It’s been seven weeks since I began the Keto diet. I am the world’s worst dieter. I’m not the most adventurous eater, I am a sugar addict and I hate to exercise. So, I didn’t have high hopes this time around, either. I had thrown around the idea of the keto diet – a high fat, high protein, low carb, no sugar or processed foods diet – because who doesn’t like bacon, heavy cream and meat? What sealed the deal is when my family jokingly said, “you’ll never stick to it”. Game on!
I am now seven weeks in and still going strong. It literally has been the easiest diet I’ve ever tried. The no sugar thing really hasn’t been a big deal for me. Over the weeks, I lost 17 pounds with no exercise; just counting my macros and eating keto friendly foods. I have cheated twice. On Easter I ate all keto foods for my meal but allowed myself a tiny sliver of dessert. Then, last week for my daughter’s birthday, I celebrated with her by having a piece of garlic bread and a slice of the Oreo dessert. Since last week, I had my first weight gain of 2 pounds bringing me back to 15 pounds lost. I’m not discouraged. Pair the cheat items with the exercise I started regularly (muscle weighs more than fat) and the fact that women gain weight right before that time of the month (sorry, TMI), I can understand why I gained a few pounds and I’m okay with that. While the rapid weight loss has slowed down, I’m still continuing the exercise and keto eating. I’m sticking to it. And, because they said I wouldn’t, I’m more motivated than ever.
If you are interested in the keto diet, I suggest starting with the book “Simply Keto”. It is very good at explaining exactly what keto entails, what are keto-friendly foods and is full of great recipes.
I’m continuing this month’s dinner ideas with keto meals. While I promise, most every recipe I try is delicious, if you don’t want the high fat meals, you can simply use the dinner ideas below and create your own regular/lower fat versions. If you do want to try keto meals, the items with a * in the meal calendar below include recipe links. Happy eating!
A few notes:
NOTE 1: The calendar below will change as the month change. If you are viewing this post after April, just use the < > buttons to click back to April 2018.
NOTE 2: Items marked with an (*) asterisk on the calendar below have recipe links you can refer to. Simply click the item and a recipe link will pop up.