Keto, take 2

I’m about 3 weeks in on my second attempt at a Keto diet. The last time I did it, I lost around 40lbs but I gradually loosened up on my carbs and well, here we are. This time around I am doing a medically supervised program with a doctor and health coach to help me every step of the way.

The good news about Keto is that it works. My body has made it known to me that I require this kind of intervention. I have PCOS, insulin resistance, was gestational diabetic and still have issues with high blood sugar if I don’t watch my carb intake. Oh I tried to avoid it for so long, listened to a bunch of people who are critical of Keto, and decided that maybe I didn’t need to do something so extreme. But then it all came back to bite me in the butt and my doctor recommended this program to me. So, keto it is, and some version of low carb, for the rest of my days.

My current goals are 98g of protein and 30g of total carbs a day (not net carbs). Fat is pretty much whatever I need to feel satisfied. I have my macros set up in CarbManager and I pretty much never hit the limit on fat. I expected 30g of carbs to be hard but I didn’t expect how easy it would be to overeat protein. I feel like I barely eat any protein when I get to my daily limit. It’s a work in progress, for sure. I’m down about 8lbs from when I started, and my blood sugars are close to being normal, though according to my Ketone blood strips I have not entered nutritional ketosis yet.

I’ve been pretty good about sticking with the right foods. The struggle I’m having is balancing my macros right and not eating too much of something, and also being consistent with logging my food. I tend to get a little lazy and avoid it, because it’s so not my favorite, but I know it will help me especially as I’m getting started with the program.

Overall, it’s hard, but it’s not *that* hard. There are a lot of really yummy things I love that I can eat, so there’s that. I’ve been exploring some prepared foods that are “keto-friendly” but when you aren’t following net carbs you quickly realize that almost none of those foods will fit. I’ve had a few things, but for the most part I try to stick to meat, veggies and fat/dairy. I’ve even been able to avoid the bread and chip basket at restaurants, which if you know me, you know that’s one of my greatest weaknesses.

I plan to share tips, recipes, and my personal successes in this blog to help those who are also on this journey, or thinking about it.

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