Zero Carb Diet Plan – My First 30 Days
Sometime in the last week of February 2015 I was directed to a blog called My Zero Carb Life written by Kelly Williams Hogan (there will be links at the bottom of this article). Just when I thought I had it all in hand, just when I was sure my latest macro tweak was going to be the magic tweak, that blog happened. And it rocked my world.
Ya, ya so dramatic, I know! The day that I read that blog, and I mean every single article in it, I have been obsessed. I just got it, right there and then I got it. I have lost 12 pounds so far and I have not looked at My Fitness Pal, not even once. I have not counted a carb or eaten anything at the end of the day to get my fat up or tweaked one single effin thing about what I am putting in my mouth.
So what is this Zero Carb Diet Plan?
The first thing that I want to stress is that even though we ZC’ers (that’s code for Zero Carbers) use the term zero carb, the goal is not ‘eating zero carbs’. We don’t count carbs at all. The goal of zero carb is to eat only from the animal kingdom. We are talking meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and if you can tolerate it, dairy.
And none of this lean meat stuff either. Untrimmed meat with fat. Eat the skin on the chicken! Leave the expensive lean ground beef on the shelf and get the fattier stuff.
No sweeteners, no chemicals, no processed food, no fruits, vegetables, grains, nothing but basically meat and water.
How can anyone get excited about meat and water?
I don’t know, but I did! I can’t explain it, I know I am still sane, at least I think so. I think sometimes these things are all about timing. Maybe if I had read that blog a few months ago, a year ago or whatever, I would have just said wow, this Kelly Hogan, what a crackpot. But I didn’t. She talked about giving up sweeteners (something I have struggled on and off with for years) and I have not had a sweetener, not even a drop or granule since.
I look forward to eating meat. I don’t measure it or weigh it. I eat it until I’m full and then I stop. When I’m thirsty I drink water. That’s it, that is the zero carb diet plan. It’s as simple as that.
So how did I do in that first month?
So that first week after reading Kelly’s blog, I gave up sweeteners but I still ate salad with my meat. Then one day I ate a pickle because we all know that pickles have no carbs right. Then I ate another one, then another and then I was off to binge land. When it was over I knew. I knew I was done with very low carb. I knew that I was one of those people in this tribe of ZC’ers who could not tolerate carbs from the plant world.
So here I am a month later. I am still drinking coffee, I may or may not go there. I never thought I could drink it without sweetener. I typically eat meat, as much as I want, eggs and cheese. I might have to look at the cheese. I am having the urge to do a 30 challenge of just meat. No cheese and maybe even no eggs. Meat and water.
So if you have read any of my previous articles you know that I love to cook and so now I have struggled with what to do with all my recipes here. They are not ZC friendly, far from it. I considered taking them all down. But I have come to realize that most of the people who are ZC, came to that place through the path of low carb and so I am going to leave that path there for someone to find.
Update (Summer 2015): I’m not 100% Zero Carb
I want to be transparent about this. I am mostly zero carb but not 100%. But I learned so much from trying this way of eating and have received great benefit from it.
- I am no longer dependant on sweeteners to get me through the day. This was something I fought for years!
- I no longer use HWC and most days have no cheese unless I’m doing the Egg Fast
- Meat is the mainstay of my diet and all other carbs and veggies are more like a condiment
I may come back to this at some point, I have no idea. I’m just not ready to be 100% zero carb but I would not discourage anyone else from trying it. It might be just the thing you need!
Where can you learn more about the Zero Carb way of life?
Since you haven’t run screaming from this page and since I am so new to this that I have nothing to offer but my first 30 days, here are some links for you to do further research:
ZIOH (Zeroing in on Health) FaceBook group. For this group, please read the rules before you post in the group. And don’t take this the wrong way, but in the group please remember that we were given 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason. It’s time to make use of the ears!