YouTube Keto Tag | Answering 20 Questions
Time to answer some questions. I was
tagged in a game of Keto Tag, and I’m
gonna do that right after this.
Hey guys! Welcome to A.D. Keto. My name is Aaron. This is the channel where you can
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the bell. So guys, a few weeks ago, I was
tagged by Rich over at Keto Home. He
tagged me in a video.
He answered 20 keto questions, and then
tagged some channels that he liked at
the end. And I thought, “That sounds kind
of fun. I might do that very same thing.”
So I’m gonna answer those questions
Question 1 is: When did you decide to
make a change in your life? I can only
assume this means when did I start keto,
because I’ve made a lot of decisions to
make a change in my life. But I think
this one’s about keto. I started keto in
January of 2017, after years and years —
DECADES, really — of yo-yoing with my
weight. Up to 275, down to 220, up to 280,
down to 230, up to 260, down to 220. Just
back and forth. And I was tired of it. I
did some research on keto, tried it, fell
in love with it. I’m here for the long
January 2017 is when I started, and I’ve
been maintaining in the two teens since.
– two teens? – That’s a weird thing to
say… – teen… 210s…Between 210 and 219.
Sometimes creeping up into the 220s.
But that’s where I’ve been for the last
six months or so. So January 2017 is when
I started, to actually answer the
question. Question number two: What food
triggered you before keto? Easy one. Pizza.
Sour Patch Kids.
I can remember many a Tuesday my wife
and I would sit down, watch LOST —
actually the later seasons of LOST. We
were late to hop on the LOST train when
it was popular. So this is probably
2008? 2009? After the show stopped really
really being good. I love season two and
three — but we would put in a frozen pizza
when the show started, or before the show
started, so we had it ready when the show
started. We would hammer it, and then say,
“Should we do another one?” We’d put in a
second pizza, polish that off, have a
gigantic pouch of Sour Patch Kids after.
That was kind of our Tuesday. Each eating
a pizza, basically. And a gigantic… half a
gigantic pouch of Sour Patch Kids.
We have since changed our habits. I’m
currently doing keto, I’m down 62 pounds.
My wife started Weight Watchers at the same time I started keto. She’s down 75
pounds. So we have changed, but pizza was definitely a trigger for me, and Sour
Patch Kids. Candy. Oh. Forget about it. Were you an emotional / comfort / binge
eater before starting keto? That’s question
number three. Yes. I don’t think I was
technically a binge eater. Like, I know
there’s binge eating disorder. I don’t
think I had that, but I was definitely… I
definitely, you know, would eat when I was
happy, eat when I was sad, eat when I
wanted to just… kind of feel good, so
that’s not to say I don’t do that now. I
probably do it far less often than I did
when I was eating carbs, and I eat better
foods now. I think I still have some of
those tendencies, though, to overeat a
little bit, or to eat for comfort, or even,
you know, eat my emotions, which I don’t
think is uncommon. But yes, definitely. Big
time. Definitely a comfort eater, an
emotional eater, for sure. Question 4: What
stores do you go to to buy groceries?
There are three big ones for me. The
first one is right down the road. I go
there at least a few times a week. Maybe
I’ll stop there on the way home from
work a couple times to pick up a little
something, then on the weekends. I go for
big run, and that’s Hannaford. They’re
like a… they’re a northeastern U.S. grocery
store. So that’s where I go
most of the time. I also go to Price
Chopper. Actually, the fancy Price Chopper
is called Market32. That’s where they
have all the variety of Lilly’s Bars.
It’s the only place I can find Lily…
Lilly’s Bars, really. And then the third
one that’s becoming a regular place that
I go is ShopRite. Mostly for their
ice cream selection. They have tons of
Keto-friendly ice cream there. Question
5: Do you think Keto is expensive? Not
necessarily. I think when I started Keto
it was, because I was buying a lot of
Quest Bars, and I was buying a lot of… you
know, protein shakes, and things that kind
of were more expensive. But it doesn’t
have to be expensive. These days, I don’t
think our grocery bill is much different
now than it was prior to me starting
Keto. There are some big-ticket items
that I buy every so often, like MCT Oil. A
big container of MCT Oil can run me
like… 30, 40, sometimes 50 bucks. But it
lasts for a long time. But in general, I
think that the when I started keto, the
grocery bill kind of went up a little
bit, but then it kind of leveled out
after some time. Question 6: What are
some of your favorite keto foods? Eggs.
Brussels sprouts are my favorite
vegetable by far, especially when they
are roasted and flaky and almost charred.
Oh my god. I love Brussels sprouts so
much. I hated them when I was a kid, love
them now. What else? I like avocado, I love
coffee, I love bacon, rib eyes. Those are
the big ones. Nothing too fancy. Those are
the staples for me, and I love them. I
love them all. Butter. You know, heavy
whipping cream. Love all that stuff.
Question number seven: Have you exercised
while doing keto? If so, when did you
start, and at what weight? Exercise and I
go way back.
I’ve been a runner for a very long time.
Actually, running was the thing that when
I was yo-yoing, I would get the pendulum
going in the correct direction.
That usually would jumpstart my weight
loss. So I’ve always been a runner. Lately,
I’ve been trying to do a little bit more
resistance training. I started the year
doing a hundred push-ups everyday, then I
cracked my rib in February and stopped
doing that. I’m back up to doing usually
between 50 and 75 a day. I’ve started
lifting some weights at home, doing some
high intensity interval training. I’m
definitely more of a runner than a
weight lifter. I’d like to try to even it
out a little bit, and do a little bit
more resistance training.
It’s just that running is so easy. I
don’t have to know anything to run, and
just kind of put my shoes on and go. I
feel like with working out, there’s a lot
of stuff to figure out, and I’m just kind
of lazy. And you know, I I enjoy running,
but I’m working on it. Number eight: Has
your clothing style changed since
starting keto? No. This… I mean, I wear
t-shirts around the house, I I work at a
relatively casual place. I’m an editor
for a living. The place I work is very
casual. If I have a client coming in, I
might wear a tie. Definitely not required.
I just like to make myself look nice for
clients. But you know, jeans everyday.
Button-down, sweater in the wintertime.
Yeah, nothing has changed. My style is
kind of set, I’m afraid. Number nine:
How has Keto improved your health
other than weight loss? The first thing
that comes to mind is my thoughts
regarding cholesterol. I used to be
terrified that I was going to die of a
heart attack because my cholesterol was
so high. I’ve always had high cholesterol.
My doctor put me on statins. There’s a video up
here all about that. But starting keto, that was actually my
biggest fear. When I started keto, I was
like, “Am I gonna kill myself
eating all this fat? My arteries are
gonna get clogged. I’m gonna die of a
heart attack.” My views on cholesterol
have completely changed, and I no longer
consider it to be a boogeyman. But I
consider it to be an energy delivery
system — part of the energy delivery
system, which is the lipid system. Not at
all afraid of cholesterol anymore,
particularly because of my HDL. Like, just
gonna… I mean my LDL is
in the 300s. And my total cholesterol is
close to 400, but HDL is super high, which is good. triglycerides are really low. Also really
good. That means I’m a lean mass hyper
responder. You can check out the work of
Dave Feldman. He explains it way better
than I could, and he’s the reason I’m not
afraid anymore. So yes, keto has made me
less afraid of cholesterol. That’s the
biggest one. Also, you know, the mental
clarity, the energy, the better sleep, better
mood, all of that stuff. But the
biggest one is cholesterol, for sure.
Number 10: Describe how keto makes you feel.
It makes me feel better than I ever have.
The difference between the Standard
American Diet — how I felt then, and how I
feel on keto — is night and day.
I feel energetic, I feel less pain in my
joints. Keto makes me feel good. And happy.
And energetic. You guys know. You guys
know what it feels like. It’s great.
I love it. I feel like a badass…
period. Um, question number 11: Do you feel like you had to give up anything for
this lifestyle? Yes. Yes, I did. I think
that eating meals together with my
family, eating the same thing, is
something that, you know, should be
enjoyed. That doesn’t happen so often
anymore. I mean, it happens when we go out
to eat sometimes. If I go get Five Guys
or whatever, yeah. We’ll all eat together
the same thing. But…but for most of the
time, we’re not eating the same thing.
Sara and I usually have different meals.
The thing that was actually really tough
when I started, the thing I gave up was a
Blue Apron subscription, which we really
liked. Started with the the the big old
family plan. The kids hated it. We tried
to get them to eat the Blue Apron stuff.
They said “NO.” Yeah. So we brought it down to
the two-person plan, which lasted for a
while, but then when I started keto,
I just stopped eating it, and we
canceled it, because it really wasn’t
worth it. So that was tough at the
beginning. I know there are other
services out there now that do like, keto
meal delivery, which I’m… I’d love to
check out. Though Sara’s not doing keto,
so I’m not sure if it’ll ever make
sense for us to do a delivery box
service again. But that’s one thing I
definitely miss. Number 12: What are your
goals? You know, initially it was weight
loss. I started it, like I said, 275 pounds.
Got down into the two-teens… two-tens by
November. I’ve been maintaining in the
two tens since then. That was my initial
goal, which I hit. My other goal was to…
after I realized that this was something
I really cared deeply about, I wanted to
start this YouTube channel, and see how
it went. I didn’t really have a goal in
mind, but as of this recording, I think
I’m close to eight thousand subs, which
is [mind blown].
What? Mind-blowing to me. I’ve been a
video editor for the last 20 years. I’ve
been editing video for a living since
1997. I always thought that I had the
right stuff to do a YouTube channel. I
just didn’t know what I would talk about.
Enter: Keto. I had something I was
very passionate about, that I felt like I
could contribute something. So now the
goal for the channel is to just grow it,
and see where it goes, and help people
out. That’s what I’m shooting for. I just want
people to feel as good as I do eating
this way. So hopefully I’m contributing
in some small way to to that goal. Number
thirteen: Have you gained more confidence
while doing keto? Yes. I feel like I’ve
always been relatively confident, even
when I was super-pudgy, and, you know,
larger. But definitely. I mean you lose
weight, you feel better. Your clothes… you
know, start feelin’ looser. It’s… how can
you not feel better about yourself? So
definitely. I felt more confidence after
starting keto, for sure. I had lost most
of the weight I wanted to lose before I
started this YouTube channel. I really
kind of wish that I’ve been able to
start at the… you know, step one. Alas.
That’s okay. The confidence is something
that I think is unavoidable after you’ve
lost some weight, so yes. Number fourteen:
What support have you had? After the
initial shock of me jumping into keto,
you know, my wife has been supportive
while not doing keto. My kids,
initially perplexed, have been supportive.
My family has been supportive. My mom has
started eating low carb, which tickles me.
And you know, my in-laws always ask, you
know, “What kind of foods can you eat? What can we make if we’re getting together
this weekend? What do you want me to get? Tell me what you want me to get.” I’m like,
So yeah, there’s been support from my
family, and also support from the
Instagram community. I think that the
Instagram community, the keto Instagram
is amazing. I don’t know… I can’t imagine…
sort of doing this without it.
I’ve met some people on there who I
consider to be very good friends
that I adore. So definitely check out
Instagram. The community on Instagram is
fantastic. Number 15: Does your family do keto with
you? No. But like I said, Sara has lost a
lot of weight — 75 pounds. After watching
The Magic Pill together, she was like, “You
know, maybe I’ll consider doing some…
doing keto to drop the last bit of
weight that I want to drop.” It hasn’t
happened yet. We’re also considering
doing it doing a test run of keto with
my son over the summer, who is on… he’s
on the autism spectrum. High-functioning,
but on the autism spectrum. He’s been on ADHD meds since the age of… I think 5 or
6. We’re gonna try keto with him for a
week this summer, much to his chagrin.
We’re trying to tiptoe into it. And by
mentioning to it… mentioning it to him
very positively. But he doesn’t seem to
be on board. He loves his CheezIts
that grandma brings. Sooo… so it’s gonna be a little bit of a battle. Well, hopefully
not. We’ll see how it goes. Number 16: How
many clothes sizes have you gone down?
I used to wear a XXL shirt. I’m down to
an XL, or a…I don’t think I can fit into
an L. I’m a tall guy. I’m 6’3″. So XL is
my default shirt size. Pants — I was
wearing a 40, and depending on the cut, or
depending on the brand, I’m either in a
34 or 36 now, which is great! It makes me
super-happy. I’ve had to get rid of a lot
of my old clothes. Part of me wanted to
keep them around, just in case. But I
think it’s better that you just get rid
of that stuff. Don’t have a safety net.
Number 17: Are you going to continue
keto once you hit your goal?
I HAVE hit my goal. I have continued Keto.
I see myself continuing it for the
foreseeable future. I love it.
Number 18: Have you cheated on Keto? Not
really. I know that some people do… you
know, big ol’ cheat meals, like, have a
pizza or whatever.
I have not. I’ve gone over my carbs for
sure. Like, I’ve probably gone upwards of
75, 80, 90, maybe 100 carbs a couple days
here and there, but for the most part, I’m
just eating keto foods, and when I do
I overdo it with keto food. Like over
Memorial Day weekend, I made
an egg salad. I made like, 2 batches of
egg salad. I probably put away, myself,
over a dozen eggs. Probably 14, maybe 15,
16 eggs — in the course of like 6 hours. It
was not a pleasant ride home
for anyone. So yeah, when I do overdo it,
it’s with keto stuff. I’m not carbing it
up. So yeah, I guess I haven’t really
cheated on keto too much. Just overdone
it with keto foods. Number 19:
Do you meal plan or track? Early on, for
the… I’d say the first four or five, six
months, I tracked every morsel of food
that went into my face. These days, it’s
more intuitive. I kind of know what my
body wants and needs, and I can… I’m a
little bit more in touch with hunger now.
So I don’t track. Every now and then, I
will track. Like if I…sometimes if I’m
doing like a video, a full day of eating
vlog video, I will track that, just to get
the pretty graphic at the end — the pretty
pie chart to put up on the screen. And
sometimes, if I feel like I’ve been
slipping a little bit, I’ll track a few
days, just to try to make sure I’m
staying where I need to be. But for the
most part, it’s um…
for the most part I don’t track anymore.
And meal plans? I definitely do not do.
Have never done.
I’ve never… I I don’t think I’d be happy
eating the same thing, like, for lunch
every single day, even though that’s what
I did early on for breakfast. I’d eat
eggs, avocado, sausage every day, but I
don’t know. I don’t know. There’s
something about meal plans, you know
planning, that I’ve never done it.
That was the 19th question, which I
thought was weird for 20 questions. So
20th question I added. Favorite… what’s my favorite
keto book? I’m currently reading Nina
Teicholtz’s… Tie-Scho.tz? Tie-Coltz? I
think it’s Tie-Coltz. I’ve heard it
pronounced Tie-Scholtz, though, so I’m… I
don’t know which one it is, but I’m
reading The Big… Big Fat Surprise right
now. I really like it. I also read Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain
Brain, which i thought was great. Yeah,
those are over a couple ones I really
like. So there’s 20 questions! I’d like to
tag some people. If they want to play
along, awesome. If they don’t, awesome.
These are just channels that I really
enjoy watching. So hopefully they play
along, if not? Ain’t no thing!
No sweat! The first person I’d like to
tag is my buddy Aaron Day over at
FatForWeightLoss. He’s really taken it up
a notch these… these last couple of
months, after he quit his full-time job.
He’s gone full YouTube, full food
blog. Killing it over at FatForWeightLoss.
I’d love to hear him answer those…
these 20 questions.
The second person I’d like to tag is
Emily over at Emily on Keto, not only
because she’s got an awesome taste in
music — I saw a video of hers with a
Neutral Milk Hotel album in the
background. Immediate friends — but also,
she’s pregnant with twins! Hello! Twin
parents represent!! The
third person I’m tagging is Ben over at
PrimalBro. He’s also been killing it,
both on YouTube and over on Instagram.
Check him out. The fourth person I want
to tag is Carolyn over at All Day I
Dream About Food. Her food blog, I think,
is one of the very first ones I stumbled
upon when I started keto. And then the
last person I want to tag is my pal
Autumn over at watchautumnketo. She’s
destroying it. You may have seen her on
Keto Connect’s recent video. She’s super-great, and speaking of meal plan,
she is like, the queen of meal plans.
Crushes meal plans. Makes me almost want
to do it. So those are the five people. If
they want to do it, fantastic. Again no
pressure. No timeline. Whatever. So that’s
I hope you enjoyed it. thanks
for sitting through it. I hope you guys
have a fantastic day, and I will see you