I Tried Keto for a Month and Here’s What Happened

The diet seemed like a crazy whim. Then it worked.

Piper Steele
May 20, 2019 · 10 min read
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But I wasn’t interested in being one of the cool kids. I just wanted to lose 15 (okay 20) pounds and figure out why I was tired all the time.

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But it turns out that while that “healthy” breakfast did have 13 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein, it also had 23 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar than in a Krispy Kreme jelly doughnut!

Carbs Impact Health

I thought the high fiber diet was helping, since it eliminated bloating and constipation. However, a trip to the doctor revealed the truth: I’d gained 2 pounds since last year. In fact, I’d gained between 1 and 3 pounds every year for the past five years.

When Doing Everything Right Is Wrong

1. I lost weight.

2. I peed a lot.

3. I got dizzy and lightheaded.

I’m not going to lie. That’s been tough for me. I don’t eat a lot of processed food, and I can’t seem to just drink salted water or put a ¼ tsp. of salt on my tongue and chase it with water as many do.

4. I was really tired during exercise.

5. My hormones went nuts.

According to my doctor, keto can be used to regulate hormones. Some women find it stops hot flashes. Others report that keto successfully resolves Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). (There’s a small study that discuss this.) Some men report that it resolves erectile dysfunction.

6. It’s the one diet that was easy to stick to.

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7. I felt calm and clear-headed.

My memory is also better. I no longer go into a room and find myself forgetting why I’m there. And I can keep lists in my head, like I used to when I was in my 20s. I also get a wonderful sense of clear-headed focus while working.

8. I had zero cravings.

9. I don’t get aches and pains anymore.

10. Going out to eat was challenging

Interestingly, the restaurant world is happy to serve ketchup made with high fructose corn syrup, but when I replace French fries with asparagus as a side dish, they’re loathe to put a pat of butter on it. Apparently, the world still fears fat.

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Piper Steele

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Journalist/author/editor specializing in health, relationships, food, money | Avid fan of brunch, Stephen Colbert and heated car seats

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Piper Steele

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Journalist/author/editor specializing in health, relationships, food, money | Avid fan of brunch, Stephen Colbert and heated car seats

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