The website Reddit offers content threads based on specific topics. These are called “sub-Reddits.” My brother said one of the sub-Reddits is called r/keto and he used it to change his eating habits.
In the sidebar are must-read links for beginners. While I had read Protein Power years earlier, they offered information on r/keto I had either forgotten or never learned.
For example, you are encouraged to use heavy cream in your coffee because of its high-fat content:
I just discovered heavy whipping cream. It goes perfect in coffee, it has less then 1g carbs per oz, and you won’t need more then an ounce for a cup of coffee. It’s also good if you want something milky, you can do a 50/50 whipping cream and water mix, and it tastes really good.
I learned you want more fat because it makes the digestive process slower, which results in a decreased desire to snack between meals.
r/Keto users post all kind of tips and recipes, and their NSVs (non-scale victories) motivated me to look for successes outside of my routine visits to the scale.
I remember one morning I walked into work and one of my peers said, “Have you lost weight?”
“Yeah,” I answered. “About 30 pounds. Thanks for noticing.” It was my first NSV and it felt pretty good.
But that felt nowhere near as good as the day I pulled a pair of size 36 khakis out of my closet. I hadn’t worn them in years. When I first started, I wore size 44 pants.
I held those khakis in front of me. I figured if I was going to get them on, I’d have to lie down on the bed to fasten them, but even that would be a huge NSV. I put one leg in. Then the other. Pulled them up.
“Sara! Come here!”
I had to share this with somebody.