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I Lost 20 Pounds in 2 Weeks With This Diet and No Exercise

Ketos of Manila’s feel-good food won’t make you feel like you’re on a diet at all. 
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Last year, I thought I was living the most sedentary life working in front of a computer for eight hours a day, with the only exercise I had being the daily walk from the drop-off point on EDSA to my cubicle at the office. I averaged 6,000 steps a day, according to my Garmin watch.

But that was before the lockdown. Now, my daily walk to work was reduced to three steps from my bed to my desktop. I stopped looking at my daily steps, which have since lingered around 1,000 a day, including the road bumps that get counted whenever I drive to 7-Eleven. 

Two weeks ago, I decided to try the 21-day keto challenge by Ketos of Manila. Under the program, a doctor and nutritionist will give you a free consultation so they can recommend the best type of meal program for you. My program was based on my age, weight, and height. They also asked about my medical history, particularly whether I am diabetic or have hypertension. 

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Losing 11 Pounds in Four Days

When my first meals started arriving, I had a period of adjustment that lasted for a day. I was used to eating heavy breakfasts, so when I opened my breakfast quiche and sugar-free Rite ’n Lite for the first day’s breakfast, I was still hungry afterward. So I cheated and ate additional sausage and eggs. This did not happen again, since Ketos of Manila provides filling meals and snacks.

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I weighed 288 pounds when I stepped on the scale. Four days later, I weighed 277 pounds, losing 11 pounds. That’s equivalent to losing almost three pounds a day

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Apart from my keto diet, I also started intermittent fasting. In the morning, I only take black coffee, and then eat my breakfast at 11 a.m. or 12 noon. I eat my last meal of the day at 6 p.m.  

Ketos of Manila Meals 

I’ve tried other keto food services in the past, but what I like about Ketos of Manila is how their meals are tastier, and none of them are repeated. 

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All of the meals have no rice, but they make up for it with large portions of meat (beef, chicken, pork, and fish). But what I really liked was how they don’t process their vegetables or turn them into rice substitute. My cauliflower and greens are served whole with some butter and mayo.  

I also appreciate how they served meals inspired by international cuisine, my favorite being the double chocolate chili with keto tortilla.

Double Chocolate Chili with Keto Tortilla

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Sometimes, I ask myself if I am really on a diet because diets are supposed to be difficult and punishing. "No pain, no gain," they said. I was looking for the catch in this diet but couldn't find it. 

Smoked Pork Ribs with White BBQ Sauce

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Keto Breaded Chicken with Homemade Ranch Dip and Salad Batons

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Slow-Cooked Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich with Creamy Slaw

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Miso Glazed Chicken With Sesame, Mushrooms, and Bokchoy

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Grilled Black Burger

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Was I Ever Hungry Throughout the Keto Diet?

No. 

To be honest, I only felt hunger pangs on the first day of my diet program, which is understandable because I still needed a little time getting used to my new set of meals. Since then, my body has adjusted well to my reduced food intake. 

Ketos of Manila is one of the companies under the Feel Good Food Group, which also runs The Sugar-Free Bakery. Once in a while, they sent extra treats from their bakery. My favorite treat, which I hadn't had in a very long time, was this very sweet milk tea which was delivered in a glass bottle. 

Seriously Sugar-Free Milk Tea

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There were days when my meals included cookies, pastries, and jell-O, which I like to eat cold. 

What Changes Did I Feel Throughout the Keto Diet?

Sitting in front of the computer for many hours a day is very tiring, and for a guy of my age (I'm 32) and weight, getting up from my seat becomes a challenge called Dead Butt Syndrome. It's a type of discomfort felt on the bum after rising from a prolonged sitting position. 

My weight probably had something to do with it because, after a week, the condition has greatly improved. 

I am no longer having cravings at night, and I get full easily when I eat. This is probably because my stomach shrunk when it noticed I hadn't been eating like how I used to. 

On the scientific side, I know my body is in a state of ketosis (in which it burns fat instead for energy in lieu of the sugars I eliminated from my diet). Ketos of Manila sends you a ketosis testing kit to see if your body is still burning fat more than carbs.

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Ketosis Testing Kit

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How Much are Ketos of Manila's Diet Plans?

It depends on what the doctor and nutritionist will advise for you and what your goals are. For me, I wanted to lose weight, and considering my case, Ketos of Manila gave me the K-Max Program under its 21-Day Keto Challenge. It costs P750 a day, but you can customize your plans when you consult with your dietician. Below is an example of their diet plans. 

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Losing 20 Pounds in 2 Weeks 

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It doesn't look much, but there are 20 pounds of fat missing from my belly and face now. And I lost them all eating these tasty meals from Ketos. Here are more meals I ate. 

Crispy Pork Belly Mangosteen Sinigang with Watermelon

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Breakfast Eggs and German Sausage

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Grilled Mahi Mahi (Fish)

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Grilled Salisbury Steak with Buttered Vegetables

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About Ketos of Manila

"Keto Tito" James Yulo Chi, CEO and founder of the Feel Good Food Group, started Ketos of Manila in 2017 as a ketogenic diet food delivery business. He was surprised at how keto consistently delivered weight loss results without feeling deprived of the diet. James and his team developed a menu consisting great tasting food inspired by international cuisine. Ketos of Manila is under the Feel Good Food Group which also runs The Sugar-Free BakeryEat's Life Manila, and the Nutritional Transformation Program

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James Yulo Chi, CEO and Founder of Feel Good Food Group

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