I’m sure by now everyone knows about the keto diet. It’s the amazing diet that allows you to eat bacon and cream cheese and lose weight without exercise. As gimmicky as it sounds, I did lose some weight while I was on it. You might be asking yourself why I would quit this diet and trade it in for working out 5 days a week and watching what I eat. I was extremely happy with the weight loss but for me, this diet had its consequences.
- The food
I love avocados and bacon, so this was a dream diet for me. But was it too good to be true? I would eat salads topped with some bacon and avocado for lunch and dinner. They tasted amazing but I always felt a little sick. I chalked it up to the Keto flu so I kept trying to push forward. By the time I finally decided to quit keto, I had lost a significant amount of weight but I felt disgusting. I always felt a little nauseous and I had the worst migraines. Lots of people enjoy the foods on Keto but it definitely wasn’t for me.
I’ve never been more exhausted in my life! I followed keto very strictly, kept a detailed record of my diet and watched my macros. The weight fell off quickly but I was too tired to really enjoy it. There were tons of articles on Pinterest about this and I tried the remedies that were supposed to help but it never worked for me. The people I knew in the instagram keto community were amazing and they gave me lots of suggestions but my body just couldn’t adjust.
3. Am I in ketosis?
This was on my mind all the time! Am I doing this right? I feel horrible so maybe I’m doing this wrong? Just like everyone else, I used ketosis strips. After tracking for a while, I started noticing that they weren’t reliable. Then I read that people were using meters and testing their blood. That’s where I stopped. I’m not going to stick myself everyday to test my blood.
4. Cheat days
After 2 months on the keto diet, I needed a cheat meal. I was in the middle of summer and watermelons were everywhere! I finally allowed myself to eat watermelon. A lot of watermelon. The next day, I gained 3lbs. From that day, I promised I wouldn’t cheat again but it did get me thinking. What if I decided to splurge and eat a piece of cake or sushi? Would I gain tons of weight from one meal like the watermelon did? It took me a week to lose the watermelon weight so I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose the weight after a legit cheat meal. I know keto is more a lifestyle change than a diet but could I commit to no cake and sushi for the rest of my life? The answer is NO!
5. Lifestyle change
After 6 months, I had lost 17lbs but I felt miserable. I felt sick, exhausted, and beyond annoyed. How can I live without fruit? Or sushi? How can I live my entire life worried about food? Besides feeling horrible, I was becoming completely obsessed and not in a healthy way. I was always so worried about going over my carb limit, I was worried about not eating enough healthy fats, I was worried about my weight, I was weighing myself constantly… It was a nightmare.
Keto is definitely not for everyone. My body definitely wasn’t made for this diet but I did learn a lot from it. After 6 months on the keto diet, I gained back 8lbs in the first week but the weight finally started coming off again. Now I workout 4-5 days a week, eat balanced meals, I try to add more fruits and vegetables into my diet, and drink tons of water. Lots of people really love the keto diet and some (like me) aren’t made for it. Living a healthy life, maintaining a healthy weight, and making good choices are the key so do what works for you! Have you tried the keto diet? I would love to hear about your experience! 🙂