thing is I don’t want to.

While I have put some weight back on since the wedding (okay, since the summer), I have decided to do a complete 180 and try eating vegetables, fruits and grains.

In this blog series I am going to document my meals, weight, struggles and achievements as transition from the keto diet to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet.

What is a lacto-ovo vegetarian? It is a person who eats vegetables, eggs, and dairy products but who does not eat meat.

The diet begins tomorrow. Today I am going shopping. Tomorrow’s blog will list the items I bought along with a price-tag (as I believe this may be a more expensive diet than the keto diet).

What can you expect from this series?

+ Regular weigh-ins
+ Grocery shopping lists
+ Meals / recipes
+ Incorporated exercise (mostly walking, let’s be serious)
+ Hopefully interaction with readers

Current Weight: 218 lbs / 99 kg

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The Blog Series:
The Start #2
The Meals #3

Phillip Tomasso
Author of the crime novels YOU CHOOSE and WOMAN IN THE WOODS

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3 thoughts on “Keto to Vegetarian: Get Ready (#1)”

  1. Phil, I might join you. I’m going to need open-heart surgery, and I need to lose weight. Doctor’s orders. Walk 3 miles a day, no snacks between meals, and eat vegetables. So I’ll follow your blog, and maybe it will keep me honest.

    1. I am sorry to hear about the open heart surgery. Message me on FB with details. Is there anything you need?
      I will try to make my blog as helpful (and informal) as possible. If you have questions, feel free to drop me a line. (When is your surgery)?


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