My 14-Day Keto Diet Experiment – Keto Diet Day One
Since I began my real food lifestyle in 2012 I’ve heard a lot about low-carb and keto diets. I’ve long understood that the best way for me to lose weight is to cut carbs and eat more fat. However, I’ve never been keen on maintaining a strict keto diet.
So, why am I jumping into a keto diet now? Why am I only doing keto for two weeks? What do I hope to gain (or lose) from a short, strict keto diet?
Let’s talk about it.
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Why I’m Going on a Keto Diet
There are a few things I want to do quickly in order to gain momentum and stay motivated to lose weight. I want to get over my sugar cravings, lose ten pounds, and reset my palate as soon as possible. I believe the keto diet will help me do two of those things within two weeks. (I don’t expect or want to lose ten pounds in two weeks.)
I’m not in a hurry to hit my weight loss goal, but I want to be adapted to a low carb high fat diet as soon as possible. I think getting past my sugar cravings will be the most difficult part of losing weight. Jumping in head first to a no-sugar diet will be hard, but the difficult part will be over with quickly.
Why I Do Keto for Two Weeks at a Time
I believe the ketogenic diet provides me with a simple path to optimal health. However, I can’t think of anything more boring than constantly watching my macros and sticking to a strict keto diet.
I’m certain, though, that I can follow any kind of diet for at least two weeks without becoming frustrated or falling off the wagon.
I trust the benefits of a keto diet. I want to feel the benefits of keto. And then, after two weeks, I want to follow a low carb, high fat way of eating – for the rest of my life.
I plan to do a keto reset once or twice a year, especially after stressful seasons of my life when I may eat more carbs or abandon clean eating for a time. It’s idealistic for me to think that I’ll never fall back into the grips of stress eating or soothe myself with sugar. It will happen. And when it does I’ll deal with the stress, do a keto reset, and get back to healthy eating.
Because this weight loss journey I’m on might take a few years, but I’m never going to regain the weight in the spectacular way I’ve done in the past. (You can read about my weight loss story.)
What I Want From My Two-Week Keto Reset
At the end of two weeks on a strict keto diet, I want to have control of my sugar cravings, to have lost five pounds, and to be ready to maintain a low carb high fat diet.
That’s it. I hope I’ll feel better over all, but I expect that to come after a few months on low carb high fat. Eventually, I’ll workout regularly, but not in these first two weeks. I might take a few walks. I might not.
My Keto Macros Plan
My daily target macros:
Calories – 1600
Fat – 124 grams
Protein – 70 grams
Carbs – 50 grams
My Two Week Keto Diet Journal – Day One
Keto Weight Loss Tracker
My starting weight is 180.4 pounds. Goal weight is around 120 pounds.
My Keto Food Diary
(This was copied from my personal journal.)
I haven’t decided if I want to track my macros through My Fitness Pal or Sparkpeople. I’m not recording my macros today. I’ll figure that out later this week.
I just want to cut all sugar and grains today – cold turkey.
For breakfast I had eggs scrambled in butter and two turkey sausage links.
For lunch I had spinach and mushrooms sauteed in butter.
How I Feel on Day One of Keto
Today turned out better than I expected. I felt hungry before every meal, which is a feeling I’m not used to anymore. I’ve let myself eat more than I need for a while now, so the hunger felt uncomfortable, but good at the same time.
I know my body will start tapping into its reserves if I continue to wait until I’m hungry to eat.
My sugar cravings hit after lunch. For the last few months, I’ve been allowing myself to have something sweet after lunch, so I really missed that today.
The hardest part today was not having sugar in my coffee. I’m using liquid monkfruit instead of coconut sugar. I miss my coconut sugar so much. I’ve never liked the flavor of any no-calorie sweetener. Most of them cause me to have digestive issues, as well. So far, no digestive trouble with liquid monk fruit, but it still has that awful aftertaste like stevia, xylitol, and the rest of them. Ugh.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll just have coffee with heavy cream and no sweetener.
I feel proud of myself for starting this two week keto reset.