Like many many others, I got back into keto fully at the start of the new year and I’ve now completed my first week of the keto diet. I’ve surprised myself by just how much weight I’ve lost thus far! Cozy on up and let’s chat about my keto weight loss
I started back on the keto diet on January 2 at 192.8lbs. This was a weight gain of 8lbs over my lowest weight when I tried keto for the first time. It was expected, I went from my birthday celebrations in November straight to the gluttony that is Christmas and the holidays.
I had fun during the period but I was super excited to get back to losing weight, having better energy and not feeling so bloated. Here’s my weigh-in on January 2.
I didn’t do a grocery run to start since I still had a lot of cheese and butter leftover from Christmas cooking so I decided to just wing it for my first week using up what I had on hand. Here’s what my meals looked like for my first week on keto.
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Keto Diet First Day
I started each day with black coffee or sugar-free tea to suppress my appetite til noon.
I am incorporating intermittent fasting into my keto diet and figured the coffee would help with first day cravings.
At lunchtime, I had a cheese and sausage omelet for lunch with a keto mug bread made with coconut flour and toasted with butter. This is a common first meal for me on the keto diet because I LOVE egg omelets especially when I have bacon and jalapeno peppers on hand.
Finally, I had a very simple tuna salad for dinner. It was romaine lettuce, one can of tuna mixed with mayonnaise, country peppers
Finally I made a keto egg loaf that evening and had two slices with peanut butter.
I made sure to drink lots of water and take my magnesium supplement to try and stave off the keto flu. Though I was focused on getting amazing keto weight loss
Eat the right foods til you’re full and not hungry and miserable and you’ve found a healthy, sustainable way of eating.
Keto Diet Menu Day 2-7
Here’s the rest of the menu for the week. This can help you to see what a week of eating keto is like. Useful for motivation if you’re thinking of starting the diet and wondering what on earth you’ll eat everyday.
Keto Menu Day 2
- Meal 1: Tuna Melt in Zucchini Boats, lots of cheese on top
- Meal 2: Egg loaf and sausage sandwich. I mushed the canned sausages with mayo and peppers and made a sammy with my egg loaf
- Meal 3: Pan-fried chicken breast fillets with steamed greens (pak choy and cabbage with a tin of mixed veg mixed in. Salt well to get your electrolytes)
Keto Diet Day 3
- Meal 1: Baked Tuna Melt (So delicious!)
- Meal 2: Leftover chicken and veggies from the previous dinner
- Meal 3: keto chocolate mug cake
Keto Diet Day 4
- Meal 1: Jalapeno poppers: fill halved jalapenos with cream cheese and wrap with bacon. Bake. TOO delicious.
- Meal 2: Leftover baked tuna melt with a huge side salad
- Meal 3: Egg loaf chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes
Keto Diet Day 5
- Meal 1: Cheese omelet with breakfast sausages and bacon
- Meal 2: Beef pot roast with cheesy cauliflower mash and side salad topped with feta
Keto Diet Day 6
- Meal 1: Eggs again
- Meal 2: Baked tuna melt (I’m obsessed) with pan-roasted bacon brussels sprouts
Keto Diet Day 7
- Meal 1: Eggs and sausage (look I seriously love eggs but you can totally switch up your breakfast if you’re by now rolling your eyes at me.
- Meal 2: Canned mackerel in tomato sauce with sauteed zucchini cut with a mandolin to look like penne pasta
- Meal 3: I made a mug bread and topped with peanut butter
How I Felt on the First Week of Keto
So I was feeling great, my hunger was suppressed and those horrible hunger pangs known to us on a carb-diet were down and I had more energy again BUT, I caught a mild version of the keto flu this time around.
It’s been a bit nippy here (yes even in Jamaica) and I will admit that I allowed my water intake to slide.
Water consumption is even more important on the keto diet because it’s so easy to get dehydrated. Salt consumption (for the electrolytes are probably even more important than getting your water in (and you definitely need the water).
Even though I was taking a magnesium supplement, it wasn’t enough for that first week when I shed lots of water weight and slimmed down a ton while getting back into ketosis.
Thankfully it was light, I was sneezing, had a scratchy throat and just felt bogged down for a couple of days. I bounced back quickly and absolutely loved the number I was seeing on the scale.
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Intermittent Fasting While on the Keto Diet
I will do a whole post on the benefits of intermittent fasting for those who are unfamiliar. There are a whole host of benefits to fasting including regulating blood sugar, fighting inflammation and boosting weight loss.
I chose to incorporate a 16:8 intermittent fasting schedule on my diet. This means I fast for 16 hours and eat during that 8 hour window which for me is noon to 8pm.
I have black coffee to start my day which helps me to surpress my morning appetite.
There was one day that I did a 20:4 regimen where I fasted for 20 hours, eating between 4pm-8pm. I’m going to try and incorporate more of those days in my 90-day cycle to help get to my goal weight.
Intermittent fasting isn’t just a keto thing. You can reap the benefits no matter what diet you’re following so do some research and give it a try.
It’s done by lots of keto dieters since the keto diet tends to make hunger pangs much more bearable than before. Fat is so satiating that whenever I do get hungry, it’s not that deathly I MUST EAT NOT OR EVERYONE WILL DIE rage that I feel.
It’s more like oh, getting hungry, should probably eat something soon. I love that about keto. My life isn’t centered around meal times anymore and I Can focus in on what I’m doing for long periods of time if needs be without being interrupted or feeling woozy because of hunger.
My Keto First Week Weight Loss Results
Down 8.4lbs in the first week! To say I’m ecstatic is to say the very least. I know that’s more water weight than anything but I’ll take it! When you go back to eating carbs, water weight is the first thing that goes on as you replenish your glycogen stores. I was happy to have lost the weight I put on while being off keto over the holidays.
I should mention that I have not yet included exercise in my routine and live a very sedentary lifestyle. This was on purpose as I wanted to see the effect of just the diet alone in the beginning. I’m planning to hit the gym in my second month of this three-month cycle to keep things tight as I continue to lose weight.
Now that I am at new lows after the first week, I can begin to celebrate dropping pounds that I’ve been carrying around for years.
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