One Month of Keto Vegetarian

Here we are! Tomorrow is my one-month keto anniversary. Despite one night of drinking red wine, I have remained in nutritional ketosis the entire month. How do the numbers look?

Week  4 –
Weight lost: -5.2 pounds (Total: -17.2 pounds)
% Body weight lost: -2.11% (Total: -6.67%)
Inches lost (waist): -1.0″ (Total: -2.75″)
Inches lost (neck): 0.0″ (Total: -0.75″)
Sleep quality: 91%

So, 17.2# for the month and almost 3 inches off of my waist (where I carry most of my weight). I’m tracking a few other numbers as well; according to my scale, I’ve lost 1.5% body fat and gained 1.3% muscle. Those number seem to vary wildly based on my hydration levels, so it’s not a very accurate measurement. I try to record the average of the day before and after weigh-in to get the most reasonable number.

For comparison’s sake, I dug out 2 old spreadsheets I have from previous dedicated attempts at weight lost. My most successful started in 2009, when my starting weight was about 10 pounds heavier than this time, and I ended up losing 110 pounds over the course of a year. (Clearly, I gained most of it back!) It was a low fat diet that I maintained for about 3 years. In that first month, I lost 14.6 pounds (5.49%) – and that included exercise of 45-60 minutes per day, 4 days per week. Granted, exercise is great – but 8 years later when my metabolism is clearly slower and more screwed up than in 2009, a keto diet with no additional exercise earned me better results (17.2 pounds, 6.67%). That seems impressive to me.

The other data I’ve got is from 2013, also a low fat diet with exercise, and I lost 9.59 pounds the first month (-4.29%). Nowhere near as good as keto.

I’m still feeling great. I’m still loving what I eat. The couple weeks of skin breakouts I was getting have cleared up.

On the downside, I’m still having trouble keeping my electrolytes up. I don’t like (or won’t eat due to being vegetarian) many of the keto-friendly foods that have good magnesium and potassium values, so I’m trying to be conscious of eating more nuts and avocados, and not skipping supplements. And I’m definitely dehydrated. I’ve only been drinking tea and water with the occasional Powerade Zero, but I’m getting maybe 50oz a day. Since keto is a generally diuretic diet, I need to drink more. I can tell I’m not getting enough water.

Some info for the ladies (skip ahead, guys, if this stuff wigs you out) – I had my first period on keto this month. I’d been spotting the entire month (despite being on the pill), and when shark week came, whoa nellie… it was the heaviest I think I’ve ever had in my life. Totally out of the ordinary for me. However, I had zero cramping – none – and THAT is a dang miracle. I suffer atrocious cramps and bloating most months. I am hoping that when this one wraps up, the spotting will stop as well, and things will normalize.

I am extremely happy with the results of this way of eating so far!

Here are some of the things I ate this week. I only tried 1 new recipe – mostly repeats from previous weeks.

Cauliflower fried rice, avocado, and veggie meatballs

Leftovers from last week… cauliflower fried rice with half an avocado and veggie meatballs.


Shirataki noodle alfredo

The one new recipe I tried this week! Shirataki tofu noodles alfredo. This was supposed to be 2 servings, but I ate it all. Keto Connect has a great how-to on how to make shirataki noodles so that they aren’t slimy.


Veggie beef crumbles, scrambled eggs and veggie bacon

Breakfast for dinner. Keto Connect’s hemp heart oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and veggie bacon.


Taco salad…


Headbanger's Kitchen peanut butter waffle with scrambled eggs

The Headbanger’s Kitchen peanut butter waffle with scrambled eggs.


Zucchini fritters, scrambled eggs, avocado, and Dubliner Irish cheese

Zucchini fritters with half an avocado, scrambled eggs, and Dubliner Irish cheese (so obsessed!)

Another delicious week, and a successful month on the scale. Here’s to the next! Cheers!

4 thoughts on “One Month of Keto Vegetarian

  1. I am so curious about Keto. When you say electrolytes, can something like Emergen-C, Nuun, or Skratch Labs drink help you this diet. I just bought Skratch (I’ve had it before, but I just bought it at a good price . . .let me know if you want to know where and a coupon!).

  2. Yep I just dug the Nuun out of the back of my pantry from when I was running 🙂 It says it’s expired but it tastes fine. A lot of people do the Emergen-C too. I also picked up the fizzy “Calm” magnesium drink mix. That is lovely before bed.

  3. Are you still doing keto? If so, you should start a facebook group. All the current keto facebook groups suck. Yours would not. 😉

  4. LOL thanks, Jen! I am now on day 3 of low-carb-not-necessarily-keto. :-/ My cholesterol shot up by 40% (probably due to all of the dairy I had to eat to pull off keto vegetarian). Doc gave me 3 months to get it down. So I’ve bumped my carbs up to 25% (from 10%) to give me more wiggle room to get protein from beans and things. Hopefully reducing dairy will get my cholesterol back to normal. I quit so many keto Facebook groups! The condescension was just astounding. Keto police everywhere. Now I’m just doing a low-carb if-it-fits-my-macros kind of thing.

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