I recently started a low carb, high fat diet. Very similar to the ketogenic diet, but I’m not subscribing to keto because I’m not using test strips to see whether I’m in ketosis or not. I have a history of being a little obsessive over what I eat, so I’d rather be more relaxed about trying out this diet. I am, however, counting my macros and aiming to keep net carbs under 40g per day (no stress though!).
You guys, I’ve learned SO much from doing this!
So far I’ve only lost 3lbs (which is fine by me, I don’t have too much baby weight left to lose), but I look like I’ve lost much more. I was so bloated and inflamed! And do you know what I’ve realized the culprit is?
EATING TOO MANY VEGETABLES
Yes, I said it. Eating too many vegetables can actually cause more inflammation in the body. You frequently hear nutrition experts recommend that you may eat “as many vegetables as you’d like” because they’re low in calories, high in fiber and are full of vitamins and minerals. The logic is there. I was drinking smoothies with spinach and cauliflower, eating huge salads with tons of veggies, and was roasting veggies every night for dinner. I stopped worrying about getting so many vegetables in and suddenly my pants are looser and my face looks significantly thinner. To be honest, I had been a little fed up with my postpartum body, more than ready to be “myself” again. I feel more myself than I have in a year and a half.
So what did I do? I took out starchy carbs like sweet potatoes and squash and started practicing more portion control with consuming vegetables, which I would previously eat without limit. I completely eliminated fruit. Even though vegetables and fruit are “good carbs”, they’re still carbs and too much of anything, even good things, can have negative effects. I also cut out legumes (mainly chickpeas and peanut butter), which I didn’t eat a ton of but I imagine was causing some of the bloating and inflammation as well.
I’ve been focusing on getting in other nutrient dense foods such as sardines, salmon, grass fed meat and eggs and healthy fats like grass fed ghee and coconut oil. I thought I ate a lot of fat before, but now that I’m tracking, I never came close to the 90-100g that I’m eating now. It’s been an adjustment but it feels good! Even though it sounds like a lot of fat and very little carbs, I have been learning balance more than anything through this process.
In addition to losing the bloat, I’ve noticed some other benefits. I am much less hungry and hardly snack. I don’t wake up hungry so I am easily able to keep the fasting window between dinner and breakfast about 14 hours. My digestion is improved and am more, um, “regular.” I don’t overeat. I experience little to no sugar cravings. My skin is clear. I’m sure I’ll notice more in the weeks to come!
Have you ever tried a low carb diet like keto? I had been so resistant to the idea of it, but now that I’m doing it, I love it!