Meet Anita

My journey on the Ketogenic Diet actually began a few years ago when I had lunch with a woman whose son was an epileptic. This poor child had up to 400 seizures per day!

She told me an amazing story of struggle, heartache and pain that they endured going to doctor after doctor and even being advised to institutionalize this boy.

Then they found out about the Ketogenic Diet and he has been seizure free ever since. Sadly, he has some brain damage from all the seizures, but he functions enough to drive a car and have a job.

That story stuck in my brain for some time and I even wrote an article called The Ketogenic Diet Therapy on an info website.

But in my mind, this diet, with its very specific ratios, was a medical therapy and at the time, I didn’t think it applied to someone like me. Although, when she described it to me, I do remember thinking it sounded like a super low carb diet and perhaps someone could lose weight on it!

Fast forward to August 2013…

I had a knee injury that would change my life and not in a good way. Through all the doctors appointments, pain, being on waiting lists to see a knee surgeon, waiting list for an MRI, having surgery and then even more pain and now back on the waiting list to see the surgeon again, I developed a good dose of depression. And along with that depression came a significant weight gain.

When I topped out at my almost highest weight ever (see pictures below), I guess something clicked and I knew this was it. I started looking at low carb diets because they are the only thing that ever worked for me in the past. I am a middle aged, metabolically challenged woman. The weight does not come off easy! Plus with my knee still causing me great pain, my exercise options are limited and I am just not getting enough of it.

So I started off by following Atkins and Jorge Cruize. I think they are good diets, very low carb and I lost 6.5 pounds the first week. But it was while I searched for recipes on line that I came across blog posts and information about the Ketogenic Diet again.

Only not for epilepsy and cancer, but for weight loss. I was intrigued and read everything I could find. So then I switched gears and started on the Keto Diet road.

All of the articles I found were written by men and bodybuilders, and showed pictures of plate sized steaks and I wondered if this would turn away women like me. I don’t know, but I was inspired to document my journey here and hope it helps somebody. As a person who has struggled with weight issues all my life, sometimes we just need hope!

My plan is to not only document the journey, but to share recipes here that are both low carb and ketogenic friendly, as well as keep up with the latest news and science and share that here as well. I will also do book reviews as I get a chance to read and study what is out there.

Please check out my Keto Resources page as well as all my keto recipes!

So come along on my journey to lose weight on The Ketogenic Diet. (PS yes I did lose 100 pounds doing Keto!)

Here are my before and after (actually still-a-work-in progress) photos.

246 thoughts on “About KetoWoman”

  1. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to find your site. I lost 36 lbs four years doing Atkins for 9 months but slowly went off. Since then, I gained all but about 7 back. I need to lose about 65 lbs. I gained most of the weight in my 40’s, having struggled with 10-15 lbs for years before that. Early 50’s are not turning out to be any easier for weight loss!

    A couple of weeks ago, my husband’s doctor sent him to the nutritionist who counseled lots of fruits and veggies (50%), 25% “healthy carbs,” and 25% lean meats. I tried it with him for a week and gained 2lbs. Now, I’m going full-keto. After only a few days I feel better and have lost several pounds. Best of all, even though I wasn’t a bread or wheat eater, my joints feel better.

    I’m loving reading your recipes as well as the comments from all the other 50+ ladies (and younger!) here. It is a real encouragement. Thank you for your website!

    1. so happy when I hear stories like this! Whenever I stray away, even just for a few days I can definitely feel the difference in my joints. Keto is anti inflammatory for me and I’m sure for many others as well. We just don’t feel it as much when we are younger and can assault our bodies without consequences (at least we think so!). I love how I feel on keto.

  2. Just found your post on egg fasts and am going to try it (I’ve been stalled for almost a year!) And I noticed in another comment you said you’re in BC near the US border… I am too, I wonder if we are in the same town! Small world ?

  3. I have to say I love your site. I have 150 lbs to lose and I am on my third week. I did not weigh in cause I have a hate relationship with scales but going by how I feel I love it! I suffer from chronic pain from inflammation and was diagnosed with lupus close to 20 years ago. The energy I have gotten back is making me know this is the way I need to go. Also the joint pain has been cut in half! Thanks for all the wonderful info and recipes to help me on my journey.

    1. These are the stories that I love to hear! Don’t ever give up! So many of my aches and pains, such as plantar fasciatus just went away! All the best to you!

  4. Oh! I’m so excited to hear you’ve lost all of your weight, sweetie! I just turned the big 5-0 & have lost a lot of weight over the years (i.e. 80 lbs., with keto I had 4 kids in 5 years). I want to do the egg fast for a month with your transition plan to see what happens with weight (I am hoping for a size or two down) & sort of wish I could add 1 tsp. of unsweetened gelatin to my BPC (butter & MCT oil), but I know there are proteins in unsweetened gelatin. I take it for arthritis. Willing to give it up for a month though. What is your take on this? TY & it’s great to share with so many of you! Happy New Year from Nova Scotia! :)) ps…just getting rid of the last of my bacon & avacado to kick off the Egg Fast tomorrow (so excited!!). :))

    1. Well I haven’t quite lost it all, it gets harder as your weight gets lower. But I’m super happy where I am compared to being over 300! Egg Fast for a month is pretty challenging! Maybe start with 5 days EF and 5 days transition. On the transition days go ahead and have the gelatin, I completely get why you are having it. Good luck!

  5. Help!! I’m trying not to get discouraged but it’s been hard. My info: Female, 61 yrs old 185lbs I started Keto diet on Dec 1st (my boyfriend also started with me. He has lost 21lbs and I’ve lost 2lbs. On week 3 weight in I was down 7lbs but I have slowly gained 5lbs back. I am following the same diet as BF and we are doing the Diet Doctor recipes and menu (20 carbs or less) I have the strips and seem to go in and out of ketosis. I am wondering if my thyroid med or BP med has anything to do with this. I tend to retain water easily and last night had chicken soup so maybe the salt was too much?? Do you have any suggestions ?

    1. well, I am 59 now and our age does not help this situation! What keto/low carb strategies that worked for me 20 years ago, do not work for me any more!

      I have heard this over and over again from women who are middle aged and up.

      So I was stuck at the same weight losing the same 5 pounds over and over again for months. I did an egg fast just to see if things would move again and they did. I lost another 50 pounds by cycling through egg fast and keto. What I learned through all that was that even though I was staying low carb, it was no longer enough for me. I had to severely cut back on dairy (HWC and cheese).
      I don’t know if that would help you or not but I thought I would mention it just in case.

      I wrote about that experience here

      The other thing that I hear from women our age is that calories do matter for us. I think this is true as well. We all love to say that when doing keto/low carb we can eat whatever we want as long as we stay below 20 g carbs. I don’t think our metabolisms can handle that. I wish it could and I am no scientist or doctor, but I hear this over and over again. I find that for myself 1400 calories or so is my tipping point.

      anyways, I wish there was a magic pill for you, me and everyone else like us! But I hope this helps for what it’s worth.

      1. Hello, trying to start this Keto Plan and having hard time synching “Diet Doctor” recipes with MyFitnessPal.com. I do want to track my calories…pls advise?

        1. You can enter the recipe right into My Fitness Pal, enter the # servings and it will figure out the calories and macros for you based on that.

  6. Hello from B.C.!
    Your story is so inspirational; and your Egg Fast recipes look delicious – I’m beginning an egg fast tomorrow to see if I can crush a weight stall. My goal is to get rid of (because I’m not looking to find it again) 76 pounds – I have 54 lbs to go. Like yourself, I am in my mid-late fifties, IR and the weight reduction has been steady (except recently) but not coming off like gang-busters. The keto diet has however given me my life back. I stopped taking statins, and my mobility has improved remarkably. I had Trochanteric bursitis and was barely able to walk because the pain was excruciating – now… I outpace my younger hubby ;)
    I am able to sleep sounder, have more energy etc… all this after only 11 weeks. This is a lifestyle I plan to stick with, I cannot fathom going back to the old way of eating. Thank you for sharing your journey – it does help those of us who struggle one pound at a time. Kudos!

    1. Wow, thank you so much for leaving this comment! I always love to hear from people who have struggled like me and have found a new lease on life with the healing power of lowering carbs and eating more fat! Keep it up!

  7. Hello,
    I’m a producer at NBC’s Today show.
    I’m searching for people who have tried the Keto diet -I’d like to interview them about their experiences.
    I’m 646-981-5971
    Best, Kate Uebergang

  8. Congratulations! You are amazing. Unfortunately I can’t figure out how to follow your site. I guess I will have to bookmark it. I want to continue watching your progress. I started Keto about 11 weeks ago. My goal is to go from 154 to 120 and I am now at 139. I’m having fun creating recipes and trying some that I find online too. Even grocery shopping has become more enjoyable, like a treasure hunt for good stuff. God bless you.

  9. So I have been on the keto diet for almost 3 wks. I’m in ketosis…for over a week now. iI’m healthy, take no meds, don’t really exercise. walk some,…i want to lose about 20-25lbs. I’ve lost 3 then gained 1 back! what am i DOING wrong??

    1. There is just no way of knowing from the information given. Many people think ketosis means losing weight. But unless you are consuming less than what your body actually needs you won’t lose weight in ketosis either. Just throwing that out there, I don’t know if it applies to you or not.

    2. Best low carb high fat and keto website : dietdoctor.com
      website full of video of doctors explaining how and why it works, recipes, meal plans. It’s free for one month (but it’s worth the 9 dollars per month after that to support the spread news)
      I have lost 10 Kg in 8 weeks, without being hungry and feeling great!

  10. Thank you so much for this story I am also a middle aged woman who was never heavy till mid life and now need to lose at least 50lbs. I have had some success with lo carb but I am now going stricty LCHF. i have read numerous articles, books and papers and started a week and a half ago. I am a good cook and just made your hollendaise egg cups amazing! Thanks and hope to follow you.

    1. Mmm, I was just sitting here thinking about what to make for breakfast and your comment came in. Sometimes I forget about my own recipes! Glad you liked it! I love to cook too. Best of luck with LCHF, you are going to feel great!

  11. I have just been very naughty after many weeks of car free eating. My biggest weakness is chocolate which is really bad as I am lactose intolerant. Now I feel ready to throw up and have a really weird metallic taste in my mouth. How can I get back to feeling normal quickly?

    1. I’m sure many people can relate to this. And it’s a tough time of year. Just get back up and start again, it’s all you can do. You’ll feel better after it’s all out of your system.

  12. I’m going now a month into Keto diet. I workout 5x a week doing circuit training (bootcamp). I keep my carbs 1200 or below as per recommendation from online macro calculator. I lost about 5 lbs the first 2 weeks but now, I’m at a plateau. The weight is either staying the same or I’ll gain 1 lb here and there. I have introduced intermittent fasting and still nothing. Any suggestions?

    1. I’m assuming you meant 1200 calories? Carbs should be below 20 for weight loss. 1200 calories might be too low with all that exercise too. It’s really hard to make any suggestions with knowing so little about you because there are so many variables. Height, weight, age, medications, hormones, foods, dairy, all of these things are a factor.

  13. I have been on the keogenic diet for 3 weeks and I absolutely love it.
    I am in moderate ketosis (ketostix) and losing weight. My only problem is that I can’t sleep. All the literature I have read says that I should be having 8-9 hours sleep, no problem. Well there is a problem – I can’t sleep. I have tried extra magnesium but it doesn’t seem to help. Any suggestions?

    1. I am sorry to hear that, I have not had that problem before so I’m not sure what to advise. Maybe some of the readers here will have a suggestion. And I assume you are not drinking coffee in the evening or having chocolate? Those things will for sure mess up my sleep.

    2. I do not know if you will see my reply, but I had this problem when I first started. I credit it to the idea at first your body is an inferno when it converts to burning fat. Instead of the ebb and flow of carb burning, when you are burning fat it is sustained over the whole day. Over time you will adapt. Wait it out, the reward for me is increased energy levels, and stamina that I have not had since I was a teen. Good luck, hang in there.

    3. Hi Julia, I am on Keto and have read quite a bit about this. Sometimes very low carb diets can cause problems with sleep which is why they advise eating carbs at dinner like sweet potato (not bread or other sugary carbs). This helps to relax your body. A couple of books you might like: The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey and The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson. Sometimes no matter what you eat you cannot lose the weight and that is due to your adrenals being overworked (too much cortisol which also causes poor sleep).

    4. I, too, had this problem at first, but it completely went away after a few weeks…just wanted you to know. I would read of everyone having wonderful sleep and wondered why I wasn’t a recipient of this…but it soon followed. Hang in there!

  14. Inspirational post, well done.

    I look at Keto as a way of improving health, with the side benefit weight loss. I didnt have much to lose, but still lost 24 pounds this year. Keto is amazing, and anyone spreading the word is good in my book.


  15. Great site I stumbled upon as I was looking for Keto meals for exercise. I heard do 3 days Keto and 4 days off. The latter to exercise. Well, I plan on 4 days a week exercise with Keto. Most important is my adult swim lessons where I need carbs for energy in the water. Any recommendations? Thank you!

    1. I have never heard of this 3 days keto and 4 days off. You will never get into ketosis like that. If you stay keto, after a few days of adjustment your body will be burning fat instead of glucose and carbs are not needed. But you have to stay on keto for that to ever happen. I don’t recommend going on and off like that.

      1. I saw your page on Facebook and began to read your journey. I have decided to start my journey and love the recipes you have. I have a significant amount of weight to lose and you are in inspiration to me. I am going to give it a try. Thanks so much!

  16. Hi! Thank you so much for sharing your egg fast schedule, recipes and results. I need to get some mayo and plan on starting tomorrow. I requested to join your Egg Fast Stall Breaker group last night. Can you add me? :) My name is Erin Hall.

  17. I have been following the Keto diet for 3 weeks.. Using my fitness pal to keep track and ketostix to show I’m in Keto. But have only lost 5 lbs.. Very frustrating to follow so strictly and only have this result.. Is this normal, what else can I do to bump it up”

    1. This is very hard to answer because I don’t know anything about you and keto means different things to each person you ask. So I’ll just list some of the things that slow down weight loss and maybe 1 or 2 of them will click with you. Age (as in the older you get, the slower the weight loss), hormones, medications, dairy, sweeteners, processed foods even if low carb, nuts, carbs too high in general, fat too low.

  18. Has anyone had or have any ideas on how to counteract the “female keto flu”? I have been doing the keto diet since May 2nd and I have not had a period in 5 years. But since starting the diet, I have already gotten it one and I feel like I’m about to get it again. Someone said the diet could bring on a heavier period and I have endometriosis really bad, the last few weeks have been hard to say the least. I’d be open to any ideas on how to counteract this without going off the diet. Thanks for your help!

    1. I would guess that you may have Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome. I have PCOS and didn’t have a period for over three years. When I went on a low carb keto diet I got my period in FOUR days! It was really heavy and irregular for three or four months as my body tried to regulate itself. A keto diet is great for PCOS because the syndrome causes insulin resistance. The ovaries turn all that extra blood sugar floating around into hormones, which throw everything out of whack causing more insulin resistance, and so on in a downward (or upward on the scale) spiraling cycle. By cutting all the carbs and sugar out of the diet, the body ceases to have all that sugar floating around to be turned into hormones and the cycle is broken. My doctor was treating me for PCOS so I talked to him about my problem with a heavy, almost non-stop period. He told me to wait things out and give my body time to adjust. I would say it probably took about six months for me to get a completely regular period. Things have finally normalized for me and many of my other PCOS symptoms have vanished. I have also lost 95 pounds. I don’t know if what you are dealing with is the same thing that I have fought, but I hope maybe that helps.

    2. Hi Brooke, I have had a similar case myself and from super sleuth detective work I have read the following information out there…..I do not know if this is true at all (but because people use the keto diet to improve fertility, I do think there has to be truth to it) OK….so oestrogen can be released from fat cells when they break down so this means there is extra going about in your body. This often triggers a cycle as a result! I’ve had two in less than two months and they are the first in years!

      1. wow, this is interesting. I’m a week in and have lost weight already (but I have around 90 to lose). I had a hysterectomy about 9 months ago which left only ovaries. I have felt awful the last 3 days….weapy, racing thoughts, and sweating alot especially. I wonder if it’s because of an estrogen rush. I’m not menapausal yet and don’t take hormones. I am not sure if I’m in ketosis, but I hope so. My first mistake was taking the advice of a fitness “guru” who said to drop my water intake by half each day, for 6 days. I was on day 4 and so dehydrated I felt like I was going to go crazy so I let myself have some water. It made the dizziness go away somewhat. ALSO, I am not sleeping well yet. The first day I went on this style of eating I started sleeping much worse. Hoping it adjusts soon!!

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