Zero Carb Diet Plan – My First 30 Days

zero carb diet planZero 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:
Kelly’s blog My zero Carb life
Eat Meat Drink Water blog with interviews from people who are ZC.

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!


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20 Responses to Zero Carb Diet Plan – My First 30 Days

  1. Erin Grater says:

    Originally went on NC because of a candida overload in my system. Had no idea I was going to lose weight. Lost 25lbs and stopped being sick all the time. Decided I could go back on carbs. Gained back the weight and got sick again! Why are we so hard-headed? Anyway, back on my diet… Feeling great & losing weight!

  2. Scherry Grace says:

    I’m addicted to Splenda…what can I use. …please!

    • KetoWoman says:

      All of the Zero carbers that I know have left the sweets behind. And after doing it for 30 days I sure lost my taste for those sweeteners! I now drink my coffee black and haven’t had sweetener in I don’t know how long ! And even though I am not a zero carber, just a very low carber, I have gone on to lose another 35 pounds since writing this article about my ZC experiment. I attribute that to giving up sweeteners and dairy! Best of luck to you!

  3. Frances McPherson says:

    The last post here was about three months ago..

    Are you still ZCing?

    How much weight have you lost all up, if that’s not a rude question..

    I am definitely a ZC eater, as nearly all carbs and dairy cause me grief, but I don’t lose weight as I think I should. Only real difference is, I don’t eat much fat. Could that be it?

    I am 55yo female, but I do running and gym 6 days a week.

    • KetoWoman says:

      I don’t post very often, it’s true! Working full time and keeping teenagers under control takes up a lot of hours. I am not ZC, after my 30 day zero carb trial I crashed and burned and didn’t want to be ZC anymore. But the funny thing is that I have been thinking about it a lot lately so who knows, I might try again. For ZC weight loss questions it’s best to join one of the FB groups because I just don’t have enough experience with it.

  4. Hana says:

    Wow your before and after photos are mindblowing, amazingly well done. Just embarking on this jouney myself, couple of months ago gave up sweetners after a serious two-decade lasting addiction and yesterday declared war on bread with the intention to start ZC. Seemed easier than I feared because I love (LOVE) bread but in the night I was sick as a dog, gagged out the entire content of my stomach (sorry too much info) and wondered if this could be a side effect of a life long carb based diet – how did your body react in the transition period?

    • KetoWoman says:

      Going from a carb based diet to zero carb is a pretty rough transition, although your reaction seems pretty harsh! Are you sure you don’t have the flu? If not, many people do experience keto flu and you can feel pretty sick. I hope you feel better soon!

  5. Rosemary says:

    So, few months on, how much weight have you actually lost? have you stayed on this religiously instead of LW or Egg Fast? have you alternated? what stage are you at now? Aren’t you sick of the sight of meat yet?

    • KetoWoman says:

      I’m thinking you missed the part near the bottom of the post where I made an update to the post? Here it is again:
      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!

      So I guess I am just basically VLC (Very Low Carb) which only gives me a loss of 1-2 pounds a month. I have a ton of issues going on and it’s the best I can accomplish at this point in time. I hope that answers your question!

  6. Caren says:

    I went from ketogenic to very low carb with slightly higher protein to zero carb. The lack of cravings or hunger is something you have to experience. I absolutely love the simplicity. I never think about food any more. I feel amazing. I look forward to seeing you post more – not that there are recipes needed 🙂

    • KetoWoman says:

      I really appreciate all the people who come to visit even though I don’t post very often! I work a 40 hour week and keeping up with this can be challenging. I have tons of ideas though, so I’m sure I will add them at some point!

  7. Mycmyc says:

    Just curious how your second month has gone. Like you I have also read all of Kelly’s blog and testimonies of Eat Meat Drink Water.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Thanks for asking! I wish I had more time to write about this! Things are going well most days. When I just do meat only, wow zero carb = zero cravings! I’m still kind of experimenting because simple things seem to confound me. 🙂 Down a couple more pounds.

  8. Claire Bear says:

    Wonderful post. I followed from Keto to ZCas well. The light also went on for me after reading/studying/absorbing Kelly Hogan’s blog. I love the simplicity, so sick of chopping veggies, lol. Best of luck on our journeys;)

    • KetoWoman says:

      Yes, thank you so much for your comment and support! I am so loving how simple this is and am pleasantly surprised how great I am feeling!

  9. Wenchypoo says:

    Aren’t you worried at all about gluconeogenesis?

    • KetoWoman says:

      No, it’s actually a normal thing. It just means that my liver naturally creates glucose from protein. Everyone’s liver does it, and it’s why we don’t need dietary glucose (carbohydrate) to supply those few places in the body that require sugar instead of fat for fuel.

      • Wenchypoo says:

        Thanks–I read elsewhere that our bodies only make the amount of sugar we need to stay alive & upright–everything else gets excreted. Far less “sugar” comes from gluconeogenesis than from vegs or the standard LC or VLC diet.

        No more fears–in I go!

    • Dana says:

      Gluconeogenesis is why you don’t die in your sleep from low blood sugar. People are trying to turn it into the new ketosis or something (remember how no one could tell the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis?), and that’s simply not warranted. One of the arguments I’ve heard is that it causes “inflammation”–let me tell you something, you want inflammation? Eat more than a narrow range of foods from the plant kingdom. You’ll get your inflammation.

      I’m not zero carb but I can see the merits. Because so many people adulterate meat, especially at restaurants, I’m trying to see if I can get by still eating some plant matter. I feel like I don’t really have a choice unless I want to give up any hope of a social life. Someone who has figured out how to make ZC work, though? More power to them.

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