From then on, I would eat Italian food at least 10 times per week, and all food from Italy is just loaded with carbs. I would say I was ingesting over 600g of carbs per day for the last 10 years. This never came as an inconvenience to me until a few weeks ago, when I decided to start my first Ketogenic diet.
If you are not familiar with Ketogenic ("keto" for short) diets, the main idea of them is to get into a state of "Ketosis" where your body will eat up fat like crazy for energy. In order to reach Ketosis, you must keep your carbs extremely low - 15g or less per day. For the average person, this diet is not too hard; in fact, this is a preferred diet of many people.
A Vegetarian Keto Diet
For the first week of my diet, I ate nothing but eggs and cheese. That is the only thing I was able to find with very low carbs. And since I did not want my heart to stop beating from amazing amounts of cholesterol, it was actually limited to egg whites.
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I would eat egg white omelettes with cheese a few times per day. Whenever I would get hungry, off to the frying pan I would go to fry up some eggs. When it came to my protein shakes, I could not take them with milk since even skim milk has 16g of carbs per serving.
I tried taking them with water, but I couldn't stand the taste. Somebody then told me to try mixing the shake with Egg Beaters. I did so, and I thought it tasted something like pancake mix. So, off I went to my frying pan to experiment with something.
I discovered that by mixing my whey powder and ¼ of Egg Beaters, I was able to cook 2 pancakes that tasted pretty damn good. I then found a company that produced a syrup with 0 carbs! This made my diet a slight bit easier to do, now that I was able to eat more than just plain eggs all day!
Later that day, I found a great recipe for a Greek Salad. romaine lettuce, green peppers, radishes, cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, feta cheese, and an Italian dressing.
One serving of this salad consisted of 8g of carbs, so I would eat that as my dinner for every night from them on. I still needed something else to eat to hold off the hunger, and not get bored to death from the same foods all the time. I then decided that I would pick up some Protein Bars.
So now I was able to have somewhat of a variety of food. I was eating my six meals a day, and getting over 2500 calories per day, so I was not losing any muscle, and actually I gained a couple pounds of muscle while on the diet!
To make sure I was shedding the fat off of my body, I needed to make sure my body wasn't being resistant to insulin. In order to increase insulin sensitivity, I decided to take some ALA. This helped me shed body fat even more than I was already. Since I wanted to stay on this diet for a while, and not quit, I decided I would need to have a cheat day.
I decided every Saturday would be my cheat day, where I would go and eat like crazy. My first cheat day, I ordered a pizza and ate the whole thing. This allowed me to tell myself "Okay, I only have to watch my carbs for 6 more days," instead of "I have to stop eating carbs for 2 months!" That was much easier to do!
I have been on this diet for almost a month now, and I am loving the results! But, I would only recommend this diet to a vegetarian if he/she is willing to sacrifice more than they can imagine!