I was sort of on a Keto-style diet since February. You can read all about my food adventures from this post (click here). Last I weighed myself, while still on the diet, just a few weeks ago, I had a 17 pound total weight loss. Realistically, however, I just couldn’t stuff another hard-boiled egg down my throat any longer. The high protein, low carb diet, although effective, just isn’t sustainable over the long-term. The diet advised eating a lot of eggs. In fact, it recommended having at least 4 hard-boiled, peeled eggs waiting for you, in the fridge, should a hunger pang erupt. Is it any wonder then that The Health Organization recently came out with a warning stating eating more than 3 eggs a day was dangerous to your health! So many people were eating too many eggs. Me, being one of them (and I have a heart condition!)
Some studies suggest that eating 5 or more eggs per week may have adverse health consequences, including an increased risk of heart failure in men, or breast cancer in women. However, the research is weak, and any possible increased risk is likely outweighed by the healthful nutrients found in eggs.
The safety of eating more than 3 eggs per day is unknown. While it is possible that adverse health consequences could result from eating more than 3 eggs per day, what is more impactful is the quality of a person’s overall diet.
Here’s an example of a typical high protein, low carb, high fat daily diet intake. There are eggs included in almost every meal (and snack). Does this look healthy to you??
Needless to say, I’m off the Keto-like diet I was on and yes, once I got off the diet, I went on a carbohydrate food-fest binge. I started having toasted English Muffins, sandwiches made on whole grain white bread, cookies, desserts, oatmeal, grits and tacos. Fast forward to today, a full 3 weeks after I got off the Keto bandwagon and guess what happened to my weight loss? No, I didn’t gain it all back. I only gained 2 pounds back. I still maintain a 15 pound weight loss. How did this happen? Well, one thing the Keto diet taught me was to learn how to read food labels. Especially the carbohydrate count of practically everything. I made a conscious decision to eat carbs BUT to limit them to no more than 50 to 150g per day (the normal range is 300 to 550g per day).
I was surprised to find out that there are many, many foods out there that are low in carbs (for example, such as some taco shells: 3 shells had only 17 grams of carbs, less 2 grams of protein equaling a net carb count of only 15 grams). Load up the tacos with turkey chili, light sour creme, salsa, shredded romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese and guacamole or avocados and you have a delicious, filling high protein, low carb meal! Who knew? Plus, I couldn’t eat 3 tacos! By the time I was half way through my 2nd taco, I was full! That meant I ingested even less carbs than I originally calculated.
Many flat breads are low in carbs AND filled with fiber (you subtract the fiber from the carb count to get a total net carb). So, I could go back to eating sandwiches on these terrific flat breads. I’d fill them with roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce & tomato, honey mustard and voila’: I was eating a sandwich and feeling good about the whole thing.
So, I have revised my diet by including more carbs, fresh fruits (especially citrus, berries and melons) and an occasional desert (a few cookies, a handful of candies etc). Salt-less nuts make a better snack and I’m working on that. I know my downfall has been white bread, pasta, white rice and Italian pasties (especially canolli’s) so I avoid all of those like the plague. I’m back to having either oatmeal or cheesy grits in the morning (1/2 cup uncooked). I still make a mean strawberry smoothie. I have sandwiches for lunch, a regular dinner (protein and a veggie) and an occassional salad. I’m not much of a snacker, so that’s good. But I do, almost daily, have a dessert. And I have learned how to make a vodka cosmo martini (very low carbs) which bring me much comfort on a late Saturday night!
I HAVEN’T HAD AN EGG IN WEEKS! I’m sick of them. I’m tired of boiling them, peeling them, frying them. I hate eggs! Ditto for bacon and sausage. Personally, I don’t think those things are healthy! As long as I read the food labels, am conscious of the carbohydrate counts and keep them within the low end range, I’m good to go.
I also haven’t lost any more weight.