Join us for the Fall 2016 Low Carb Challenge!
Happy Monday! 🙂 We’re kicking off the 2nd week of the challenge, and it’s time for the Week One Weigh-In.
If you’re participating in the Challenge Facebook Group, use that link to post your weigh-in. Otherwise you can leave a comment here.
Below are the five low carb meals I had over the weekend, plus both of my MyFitnessPal food diaries so you can see how I logged those meals.
Saturday’s Low Carb Meals
I enjoy this low carb breakfast almost daily because it’s easy, delicious, healthy foods and perfect LCHF macros. 🙂 It’s 1/2 cup crushed pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 4 small diced strawberries and 1/8 cup (17.5 grams) of blueberries.
It comes to 6 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
Note: My pecans (Best Choice, a store brand) are 1 net carb per 1/4 cup (30 gram serving). I’ve noticed some pecan labels say TWO net carbs for the same serving size, so watch your labels. 😉
On Friday I cooked a big pan of sausage & spinach. So for lunch on Saturday I heated up a serving with 1/2 ounce of cream cheese & .88oz of colby jack cheese – and fried two eggs on top. It was creamy, cheesy, full of spinach & amazingly delicious!
For dinner I had a big beautiful Kentucky Legend center cut pork chop, cooked in my leftover sausage & spinach. 🙂
I love the Kentucky Legend pork chops. They are pre-cooked, so they make for a quick & easy low carb meal. And they’re SO tender & tasty!!
I also had six large mugs of coffee on Saturday, each with 1 TBSP of Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Hazelnut Powdered Creamer.
Plus I had a 1/2 cup serving of Halo Top low carb ice cream late Saturday night…
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Saturday:
Net Carbs: 20
Total Carbs: 35
Protein: 133 Grams
74% Fat, 22% Protein
Water: 72 ounces
Sunday’s Low Carb Meals
I kinda blew my carb count on my usual low carb breakfast on Sunday morning, but it was SO good! 😛 I added the Italian Espresso Coconut Chips (28 grams, 5 net carbs) to my low carb cereal. I found these in the produce section at my local Wal-Mart but you can also get them online at Vitacost.
It also has my usual 1/2 cup crushed pecans, 4 small diced strawberries & 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese. Total: 10 net carbs and 84% healthy fat.
I had my breakfast late, closer to lunch actually, so I only ate one other meal later in the evening. I had the Frisco Burger from Hardee’s, made low carb style with a lettuce wrap. 🙂 They’ll make ANY sandwich low carb for you. All you have to do is ask!
Yes, there are two low carb burgers there!
Joe swung by and we enjoyed a burger out on the back deck while discussing our “fitness adventure” options for the week ahead. 🙂 We’re working around some rain in the forecast, but hopefully we’ll get in a good hike this week.:)
I also had 5 large mugs of coffee on Sunday, each with 1 TBSP of Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Hazelnut Powdered Creamer…
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Sunday:
Net Carbs: 18
Total Carbs: 29
Protein: 47 Grams
78% Fat, 16% Protein
Water: 48 ounces
My scales have just fluctuated slightly up and down by half pound or so over the last week, so I’m still holding at about the same weight I started this challenge with. I’m okay with that given I’m only 141.4 pounds, and I know the fluctuations are normal for me. I think the low carb ice cream & coconut chips may be the culprit. 😉
Even when they fit into the carb limit and my macros (20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum)… some foods can cause water weight or even knock you out of ketosis.
I notice water weight when I eat smoked sausages for example, even the zero carb Smokies links. At the moment I’m questioning the coconut chips. They are 5 or 6 net carbs per 1/2 cup but they are VERY sweet to be THAT low carb… 😛
That’s why I generally stick to simple meals and basic foods. I find I lose weight quicker when I keep it simple – meat & greens + healthy fats. Or nuts & berries. 🙂 I lose weight consistently having my usual “low carb cereal” every day.
It’s nice to mix things up sometimes, though!
Trying new things like the coconut chips, or being able to have low carb ice cream on a Saturday night, keeps me from getting bored or going off track.
Of course if I were in a weight loss contest or REALLY wanted the scales to move FAST I would definitely just stick to the basics.
Speaking of, I got my Keto Krate on Saturday! 🙂
I haven’t had a chance to check out all the cool products in it yet, but that will make for a fun week. You can see the August Keto Krate here, and I’ll share more about it as I get into my own box this week…
How are things going for you?
It’s day 8 and we’re kicking off the 2nd week of the challenge. 🙂 How are you doing with your low carb meals & macro tracking? Any questions or struggles? I would love to hear your results so far.
Don’t forget to weigh-in, here or in the Challenge Group.
Leave a comment and let’s talk!
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