Simple 5-Day Keto Restart ❤ Mini-Challenge


Need a mindset, motivation and KETO restart?!

Join us this week for a FUN 5-day mini challenge to get back to your happiest, healthiest self… FAST. πŸ™‚

We’re going to keep this really simple, super short, and just plain EASY – so you’ll have no excuse not to jump on board. And you’ll be SO glad you did!

Even if you’ve been eating keto consistently already (like me), there may be one or a few parts of this challenge you’re NOT doing. So plan to join in and take the short challenge just to see what happens. πŸ˜‰


Here’s what we’re going to do…

Keto Restart Challenge

Pick Your Start Date (Tomorrow Looks Good!)

We did this 5-day challenge officially as a group Monday November 4th through Friday November 8th, but you can choose a start date and do this FUN 5-day mini challenge anytime for a great keto reboot!

The challenge is to eat 20 net carbs max per day for five straight days (more details below). Easy enough! We’re going to do this together Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Or if you see this late – 5 straight days (Tuesday through Saturday for example).


If you received this note by email, you’re good to go. ✔️

If not, just sign up for the challenge at and join our FUN Facebook Group there too if you haven’t already.

If you’re not on Facebook, that’s totally okay. You can follow along here, and get notified of updates by email.

Keto Restart Mini-Challenge

So what are we going to do exactly?

I want to make this mini-challenge SIMPLE, but I do want you to challenge yourself on ALL of these points. Just for 5 consecutive days. That’s it!

What do you have to lose, right? A few pounds maybe, some bloating and/or inflammation, feelings of frustration perhaps, but other than that: absolutely nothing.

It’s just 5 short days – a little experiment to see what may just happen, or what you might discover this week that you hadn’t realized or been aware of before. πŸ™‚

Since it’s 5 days, let’s do 5 points for this challenge…

The Challenge Commitment

1. Eat 20 net carbs max per day for 5 straight days.

(If you’ve already been doing that for awhile and want to challenge yourself a little MORE this week, do 20 TOTAL carbs max per day.)

2. Log/track everything you eat in your favorite app or on paper to the best of your ability… BEFORE you make or order it. I find logging my meals before I even have them makes me mindful of portions and also lets me see how the numbers will work out.

I use MyFitnessPal, see keto macros made easy!

3. Log your starting weight in your tracking app, or on your paper journal. But otherwise, this short mini-challenge is less about weight loss and more about commitment, completion and mindfulness.

4. If you have any social plans or events this week, prepare for those in advance. If you’ll be dining out, look up the menu ahead of time and decide what you’ll have before you go (and don’t forget to log it first!). If you cook, and find “meal planning” is more helpful than “winging it” as you go, by all means: prepare for your 5 days!

5. Enjoy the widest variety of delicious low carb foods counting ONLY 20 net carbs per day, ignoring everything else (for now). That includes calories! The challenge is: 20 net carbs per day, period.

If you need ideas, I used this Low Carb Food List when I first started. It’s from the Atkins Phase One (now called Atkins20) program, and is a great list of keto-friendly low carb foods that will give you tons of ideas to work with.

I want to keep it THAT simple to start.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help you out or point you in the right direction. πŸ™‚

If you’ve been staying on track but haven’t been tracking macros, that’s YOUR challenge this week. If you’ve been on track AND tracking macros but also “controlling” your calories and protein and fat (etc etc) – your challenge is to relax down to just 20 net carbs max and let the numbers fall where they will. Just for 5 days!:)

If you haven’t been on plan and you’re just starting, this will be the EASIEST way to get started.

If you’ve been off and on and in and out and feeling food guilt & discouragement, or punishing yourself with fasting or extreme elimination diets after ever slip, this is your week to just make a commitment to five straight days, one after the other, and put ALL of that behind you.

What will happen in 5 short days?

If you aren’t already in ketosis, you will be by the end of this mini challenge.

You may experience keto flu symptoms if that’s the case. Some people don’t.

You will feel IN CONTROL and on a mission, which feels GREAT.

That, plus the results you notice throughout the week, will force MOTIVATION to kick in. πŸ™‚

You’ll learn something new about yourself.

When you wake up on Day 6, you can decide what you want to do from there…

Sound good?

Here’s to an amazing week together! ♥️

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. If you aren’t already a part of our Low Carb Challenge Facebook Group, you’ll find the link on this page: (but you don’t have to commit to 90 days for these FUN year-end mini challenges!) 😉


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32 Responses to Simple 5-Day Keto Restart ❤ Mini-Challenge

  1. Dana Thompson says:

    I love it!!! Count me in!!!!!

  2. Deb sardina says:

    Yes I’m in

  3. Robin says:

    I’m in! I need a reboot!

  4. Robin says:

    Woohoo ! Just what I need !!! Thanks Lynn !

  5. Brandi says:

    I’ve been eating off and on plan for about a month now! I feel terribly bloated and too afraid to get on the scale! Definitely need this right now. Count me in!

  6. Brandy Wyatt says:

    I’m in! But I am breastfeeding my baby who will be 2 months old tomorrow, so I’ll keep my net carbs at 40. I’ve been off the wagon for almost a year now!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Brandy πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your new baby! I love that you are adjusting this challenge to suit your personal needs, and using it as a means to get back on track. Kudos for taking control of your health & goals!

  7. Marie says:

    Perfect timing. Thank you! I’m in.

  8. Sondra says:

    I’m inβ™‘

  9. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for doing this Lynn! I’ll be doing this along with 16:8 IF.

  10. Tim says:

    I’m in. I’ve been low carb for a while but stalled. I think I’ve been getting sneaky carbs in. I just downloaded myfitness pal and will be tracking. Just what I needed, thanks!

  11. Laura Wilson says:

    I’ve been off food a few years and was having trouble starting again, thank, tomorrow is my new start day

  12. Charmane Hopkins says:

    Wow I’m in. Lynn thank you so much for this challenge. I know this will be just what I need to get me back on track. I’m starting tomorrow because had at a breakfast meeting and already over my carbs.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Charmane! My advice: log the higher carb breakfast you had today ANYWAY, and eat as few carbs as you can the rest of the day. It will help you see how it looks, and make more mindful food choices the rest of the day. πŸ˜‰ It’s always great to start exactly where you are!

      Obviously I’m not suggesting you go hungry by any means, but simply choose super low carb foods for your other meals or make very healthy choices, and log those as well. More for creating habits, mindful eating & deliberate choices.

      *cheers* Welcome! I’m glad you joined us. πŸ™‚

  13. Jenn Irby says:

    Love this! I would like your thoughts on this… my coach has me on 20g carbs – no NET permitted (and I am definitely missing my NETS). Three weeks in and I am not seeing the scale move any differently than doing 20g Net. Would love to know your view on the pros/cons of the two.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Jenn,

      It would really depend on how you were “spending” those net carbs. Some people pack A LOT of products and ingredients into 20 net carbs while others simply eat more vegetables and berries and stay within 20 net carbs – but both would go over 20 total carbs.

      It’s more about whole foods vs processed foods usually. Doing 20 total carbs cuts out a lot of extra ingredients and usually relieves symptoms and results in better weight loss.

      Did you see ANY results or notice any difference the first week? I ask because anytime you make a dramatic change (assuming it was a big change at all?) your body tends to go through a hold / adjustment period during week two or three.

  14. Bonnie Whitworth says:

    Great time to re-boot, especially after halloween…now into the eating months of the year, what a great idea….I am in!!!!


    Bonnie Whitworth

  15. Count me in, need a mindshift this month to eating healthier.

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  17. Sheryl Kelley says:

    I’m back and would love to try this but will start monday 11/11-11/15 for my 5 day challenge, i’ve been doing low carb and have lost 8 lbs and 18″ but i’ve stalled out now for 2 weeks, maybe this will kick start my loss again. Thank you for all that you do

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Sounds great, Sheryl – I can’t wait to hear your results. πŸ™‚ How long have you been doing low carb, and are you doing a certain number of carbs per day and also tracking macros? Losing 8 pounds and 18″ is GREAT results, congrats!! I look forward to hearing how you achieved that, and how long you’ve been doing what you did to get those results. Always curious. πŸ™‚

      • Sheryl Kelley says:

        I’ve been following Atkins for years but unfortunately i’ve been off and on as well. I lost the 8 lbs and 18″ following a menu called meat lovers with Metabolic Research Center Weight loss center. I’ve stalled the last few weeks so i need to buckle down and this challenge has come at a great time. Under the MRC center we don’t count calories or watch carbs, we go by a menu of foods which is pretty much same as atkins but i’ve veered off these last few weeks so it’s my fault.

  18. Tanya says:

    Lost 7 pounds with 5 day challenge and was not starving at all!

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  20. Gloria says:

    Trying to sign-up for new challenge but have not been able to find the group site. I went to the website, Facebook, etc. and no luck. Please help. Thank you.

  21. Annelene Kammer-Tischendorf says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I have been following your facebook Page a while now, but this is the first time that I am joining one of your challenges.

    I have been eating low carb (and in the beginning of my journey I was very strict Keto as well) but somehow I have become very lazy and this Christmas I just let everything go!

    So now I am really trying to get back on track with the help of your challenges!

    I have one issue. I am currently still on holiday in South Africa and will be flying back to my home in Austria on Wednesday evening. It will be a 12 hour flight (total journey approx. 20 hours) and I am dreading this! Normally the lack of sleep on the airplane make me hungry and grumpy and in the end I just eat EVERYTHING in that stupid little airplane meal…. Do you have any tips on what I could pack or do to make the travelling easier?
    Annelene Kammer

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  23. Cristi Phillips says:

    Is the premium plan on the my fitness pal app worth the money?

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