My Keto Challenge: The Wrap Up
The last two days of my 30 day keto diet have coincided with a lot of personal bullshit, so I didn’t get to formally post those meal logs, but here’s the takeaway!
Results: Keto got me to break my weight loss plateau while allowing me to eat much more by removing caloric refined carbs as the base of my meals. Keto also taught me veggies didn’t just have to be the side dish, they could be the star! I ate sooo many more vegetables than ever before on this challenge, and I have no plans whatsoever to stop. It also taught me, a grade A bread fiend, that I didn’t need bread at all! That’s a huge deal.
Drawbacks: Feeling constantly on the verge of dehydration. I drank a lot of water when I was only intermittent fasting so the adaptation wasn’t difficult, but holy shit I felt like I had to have a bottle near me at all times! Also, muscle cramps. Likely from my neglect to supplement myself with electrolytes since I was shedding cellular water so quickly from being in prolonged ketosis.
Do I Recommend Keto?: Personally, yes. If you have lost a great deal of weight and need to drop those last stubborn as hell 10-15lbs like me, this dietary adjustment will get you there if you stick with it. I would also recommend it to those who have gained muscle mass and now seek definition (“cutting”), as you can meet your protein requirements easily to prevent more significant muscle loss as opposed to what you may endure with the traditional calorie restriction method.
This was overall a very positive experience, and I can easily see myself eating keto in the future if the need arises! If anyone has questions regarding how to start or how I dealt with obstacles you might be facing now with keto, feel free to shoot me a message ✨
Thank you everyone, both keto and non-keto fitblrs, for all your solidarity and encouragement while I completed this! And while the challenge is over, I’ve def broken up with refined carbs as a staple for good 💃