In the light of New Year Resolutions, it seemed like a good time to finish off this blog post that has been sitting in my drafts since November. It might be contradictory to start it off and say I don’t believe in diets, considering Keto is definitely a diet. The reason behind trying out Keto was more to do with a cleanse and getting back into a habit as opposed to needing to lose weight.
Before starting we did research into which diet we wanted to use as a way to get back on track. Instead of doing classic broccoli, chicken and rice which we were already sick of, we wanted something different that would require a little more effort and have a little more taste. Keto seemed like an interesting alternative and so we found the macros, recipes and hit the grocery store.
What is Keto should be your first question. Google it for the best answer, but basically “ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state and use the fat as energy instead of carbs.”
If you’re thinking of going Keto, there are two things about me and Keto that you need to keep in mind: 1. I’m not a nutritionist, trainer or anyone who has certification in telling other people what to eat. 2. I only was on the diet for 30 days and so probably didn’t get that full benefit/experience. Before I list out my own pros/cons to my experience on Keto, I will give you the resources I used and an example of my day of eating.
When calculating my macros, I used the average amount of carbs to consume, was honest about the amount of exercise I was getting and I also had an accurate calculation of my body fat from one of those fancy body scan things at my gym. Do the best you can when filling out the form so that your macros are accurate.
I used an excel spreadsheet to keep count on everything. For all my food and meals I entered calories, fat, carbs and protein and had it calcuate each meal and day.
There are a TON of keto recipes websites out there, finding what kind of keto recipes you like, putting it into your macros and making sure you’re not just eating bacon. My go-to website was this one. Not only did it have tons of delicious recipes, it listed out the macros which made calculating macros a lot easier.
Day of Eating:
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 cup Butter Coffee
1/2 serving Cabbage sausage skillet
Like I mentioned above, we only were on the Keto diet for 30 days. There were ups and downs, things I liked about it and things I didn’t. It will be different for everyone depending on your goals, how your body reacts and your level of commitment. The ultimate key to a successful keto diet it is keeping your body in a ketosis state, otherwise, you’re just eating too much fat for your body to handle. Personally, this was my takeaway from 30 days on the keto diet:
- Consistent energy throughout the day. I felt energetic and my brain kept going even after the normal 3pm crash time.
- I didn’t feel bloated.
- It made me cook every single day and really think about how much I was eating.
- All the meals tasted delicious because you could add ranch, sour cream or cheese to everything.
- It felt heavy. Even after a week in, I started craving a light salad with no dressing or just a crisp apple.
- It feels unnatural to eat that much fat and the mental challenge was by far harder than the physical one.
- It was too much processed meat. It would be almost impossible to do this diet without adding high fat food like bacon and sausage.
- My muscles took longer to recover after the gym. I could still lift the same amount of weight and had energy but the recovery took much longer.
- It took up so much time to organize all the food and have meal ideas ready.
- It was expensive. All eating is expensive but it seemed even more so with extra cheese, bacon and eggs being added in.
- I didn’t lose weight. Chris did as guys tend to do, but mine stayed consistent.
30 days was long enough for us to decide we wanted to eat normally proportioned macros again and have a little more flexibility when it came to protein and vegetables. As you can see from the list there were far more cons than pros.
We also didn’t want our lives to be consumed by meal prepping and planning. Eating healthy with chicken and broccoli comes natural to us because we’ve been doing it for so long but we also want to eat pizza and Blizzards every once in a while. Like any diet will teach you, flexible eating is the way to go. Just live your normal life while making healthy choices because you feel better not because the number on the scale is any different.
Was that helpful? Tell me your Keto experience in the comments below.