I started a 90 days on keto challenge on January 2, 2019 and now, three months later, the results and lessons are in.
This keto diet challenge was tough to complete yet the lessons are life-long and so rewarding. Before
In that post, you’ll see that my aim was to lose 30lbs in 90days on the keto diet. Something that seemed pretty normal to expect on this diet is you stick to the program.
That was the hard part for me, sticking to the program.
I did lose a grand total of 18lbs and I still celebrate this victory tremendously. This was enough weight to move into a new clothing size. Enough weight to feel and see the effects and enough weight for other people to begin noticing that I was losing weight too.
Outside validation should never matter but in in imperfect world it feels good when other people notice the results of your efforts.
There were definitely some valuable lessons learned on my 90-day keto challenge. Before I get into them, I will break down what happened each month on this cycle of keto.
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30 Days on Keto
In January, I lost 9lbs pretty quickly and was stoked. When you just start the keto diet, you will lose a lot of water weight in those first few weeks as your body adjusts to using fat for fuel instead of carbs. It takes a while for you to eat up all your glucose stored and get into a state of ketosis, where your body is now burning fat for energy since it’s being deprived of carbs.
Once you do get into ketosis, you would have lost a good amount of weight that’s always very encouraging. It makes you feel as if you’ve made the right choice, trying this keto diet, and you’re motivated to keep going.
All the other benefits of the ketogenic diet also start to kick in. You’ll have lots of energy, experience a mental clarity like never before, you’ll get clearer skin, feel the difference in improved health that comes along with a stabilized blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels on one of my favorites, your monthly cycle will become a breeze.
At the end of the 30 days you’ll feel really good and will have lost enough weight to feel a shift in your clothing and energy levels.
Unfortunately, at the end of my 30 days on keto, I went completely off cycle for my daughter’s birthday party and gained a massive 6lbs right on back. It took me a while to get back into ketosis and I ended the month only losing 5lbs.
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60 Days on Keto
In month 2, I was determined to not go off track like that again and try to stick to the plan as much as possible.
I knew this was a shorter month and I had to make the most of it. After you lose that initial water weight I mentioned, the weight loss tends to slow down as you begin to determine what works best for your body.
One of the biggest slip-ups for me on the keto diet is my alcohol consumption. I am a bit of a party girl and do love to shake legs and hang out with my friends. This always tends to involve alcohol.
What I’ve done is to switch to skinny cocktails and hard liquor only to avoid the excess calories and sugar. If I stick to one or two cocktails, I’m not knocked out of ketosis at all.
Your weight loss will slow some as your body has to burn through the alcohol before it can get back to burning fat for fuel, but you CAN remain in ketosis while enjoying a cocktail every now and then.
In February, I kept my alcohol consumption within that ketosis level and tried new recipes like my chayote gratin. Chayote has since made it as a staple in my diet in a few different recipes because it’s super versatile and quite delicious and easy to prepare.
I also made the switch from heavy cream in my morning coffee to a keto-friendly coffee creamer that is actually MCT oil powder. This saved me quite a few calories, kept me in a fasted state and gave me a wonderful energy boost to start my day.
There were a few frustrating weigh-ins for the month as I dilly-dallied in the low 180s. I so desperately wanted to get into the 170s after 60 days on keto. I prayed to the
90 Days on Keto
March was a little crazy for a number of reasons. My alcohol consumption was a little more than I’d have liked it to be and this slowed my weight loss bigly. I’m finding out that it can be hard to resist when I’m out with friends who are throwing back my favorite drinks. Does that mean I should simply avoid going out? More on the later.
In March, I also developed a few recipes for keto fat bombs and treats. My keto ice cream recipe is addictive and so easy to throw together and these coconut blueberry muffins are divine!
Too much fat bombs on the keto diet spells a weight loss stall usually. If you have fat to lose, there’s no reason to eat extra fat to meet your macros. This I learned personally.
Simply eat enough to feel satiated and your body will get the rest of fat it needs for energy from all the fat stores you’re trying to get rid of. Lesson learned and I now limit my fat bombs and keto sweet treats to once or twice a week, tops.
I lost 5lbs in March bringing my 90 day keto diet challenge to a weight loss of 18lbs. Here’s why I still celebrate this instead of thinking I failed since I fell short of my goal.
Keto Lessons Learned: Slow and Steady
Firstly, I recognized that I was in this big rush to lose all this weight that took me years to accumalate.
What’s the rush? Slow progress is still progress and this way I am learning a lot more about my health and fitness. Losing weight slowly tends to mean that you’re more likely to keep it off too since you’re changing your lifestyle and not following some short trendy fad diet.
Slow weight loss will also help to keep my skin tight. I’m hoping to get to my goal weight, whatever that is, without having to deal with lots of loose skin that will require surgery to achieve cosmetic results.
Who wants to go under the knife for vanity? I mean…I will…but I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that.
Keto is a Lifestyle Change
One of the bigger lessons for me here is that this diet is a complete lifestyle change. It’s a sustainable way of eating that I can get with in the long haul. Low fat was never sustainable for me because I would always crave high fat foods.
I lost 30lbs once juicing but again that wasn’t sustainable for me because of either the cost to keep buying juices or my laziness to make fresh juices everyday and clean up after.
Having stuck out eating almost keto for so long, I know I can live a low-carb lifestyle. The food is yummy and I feel like I’m on an adventure discovering new ways to make my old favorites healthier.
I also love that when I do go off-plan and eat something carb-heavy, it’s not the end of the world. Once your body is fat-adapted it’s so much easier to stay in ketosis or get back in if you’ve been kicked out. Simply get back with the program as quickly as you can.
Will I always be keto? I have no clue but I do like the low carb lifestyle and so while I may not stay in the 20g ketosis range when I’ve hit my goal weight, I want to see what happens at 100g or so.
Everything in Moderation
This is what most dieticians and fitness experts preach but I don’t mean it in the way they mean it.
Like I was considering above, should I simply avoid going out with my friends so that I won’t drink alcohol?
I don’t see a reason to at this point. I did the dirtiest, laziest keto for the past 90 days and I still managed to lose a significant amount of weight. This means that what I’m currently doing is working for me, cocktail Fridays and all.
So while I’m not preaching a moderate diet of
If I had to restrict my lifestyle in anyway, this might not work for me. I like that I’ve never felt deprived on the diet and I allowed myself to slowly ease into this way of life.
What’s Next, Off Keto?
So what’s next for me? Am I going to cycle off keto for awhile? Hell naw! I’m gonna keep going til I get to my goal weight. We can start to experiment at that point with cycling on and off for entire periods.
But for now, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, sticking to keto as much as possible while going off plan without feeling guilty.
I feel like when I’m closer to my goal weight, a stricter regimen will have to be followed at that time to help me reach my goal.
The only thing I want to do differently going forward is to start incorporating exercise into my routine. At this point, There’s been no physical activity. I want to tighten up and focus on my waistline if I can so I plan to start weight-training this month.
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That’s all for me for now. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for daily keto updates and recipes that don’t always make it to the blog.
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