The phrase "baby weight" is enough to make any new mom cringe, because chances are, she's been hearing too much of it lately. While bringing a child into this world is a glorious feeling, it does have its consequences. Baby weight happens to be just one of them; then again, if you're carrying a seven pound baby for nine months, you're allowed to put on a few pounds yourself. And you shouldn't be in too much of a hurry to get back into shape either, especially if you're breastfeeding. I totally inspired by Keto Diet Guru Harlan Kilstein and his Journey From Illness and Obesity to Helping Others Be Their Best Selves.
However, keeping aside the appearance factor for a while, postpartum weight loss is key to increasing your fitness level, something that will help you get through those sleepless nights spent changing nappies and long days when you haven't had a minute to rest.
You're not alone in your battle against baby weight, even Jessica Simpson struggled with weight loss after the birth of her child. It is not impossible to get back your once taut figure, and these tips might be just what you need .
Recently I joined the Keto Diet facebook group run by Keto Diet Guru Harlan Kilstein. I went through with all his tips and diet programms and reduced 68 pounds to get my shape back.
Here is the original piece of his interview -
Keto Diet Guru Harlan Kilstein’s Journey From Illness and Obesity to Helping Others Be Their Best Selves.
“Failure is not in my vocabulary,” he says.
This interview is with Harlan Kilstein, entrepreneur and founder of Completely Keto and the Speed Keto diet.
1. What led you to where you are today?
Harlan Kilstein: A few years ago, I was overweight and feeling sick all the time. I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, metabolic syndrome, and prediabetes. I went to several doctors and clinics looking for a way to lose weight but nothing worked until I discovered the keto diet. When I cut out sugar and began eating healthy fats, the weight started falling off.
As a former educator, I knew I could teach people how to be on a ketogenic diet more effectively than most, so I decided I was going to help others on their keto journey.
2. How do you educate others?
Harlan Kilstein: I started a Facebook group called Completely Keto and in the blink of an eye we had around 20,000 members. There was so much interest, we couldn’t keep up with all the comments and questions. In the end, we split up the group into smaller groups, like one for beginners, another one for recipes, and so on. Today, we have over a million followers on social media. We also publish recipes on the Completely Keto website.
3. What is one of your proudest moments?
Harlan Kilstein: One of my proudest moments was designing the Speed Keto diet, a program to help people who have been told they would never be able to lose weight. My plan simplifies the diet and eliminates the need to count macros — the amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat you take in. There are people out there who have lost close to 100 pounds because of my diet and no longer need to take diabetes medication as a result. Knowing this makes me very happy.
4. What was your biggest challenge starting your business, and how did you overcome that?
Harlan Kilstein: My biggest challenge was early on when I had a lot of plates spinning at once, and I was doing it largely by myself. My team back then was spending too much time on process without taking action. I said to myself, "Okay, this isn't me. I take action," and that was it. I never looked back.
5. How do you assemble a good team?
Harlan Kilstein: You should be very selective and interview carefully to make sure the person is the right fit. Then mentor people, slowly give them more responsibility, and show them that you trust them even when they make mistakes. Once you have a good team in place, to keep them, listen to them and show them they are valued.
6. What is a single habit of yours that gives you 80% of your results?
Harlan Kilstein: The ability to focus on something until a problem is solved is my best habit. For example, Facebook is very, very picky on what they allow as advertising. You need to meet certain criteria and use certain words. It’s all very confusing. I didn’t understand it at first, but because my business centered around my Facebook pages, I stayed laser-focused until I learned the system.
7. What was your biggest or most painful failure, and what did you learn from it?
Harlan Kilstein: Failure is not a word in my vocabulary. To me, failure just means I haven't figured it out yet.
8. What is your favorite book?
Harlan Kilstein: I could come up with a list of about thousands of books I love, but the no. 1 book I would recommend right now is “Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment” by George Leonard. Leonard takes lessons he learned in martial arts and applies them to just about everything in life. It’s a roadmap for getting really good at what you do.
9. How will your business continue to grow?
Harlan Kilstein: We are about to release a line of Completely Keto foods, starting with bars. Unfortunately, most of the bars out there that say they're keto really aren't. Ours will both fit into the diet plan and taste great. Think chocolate chip cookie dough, double espresso, and peanut butter chocolate chip flavors!
10. What do you want to be known for, and/or what do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be known for helping a lot of people, both in the weight loss and meditation communities. I’m building a meditation business right now to help others gain a sense a calm, and to overcome anxiety, sleep problems, and other issues. To be remembered as someone who helped people be their best selves would be wonderful.