So, when I was stuck at 151 pounds with 140 as my target weight, I asked Dr. French and the nutritionist if I should switch to the Ketogenic Diet. There’s so much information and tips on the Keto Diet, and the claims that you’d lose weight fast and it helps you switch from burning calories to burning fat — seemed like a good idea at the time.

A month and a half later and I’m stuck at 145. It’s the goal weight Dr. Jensen and I decided on, but I still want to get to 140 or 139. Then I’d have lost 40+ pounds and it gives me a buffer zone. You know – the extra pound or two you gain then lose again. I never want to see 150 again!

So why isn’t the Ketogenic Diet working for me?

I found it’s a very delicate balance of healthy fats, proteins and net carbs in your diet. 

Based on my Basel Metabolic Rate (how many calories I burn at rest), we determined that I should be eating daily:

  • between 1800 and 2000 calories
  • 44 grams of protein
  • 20 grams of net carbs (that’s total carbohydrates less fiber)
  • between 120 and 136 grams of fat

I use the Cronometer app to help me track my food and TRUEplus Ketone Test Strips to see if I’m really in ketosis.

Cronometer app settings in Ketogenic Diet

It’s really hard to stick to the 44 grams of protein! Dr. French told me to stay on the Keto diet for 2 more weeks then slowly start adding good carbs back in one meal only. Problem is that I haven’t lost or gained in the first week. Every time I eat more than the protein maximum, it knocks me out of ketosis.

Also, I was at an event a week ago and I had some pizza. OK, I hadn’t had regular, greasy pepperoni pizza in over 5 years. I took Lactaid for the cheese and ginger & MSM supplements to overcome the effects of gluten and I felt fine. However, it took me 2 days to get back into ketosis! 

Talk about sabotaging yourself! 

So with one week to go, I really don’t want to mess this up. This is what my food intake looks like:

Todays food on Ketogenic Diet Cronometer app

Cronometer gives you the recap of your macronutrients: proteins, fat, carbs as well as a breakdown of your vitamins and minerals.

Meal summary Cronometer app ketogenic diet

More than likely, since you’re on such a limited diet, you have to take supplements — especially potassium, magnesium, D, calcium and B-vitamins.

Micronutrient tracking on Cronometer ketogenic diet

EACH BODY IS DIFFERENT!

What is working for me, may not work for you! It’s best to speak with a specialist (nutritionist, health coach, and/or naturopathic doctor) to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.

Contact Dr. French’s office if you want to do a Whole Life 180, if you’re frustrated with not losing the weight you’d want. 

Chocolate Vanilla Chia Pudding – rich in omega 3s!

Chia pudding recipe for Ketogenic Diet

  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond, Cashew or Hemp milk
  • 3 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
  • 1 tbs of cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Stevia
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Warm the milk in a cup for 1 minute in the microwave. In separate bowl, mix the seeds and powders well. Slowly add the milk to the powder while stirring. Mix well till all the power is absorbed. The chia seeds start turning into gel as soon as it’s mixed with the milk and you want the powders mixed well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy! 1 serving. Top with fruit if your diet allows. 107 calories depending on the milk you use. 3.8g proteins 3g net carbs, 6.1g fat.

Recipe for Fat Bombs

Slow Cooker Chicken Bone Broth Recipe 

Here’s my Pinterest Ketogenic Diet Board