After hearing so much about the ketogenic diet (hey, if it’s good enough for Alicia Vikander) and skipping one too many (read: all) of my morning workouts, I decided it was time to try out the trendy eating plan for myself. Quick refresher: The keto diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet, where the goal is for your body to reach a state of ketosis (hence, the name). In this state, you burn through fat for energy instead of glucose (i.e., carbohydrates), which leads to faster weight loss.
I enlisted the help of ketogenic diet expert Dr. Josh Axe—partly because I have zero willpower when it comes to pasta and need someone checking up on me, and partly because his keto diet plan allows for four feast meals per month (see previous note about pasta). Here, seven of my biggest takeaways from 30 days of keto eating.