A woman has revealed how she lost more than 100 pounds in just one year following a ‘lazy keto’ — her own simplified version of the popular high-fat, low-carb diet.
Megan Faraday, 25, from Ontario, Canada, told Good Morning America that she had been feeling ‘really uncomfortable’ with herself for a long time when she woke up one morning and decided to ‘try keto to see if it sticks.’
But instead of going all in and counting every macronutrient she ate, she focused solely on the amount of carbohydrates she was consuming, which helped her ditch the fast food, bread, potatoes, and pasta she used to eat.
Before and after: Megan Faraday, 25, from Ontario, Canada, lost 100 pounds in one year
Transformation: Mega was feeling ‘really uncomfortable’ with herself when she woke up one day and decided to try the high-fat, low-carb keto diet
‘It’s keto without all of the hardcore rules,’ she said of her ‘lazy keto’ plan. ‘I figured out how to calculate net carbs [the total grams of carbohydrates in a food minus the grams of fiber] and just went from there.’
Focusing on her carb intake helped her overhaul her diet so that she was eating more fresh vegetables and lean proteins. In just one month, she dropped 15 pounds, and the weight loss was a motivator for her to keep going.
Megan was able to stick to her approach because she didn’t feel deprived. She was able to eat a lot of things she normally would with just a few tweaks.
Tweaks: Instead of going all in and counting every macronutrient she ate, she focused solely on the amount of carbohydrates she was consuming
Lifestyle change: Megan’s ‘lazy keto’ approach helped her overhaul her diet and ditch the fast food, bread, and pasta she used to eat
Getting toned: Megan also started running and now works out three to five days a week
Focused: Megan now eats fresh vegetables and lean proteins. She is starting to reintroduce carbohydrates into her diet while still losing weight
‘It’s a lot of things you would be eating otherwise, just minus the carbs. Things like chicken wings that you wouldn’t normally think of as diet foods,’ she told GMA of her diet. ‘And it’s easy to make regular recipes that I would have been eating before more keto-friendly.’
Within a year, she has lost 107 pounds, and now she is slowly reintroducing carbs back into her diet while continuing her weight loss.
Losing weight also inspired Megan to get in shape after previously having difficulty walking up a flight of stairs. Now she runs and works out three to five times a week.
‘My total attitude to life has changed completely,’ she explained, noting that she is now more outgoing and finds it easier to manage her anxiety.
Yum: ‘It’s a lot of things you would be eating otherwise, just minus the carbs. Things like chicken wings that you wouldn’t normally think of as diet foods,’ she said
Incredible: Megan said her ‘total attitude to life has changed completely’ since she started her version of the diet
Getting there: Megan has been sharing before-and-after photos of her transformation as well as updates on her progress on her Instagram page
Inspiring: Megan has nearly 15,000 followers on her Instagram page
‘I’m a lot happier now, a lot happier with myself,’ she said.
Megan has been sharing before-and-after photos of her transformation as well as updates on her progress on her Instagram page, which has nearly 15,000 followers.
In a recent post highlighting her weight loss, she shared her ‘top tips for a happier and healthier life’ in the caption.
‘Get up early, drink your water, eat real and whole foods, give yourself a compliment each day, don’t beat yourself up if your nutrition wasn’t on point for the day or you didn’t get your exercise in (just try to do better tomorrow) and last but not least do not dwell on the things you cannot change,’ she wrote.