I Tried the Keto Diet – Here’s What Happened

As the newest fad diet, Keto has gained a lot of popularity among celebrities, weight loss fanatics and people just wanting to “re-set” after a summer of binging (me). After reading about it in depth on Kourtney Kardashian’s app, I decided to give it a whirl.

As many of you know, the entire point of Keto is to almost eliminate all carbohydrates (staying under 20g per day) while increasing protein and fat intake. The goal is 60% fat, 30% protein and 10% carbs. The most shocking part is that carbs are found in so many foods that you would usually eat freely like blueberries, corn, pineapple, etc. So while the diet tells you to not eat those foods, it also tells you to eat tons and tons of butter and cream and bacon (good fats with no carbs). The goal is for your body to reverse itself and burn fats once it runs out of all carbohydrates.

I attempted to reach a state of Ketosis for 2 weeks, and here’s what happened:

Day 1 – Wednesday (weird to start mid week, I know)

  • Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs
  • Snack: 1 Hard boiled egg
  • Lunch: Cheese and meat from office pizza + salad and Ranch dressing
  • Dinner: 1/2 bag of shrimp cooked in butter and garlic + cauliflower rice with butter
  • Notes: While I still felt slight hunger pangs at night, I think my body still had a storage of carbs so I was not in too much pain and was able to sleep through the night. I also went to Bikrum yoga to burn off remaining carbs.

Day 2 – Thursday

  • Breakfast: 2 egg whites + 5 strips of bacon
  • Snack: 1 hard boiled egg
  • Lunch: Chipotle bowl of lettuce, tiny bit of corn, steak, cheese, sour cream and guac
  • Snack: 5 walnuts + 1 piece of turkey jerkey
  • Dinner: 1.5 chicken breasts cooked in olive oil and butter with Alfredo sauce
  • Notes: Started to hit ketosis flu and had to eat more walnuts for a few carbs. Ketosis flu consisted of nausea and light headedness. It may have had to do with going to a workout class the previous night and lifting weights in morning, as the full amount of stored carbs should have burned off by now. Had a swig of diet rootbeer to curb my craving for sweets.

Day 3 – Friday

  • Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg (not hungry until 11 am)
  • Lunch: 1.5 chicken breasts in Alfredo sauce
  • Snack: 3 walnuts
  • Dinner: Grilled steak with butter sauce + asparagus + celery
  • Night Out: 3 cups of dry red wine + cheese and meat off cheese board
  • Notes: I’ve notice myself getting really full after I eat small amounts now. I also didn’t have enough energy to get up and workout this morning. Severe craving for Chick Fil A. Stayed consistent with keto on my first night out (dry red wine runs about 2-3 carbs per glass) and grilling with friends proved especially easy due to steak and veggies!

Day 4 – Saturday

  • Breakfast:  5 slices of turkey bacon
  • Lunch: Avocado salad + celery and veggie cream cheese dip
  • Dinner: Chicken Wings with hot sauce
  • 2nd Dinner (out with friends): Miso soup, ceviche, 2 pieces of sashimi, vodka soda lime
  • Night Out: Vodka soda limes all night + 1 glass of red wine. Brats without buns in mustard sauce for drunk food.
  • Notes: I may have overdone it with drinking. On keto, your body process alcohol faster than if you were eating carbs. It is definitely more easy to get drunk. The weekend is proving harder and harder to avoid carbs. I find myself just wanting pizza or McDonalds. I think a huge part of this diet is breaking the regular addictions to junk food you have. Side note – Vodka soda lime is 0 NET carbs!

Day 5 –  Sunday

  • Breakfast:  Few bites of avocado salad + 2 eggwhite bites from Starbucks sans red pepper
  • Lunch: Remainder of avocado salad + celery and cream cheese dip
  • Dinner: Chicken Wings with hot sauce
  • 2nd Dinner (late night order while watching football game): Truffle burger with bacon and cheese in lettuce wrap + 4 shoe string fries
  • Late Night Drink: 1 glass of red wine
  • Notes: Mid day hunger was really hard to deal with today. We were downtown Chicago walking around and I wanted so badly to go into Eataly for pizza or pasta. I was so close to giving up on the diet and calling it quits! The key to this diet is to not let yourself get to the point of extreme hunger, or you will break it. I cheated a little by having 4 shoe string fries from my boyfriends shake shack meal (about 8g carbs total) after going to Bikrum yoga again.

Day 6 –  Monday

  • Breakfast: 5 slices of bacon
  • Lunch: 1 brat – no bun + mustard + celery + veggie cream cheese dip
  • Snack: 2 Walnuts + 2 protein cookies (2.5 g carbs per cookie)
  • Dinner: Scallops with butter sauce + cauliflower rice
  • Desert: Keto cheese cake with whipped cream
  • Notes: I am so happy I stuck with the diet through the weekend and did not give up. The week days are WAY easier to deal with. I feel full throughout the day now and have not found myself craving anything in particular.

Day 7 –  Tuesday

  • Breakfast: 2 hard boiled egg
  • Lunch: 1 brat – no bun + mustard + celery + veggie cream cheese dip
  • Snack:  2 protein cookies + 2 walnuts + salami
  • Dinner: Steak + cauliflower rice
  • Desert: Keto cheese cake with whipped cream + 1/2 a diet root-beer
  • Notes: The afternoon was a little harder to manage today (hence all the snacks). I was heading into a hot yoga class during the evening and knew I would need a little more energy to get through it. I also noticed my craving for something sweet spiked a bit, meaning my ketosis state may be wavering a bit.

Day 8 –  Wednesday

  • Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg
  • Snack: 4 walnuts
  • Lunch: Lunch meat & cheese off sandwich + salad
  • Snack: 2 protein cookies
  • Dinner: Buffalo wings + burrata salad
  • Night Out: 2 vodka sodas + cheese and bacon stuffed mushroom caps
  • Notes: The Cubs vs. Brewers game was brutal to sit through. I was constantly distracted by the beer cart and hotdog man. Ended up running to the local grocery store after to get eggs and stuffed mushroom caps (so low cal!)

Day 9 –  Thursday

  • Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs
  • Lunch: Chipotle (same order as day 2)
  • Snack: 2 protein cookies
  • Dinner: Scallops + butter sauce + rice cauliflower
  • Notes: Hot yoga round 2 was much easier to get through having let my body adjust to the keto state. The day/night was actually a breeze and feels sustainable.

Day 10 –  Friday

  • Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs
  • Lunch: Greek Salad (goat cheese, olives, steak, shaved almonds, avocado)
  • Snack: 3 walnuts
  • Dinner: Scallops + butter sauce + rice cauliflower
  • Drinks: 3 white claws (2 net carbs per drink)
  • Notes: Stayed in tonight and drank a few white claws/watched a movie. It’s much easier to avoid the temptation of a full night out.

Day 11 –  Saturday

  • Breakfast: 2 egg whites + 3 slices turkey bacon
  • Lunch: Skipped
  • Snack: Salsa ( with 1 chip )
  • Dinner: Brat w/out bun, grilled asparagus, grilled zucchini boats, tomato slices
  • Night Out: 3 glasses of wine, vodka sodas, shots of tequila, 2 slices Jets pizza – WHOMP WHOMP
  • Notes: I cheated. I attended my boyfriends family barbecue and avoided all the snacks/deserts that came with. However, once I got one too many shots in me the drive for pizza overcame my desire to stay keto. I broke the diet with 2 slices -_-.

Day 12 –  Sunday

  • Breakfast: Avocado + salad off avocado toast
  • Lunch/Dinner: buffalo Wings + celery
  • Desert: Whipped cream + cup of raspberries
  • Drinks: Coconut la croix
  • Notes: Back on my bullshit! Honestly thought about quitting again due to Saturday nights mishap and my longing for a burger and fries to fix the hangover. Instead, I stuck to it and am working on getting back to ketosis! La Croix helps a ton for a treat!

Day 13 – Monday

  • Breakfast: 2 egg whites cooked in butter
  • Lunch: Steak salad with goat cheese, olives, lettuce, tzatziki  sauce
  • Dinner: Casrne asada steak + zucchini boats
  • Desert: Dollop of whipped cream
  • Notes: I don’t find the need to snack anymore throughout the day. I’ve learned to eat more at meal time of the things that count for zero carbs and it helps to fast in between times. Side note – stomach has been through turmoil for the past 2 days after carb overloading Saturday night and now reversing back to keto.

Day 14-  Tuesday

  • Breakfast: 2 egg whites cooked in butter
  • Lunch: Leftover steak + avocado
  • Dinner: 1/2 bag cooked shrimp + butter sauce, zucchini boats
  • Desert: Dollop of whipped cream
  • Notes: OMG its OVER!

Results:

I actually ended up losing about 7 pounds during the 14 day keto diet. The hype is real – however, it does not seem like a sustainable and healthy way of eating. While I lost the weight and felt tighter and toner all over, I was also eating lots of bacon, cheese, fats, etc. that cannot be good for cholesterol down the road. It’s too hard to make the case that you should replace bananas with bacon in order to be healthy. I could see myself doing this diet again before an event or vacation in order to slim down, but as far as living on it- not for me. The good news is that low carb is not hard to manage at all. I’m going to take what I learned from the keto diet and apply it in a not so extreme way to my every day life, limiting my carb intake and doing a few no carb days.

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