Q. Okay, to start off I’m morbidly obese, and lead a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I’ve tried going on keto, but have given up after 2-3 weeks everytime. How do I sustain a steady weight loss curve?
A. There’s a few questions that come to mind when I read your question.
How many times have you tried keto? Have you tried any other diet?
What made you give up after 2-3 weeks?
You didn’t mention your current normal diet, or any other particulars like age, sex, height for me to be able to give very specific advice.
So without knowing more, here’s a few pointers I can give you.
It’s a question that isn’t actually about weight loss, but psychology & motivation.
What mental & emotional pattern did you notice happened after two weeks on a new diet? Boredom? Motivation starting to wane? Burnout or feeling overwhelmed from trying to sustain all the dietary changes?
One thing we know is that keto works, as do many other weight-loss approaches. So it’s not a question of you taking a decision to stop because of lack of results. The decision very likely was an emotional one such as (perceived) lack of progress, lack of motivation etc.
Also, if you have health issues or take any medication, it’ll affect your weight loss process significantly.
When trying to making a change to a healthier lifestyle, most people fail because they try to do too much too quickly, which can quickly lead to abandoning the new habit.
For a habit to stick, you should start off with one or two SMALL changes at a time, such as reducing your intake of a particular food, or adding in something healthier like a salad etc. Once that change has become a habit where you don’t think about it anymore, (such as brushing your teeth or taking a shower), you can add on another small change.
Over a period of a couple of years, this can lead to massive transformations in your health & fitness. And more importantly, the changes are sustainable.
In your case, I’d suggest you try intermittent fasting as it takes up quite lesser cognitive resources to manage effectively over long periods of time.