Post #7: Six Tips for Eating Zero Carb

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I Was Really Hoping Not to Freak You Out

Since losing 125 pounds and sharing the story of how I eliminated all carbohydrates from my diet, the number one question I have been asked is, “What exactly do you eat every day?”

 

Until now, I have hesitated to be too specific in answering that question, because A) This is the point that I will set off most people’s “Crazy-O-Meters,” likely losing about 99% of the readers…and B) Because my exact way of eating is not the only way or the “Right way” to do a zero-carb diet.

 

That said, I remember asking plenty of zero-carbers the exact same question when I was 262 pounds and first getting started. I was fascinated by their success and wanted to know exactly what was working for them, right down to seeing pictures of their dinners!  They graciously shared their habits and menus with me, so I will gladly do the same.

 

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There’s More Than One Way to Do This

Before I share my exact eating habits, I think it’s worth noting that my zero-carb journey is several years in the making, and the way I eat now is not the exact way that I ate five years ago. My methods, madness, and menus have changed quite a bit over the years, though I’ve remained zero-carb throughout.

 

In 2009, when I first switched from eating low-carb to NO carb, I still wanted a lot of variety in my diet.  For those first few years, I ate many different meats and lost weight quite quickly and easily!  I ate steak, bunless burgers, rotisserie chicken (with lots of butter and all of the skin), bacon, eggs, beef roasts, ground beef, turkey legs, pork chops, etc.  Pretty much ANY kind of meat, as long as it wasn’t coated in breading or any sauces (which usually contain lots of sugar).  I lost 125 pounds eating that way and think it is a perfectly wonderful way to enjoy a zero carb diet.

 

That said, I no longer have any need or desire for much variety in my daily diet, so I mostly eat the same few things all day, every day.  I don’t get bored with my food, because I don’t need it to entertain me.  It’s simply fuel.

 

Nowadays, I have only a few requirements for my food:  I want it to give me lots of energy, make me full, and allow me to feel my best.  Also, it’s nice if my skinny jeans still fit. And bonus points if it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg or take more than 10 minutes in the kitchen.

 

So, every day, I eat thick, juicy, delicious half-pound hamburger patties. Annnd….that’s mostly it.   (Crazy-O-Meter going off yet?)

 

Every several days, my husband grills up about eight pounds of these yummy burgers, and I eat off of those anytime I am hungry, which is usually about three times per day.  Now, I know it sounds bizarre that I can be completely content eating such a repetitive menu, but I truly am. The burgers taste wonderful each and every time!  Even more importantly, though, is how truly GOOD I feel eating this way.  Energized, full, and happy!  Other benefits: Not spending all my time hunting down sugar-fixes, sparing myself from preparing elaborate recipes, and no longer starving myself or exercising to lose weight.

 

A platter of burgers.  It truly doesn’t get much simpler than that, right?

 

Also, I feel best when I have lots of fat in my diet, so I often add several spoonfuls of bacon grease to my burgers and eat those half-pound beauties with a side of bacon and plenty of the added bacon fat.  When I finish eating a burger dipped in bacon grease with a side of bacon next to it, I am completely energized!  And I am definitely NOT still hungry.  But, of course, if I am, I just have another one without worry about weight gain or having to put in extra hours at the YMCA. Can I get an amen and a hallelujah?!

 

On very rare occasions, if I want something other than burgers and bacon, I’ll have a meat and cheese omelet, a steak, a huge plate of chicken wings, or any other meat that sounds appealing.  So delicious!  And VERY much considered part of a zero-carb diet.

 

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6 Tips From When I Went Zero-Carb

Do you have to eat “my” way to succeed on a zero-carb diet?  Good heavens, NO!  I lost almost all of my weight while I had lots of meaty variety in my diet.  And in fact, I didn’t start eating the “boring”, homologous way that I do now because I wanted to lose more weight.  That transition just happened naturally and is completely unnecessary to succeeding on a zero-carb diet. Plenty of zero-carbers have had tremendous success eating a wide variety of foods from the animal kingdom, enjoying all manner of meats, cheeses, and eggs.

 

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again:  I am not here to tell anyone else how they should eat.  I’m not giving dietary advice.  I just want to share my experiences and tell my story.  But since I have had dozens of people ask me how to eat on a zero carb diet, I will share some of the most useful advice I was given when I was first getting started:

 

1) Eat only from the animal kingdom. Meat, eggs, and dairy. No carbs.

 

2) Stay full.  Eat meat/eggs/dairy until you are full and you won’t be as tempted to eat other things.

 

3) Eat enough fat. Fat will keep you full and will you give you plenty of energy.

 

4) Avoid all sweet tastes. It will be the quickest way to kill the cravings  that you may have for sweets.

 

5) Drink water when you’re thirsty.  Seltzer waters, unsweetened tea, and unsweetened coffee work for plenty of zero-carbers, as well.  Each individual has to determine for themselves what works best.  But regular water will definitely work for everyone, every time.  And I have found no benefit to forcing down gallons of water each day.  Just drink if you’re thirsty.  And stop when you’re not.

 

6) No need to count calories.  Eat when you’re hungry.  Stop eating when you’re not.

 

And if you’re only interested in reducing (not eliminating) the sugar and carbs in your diet, that’s great, too!  Any little bit of sugar that you can keep out of your diet is a win!  I’m not here to say that zero-carb is the ONLY way to do that.  But I definitely have found that eating a zero-carb diet was the quickest way to eliminate my sugar-cravings, give me the energy I needed, and help me to lose 125 pounds.

 

My next post will cover the most frequently asked questions that I have received over the past several years, including:  How is your cholesterol?  Aren’t you worried about dying of a heart attack?  What is the actual science behind how this worksDo you take supplements?  (And, everyone’s favorite…)  How do you POOP on a zero-carb diet?!

 

And if THAT doesn’t bring you back, I don’t know what will.

 

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99 Responses

  1. Deborah

    I’ve been following Keto low carb, high fat since Aug. 2013. My weight loss has been super slow. I believe it due to medications I have to take. But your posts, and blog, WOW. Thank you. I am so encouraged and I feel like there is hope because I CAN do this. I’ve attempted 0 carb, but find I do better if i have less than 10, so I’m averaging 6 carbs. I just need to give this process to time to melt the fat. I’m so excited. I’m 203.8 lbs. I can’t wait to get into One-derland. When I first started I had 119 lbs to lose. I now have 74 lbs to go. Exciting, can’t wait. THANK YOU. Keep blogging! You definitely inspire.

    • DB

      I agree I have tried the 0 carbs ,but I keep my self at 3 carbs for breakfast 3 carbs at lunch and 3 carbs fir dinner and in the pass 6 weeks I have lost 18 pounds.

  2. Erin

    I just read all seven posts in one go! Thank you! Years ago I lost 70 pounds doing low carb, but gained it all back and then some. I just restarted on December 27, and am doing well keeping net carbs at 20 daily but am still making low carb sweets. I am going to try to cut waaaay back because even though I can resist real sugar and such and I’m not drinking diet soda, I still want my treats. But I want to be healthy and confident! Thanks again!

  3. Michelle Elks

    Hi,
    I just read your blog last weekend , have been on a low carb diet for last four months I’ve lost 15 kg in that time. In three days of being on zero carb I’ve lost 3 kg amazing. Thanks so much for all the information,cheers Michelle

  4. Vince Furfaro

    just curious. are there any fresh vegetables on your diet? I can understand eating the various meats, but I would add fresh swiss chard and broccolini and kale, mixed greens with tomatoes and cucumbers.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… Kel doesn’t. But you can! //jh

  5. logan

    Thanks for the post. I have a question about lettuce! I love lettuce and supposedly it’s zero carb yet I never hear zero carers mention it? Why is that? It as texture and is refreshing. Yum.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… You’ve done more to positively describe lettuce than anyone since Peter Rabbit. 🙂 Glad you enjoy it! Thanks for reading. //jh

  6. JoeyAnnie

    Anxiously awaiting the answer to the “poop” question 😀 I hope it’s not………………………….well we’ll see, won’t we 😀 BFN

    • Kat

      I think Kelly said neither she nor the kids have problems with that. If they do, they add fat. Also, adding more salt has been known to help. If you’re eating fewer than 60g of carbs, you need to make sure you eat 5 grams of salt every day or risk a drop in blood volume because water is no longer being stored along with carbs.

      • Kelly Hogan

        Kat is right! No bathrooming problems at our house. But adding fat will fix any constipation problems right up. So, get an untrimmed ribeye, pour some butter or bacon fat all over it, and enjoy! You’ll be going in no time!

  7. Rebecca

    I love this post! I’ve been slowly cutting more and more carbs out of my diet. How do you feel about heavy whipping cream? I know it has some carbs, but it’s dairy…. do you count that? Thanks!! You didn’t lose a reader here, you gained one!

    • Kelly Hogan

      I do have about an ounce of heavy cream every day. Sometimes more. If you can handle it well and enjoy it, go for it!

      And, thank you!!! 🙂

  8. Frank

    Great stuff! Very enjoyable read. My wife and I tried low carb for a while and were planning on going back on. My issue was the incessant carb cravings so going the full monty itno zero carb seems the better plan.

  9. Carol

    Still awaiting the answer to the “poop” dillema! Having been on a low carb diet many times and losing weight, this time around I have realized that the on again, off again has been one of my main issues. Committing this time around to a zero carb will be all new but determined to make this a lifestyle change and not just a diet. I have lost from 327 to 168 since 2003. Since then I have been back up to 225 and back down to 170. Coming off the diet during an illness and tons of steroids, I gained back up to 196. After two weeks I am down to 189. My first week I lost six lbs and was thrilled. Then last week at my weigh in…bam..only a half pound lost. I was devastated. What could I be doing wrong this time? Is it just harder each time? Then there’s the no pooping issue. I know tmi..but it is a reality for many of us. And honestly…we need answers on how to deal! lol. After reading your blog and knowing that I struggle with those sugar cravings..to the point of getting up in the middle of the night for a few grapes! Today is the day I have determined to go ZERO carb. This blog is so riveting in how excited and committed you are to this. I am praying that this new lifestyle will finally kick my battle of the bulge out the door. Any and all suggestions are so welcome and appreciated!

    • Kelly Hogan

      The longer answer coming soon. The quick answer to the constipation problem: Eat more fat. Add more bacon grease or butter, or just have a really fatty steak or beef roast. Moves things right along.

      • Kelly Hogan

        I have no problems with coffee, so I enjoy both regular and decaf every day. And yes, I’ve heard many people say that it helps them “go”. Adding extra fat to your diet usually solves any constipation issues as well. 🙂

    • Kelly Hogan

      Congratulations on your amazing weight loss!!!! Wow!!

      For the pooping issue, just add more fat. Seriously, add some butter and/or bacon grease and you will have no pooping troubles. Or eat lots of high-fat, untrimmed rib-eye. If you’re still having trouble, add butter ON TOP of the untrimmed, fatty rib-eye. You’ll be going smoothly.

      Thank you for your comments!

  10. Ana

    i,m an ultra runner. Portuguese. I do ultra marathons with no carbo. Since 2 years i eliminate all carbo of my nutrition and do ultras with fat high fat and moderate protein. Tons of Water. Thanks a lot. Ana.

  11. Michelle

    Do you know how many calories you eat in a day? Do you drink coffee with cream? What about things that are <1 carb, like hard cheeses? Love this blog- will keep following you! Thank you!!

    • Kelly Hogan

      I used to eat well over 2000 calories (sometimes more than 3000) while on a ZC diet. I was still able to lose weight, as long as I didn’t eat any carbs. These days, my appetite is much smaller, so I only eat about 1700 calories per day. Of course, if I have a “hungry day”, I eat as much as it takes to stay full.

      And yes, I do drink coffee with heavy cream (or sometimes with a little half&half, especially if I”m out and and that’s what they fave. And even though I don’t eat much cheese these days, I’ll have some hard cheeses on occasion, especially if I’m at a party and it’s one of the few things I will eat. But I do find that eating/drinking a lot of dairy does slow down weight loss for me.

      Thank you for your encouragement!

  12. Meghan

    I literally just read all your posts right now and love them! I am on my 3rd day of Atkins eating 20 carbs a day but now want to reduce it to zero. I know you covered this but basically its as simple as meat and eggs and cheese. right? no veggies?

  13. Joanne

    Hi!
    Love your blog. Read all posts today. I’ve been high fat (85%), moderate protein (10%) low carb (5%) since January 20th, (I weighed 154) but my carbs never went above 12.
    5 days ago I went zero carb.
    I have a question, what are your percentages? The last 5 days I’ve been keeping carbs about 3-4 (from the eggs), protein about 25g and the rest fat. I really felt too much protein was keeping me from losing weight, in the last 5 days I’ve dropped 7 lbs, and am now 140. My goal weight is 125, I’m 5′ 3″.
    Have you ever heard of anyone eating too much protein? I ask, because I think now, I could eat more protein as long as I also eat a lot of fat with it to keep the fat ratio high. Would love your thoughts on this. Thank you!

    • Kelly Hogan

      I eat around 150 grams of fat per day, which is about 70% of my calories. I eat about 130 grams of protein, which is about 30% of my calories. I don’t worry about trying to make it that way. And I don’t worry about calculating or measuring. I just eat meat and add fat when I want it (which is almost always), never worrying if I’m getting too much fat or too much protein. I just eat the way that makes me feel great. 🙂

      Congratulations on your weight loss! It sounds like you’re doing great! Thank you for your support and encouragement!

    • Rina

      Joanne, I am same height as you, currently 146lbs and aiming for about same goal as you. I would love to connect and support each other. Do you log you food on my fitness pal? My user is rinanew. I also try to keep a blog on http://www.rinaprimalpaleojourney.blogspot.com

      Kelly, thank you so much for your blog!!!! I am enjoying it a lot.

  14. Roxanne

    Hey! Loving the blog…I’m curious…you mention beef and chicken and even turkey, do you eat fish also?

    • Kelly Hogan

      Fish is a great zero-carb food! I’m not often inclined to have it, but just due to it not being my most favorite taste when it’s not breaded and dipped in tartar sauce! 🙁 But yes, enjoy some fish! 🙂

  15. Linda

    Greetings, Kelly. I have been on low carb, high fat for 4 weeks. I actually started 1/7. Since the beginning, I have had no wheat, gluten or sugars. We eat meats, eggs, bacon, salads, cheeses, I believe that is all we eat. My issue with my plan…. I “released” 8 lbs when I got on the scale on This past Saturday. Today, , I gained 9 total. So, I am one pound more from where I started. We eat organic/grass fed meats and organic dairy. I KNOW I must be doing something wrong. I will continue to eat minus the carbs, but I am confused and a bit frustrated about this. I will continue on my mission to health. Thank you for this article. I am still searching for what I am not doing correctly. Any advice?

    • Kelly Hogan

      I’m not really into giving advice…but I can speak from mine and others’ experiences:

      Sometimes, especially when people were restricting calories/fat before beginning low/no carb, then it can lead to weight gain in the beginning. Plenty of people report this. And it makes sense to me. I mean, they were basically starving their body before hand by avoiding what their bodies really needed: fatty proteins. And now, you’re feeding your body properly, so it would probably like to hang on to that nutrition for a little while. Let’s face it, your poor body probably doesn’t understand that you are officially going to keep feeding it well. For all your cells know, you’re going to go right back to eating junk again.

      Another very common report from those beginning a low/no carb diet is that if they stick with it, the gained weight comes off very quickly. I experienced all of this myself. I didn’t write about it, simply because I didn’t want to scare people away by making them think that everyone will gain weight when they first stop eating carbs. Most don’t. This isn’t a very common occurrence, but it definitely happens. But yes, I gained some weight when I initially dropped all carbs. I also didn’t write about it, because I was on some fertility drugs at the time and thought that may have had an impact in my weight gain. Very hard to say.

      Those pounds, along with more, came off, though while eating a high fat, zero carb diet. I just stuck with it. I embraced eating fat. And when I wasn’t hungry, I stopped eating. Those pounds were gone quite quickly. Give your body some time. It could be months. It could be just days.

      And don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right for YOU. Follow your body’s lead and follow your own instincts.

  16. Larry Rotenberg CFA

    interesting when my wife was pregnant all she wanted was beef…she grew up in Colombia eating beef….my 3yr old loves beef and fat……shes healthy……..all I ate as a kid till 40ish was hamburgers and beef and I was the strongest healthiest especially in high school playing football etc ….then someone told me to eat grains/fruits……diabetes….then ketogenic…..and.now back to burgers!!!!!

  17. Ruth

    I have be keto for two years. Immediately lost 20 pounds to 135, but have been hovering between 140 and 143 and can’t get it back down. Contemplating an egg fast when I get home (visiting out of town for the next two weeks). Now I found your blog and am thinking going zero carb instead. My usual macros are 75-80% fat, 20-25% protein and never over 5% carbs. I use a lot of coconut and MCT oil for the health benefits – and pricy avocado oil. Right now they seems to be the only things I have questions about. Would these fats be allowed at all?

    • Kelly Hogan

      Most zero-carbers do okay with some coconut oil. And I’m not familiar at all with avocado oil.

      Maybe try meat and water for a while and then, if you feel like you want to add something back, add the oils? Just an idea. Congrats on eliminating so many carbs for so long now! And thank you for your encouragement! I really appreciate it! Keep in touch!

  18. Marla

    Kelly, thank you so much for sharing your story. You are very inspiring and are a great story teller!

    I started LCHF (less than 20 Net Carbs -Dr Westman Duke University plan) in Oct and have lost nearly 60 lbs in 4 months. After being overweight my whole life and riding the low fat, low calorie roller coaster up and down 100 lbs at a time, I feel at such peace with this way of eating. I am both ecstatic at how easy and satisfying it is while also being angry at the medical / health establishments for leading us all astray.

    I enjoy hearing about your perspective on the zero carb experience. LCHF was totally new to me and your story is my first exposure to Zero Carb. I eat one cup of low carb veggies, and two cups of leafy greens a day, plus the few carbs in cheese. When I want something sweet, I do the SF Jello and use artificial sweeteners, but only once or twice a week and only a cup at a time. But, I do notice that I find myself thinking more about how can I make SF desserts right after I eat one. Still it just amazes me how I can watch someone eat cake or ice cream or donuts and not be dying to eat one.

    You are very brave to share your experience. I know I get a lot of flack and well-intentioned advice from those that think this woe is wrong. I hope you are able to ignore the naysayers and continue to share your story and bring hope and enlightenment to others.

  19. stephanie

    What kind of bacon do you buy? All bacon I see at the store has sugar added….same with breakfast sausage 🙁

    • Kelly Hogan

      I don’t eat sausage for that Very reason: I can’t find one without “junk” in it. Most bacon has sugar used in the curing process, but does not actually have a sweet taste or any carbs in it. The ingredients used to cure the bacon are mostly cured out of it before it’s eaten. That said, I just buy Gwaltney bacon. But I would eat most any kind that wasn’t labeled “Apple bacon” or something sweet.

      • Linda

        If you have a Whole Foods near you, they make their sausage fresh, without any junk in them. And definitely has no nitrates or nitrites. 🙂

  20. kelly

    I have cut out all breads, pastas, flour, sugar…and from someone who that was all I ate I am proud of myself. I think I need to go further because I have lost very little in the few months i have been doing this. My question is the zero carb always states meat products, eggs, dairy. Does that include milk? I know there is carbs in dairy so this confuses me. My one major love is milk…..I would give up sugar and pasta in a second but milk will be as battle.

  21. Dorian Ingram

    Would avocados be ok since they do have a high fat content or should I leave them out completely because of the carb amount, I ask because I’m pretty much on the right path I’m just clinging on to the avocados.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… I love avocados too! Do what makes you feel your best–but know that they’re not considered a “zero carb” food.

  22. Natasha

    Hi Kelly. Quick question; I love my BPC (bulletproof coffee ) not sure if you know it. Black coffee with 1tbs butter and 1tbs coconut oil. Was wondering if this will be permitted on a zero carb lifestyle.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… Kel doesn’t like using it as a meal replacement. It’s zero-carb, but it ain’t meat! //jh

  23. Dave

    I just cut out sweeteners in my coffee. The first sip was the hardest, but I just had my second cup of black coffee ever and I kind of like it. I’m enjoying the read. I’ve lost over 50 lbs, most of it from eating low carb.

  24. Marcia Markley

    My question is I am a pre-diabetic and eating too much protein especially at night causes my sugar to spike. Is going on a zero carb diet okay until you level out with it? With all that protein. I am especially nervous. I am low carb right now with about 13% protein, 5% carbs and 82% fat .. I look forward to your reply. Thank you

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… always consult your doctor before making major dietary changes. Thanks for reading! /jh

  25. Roni LaPlante

    I am having a difficult time knowing if I am hungry & if I’m eating enough! I can wake up at 7:30 AM and not feel hungry until 11:00 AM, at least I don’t think I’m hungry. I’ve been averaging 2 meals and drinking water, but I gained 3.5 pounds this week ~ I have no clue what I’m doing wrong OR how to fix it.

  26. Martin

    Hi Kelly – thanks for sharing your journey. I’ve recently progressed from LCHF to Zero Carb and have finally seen some progress (103kg –> 98kg) and keen to continue.

    Are you able to share your burger recipe? Thanks

  27. Karen

    Hi, i was wondering if you could please print some of your recipes for us all! This way of life sounds very interesting. How much meat do you buy each week in the grocery store? Can you have sliced processed meats, or all fresh? Can you have any condiments, like mayo or mustard or cream cheese? It just seems like all the meat is kind of dry and sometimes you need something with it. Thanks so much!

  28. Michelle

    What kind of seasonings do you use? Do you season with onions and garlic?

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… salt and pepper are best. 🙂 Thanks for reading! //jh

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… it’s easy! Just take ground beef and make them into patties and grill those suckers. I like a good medium-rare. //jh

  29. Mary

    Hi Kelly! Huge hello from Nova Scotia, Canada! :)) -Just found your site a few days ago and was ‘freaking out’. You are a total inspiration and guess what? -With careful thought, talk to Jesus about this, and a trip to the grocery store, I’m on plan! LOL!! 🙂 -I was halfway there anyway…My story is similar to yours in that I have been a HF/LC girl for a long while…but the last 20 just will not come off, which makes it a bit too convenient to then occasionally sneak in a low carb beer with hubby or whatever. I have reversed type II and removing the last extra layer would bring me more fully back to myself again. I say 20, but it may be more and it may be less. I am uncertain because I actually like my far smaller size (I was a size 16-18) and now I’m a size 9-10 (5’6.5″). So, it’s about health first for probably everyone on here, as it is for me and wanting to lose any additional body fat. If this does not sound a bit odd, please pray that I can do this, b/c it is clear that your strength can carry…and hey, if anyone else in the comments sees this and wants to throw one up there, I say the more, the merrier and I will do so for you all as well! My hubby & 4 kids are totally supportive and b/c they range from 14 to 19, they understand the health behind this and do not think it is strange at all. They love hamburgers and steak, thankfully. lol! Many, many thanks for your time & by the way, your beauty truly shines in all of your pictures (WOW!!). :)) -Mary

  30. Victorianna

    I love your honesty. I love what you have been able to do.
    You are an inspiration. I know, you have given me hope.

  31. Amanda

    Quick Question: What about condiments? Mayonnaise, mustards, ketchup, spices, etc. For example, I love deviled eggs — would that be a no-no for you? Cheese does have some carbs — are you eating a certain amount to be “as close to zero” as possible? Heavy whipping cream does have carbs; but, lots of fat – do you measure? Sorry; but, I just want to get a more in-depth understanding of your world & “hidden” carbs.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kelly’s husband James here… I can tell you there aren’t any condiments on Kel’s supper plate most nights. Occasionally some mayo, but certainly not the kind with carbs.

    • Grace

      Hats off to you , for being able to do this . After the holidays , my clothes all felt snug I did a radical diet for ten days where I ate nothing but chicken , eggs and fish I lost the 12 pounds I wanted back to size two . We bought a bag of non gmo GH Creters popcorn from Costco to celebrate the loss HA! Now if I gain even one pound I get back on the Dukin diet. For most of my life I have been a vegetarian so it is too hard for me to be on strict zero carb diet. But I learned for me I watch my weight with hawk eye, . one pound extra is one too many. and I get right back on track

  32. Rebecca

    While I’m a full believer we all have to find our way, and am a total LCHF lifer… I gotta point out that dairy and eggs have carbs. Not tons, but they do have carbs. So this is not “no carb” diet 🙂

  33. Skylar

    Not quite sure how you make the diet “zero carb” when eggs have .7 g carb per egg and spices have carbs too.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kel’s husband James here — lots of spices have sugars/carbs in them, but Kel typically only uses salt/black pepper–and even that’s become pretty rare. And the trick/science behind this is that by eating super low-carb or zero-carb, your body uses fat to make insulin. In a weird sense, then, even zero carb diets help your body produce the blood sugar it needs.

  34. Katy

    Been ZC for a month. Keep seeing your name. Love your blog. The simplicity of your current WOE (burgers) is so appealing to me. The biggest problem I am having is coming up with a new hobby to fill my time since I hardly have to cook anymore. 🙂

  35. jennifer

    i’m so happy to have stumbled across your blog. i was googling “egg fast diet dessert” with the hope of finding a recipe for a fast easy cheesecake like fix while attempting an egg fast lol. i am a total sugar addict, always have been, and my weight yo-yo’s, but the other consequences of full blown sugar addiction are even worse for me than weight gain. i have been somewhat in denial about sugar substitutes (erythritol is my favorite) but your blog has helped me admit to myself that they are triggers and are just as dangerous as actual sugars and i simply have to accept this and be done with them. and i may be in the minority, but i love the lack of variety in your current diet. one of the things i hate about low carb, or any other, diet plans i have found online or elsewhere is that there can be so much variety it’s overwhelming. having to cook a dozen or so different meals for one using a long list of ingredients, most of which i don’t already have, for a seven day diet plan is just not something that makes me happy. i can, however, see myself living primarily on burgers for a while, so i think i will give the zero carb thing a go. thanks so much for sharing your story. you’ve created a well written, informative, entertaining blog.

    • Leslie

      Jennifer, I just stumbled across this blog two days ago….we sound very much alike. I know sugar is my sworn enemy the more I eat the more I want…So i ate, drank, bathed in artificial sweeteners. Until I craved the real stuff so much that the artificial sweeteners just weren’t enough. Reading these blogs, as well as every comment on them….I love the premise. I came home, told my husband..I am going to make this simple…I want meat..and butter. Right now as I am writing you,I am shopping on a hot cup of chicken broth with a tablespoon of bacon fat in it. It feels great. I think the fact that it feels so wrong is pay off the appeal.
      I would love to know how your journey is going.

  36. Cindy

    I have a quick question, do you think adding about an ounce of chia seeds will inhibit weight loss? I believe they’re 0 carb….

    ALSO, I am not a fan of beef, but I love chicken, bacon, and pork, any suggestion on what cuts to go for with chicken and pork that are more fatty to keep me satiate longer?

  37. Terry Newton

    Thanks for the no carbs diet. I am on a low carb diet but I have hit a certain weight and I either add a couple pounds or loose a couple and gain it back in a few days. I am going to try the no carb diet and see if I can loose more. I have lost 130lbs. So far but need to loose more.

  38. Charlie

    I have a Kitchenaid mixer with a meat grinder attachment. I make my own sausage and a variety of other ground meat pleasures. When I read your post on cooking the burgers in bacon fat, which I have done on occasion, I thought why not mix the bacon fat in the cubed meat prior to grinding. In that way, the meat isn’t just coated with the tasty bacon fat, but cooked right in the burger. Well let me tell you, I just finished my first 1/2 pound burger and I’m in a wonderful place. Happier for the experience and full to the brim.

    If you don’t have the money for a Kitchenaid, a nice hand grinder will do the trick. I’ve bought them at my local fleamarket and swap meets where they sell kitchen utensils and small appliances.

    Happy eats!

  39. Josh

    ive been on ZC for quite some time. I literally only eat meat (beef and chicken mostly) and water. No dairy (no butter) or anything else

  40. CBryant

    Hi! I came across your blog on Pinterest and now I’m hooked. I’m definitley a sugar addict, have been since childhood. I’m not obese but more like 15 pounds overweight and I’ve settled here. I’ve done low carb in the past, lost the weight and felt really good. I’ve found it hard to maintain though. I am a vegetarian but I eat fish, dairy and eggs…that is why I fall off the wagon I think. There are only so many eggs I can eat until I want to kill someone. I NEED to break the sugar cycle because it literally consumes my brain. Your first few posts describe my thoughts perfectly. And the thought of living without fruit-I LOVE fruit-especially berries, is very depressing to me. Any advice on the zero carb vegetarian lifestyle would be great. I need to get off the yo-yo sugar cycle because it is affecting me mentally and physically. I also notice that my daughter is sugar crazy too…and that’s another challenge but I think I have to stabilize myself first then guide her. Thanks and you are def. an inspiration!

  41. Cindy

    Do eggs have carbs? Some say they are zero carb and others say they do have carbs. On a zero carb diet can we eat as many eggs as we want?

  42. Luanne

    how do you reheat your burgers? i also love burgers on the grill but was thinking if i did what you suggested, it would be easier having a bunch made ahead of time. do you eat them cold or have you found a good way to reheat them?

    • jamesdhogan

      Hi there–Kel’s husband James here–she usually just eats them cold. Occasionally she’ll zap them in the microwave. I cook them medium-rare, so a little extra cooking doesn’t dry them out too badly.

  43. richard strom

    Your blog is a Godsend! You have cleared the fog on the low carb confusion that was in my head! THANK YOU!

  44. Grace11

    Thanks for writing about your experience it is helpful I have always been 5’5 109 pounds in my family all the women are thin . I noticed I was gaining weight I had gained 11 pounds my face looked so swollen my clothes were feeling very snug, my yoga practice sucked and I tossed and turned when I was trying to sleep, when my center button popped off my coat from my weight gain I knew it was time to get moving ! I have a Gazelle easy rider fun use I started using it daily. I did low carb diet it was too slow. I read you zero carb diet started it and I’m seeing dramatic results . I do eat 1/2 cup of lettuce daily and being sure I’m regular eat a 1 tsp coconut oil and a tsp of CALM if need to keep things moving. Drinking tons of water to make sure that the high protein diet is not hard on my kidneys. I noticed I have fruity sweet breath …what causes that ?

  45. Paddy Acme

    I’ve been Paleo with success, and LCHF with more success, but now I want to try the zero-carb way and am wondering about fermented food, particularly kombucha. Do you or ant zero-carbers you know or heard about have any positions on kombucha.

  46. Veg

    I have been vegetarian for several decades and always hated meat- the taste, the smell, and the texture. Any thoughts on whether/how I could get close to ZC?

    • jamesdhogan

      Kel’s husband James here–that’s going to be pretty tough if you can’t tolerate meat. I’m sure there’s a vegetarian pathway somewhere, but I don’t know enough to be able to tell you.

  47. Hector Gonzalez

    I have done this type of food or eating habit on and of for years, It really works great!! is the best you can do to your body, but this is not a DIET its a change of lifestyle and a way to eat better, no BAD carbs, NO sugars, ever! the first time I did it I loosed about 80lb y had more and more energy than ever, but one day, ok, one brownie, maybe two, then pizza, why not, how about some candies,,, ok, we have to understand something here guys, sugar its like a DRUG, we are sick with this, and also processed foods, its like a drug, will take time for the body and mind to get it out of the system, its like quitting smoking, will take time, but once you have achieve for a couple of months, your are good to go… but you have to be very VERY strict on this, when you say ZERO sugars its ZERO, the body will recognize any sugar that goes in, so be strong. I have to say this, I do mix it with greens and veggies all the time…. all meats and cheeses, all greens, and cucumbers, onions, tomato, etc etc…. it works for me, very very well, also I eat cantaloupe with zero sugar yellow….

  48. Candace

    Hi!! How did you cook your chicken wings? Referencing the picture in post # 7

    • jamesdhogan

      Kel’s husband James here–you certainly can. Again, pay attention to how you prep the food–any kind of glazes or marinades with sugars are out, but grilled, baked, and broiled seafood is a great thing to eat. There’s nothing like peel and eat shrimp when you’re at the beach!

  49. Emily Paonessa

    I have a 3 month old baby. I had surgery recently to remove my gallbladder, due to stones. I am nursing still and i was wondering what I should eat to start out? Should I just do low carb, or no carb?? Does it really matter with nursing? Also, just starting back at the gym. I am 200 at 5’3 and I hoping for good results if I stay consistent. Please help! Lol

  50. Joy

    I never usually comment on anything, maybe twice, but I just HAD to write.
    I’ve been binge reading!!! I love your writing style/story telling/experience sharing.
    Now, on to the next post 🙂

  51. SB

    The “VERY high-fat, all-meat diet” is such an amazing tip for me! When I tried all-protein/no-carbs before, it always felt like something was missing. I now love hamburger-fat + beef-tallow w/protein-only.

  52. TL

    Wow, wow, wow. I find this amazing. I have craved hamburg meat and bacon most of my life. And fought it most of my life as if it were an evil desire and I needed to to continually bring to the cross. Crazy what we do inside our little heads that absolutely noone else knows about. Until others start sharing their stories and the Light exposes very liberating freedoms. So BAM! Lights are on for me in a big way for the first time.

    This is my first time ever responding to a blog (this is a blog, correct?). My fingers became enlivened with a life of their own and began typing almost with a will of their own.

    I just danced back from my freezer with several packages of GROUND BEEF to thaw and pray I will have patience to wait for it to thaw and even more patience to wait for it to cook. I may eat it raw just out of sheer zeal! No, I really can wait for that grilled deliciousness. I lament I do not have bacon. I am going to get some today. Somewhere. I will find some.

    I have two initial questions, if anyone is interested in sharing:
    1) Most bacon I have ever come across is loaded with some kind of sugar in the curing process. Where can I obtain pure, undefiled bacon? I am assuming a butcher. I always assumed bacon was good because it was cured with maple sugar or maple syrup or brown sugar, etc. What is bacon cured with if not those ingredients? I hope I will still like the naked version!

    2) This may be answered elsewhere, and if so please direct me there, but…
    Does your husband eat only meat? I would LOVE to sit across from my dearheart daily and drool adoringly into his eyes as we share only carnivore cuisine. My marriage may be about to enter a realm I’ve never even imagine existed. Wowzies!

    I look forward to any replies.

    Thank you for sharing your fun and liberating story!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

    • TL

      Oh dear! Please pardon the typos on my first ever blog comment, I totally did not even proofread my post. Newbie zeal. Please feel free to edit my content or tell me how I can edit my own posts, if that’s even possible.
      Thanks!

  53. Peter Piper

    Helpful Hint: If you want to make a “sandwich” (a zero carb sandwich) just use a couple of slices of cheese as the “bread” of the sandwich. Pile on the hamburger patty, bacon, fried egg, mustard or homemade mayo, and chow down! Make sure the sandwich makings are cool to the touch so they don’t melt the cheese. Super good.

  54. Tina Semock

    I was wondering if you drink cows milk, or if it is considered zero cards even though it does have carbs, it is still from an animal.

  55. Erica

    I have a question about the type of meat you eat, is it grass fed or grain fed? If it is grain fed, do you have any concerns about the gmo’s they use in their feed?

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