I wasn’t going to do an update post BUT I was getting so much traffic on my post about why I chose to do a low carb/high fat diet that I thought it might be something you all were interested in.
I would like to preface this with I think A LOT of people were starting the keto diet at around the same time as I was. It seemed to be trendy and cool but I did not start it to jump on a bandwagon or to be cool. If you don’t know why I started it, you can read my last post about it here.
At this point, I have been doing this “diet” for about 7 months. Most would say that I haven’t been “strict” because I don’t test ketones and I eat a TON of veggies but I am going off of how I feel, and I feel fabulous. So there.
I was tracking macros for quite some time (maybe 4 days a week) to “make sure” I was hitting the ratios I wanted BUT, for the past month and a half, I have stopped all counting and I just go off of how I feel and what I feel my body wants.
Have there been times when I have cheated? Well, first of all, I HATE that word “cheat”, but, yes, I have gone off of the low carb/high fat eating style to indulge on a high carb treat. How many times have I done this in the past 7 months? Maybe a handful of times.
Am I still working out with weights consistently? Yes but I don’t have an end goal of MORE muscle, I have an end goal of feeling good every single day, so that is what I strive for.
How do I feel during my workouts? I usually feel pretty good but I also do a timed “carb-up” the night before I weight train so that I have enough glycogen reserves to go as hard as I feel during my training session. Don’t know what a carb-up is? Click here.
What do I eat for carb-ups? Mainly sweet potato or plantain chips. I’m totally boring and like to keep things as simple as possible.
What do I eat most days? I try to stick to simple whole foods. Bullet proof coffee in the morning with an omelette and veggies. Midday I will have a snack of nuts/nut butter and dark chocolate. Dinner is protein, veggies, and healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, etc.). Nothing fancy ever, I think that is one of the ways I have been able to remain 99% consistent over the past 7 months.
Tiny little piece of advice for those who want to start low carb/high fat or keto? Don’t rush it! Ease into it over a couple months if you can help it. I think the main reason I am able to remain consistent is because 5 months before I even started keto, I went grain free paleo. During those 5 months I slowly upped my fats and lowered my carbs, not because I felt I needed to but because it felt good for my body. After 5 months, I came to a good balance that was eating mostly fats, some protein, and very little carbs. It never felt forced and that was the key.
So please, if you are reading this and contemplating keto, great! But take it slow! Ease into it and you are much more likely to stick to it long term.