As some of you know from my last blog post, I decided to do a restrictive diet for 90 days, which is absolutely new to me- well, it’s new to adult me. For 10 years, I’ve been someone who lost/maintained weight through balance and moderation and never felt the need to “shake things up” or go 100% “on the wagon”. I wanted to see what I could learn as someone older and much more skilled, and if I could help clients who wanted to safely enter and exit a diet without gaining weight back. I decided to pick something SUPER popular and completely foreign to me: Keto.
A couple of people told me this was a weird thing to do because, as a coach, I don’t push any one way of eating on my clients (and that will continue). I see that point, but I’m doing this because I want to dig a little bit deeper than picking sides of the diet/no diet debate. If I claim that I let the client decide what to eat that works best for them, then I have to REALLY let them do that with an open mind and without judgement. I figured it would help if I can see the benefits and drawbacks for myself. In fact, many of the “balance and moderation” advocates I respect most have used themselves as guinea pigs in the past.
It’s day 5 and these are my thoughts so far:
- Benefit: Decision fatigue is a real thing. When I walked by the candy bowl at work on Tuesday, I didn’t have to think about if I wanted a chocolate or how many I would allow myself to have. Because I have limited carbs to eat daily, the candy wasn’t an option, and that felt kind of great.
- Drawback: There is a high margin for error. 70% of the diet being fat is no joke. I’m not sure how people execute this in a healthy way without first understanding nutrition. Making sure I have a good ratio of omegas, get enough fiber, and eat enough greens has been a challenge. For me, it’s actually been a really fun challenge because, well, that’s my job. But I can see how this diet could go off the rails really quick.
- Neutral: Today I made sugar-free peanut butter cookies. They were pretty good, and I started to get nervous. Can I have these cookies in my house and not eat all of them in two days? This eating behavior and the emotions that come with it are not solved by changing the type of cookie. Keto or not, It’s probably best for me not to keep highly palatable foods in my house. Speaking of which- does anyone local want some cookies?