I’ll Never Do The Keto Diet Again, Why I’m Counting Macros Instead

  • When I first tried keto, I quickly lost 130 pounds, but found that the diet wasn’t sustainable for me.
  • Now I count macros to lose weight and rebuild my relationship with different types of food.
  • I want to eat meals that make me feel good about myself without attaching morality to certain foods.

Lots of people are singing the praises of the keto diet, and I was one of them. I lost 130 pounds in 14 months while being able to stuff my face with bacon. Although the diet was restrictive, it seemed sustainable – until it wasn’t.

I’m no longer on the keto diet as I eventually found it wasn’t right for me. For example, following it raised my cholesterol levels and gave me food fatigue. I have also gained a lot of weight since I stopped doing keto.

Instead, I now count macros — adding up the total number of grams of protein, carbs, and fat I eat per meal. By counting macros, I focus on getting enough protein to maintain muscle mass while eating in a calorie deficit.

I’ve been following this method for a few months, and I already feel happier and less obsessed with my diet.

I’m trying to develop a really healthy relationship with food

Plastic container of chicken tikka dish next to a box with

I focus on meals that make me feel good.

Jennifer again

Although keto has helped me lose weight fast, I’m one of those people who hasn’t found the diet to be helpful in every way.

Keto did me no favors in terms of healing my relationship with food and aided my eating disorders by assigning a certain level of morality to what I ate.

If I went out to dinner with my partner and ate a few fries, I had an overwhelming sense of guilt and felt that I had “failed” somehow.

This time around, I’m trying to find real middle ground and learn the meaning of moderation, which is easier said than done.

I focus on how food makes me feel rather than how I look

I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to lose the weight I regained after quitting keto, but that’s not my main goal this time around.

As I begin my journey with macros, I have an incredible level of fitness under my belt, which is very different from when I started my keto experience. I also approach food as a way to feel stronger and give me more stamina for workouts.

It’s a real mindset shift, and I’m more drawn to foods that make me feel good than things that I feel like I have to eat because they fit a certain diet.

I eat fewer processed and “keto-friendly” treats

Full plate of squash, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, stuffing, turkey, leafy greens and a bun

I try to give up attaching morality to the food on my plate.

Jennifer again

Not everyone on keto falls into this trap, but some of us end up eating lots of processed foods to make up for what our diets are lacking.

For example, when I was on keto, I ate sausages, bacon, and other processed meats daily. It destroyed my cholesterol level. Because I couldn’t enjoy regular ice cream or cookies, I also loaded up on protein bars or other versions of keto-friendly treats that were generally high in calories and fat but not very nutritious.

Now that I’m counting macros, I make lean protein my priority and fill my plate with plant-based foods like sweet potatoes, beans, leafy greens, and squash. If I want a cookie, I eat a real one. I still occasionally eat sausage and bacon.

I learn to practice patience

When I went on the keto diet, I felt good about losing weight fast, but I also found out how unsustainable it was after I put it back on.

My method of counting macros will probably mean that it will take me a lot longer to shed a few pounds. But this time I don’t want to lose so much and I want to do it right.

Above all, I view macro counting as a lifestyle change, not a diet with an end date and end goal.

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