The first diet that my “Random Thing Picker” website tool (Special thanks to Andrew Hedges) gave me was Keto. Ah, something I’ve heard of, I relax…
What is it: The Keto diet, short for Ketosis, is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbs. Carbohydrates are converted into glucose which is then carted around your body to fuel your brain, yet remaining unused glucose is carted straight to your love handles and other undesirable areas. If there is not a lot of carbs in your diet, the liver gets to work converting the fat you have into fatty acids and ketone bodies to use as fuel instead.
Those on the Keto Diet usually consume fewer than 20-50 grams of carbs a day. However, eating too much protein can interfere with ketosis, so balance is key. Also, note that it takes a few days for the body to reach a state of Ketosis.
Potential Side Effects: Constipation, High Cholesterol, Increased acidity in the blood (acidosis) and Kidney Stones.
Top Foods: Eggs, Seafood, Meat/Poultry, Kale, Spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, asparagus, onions, garlic, cucumber, celery, cheese, avocados, Plain Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Nuts/Seeds, Berries, Butter, Coffee with Heavy Cream
First Day Experience: Since this was the first diet the tool chose for me, I was excited, mostly because I started in the middle of the day and had already had 3 boiled eggs, which is fine on this diet. I didn’t bring my lunch to work this morning so I had the task of finding something in the fast food world that would fit into my diet. After a little Googling, I found that McDonald’s Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken was right in line with my newfound Keto-ism along with a bottled water. After being disappointed that they didn’t have any guacamole to offer, I went to town on my salad after squeezing the included lime slices and ditching the included Ranch Dressing. Tasty to say the least, a bit drier than I typically prefer but not bad for a diet. I walked away satisfied yet feeling light, which is an unusual after-lunch feeling for me. So far so good.
After running a few errands after work, we stopped at a gas station because it was 90 degrees out and we were HOT. My Hubs asked what I wanted to drink and I stopped myself. I could no longer give in to my taste buds, I had to consider the diet now. So I quickly searched Google for guidance and found that pickin’s were slim. I opted for a Pepsi Max One. DELICIOUS! No carbs or sugar and the sweetener taste doesn’t smack you in the face like other diet sodas. WINNER and staple! I sipped on that all the way home.
The salad lasted for a while in my body, I really didn’t get hungry until around 8p. At dinnertime I treated myself to a huge Delmonico steak and some Brussel Sprouts-not bad diet food at all, a girl could get used to this. My hubby treated me to a nice scotch with … OJ!? I’m not supposed to drink juice-no added sugars! I didn’t realize I was doing something wrong until the drink was almost gone.. ah well it was only one ounce. After checking a few sites, I realized that I could have some carbs, just not a lot, 20 grams or under was the general guideline. I put all my dinner items, including the drink, into the My Fitness Pal app and… I’m over!? How could this be!? I was being so good!
I did a bit more research and came across a calculator online for individual Ketosis guidelines. You input your weight, goals and lifestyle and it spits out some basic guidelines to keep your body in Ketosis. Mine were as follows: 1339 calories a day 67g of protein, 33g of carbs, and 105g of fat. After entering these things into the tracking app, I realized I hadn’t gone off the rails too much and I felt better. I finished the night off with water and vowed to do better the next day.