The keto craze almost got me.
Early in May I started feeling a little desperate to start seeing some weight loss. I’ve been gaining and losing the same 2-4 pounds for months and feeling pretty frustrated, losing weight used to be much easier for me. Scrolling through Instagram, I saw a woman I went to high school with posting about her keto results. She looked amazing and accomplished a lot of progress in just a short while. The lure of the quick fix was too much to resist in my frustrated state, I wanted to try keto.
The only problem is, I’m 100% plant based. How can you hit those super high protein macros on a vegan diet?
I started googling around for a vegan keto plan and thought I found one. The price was steep but I watched a few of the company’s YouTube videos and was impressed. I excitedly purchased the plan and went shopping. There were a few immediate red flags for me. The plan relied on a LOT of protein shakes. 1-2 a day. It also specified a lot of seitan which for me, a little goes a long way.
Also tofu. Massive amounts of tofu. Too much tofu. And I love tofu!
I didn’t even make it a week. The program was a poorly done PDF, so I wound up asking for a refund and since went back to trying to focus on more whole foods and watching salt, oil, sugar, and refined foods. Hitting 150 grams of protein a day just doesn’t feel good, I felt kind of nauseated and my stomach would cramp, and according to the Dietary Reference Intake and Department of Agriculture, you only need about .36 grams per pound. After looking through My Fitness Pal I’ve been naturally hitting 45-55 grams of protein each day which is a little low given my weight, but not as far off as a high carb low fat vegan diet might seem.
I managed to lose a bit of weight in May (albeit, I’m still in my same 2-4 pound gain/loss window) and a few inches, which I’m happy about but I don’t really feel any different. I’m going to try and focus on consistency in June and make sure to focus on whole foods as much as I can. I feel so much better when I do!
Here is my weight loss breakdown for May:
- Weight: 202.5 lbs (-1.5 lbs)
- BMI: 32.2 (Obese is 30 and over)
- 252.25 total inches (-3”)
June is packed with a ton of travel, so I’m aiming to just stick to 202.5. If I lose weight, great! But with all the travel and inevitable dining out it might be difficult to lose this month. We shall see!