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First Month of Ketogenic Diet

I lost 15 pounds during my first month of this keto diet. I still can’t fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes, but 15 pounds is not bad. Before I started, I thought at most I would lose maybe 8 pounds the first month. I lost 15 pounds with NO exercise (does running after two kids count?)

Here’s how I did it:

I would eat only keto friendly foods. See the link below.

I would add coconut oil or butter to everything.

I would drink 100 oz of water a day.

Here’s what a typical day of food looked like:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with bacon fried in coconut oil OR two hard boiled deviled eggs, with a stick of cheese and 2 slices of turkey deli meat.

Snack: Sugar free Jello with truvia sweetend heavy whipped cream.

Lunch: I would usually skip lunch. I may have a snack of nuts instead. I also may have a cup of tea with sugar free Starbucks syrup (the Cinnamon Dolce one) and a table spoon of coconut oil in it along with a table spoon of heavy whipped cream. That keeps me full until dinner time.

Snack: Only if I’m hungry, which is rare…but at the begining of the diet I would have to snack more throughout the day as I slowly transitioned into Ketosis. I would snack on broccoli and full fat Ranch dressing.

Dinner: Some kind of meat with vegetables on the side or salad. We will either have chicken, beef, fish, or shrimp. The salad I make has lettuce, broccoli, hearts of palm or artichokes, cauliflower, cucumber, feta cheese, and either full fat ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, or Italian dressing. We never eat anything low-fat.

Snack: Sugar free popsicles, leftover salad, cheese sticks, whipped cream

One good thing about this diet is that it’s okay to eat out. Surprisingly, Cheesecake Factory has some options that are good for our diet. I always have their Factory burger with no bread, and a side salad with no croutons instead of the fries. Other restaurants, like PF Changs, are REALLY bad for this diet. Pretty much all their dishes have sugar added in the sauce. Everything seems to be sweet and sour or sweet and somthing or another. And most any fine dining establishments have so many choices that are keto friendly. Especially Cafe Renaissance, as they literally make whatever you want, however you want it. OH- and you can drink alcohol!!! Alcohol doesn’t take you out of ketosis, it just slows down the fat burning process. Beware of sugary cocktails and fruity alcohol. Dry wines, and liquors such as vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, tequila, scotch and brandy are all ok. You have to be careful with beers. The darker in color the beer is the more carbs it has. Avoid any beers with a red or even slightly dark color.

Here are some foods I ate this month:

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My Keto-tea or coffee. I add one tbsp of coconut oil, one tbsp of heavy whipped cream, and one pump of Starbucks sugar free syrup (either vanilla or cinnamon dolce). It’s SO good and keeps me full.

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Typical breakfast: Bacon and two eggs.

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Or deviled eggs, cheese, deli meat and Jello

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My plate at silver diner.

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Sugar free Jello with some whipped cream.

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More breakfast foods: scrambled eggs and sausage.

Here are some Cheesecake Factory eats:

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Food at Cafe Renaissance:

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Mortons:

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Other random keto friendly eats:

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So I will probably not lose as much weight and plateau during the coming months, but it’s like that as well with any other diet. It’s still way better than how I used to diet a few years ago, eating carbs and working out 2 hours a day- only to lose around 1-2 pounds per month. I’m keen to see what changes my body will bring next month.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.