Welcome to the forum, Rey =).
- Were you skeptical when you first started?
I wasn’t because I have tried tons and tons of diets over the years and all of them always worked at the beginning, so I expected Keto to work as well, but I soon found out how awesome it was and how it was a way of eating, not a diet!
- How much cheese should I reasonably consume day to day?
This all depends on you as a person, as @PetaMarie said above – if you can work it into a 20 net grams a day Keto plan, and it doesn’t cause cause trouble for you that is great! (Some people love it and eat it daily, some have found it causes them to stall or not gain weight when they use dairy, so it is an individual reaction -you might be fine and be able to eat it daily).
- Is it normal to gain weight the first week or two?
Almost everyone loses for the beginning -sometimes surprisingly a lot at the beginning -some of this is water weight, so don’t get over excited and expect that rate of weight loss to continue, or you will get frustrated… but it is usually quick at the start.
It definitely works!! We all love this way of eating, and if you stick with it, I am sure that you will too!!
You can download a Free food tracker to keep tabs on what you are eating: I use cronometer.com and it works well. Lots of foods have sneaky carbs, and if you are new to Keto especially it is sometimes hard to know what is okay, what isn’t, so this is a great free resource. I find it handy and helpful to keep tabs on all my food so I know how many carbs/proteins and fats I am eating.
After years of yo-yo dieting for me, I am so mega happy that I found Keto, it is amazing. I haven’t felt this healthy and regenerized in years =). As you read a lot of threads on this forum, you will see all the amazing NSV’s (non scale victories) that most of us have had on Keto as well as the all the weight loss.
Personally I am 55, 5 foot, 2 inches, a mom of 5 kids, grandma to 2, and I have lost 53 pounds so far on Keto, since February. I was 293 and I am currently at 240 (with a goal of somewhere around 130ish or a bit less (that is a long way away but slow and steady wins the race and I am enjoying the journey =). This is the most awesome forum on the net, and you will find lots of friendly advice, encouragement and ideas for success =). So, if you have any questions, just ask, and you will receive a lot of personal experience stories and ideas for you to explore and find the perfect keto eating style for you. Best wishes in your Keto journey.
Basic Keto is just: keeping carbs at 20 net grams or less, no sugar, adequate Protein (as a vegetarian you would know these choices better then me, perhaps Eggs and Cheese I am guessing?), adequate healthy fats, (butter, EVOO), drink enough water and keep your Electrolytes up so you don’t feel sick, and you should be good =). Your body will suffer Carb and Sugar withdrawal so keeping your electrolytes up is important =).
You could do a forum search on what Keto Vegetarian people eat, there are a few others I have seen on the forum.
All the advice above about being a Keto vegetarian that @PetaMarie gave you is excellent. I have never been a vegetarian so I am not knowledgeable for advice on that bit. I wish you all the best though!!