30 day Keto challenge – week 1
The verdict is in. With the results I’ve seen so far, I’m sticking with my self-imposed 30-day Keto challenge.
The Keto diet/lifestyle is very similar to Atkins, Paleo, LCHF, so yes it is life without bread. Its main aim is to transform your body’s dependence on carbohydrates, so it can better access fat for energy.
I’m trying to become a fat-burning beast and judging by my mood these last few weeks, I’ve already nailed the beast part of it.
Keto week 1
This week, I’ve kept my carb intake to around 20-30 net grams which was actually harder than I thought it would be. Due to my grains/nightshade allergies, I’d already given up doughnuts and waffles, so was actually under the impression that I was pretty low-carb. Turns out I wasn’t. This week I learnt more about carbs and all the sneaky places they hide out, like in my morning smoothies.
I have struggled with not snacking between meals, and at times have felt hungry throughout the day. My mood, which hasn’t been good these last few crippling weeks anyway, remained the same. I didn’t feel a sudden boost of energy but as my sister-in-law reminded me, I do have three small children. Energy may be my holy grail.
But I have really enjoyed all the food we’ve been eating! It’s been totally delicious. I’ve meal planned the whole week so we’ve been much better at eating everything we’ve got and not throwing it away. The recipes have been quick and easy to roll out mid-week and with a few adjustments (like adding rice and potato for the girls). All on all, even with 1.5 legs it’s been very manageable.
And I am living proof that you can sit on your bum all week, eat butter and bacon and totally lose weight! All my complaining about my fractures must indeed be all the cardio I need. I’m visibly much smaller, my clothes feel more comfortable and my wedding rings fit. Quite incredible for a couch sweet potato!
Wish me luck for my Keto Challenge Week 2!