About Joshua Burnett

Josh is a freelance writer and editor based in the Corvallis, Oregon area. He has a diverse and varied background as an Air Force officer, structural firefighter, professor, construction worker, retail manager, investigator, and author. He is an expert on the keto diet. When he isn't writing, he's normally reading or hanging out with his kids.

The Brain’s Role in Weight Loss

2019-03-04T18:49:49-05:00By |GoingKeto|

The brain’s role in weight loss is rarely discussed. I’m not talking about the mindset (which is critical); I’m referring to the actual, physical, hormone-related mechanics of how the brain acts when you lose a lot of weight. If you’ve ever experienced a true plateau, or if you’re planning on losing a lot of weight, [...]

Making Fat Loss EPOC

2019-03-04T12:06:41-05:00By |GoingKeto|

When we’re talking about how you technically lose weight, there are three primary factors at play: Your diet Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) Your level of activity Understanding how these three things interact is crucial to comprehending the science behind weight loss. This is important because when you understand the reasons why something is occurring, [...]

Overcoming Plateaus

2019-03-04T10:31:01-05:00By |GoingKeto|

A number of factors influence weight loss: caloric deficits, the quality of the calories you’re consuming, your mealtimes—and those are just related to what you’re eating! Hydration, sleep, and hormones play critical roles as well. Pre-existing health conditions can further complicate things. The single most important thing to take away from what I’m writing here is [...]

Top Ten Keto FAQs

2019-03-04T09:44:36-05:00By |GoingKeto|

If you're facing challenges on keto, chances are you aren't alone. The questions we get here at Tasteaholics tend to follow some of the same themes, so we've put together this handy Top Ten guide to answer the most common queries. "How do I know when I'm in ketosis? Do I need to use pee strips?" [...]

Thirteen Down–I Made It!

2019-02-14T23:43:53-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Wow. I made it. The Weight Loss I finished out the challenge with a net weight loss a few ounces shy of 25 pounds, although all but three pounds of that happened in the first eight weeks. I lost exactly 5% body fat. I’m very pleased with both of those numbers. (I’ve included first day/last [...]

The Power of Habits

2019-02-11T15:46:15-05:00By |GoingKeto|

I once read a story about how NASA determined the diameter of the solid fuel rocket boosters used to launch the space shuttle. Since the rockets are transported by train to the launch site, the railway tunnels through which they traveled determined the diameter. The tunnels were determined by the width of the rails—4 feet, [...]

12 Down, ONE TO GO!

2019-02-07T16:46:13-05:00By |GoingKeto|

LAST WEEK!!! The Weight Loss This week I finally dropped below 190 while continuing to make progress on my body fat percentage. There are three “S’s” in weight loss, and so often we focus exclusively on the first: slow. What we tend to forget are the next two: steady and sustainable. That’s exactly where I [...]

The Keto Roadmap

2019-02-06T09:11:38-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to expect when we transition into a new lifestyle. In this article, I’ll give you a brief overview of some of the things you can likely expect on keto. You almost certainly won’t go through all of these things because everyone’s experience is different, but the likelihood of you [...]

Eleven Down, Two to Go!

2019-01-31T12:22:50-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Eleven weeks down, two to go! The Weight Loss Technically I’m down just over half a pound this week, but again, I’m pretty much in homeostasis. I hit 191.6 pounds on January 7th, meaning I lost 22 pounds in 7 ½ weeks and I’ve only lost one pound in the last 3 ½. If that [...]

Dieting Plateaus: How to Avoid & Overcome Them

2019-01-29T09:39:34-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Dieting plateaus—we all experience them. While it isn’t fun to watch the number on the scale stop moving, this is a normal part of life, so don’t get discouraged. The most important thing is understanding what’s happening and, if possible, how to address it. Common causes There are the top seven reasons why your weight [...]

Keto’s Metabolic Advantage

2019-01-29T08:42:24-05:00By |GoingKeto|

If you’ve been in the diet world for any length of time, you’ve been exposed to the concept of calorie counting. There are a few basic rules of thumb everyone seems to embrace: All calories are created equal Calories in – calories out = weight change The only way to lose weight is to exist [...]

Ten Down, Three to Go!

2019-01-25T00:20:40-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Ten weeks down, three to go! Almost to the finish line! The Weight Loss This is going to be arguably the most boring update yet. Although that’s less entertaining for you, it’s good news for me. Everything has stabilized. Technically I weigh 0.4 pounds more than I did last week, but I vary more than [...]

Nine Down, Four to Go!

2019-01-17T14:13:18-05:00By |GoingKeto|

The Weight Loss This week’s weight loss slowed down drastically: I lost a mere 0.8 pounds and 0.1 percent body fat. One of the things I’ve had to keep in mind is that it’s relatively easy to burn fat (I’ve been averaging three pounds per week for most of GoingKeto), but it’s more difficult to [...]

Healthy Snacking

2019-01-15T10:33:22-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Snacking can make or break a diet. Because the portions seem so small, we deceive ourselves into thinking we’re consuming less than we actually are. There’s nothing wrong with snacking, but it needs to be planned, controlled, and consistent. Planning your snacks Snacking should never be a spur of the moment kind of thing, simply [...]

The Importance of Intermittent Fasting

2019-01-14T10:36:38-05:00By |GoingKeto|

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about GoingKeto is the opportunity to experience Intermittent Fasting (IF), sometimes referred to as Time-Restricted Feeding (TRF). The basics of IF are pretty simple: you restrict the times you’re allowed to eat to a specific window each day. The most common approach is the 16:8 schedule, where you’re allowed [...]

The Mental Aspect: Why Keto is Beneficial for Brain Health

2019-01-11T12:23:07-05:00By |GoingKeto|

  When I first started investigating keto, I didn’t really need to lose any weight. Sure, I was a few pounds overweight, but when I approached my doctor about running initial blood tests to have a baseline before I started, he asked me: “You’re in good shape—why do you need to go on a diet?” [...]

Eight Down, Five to Go!

2019-01-10T15:56:01-05:00By |GoingKeto|

I'm at the two-month mark, so let's check it out! The Weight Loss OK, I’m at exactly 22 pounds and 4.5 percent of body fat loss as of this morning. My rate of loss has slowed down (just over two pounds and 0.5 percent BF this week) but is continuing to progress at a steady [...]

Meal Planning & Prep With Kids

2019-02-11T14:51:35-05:00By |GoingKeto|

Meal prepping is a skill, and it will take a while to transition from the meal-by-meal, fill-in-the-gaps-with-snacks typical American mindset (we’ve all been there) to one that focuses on constructing a consistent, macros-based diet which leaves little to chance. It can be done, however, and I’ve never heard a single person who has started meal [...]

How Hormones Affect Weight Loss

2019-01-07T11:39:50-05:00By |GoingKeto|

When you have a discussion with your friends about weight loss, the following topics are likely to come up: Diet Exercise Hydration Sleep Routines Snacking All of these are great topics, and every single one of them is integrally involved with weight loss, gain, and control. This isn’t an all-encompassing list, however. One of the [...]