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These Inspiring Grocery Store Co-workers Lose Over 200 Pounds On Keto Diet

Chances are you will not find a single loaf of bread in the break room at the Sprouts grocery store in Katy, Texas.

Why? Because five of the store’s workers have been on keto diet, which calls for cutting carbohydrates and consuming more fat and protein. Altogether the group has dropped a combined 200 pounds and counting.

They have dropped pants sizes and gained endless energy, by cheering each other on, sharing recipes and getting new keto-friendly products in the store, they declared.

“It’s just like an Easter egg hunt in the store each day,” store manager Nick Glidden, who's down 35 pounds, stated about searching for keto-friendly items. "Morale is up. Everybody is trying to help."

Glidden replaced his diet after seeing the good results that grocery manager Farley Hayes was having. He was down 65 pounds.

“I was two pant sizes down within 3 weeks,” stated Hayes.

Hayes, who began the diet at around 350 pounds, found himself selecting food out of convenience, without an idea toward how it would impact his health — he frequently ate a lot of pasta, bread and fast food.

He now reserves one afternoon or evening per week to prepare food , and when he discovers good recipes or food items, he brings them into work to share with his coworkers.

“I’ve been seeking to advocate for a keto section in the store,” stated Hayes. “Almost every day we get two to three customers who speak with us about keto.”

Keto dieters usually reduce carbohydrates to about 10 percent of their everyday diet, which in some instances can be just 20 grams of carbohydrates daily, or the equivalent of about one slice of white bread.

The diet’s proponents insist that it is the best solution to lose weight without feeling hungry and that it raises energy levels.

Ana Lewis, another member of the weight loss five, which some dubbed the “Keto Krew,” stated she has experienced the reported advantages of the keto diet.

Lewis , down close to 75 pounds since May, went from consuming rice each day to now having a protein (such as meat or fish) and a green vegetable for evening meal every night.

The "Keto Krew's" weight loss was found by Sprouts officials in the grocery chain's Arizona headquarters via its Healthy Living Heroes program, which motivates team members to discuss how working at Sprouts has encouraged them to make a general change in their habits.

"When I have guests looking for certain keto information, I can say, 'Let me take you to the star of the building,' and take them to Farley or bring them to Ana, 'the keto queen,'" Glidden stated. "It's good to work for a company that encourages healthier decisions and healthier lifestyle, which is working hard to give even more support."

Advantages and disadvantages of the keto diet
Although Glidden admits he was sold on the diet as soon as his coworker, Hayes, stated the word bacon, he and other "Keto Krew" members all recognized the keto diet isn't simply feasting on meat and cheese.

"You can easily be eating 3,000 calories on the keto diet, so you do have to remember," Glidden stated. "It’s all about the amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates. A little more fat than protein and every person has a set number of carbs that we try not to go over every day."

The key to achieving success on the keto diet is getting about 20 percent of your calories from protein and consuming a lot of fat.

The amount of fat a person following the keto diet may eat in one day could be more than 5 times the suggested intake for daily fat for the average American, based on Maya Feller, a New York City-based registered dietitian.

But Feller stresses that those fats need to come from healthy fat food sources, just like olive oil and nuts.

"When I notice people who are living the keto lifestyle, it’s rarely people who are consuming fatty foods and doing nothing," she stated. "They’re trying to keep themselves in ketosis and doing such things as consuming chicken and fish, they’re really paying attention."

Feller recommends individuals who want to start on the keto diet talk in advance with a qualified healthcare practitioner to make sure the keto diet is safe for them and that they are properly changing their macronutrients -- protein, carbs and fat.

"You must have a real knowledge of what that means in the context of your day and the context of what you have been consuming," she stated.

Critics of the keto diet argue that it is extremely hard to follow for a long period of time, and that it could result in muscle loss or deprive the brain of its preferred fuel source: carbs.

Furthermore, they argue that almost all the research on the keto diet has not yet looked at the long-term results it has on non-epileptic people during the period of 15 to 20 years.

If you are plans for trying the keto diet, Feller suggests making sure you get blood work done on a regular basis, especially a lipid profile.

However, she warns, "If we're referring to the majority of the country, the keto diet is not mentioned and it's not going to be adhered to properly, and it is not sustainable. It's not ever my first-line suggestion."

Individuals who need to make a change in their health should take a look at what they're consuming and their dietary patterns, and then make changes that are sustainable, Feller stated, noting that dietitians are there to assist.