KETO

  • Eating 1200 Calories and NOT Losing Weight? Here’s Why.

    Still eating 1200 Calories and not losing weight? Read on to learn why.

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    If you are eating 1200 calories and not losing weight, I understand why you are frustrated. You’ve probably been told that eating 1200 calories and not losing weight is not possible– you must be doing something wrong. You’ve probably told yourself you need to add more cardio. You’ve probably thought about even cutting those calories lower- am I right?  DON’T! If you are eating 1200 calories and not losing weight, there is a reason! Based on what I’ve learned, 1200 calories is TYPICALLY too low for most women ESPECIALLY if you are working out in addition to eating 1200 calories. Where this idea came from about the 1200 calorie a day diet I don’t know- but use this blog post as your red flag. The reason you are eating 1200 calories and not losing weight is because you are likely undereating and overtraining like I did for years — you PROBABLY. need to slowly up your calories through a reverse diet (I suggest you do this through a qualified trainer….I recommend Alex Mazzurco who I used– you can inquire with her here) and heal your body. You’ll be surprised how your body will recover and rebound when it is FUELED!! We’ll get into that later in this post. Just know that LIKE YOU– I too was once eating 1200 calories and not losing weight. I too was frustrated and angry. But I learned why it wasn’t working. In this post I’ll share what I’ve learned has worked and how I have now transformed my body at age 52 and recently lost 24 inches and 18+ pounds and am still losing and will likely hit. my goal weight of 138 in the next month or so! EASILY– the way it should be. Weight loss should be a death sentence and 1200 calories a day is close to it. Let’s dive in and learn why 1200 calorie a day diets are not a good idea anymore, shall we? 

    1200 Calorie Diet

    Why you are eating 1200 calories and not losing weight.

    Before we go any further, I want to say that I’m writing this post from MY EXPERIENCE. Everything here is written in my OPINION. I’m not writing this as if this is in medical journal– this is my opinion based on a lot of reading and data and information from trainers and doctors– so you do with it what you will, my goal is always to help you make better informed decisions, not to suggest that I am the only right perspective out there. 

    The reason you are (probably) eating 1200 calories and not losing weight is– if you are like I was for years– you are probably UNDEREATING (1200 calories is incredibly low, that’s the lowest anyone should go for daily caloric intake) and OVERTRAINING. 

    If you are exercising daily 4-6x a week and burning even 200-250 calories, you are overdoing it and your body is in WTH mode. 

    Whether you call it “starvation mode” or cortisol-is-getting-jacked-up mode or whatever, things are NOT GOOD. Your body is not being taken care of…..and ultimately, IT WILL FIGHT YOU BACK. 

    You’ll start to gain weight around your middle. That’s the cortisol/stress reaction. It happened to me. Your body and your mind are STRESSED THE HELL OUT that you are so active and UNDERFED and then — you are probably wigging out every day WORRYING ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT– so you are adding extra anxiety– and THAT is affecting your cortisol. This becomes a hurricane of bad hormonal activity underneath the skin. 

    If you add in anything else like taking antibiotics, birth control pills, anti-depressants, or any other kinds of prescribed drugs….that plus any kinds of fake foods with bad chemicals…..that plus all the lovely environmental factors affecting our hormones….you’ve got a tsunami of madness going on preventing your body from performing as it should. 

    Crazy right? IT ALL ADDS UP. But see, this is the BIG PICTURE stuff that we all don’t think about — for years I ONLY thought about my workouts and my calories. 

    It took me years to understand the “bigger picture” part of things…..how much my anxiety and my STRESSING OUT ABOUT MY BODY and losing weight was ADDING TO THE PROBLEM and jacking up my cortisol and messing up my hormones. I didn’t realize that because I was on The Pill and Spironolactone, my testosterone was suppressed and that was making it very hard to lose fat. I didn’t know that all the antibiotics I was on were creating a nightmare in my gut. I didn’t realize that 2 hours of training a day was overtraining. I didn’t realize how much of a binge eater I had become. I didn’t realize a LOT. I hope that by sharing here– I help a lot of YOU wake up. The more we talk about these things the more we can get past them. 

    The bottom line is this– starving ourselves or close to it and overtraining and being obsessive about our weight loss is a road to destroying our health. I was DESTRUCTIVE to my body for years and had to UNDO a lot…..I want to SAVE YOU TIME!! Don’t make the mistakes I did! Stop eating too little! Eat more! Lift heavy- focus on rest and recovery and self-care…..you’d be amazed what that will do for you. 

    In my future blog posts, I will go into greater detail on what that looks like. In other words– how do we get away from this diet culture that’s been around for decades of 1200 calorie diets (there is nothing wrong with a diet ok??) and get to a place where we respect and understand our bodies more and give ourselves more GRACE and TIME and understanding and stop the whole COMPARISON thing…..these are all lessons I have learned and practices I’ve adapted that have helped me tremendously in my “new” life. 

    I’m not the overwhelmingly insecure woman I was 3 years ago. I’m happy to share how I got here. So be sure you are subscribed– I’d love to take you with me. 

    Tell me where you are right now– are you currently dieting and eating a really calorically LOW diet? Does it freak you out the idea of a reverse diet and healing? Or do you know that’s what you need? What questions can I answer? Let’s stop treating ourselves like crap and running ourselves in the ground all for the sake of losing weight. Fitness is supposed to be FUN. I’m losing weight now and — I’m eating foods I LOVE, enjoying adult beverages, working out actually less than ever, loving my life and feeling GREAT..this is how it should be!! No more feeling dead to the world and stressed out all the time! Cheers to that!!! 

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    If you enjoyed this post — it’s highly likely you’ll want to check out these ones as well. I recommend the following: Why I Said NO to the 75 Hard Challenge: CLICK HERE. And How to Lose Weight After Age 40 CLICK HERE. And My KETO Transformation CLICK HERE. See you soon! 

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  • What Can I Eat On Keto? A Day In The Life of My Keto Diet.

    What I Typically Eat On the Keto Diet.

    Are you thinking about going on the keto diet but finding yourself wondering “What can I eat on the keto diet?”? I hear you! For the longest time I said I would NEVER GO KETO! I wondered the same thing — if you cut carbs and limit protein, “what can I eat on the keto diet anyway?”. Don’t worry, this blog post will share with you a day in the life of my new Keto Diet Experience. I’ll share what you can eat on the keto diet- and the foods I regularly make and eat and enjoy on the keto diet. If you want to know ‘what can I eat on the keto diet’- I have your answers ready.

    After you read this blog post, you’ll feel so much better about what you can eat on the keto diet because, it’s a LOT. Too many people don’t want to “go keto” because they think it’s too limiting and because like you they get hung up on “what can I eat on the keto diet”– but they don’t really look into it, and because they don’t understand how much great food they CAN have, they never start

    You’ll be ready to dive in and start going keto — if you want to lose pounds and inches like me that is-– after you read this blog post on what you can eat on the keto diet. I’ve lost 15 pounds and 18.25 inches in 11 weeks- want to join me? Let’s go. 

    A Typical Day For Me: What I Eat On the KETO Diet

    I’m going to go through my typical day first then share some TIPS for you on how to succeed. I am practicing intermittent fasting right now, it just works for me right now. I wake up every day around 5:30am (this is new) and I make a bottle of my Pruvit exogenous ketones (the ketones are one of my KEY success factors…not only do they taste damn delicious but – they way have boosted my energy and curbed my appetite is outrageous. I cannot recommend them enough for every person on the planet. You should be getting on the ketones train yesterday. PM me to get started) then go do my yoga. After yoga, I make my Pruvit Keto Koffee (this is also relatively new- formerly I was making my own coffee with coconut cream and almond milk but I am now 100% an addict to Keto Kreme. Cannot get enough! PM me to order and get on autoship. After my coffee (I only have one cup- used to do 2-3 cups of coffee), I get to work. A little later, I make my 1st Phorm Reds + Greens + L-Glutamine drink— been doing this for well over a year and it’s for my gut health. You can order by clicking through the link above or email me for info: both my hubby and I take them each morning and swear by it. Then a bit later in the morning I take L-Carnitine (recommended by my doctor for fat burning) I also get this from 1st Phorm so you can buy it here. Sometimes- I’ll have another ketones drink around the time of my workout (around 11am usually). If not, I eat lunch after my workout. 

    So what do I eat for lunch? I’ll share some regular lunches: 2 organic, grass fed beef hot dogs on a plate with 1 slice american cheese (divided), topped with mustard and a bit of ketchup (I eat with a fork) then I have some green beans. Another lunch is to make a burger with cheese (I buy organic grass fed burgers you can just heat in microwave or in pan), I eat the same way on a plate with ketchup/mustard/real mayo/onion/jalapeno and then on the side will do a green veggie. Another favorite is rotisserie chicken chopped up with real mayo- chicken salad on a lettuce– you can’t believe how FILLING this is!! Also- Trader Joe’s has this Buffalo Chicken Dip I am OBSESSED WITH- sometimes I eat this for a meal with plantain chips don’t judge me. If we have chicken tenders cooked up I’ll heat those on the stove and put them in the egg life wraps mentioned below (those are IDEAL to wrap up ANYTHING) and add guacamole, lettuce, tomato, cheese etc.– whatever Mexican condiments you want. Sometimes I might make tuna salad. If we make a meatloaf the night before, that might be my lunch the next day– with green beans. Trader Joe’s also has this pre-cooked Wild Alaskan Salmon that you can just heat up– OMG soo good. Trader Joe’s is a keto person’s best friend for reals. 

    If I eat out– it’s gonna be a cheeseburger on plate or some type of huge salad with some protein and real dressing– but I watch for things like croutons and hidden carbs and fruits. I also eat intuitively. You’ll notice when you go keto and EAT REAL FOODS (Not fake packaged foods and protein shakes/bars) you’ll get full faster and your appetite will change remarkably– of course the ketones are a huge part of that. 

    Dinner is easy. My husband is NOT keto but we find it easy to eat together. 

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    Dinner is easy: my husband is NOT keto but we find it easy to cook meals we both love- that let me eat keto and we both enjoy the food. We make WINGS all the time in the air fryer— you’d never know they are gluten free with no breading. To die for. We dip them in Sweet Baby Ray’s (linked below) wing sauce and Ranch and OMG heaven. 

    We also make smashburgers on our new Kamado Joe Grill (I Just bought that as a gift for my man and he could not be more happy– we found out they have a rotisserie grill option — just ordered that too!!!) 

    We often order fish tacos from our favorite restaurant– they normally come wrapped in a flour tortilla of course but I ask for mine “deconstructed” on lettuce- I then wrap mine in the Egglife wraps and dip them in extra chipotle mayo…..divine!! 

    Everything is adaptable. 

    Also– when we get sushi– do I have rice? Yes. But I looked up how many carbs are in white rice. So I know that 1/4 cup white rice has about 11-15 carbs– I am for 1/4 cup. It’s very easy to hit 1/4 cup. But I don’t try to be 100% ZERO CARBS. Like if I go to a restaurant and order a double cheeseburger on a plate – it’ll likely come with fries, so I will have a few- and that’s it. Just like having SOME rice but not a ton. It works.

    We made this chicken stir-fry copy-cat recipe- and Steve had his with rice and I just skipped the rice and had mine in a lettuce wrap. 


    The truth is, I really REALLY only had a moderately “hard” time the first week going keto and that was simply adjusting to “oh I can’t have THAT ANYMORE!”- but you learn and truthfully I don’t feel like I’m denying myself. I don’t feel pissed off, like I’m angry that I can’t have this or that. I really ENJOY this transformation so much, nothing can really tempt me to stray. 

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    My biggest tips for what not to do: don’t live on fake keto foods — eat real foods, look up keto recipes on Pinterest. Follow keto people on instagram– they give me sooo many ideas!! Make keto friends!! Seriously– buy some ketones from me — and get on autoship– they will change your life– they have changed mine. My husband takes them daily and he’s not even KETO!! I plan to be on this lifestyle forever– that doesn’t mean I’ll never have a piece of bread– but I’ll be able to manage it when I do. For now I am staying on this train until I hit my goal– at this point I’m just 12 pounds away from my initial goal weight of 138!!! Stay tuned for my progress and more updates on this keto journey– I’ve got lots to tell!! And be sure to let me know what questions YOU have on keto– I’m happy to help!!

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    Keto Essentials To Stock Up On NOW

    1. Pruvit Ketones: I suggest starting with our Challenge Pack (feel free to email me for questions kelly@kellyolexa.com) CLICK HERE to shop.

    2. BHU Foods Keto Cookie Dough: Obsessed CLICK HERE to stock up. 

    3. BHU FOODS KETO BITES (these are a bit messy to eat but worth it.) CLICK HERE

    4. RX BAR NUT BUTTER – all flavors really- CLICK HERE

    5. Sweet Baby Ray’s Wing Sauce (OBSESSED) CLICK HERE.

    6. Egglife Wraps: Buy these in bulk, you can also buy at Target from what I understand CLICK HERE

    7. Plantain Chips: these are my go-to carb (1 carb each) but I can’t live without them. CLICK HERE.

    But Wait There's MORE!

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    If you enjoyed this post you’ll probably want to check out these gems: 

    1. VIDEO: CLICK HERE Does Keto Really Work For Women Over 40?

    2. VIDEO: CLICK HERE Do Keto and Intermittent Fasting Work?

    3. VIDEO: CLICK HERE  Why you’re not losing weight on keto.

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  • How to Lose Weight After Age 40 Part TWO

    The Best Diet to Lose Weight For Women Over 40.

    best diet to lose weight for women over 40

    If you are wondering how to lose weight after age 40, this episode is for you. I cover everything on what NOT to do and then- what TO DO – in my opinion that WILL WORK. If you want to lose weight after 40, it takes extra work and diligence but it’s worth it. And I know, because I’ve been there done that on both sides. I’ve wasted a lot of time doing all the wrong things and now I’m experiencing the best of success and that’s what I want for YOU! I will help you learn how to lose weight after 40 easily (yes it can be done easily! It just takes consistency and focus). Tune in to this 2 part episode to learn more. You can CLICK HERE to listen to part 1.

    But WAIT There’s MORE!

    But Wait Theres More

    If you enjoyed this episode – there are a few others I’m guessing you’ll want to check out. 1) My interview with Alex Mazzurco about her year of healing, which is why I hired her last year as my trainer, she’s amazing. CLICK HERE to listen to that. 2) Here is my interview with Cathe Friedrich on why strength training is so important for women over 40. CLICK HERE to listen to that one.3) The #1 Mistake Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight After Age 40 CLICK HERE

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