Make no mistake, the keto diet works just as most other diets on the market work. Think about it. If people did not lose weight after they buy a diet book and carried out its tips and tricks, that book will soon be out of print.
The great thing about the global market for weight-loss products (and all the other markets for that matter) is that it has a self-adjusting and self-policing internal mechanism.
This is called the “supply and demand.” If a particular product doesn’t do what it claims to do, few people would buy it. The word will get out and people would stop buying that product.
This is why I could say with full conviction that the majority of weight-loss books out there work. Most of those programs do deliver.
The problem is there are two timelines involved. You can’t just focus on the first timeline. I am, of course, talking about short-term weight loss. Sure, you go on a diet and within the first three weeks, you lose quite a bit of weight. Awesome! The problem is can you sustain it so you keep the weight off for life?
Sadly, when the conversation turns in that direction, most people fail with most diets. There I said it! The reason is simple. A lot of us start to fight ourselves the moment we try to change ourselves. We’re used to doing things a certain way. We have certain food habits just as we develop certain life habits. We are the products of our habits. There’s no need to deny this because it’s absolutely true.
We can make all sorts of excuses. We can make come up with all sorts of seemingly reasonable-sounding justifications but, at the end of the day, we are the products of our habits.
The great thing about the keto diet is that enables us to embrace these habits that we normally feel we should apologize for. If you like fatty foods, then you, like most other people, would probably be talking about feeling guilty that you eat certain things.
You might even try to sweep it under the rug. You might even try to distract people in discussions but, the truth is, you’re entitled to that. That’s part of your flavor preferences. That’s part of who you are.
The keto diet enables you to embrace that within a certain framework. As long as you stick within this framework, your love for fatty food or food that makes you feel guilty will actually help you lose weight.
Short-Term Weight Loss versus Long-Term Weight Loss
I can say with full conviction that you can lose quite a significant amount of weight on the short-term with the keto diet. Don’t be surprised if you lose ten pounds, fifteen pounds or even thirty pounds or more. If you pair your new keto diet with a moderate-exercise program, expect even more weight loss.
What really excites to me about this diet is not the short-term weight loss. Let’s be honest with ourselves here. Most other diets are able to do deliver on this. Most other diets, as I have mentioned, won’t be in the market if they could not deliver some sort of initial short-term weight loss.
The keto diet is no exception to this. What makes it exceptional, on the other hand, is its ability to deliver sustainable weight loss. In other words, you lose weight and you keep the pounds off. This is what makes it exciting and on this count, I really cannot give you a range of how much weight you could lose.
It really all boils down to whether you can commit to sustainable weight loss using the keto diet. Please understand that, just like any other diet, if you go into the keto diet completely unprepared, chances are you will fail.
Again, we’re not talking ab out short-term weight loss. We’re not talking about the few pounds that you lose the first few weeks. We’re talking about the pounds coming back as you stumble and fall later on. That’s when the whole diet becomes unsustainable.