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I lost 140 pounds, and have kept it off going on 5 years now. I started out at size 26 weighing close to 300 pounds. On the BMI Scale, I ranked in the morbidly obese III category. Even at Lane Bryant, I had run out of sizes to grow into! Seat belts wouldn’t close on airplanes, and I could barely squeeze into rides at Disneyland.  I had just about given up on dieting altogether until I stumbled across the benefits of a keto inspired diet. Because I’m a rebel, I have trouble following rules. The traditional ketogenic diet was too constraining and strict for me to follow. Once I “allowed myself” to break the rules, and make the diet work for me on my own terms, I was able to lose weight quickly and with long term success. I call my personalized version of the keto diet, DIRTY, LAZY, KETO. That makes me sound a bit crazy, eh? By leaving behind the notions of the Atkins Diet Menu or Paleo Diet, I was able to get myself into ketosis and learn how to lose weight in a way that just makes common sense. Judge if you want to, but I’m walking proof of keto diet results! I lost 140 pounds, my friends! Literally, HALF of my entire body is GONE. No weight loss surgery or magic elixir here, just my own plan of  DIRTY, LAZY, KETO.

What is keto diet and ketosis? Is this the diet where you give up bread?

The traditional ketogenic diet is strict. Twenty carbs per day max! Strict keto diets basically give up everything fun. Artificial sweeteners like Splenda are frowned upon by the keto police, so fat bombs, a cold beer, and HALO ice cream are definitely out of the question (who invited THAT guy to the party?) Of course, I’m speaking generally here. I’m sure there are exceptions, but that’s pretty much the gist of eating keto on a strict ketogenic diet. Constantly trying to “eat perfectly” is tough for a lot of people (me included). In my opinion, there are WAY too many rules and expectations about eating a high-fat diet, a no sugar diet, high protein diet, NSNG or even intermittent fasting. It’s all too confusing and overwhelming.

In my own experience, I was able to enter ketosis, a stage of “fat burning”, WITHOUT following the strict rule book everyone else seems mesmerized by.

I’m a real woman with a job and a family, and I’ve found that eating keto doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I don’t need to buy all organic and track every morsel I eat on my phone. I can lead a normal life and still lose weight! I might ruffle some feathers with my opinions, but I don’t think having a Diet Coke once in a while is going to cause a permanent keto weight loss stall. It’s just not true. I speak from a successful experience!

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Why do I call my diet, DIRTY, LAZY, KETO? The term lazy in this world means to hell with all that tracking business. Before you rush to any judgment, understand that lazy keto can be just as successful as strict keto. Lazy keto doesn’t mean they are relaxing by the pool somewhere. Rather, “lazy” is just a coined term that describes a way of focusing on carb count only (not fat, protein or calories). Lazy keto dieters usually aren’t documenting every bite they eat with some little calculator or app. In general, lazy keto followers choose lower carb, higher fat foods to enjoy while staying “under” or “around” their carb goals/limits for the day.

So, what is all this “dirty” business about? Is there some X-rated version of keto out there in cyberspace? (Probably). Oh, we are a fun group, but not THAT kind of fun. Dirty keto dieters like to break the rules now and again with ingredient choices. Dirty Keto means being open to using sugar and grain substitutes to make a recipe feel more “like we are used to”. Dirty Keto means not being afraid of artificial anything. We are wild and crazy in that regard!

Let me help inspire and support you and you begin your own weight loss journey. Get your camera out now to take a selfie, because you will be amazed at your before and after weight loss photos!

Learn how you can personalize your own ketogenic diet in Stephanie’s best-selling book, DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Getting Started: How I Lost 140 Pounds. (Available only on Amazon). After you finish reading it, join my free interactive Facebook group. Share your experiences. Change your life.

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