Keto Diet Day One
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Okay guys, I officially jumped on the keto diet bandwagon. I’m not usually the one who can get on board with the latest diet, but keto has been everywhere lately so it’s hard to ignore.
I’ve always gone back and forth between being carb conscious and not giving a h*ck. In my carb conscious phases, I generally try to follow South Beach phase one but with some modifications. The problem with that is that the food options always feel limited and I never know what to eat. I end up getting burnt out on it really quickly and then giving up.
When my mom started the keto diet because of a friend at work, she basically insisted that I do it also. A driving factor of why I can get on board with keto is because you can have ALL THE AVOCADO. Not literally all the avocado, but you can have A LOT of avocado. Since it’s my favorite food, I’m happy eating it for every meal.
Also, it’s hard to admit, but my weight has gotten really out of control and I’m not happy with where I’m at right now. I know that I’m not at my healthiest and I want to get back to a healthy place. Based on what I’ve read about the keto diet and what people have told me, I think it can help with that.
What Is Keto?
Okay, to be honest, I don’t 100% understand keto yet. I’m still working on getting more educated about it and understanding how it works. I know that it’s a high fat, high protein, low carb diet and sugars and grains are a no.
The most confusing part of the keto diet for me is how everything is tracked. You hear “macros” thrown around a lot, which is short for macronutrients. From my understanding, your macros are your fats, proteins, and carbs. Eating the right proportions of these puts your body into ketosis, which means it starts using fat and proteins as fuel instead of carbs. Additionally, for the keto diet, you don’t track total carbs. Instead, you track net carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus the fiber. So while an avocado has 12g of total carbs, it only has 0g of net carbs.
For more details information on what the keto diet is, I would check out this post from Ketogasm!
How To Track Everything
Because I struggle with understanding how to track my macros and calculate net carbs, I needed some keto help. To help out with my keto diet journey, I downloaded a free app called Total Keto Diet. It has you put in some basic information like weight, sex, body type, activity level, and goals. Then it tells you how many calories, grams of fat, protein, and carbs that you should be eating each day.
As you eat things throughout the day, you can add them to the app to make sure you’re keeping within your daily limits. It also calculates the net carbs for you, which is how I know that avocados have 0g net carbs, and why I can eat ALL THE AVOCADO. This app is seriously really helpful!
To get an idea of what my daily allowances are, here is what the app says I can have:
This is a lot lower than what it says my mom can have, and that’s because it’s personalized based on the information you give it. She has a seriously active job, and I have a typical desk job. Overall, she gets a lot more of an allowance than me because she’s more consistently active than I am.
So, onto what day one actually looked like…
For breakfast, I had two scrambled eggs sprinkled with cheese and an entire avocado.
(Please excuse my awful pictures – I didn’t plan ahead for this post)
The avocado has 275 calories, 25g of fat, 5g of protein, and 0g of net carbs. The eggs and cheese have 302 calories, 22.4g of fat, and 4.8g of net carbs.
As an avid coffee lover, I always said I would never give up my coffee and hazelnut cream for any diet… but the cream is not allowed on the keto diet. For day one, I tried sugar-free creamer knowing how much I hate it. I only got halfway through my coffee before I dumped it out. Don’t let me dissuade you from trying it if you like your coffee with cream though! I know so many people who prefer sugar-free creamer (including my husband) but something about it is awful to me.
The coffee was 2 calories, .1g of fat, .3g of protein, and .1g net carbs. The sugar-free hazelnut creamer was 15 calories, 1g of fat, 0g of protein, and 2g of net carbs.
Eggs $0.51 ($4.59 for 18 eggs)
Cheese $0.14 ($11.49 for 5 pounds of cheese)
Coffee $0.66 ($13.19 for 20oz)
Cream $0.10 ($3.69 for 32oz)
For lunch, I had 3oz of rotisserie chicken, three baby pickles, and ten extra large olives.
I weighed the chicken so I knew I was eating the exact serving amount that I wanted. For 3oz of rotisserie chicken, it was 140 calories, 7g of fat, 19g of protein, and .5g of net carbs. The pickles were 5 calories, 0g of fat, 0g of protein, and 0g of net carbs. The olives were 58 calories, 5.3g of fat, .5g protein, and 1.7g net carbs.
Pickles make a great snack or addition to any meal because they so barely affect your allowance for the day!
Chicken $0.66 ($7.98 for at least 12oz)
Pickles $0.11 ($2.59 for at least 24 pickles)
Olives $0.37 ($1.50 for 40 olives)
For snacks, I just had second servings of both pickles and olives.
Pickles $0.11 ($2.59 for at least 24 pickles)
Olives $0.37 ($1.50 for 40 olives)
I made the BEST dinner for day one of my keto diet and I already can’t wait to make it again. I used this recipe for zucchini boats and changed it up a bit. I didn’t read closely enough before I went shopping, so I didn’t have any marinara sauce. Instead, I used a jar of vodka sauce that I had in the fridge. I also swapped ground beef for ground turkey because that’s just my preference. Then I topped my boats with a bit of avocado and fresh tomato.
For two boats it was 722 calories, 49.4g of fat, 54g of protein, and 8.9g of net carbs.
Zucchini $0.72 ($2.16 for three)
Turkey $2.63 ($7.89 for 1lb)
Cheese $0.57 ($11.49 for 5 pounds shredded)
Sauce $0.42 ($2.50 for 24oz)
Avocado $1.25 ($2.50 for whole)
Tomato $0.27 ($0.55 for whole)
These costs are for just two zucchini boats, but I made six. My kiddo ate one so we had three for leftovers, which is more than another full meal!
Total Cost For The Day: $11.39
The main costs were obviously ground turkey and avocado. I buy free-range turkey, which is why it was more expensive. You can definitely save money by buying regular ground turkey!
How I Felt
Day one was tough because this is actually a lot more than I would usually eat and everything had to be cooked or prepared. I usually don’t have anything for breakfast except coffee, and I’m happy having a granola bar for lunch. I’ll sometimes cook dinner, but a lot of times I just have a couple of snacks and call it good.
The hardest part of day one was the coffee situation. There’s no way I’m going to be able to get used to sugar-free creamer, so it looks like my coffee is gone for now. I am actually mourning the temporary loss of my true love!
I will say, I did feel full for most of the day, but there was a period after lunch and before dinner that I was feeling hungry. Dinner definitely fixed that because it was so good and SO FILLING! I’m honestly in love with these zucchini boats and my husband was jealous I made them without him.
I will definitely make some changes to my lunch to make it more filling for longer, but overall I really enjoyed day one. I ate foods that I would normally eat and I didn’t feel restricted at all, except for my coffee creamer.
My goal with this diet is to be healthy, and right now that means losing some weight. I weighed myself first thing in the morning on day one so I knew my starting point, and I’ll continue to weigh myself first thing each morning to track my progress.
After weighing myself first thing in the morning on day two, I had already lost 1.4lbs! I don’t know if results are common after day one, but I’m happy to see initial progress.
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Loved this post? Read Keto Diet Week One for more meals, costs, and weight loss updates!
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