Now age 29, it has taken Jen nine months to lose 85 pounds, and diet played a huge role. She said for the first 30 days, she followed strictly keto, which did help her lose weight, but by the end, she said, "I knew it wasn't a way of eating I would be able to sustain."
Jen then switched to a strict low-carb, no-sugar way of eating, staying under 20 net carbs a day. This meant no sugar at all (yes, even no fruit!), and she drank a minimum of 100 ounces of water every day. She didn't count calories or track anything other than those 20 net carbs. "When I made that switch from keto to low-carb and no sugar, the weight just started melting off rapidly," Jen shared.
She did that for eight months and just recently switched to good old-fashioned calorie counting. She had stopped losing weight and realized she was eating too many calories, so now she uses MyFitnessPal to track her calories and said she's loving the freedom to eat foods she had given up for nine months. "Welcome back, delicious fruit!"
Her current weekly weight-loss goal is set at one and a half pounds a week, and she is considered very active, so it put her calorie goal at 1,550 a day. That number goes up dependent on the amount of calories she burns during exercise, but she usually doesn't eat those extra calories solely due to the fact that she just can't eat that much food anymore. "I am very thankful for the low-carb diet I did, as it naturally decreased my appetite over time and taught me discipline that I now use to keep from eating too much," Jenny said.