Rob.c.weiss's Journal, 26 February 2014

Wow!!! Back to my all-time low. Woo hoo!!!

This ketogenic diet has really been working. I've only been on it for one full week, and have lost 8.6 lbs., got back to my low (that I haven't been since Jan 22), and have averaged right around 1800 cals daily. I think a large portion of that was water weight, by the way, so don't expect that every week. Also, this week I have not been doing the 16:8 IF at all.

To put that in perspective, that's quite a few calories more daily than I had been eating.

As a quick recap, I lost all my weight doing what turns out was pretty close to a ketogenic diet, but largely because I was focusing on low-cal and fairly high protein. With such low calories and a specific protein goal, there wasn't a lot of room left for carbs. Once I tried to bump up my calories (which is what I've been working on since January), I mostly added carbs, under the assumption that "fat is bad". In the month before starting this ketogenic experiment, I was struggling to just get to 1500 calories daily and still lose weight. It wasn't working, no matter how strict I was. I was also getting quite frustrated with it, and (in combination with work issues), I was cheating more; having less "good days".

A quick visual for comparison:

Before anyone gets alarmed and I start getting a slew of email, all of this has been under a doctor's care, particularly the very low calorie phase. I'm not advocating that for anyone, and there were specific medical reasons for it. Enough said.

But this visual really underscores that nothing substantial changed in all three diets except 1) the total daily calorie goal and 2) the carb / fat balance. Of course, that largely changes EVERYTHING. The types of foods you can eat under these requirements (particularly comparing the last two target sets) is vastly different. But overall, it was these macros I was aiming to hit. Also, keep in mind that my reading on ketogenic makes it very clear that not going too high on protein is almost as important as the carb requirement, as too much protein affects the hormones insulin and leptin in the body. So, I've been careful not to go much above 100 of protein daily, as well. For the record, my 7-day protein average is right at 101g.

Anyway, that's where I'm at, at the moment. I'll keep you up on my progress. Really hoping things don't slow down too much with this. But so far, I'm loving that I've **FINALLY** been able to get my calories at a reasonable level, while still losing weight.

Oh one last thing, as far as quality of life with the Ketogenic diet: Wow, carb cravings are completely gone! I mean totally. Cheese popcorn (as some of you may know), is my kryptonite and go-to cheat. I haven't wanted it once. Well, about twice I thought about it, but pushed the thought away easily. It certainly wasn't what I'd call a craving. No other cravings at all. I'm eating all I want, and several times I have had to force myself to eat more, to keep my cals up. As long as you're not a vegetarian or vegan, the quality of life aspect of a ketogenic diet is fantastic!

Ok, enough for now. TAKE CARE ALL!!!
212.4 lb Lost so far: 127.6 lb.    Still to go: 32.4 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entry for 26 February 2014:
1696 kcal Fat: 137.31g | Prot: 68.19g | Carb: 47.37g.   Breakfast: Spring Valley Omega 3 Fish Oil, Meijer Clear Soluble Fiber, Half and Half Cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Truvia Sweetener, Farmland Foods Hickory Smoked Bacon, Egg, Onions, Bacon Grease, Minced Garlic, Half and Half Cream, Toasted Sesame Seeds, American Heritage Cheddar Shredded Cheese. Lunch: Meijer Clear Soluble Fiber, Half and Half Cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Truvia Sweetener. Dinner: Gyros Meat Slices, Onions, Tzatziki, Marie's Creamy Italian Garlic Dressing, David Seeds Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels, Mixed Salad Greens, American Heritage Cheddar Shredded Cheese, Olive Oil. Snacks/Other: Half and Half Cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Truvia Sweetener, Meijer Clear Soluble Fiber, Olympia Foods Gyros Meat Slices. more...
on diet Rob.c.weiss's own diet   losing 5.6 lb a week

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Wow! Glad to see you're back in losing phase, seeing results and enjoying the diet you're following. I love the detailed chart and information. 
26 Feb 14 by member: kkd1125
Loving the charts - makes it so easy to see "exactly" what's going on. Looks fantastic - congratulations, it seems to be working!!! 
26 Feb 14 by member: Lynn1958
Hi!!! ketogenic diet is the way to go!!! I have a lot of information on it, I am starting one now and trying to figure out what works for me...Good Luck!!  
26 Feb 14 by member: knslovinggod
Rob! Did you have to say cheese popcorn? Well done, my friend. 
26 Feb 14 by member: northernmusician
@KKD and @Lynn! Thanks so much! :D 
26 Feb 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
@knslovinggod, Good luck on the Keto. So far, I'm loving it. :D 
26 Feb 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
@Bruce, thanks! And I know... cheese popcorn, mmmmm. Especially the stuff they make at a few local establishments here (not the store-bought bagged kind). Whoa, that stuff is deadly -- in more ways than one. 
26 Feb 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
26 Feb 14 by member: springskinny
26 Feb 14 by member: springskinny
Thanks, @Springskinny! :D 
26 Feb 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
So happy for you - or do I mean jealous of you? 8-1/2 pounds in one week - I'd say it is working!  
26 Feb 14 by member: BuffyBear
Way to go buddy...Your doing great...:O) 
26 Feb 14 by member: BHA
You are doing great!  
26 Feb 14 by member: Deb_N
Great job, Rob! 
26 Feb 14 by member: Draglist
keto, heck yeah! 
26 Feb 14 by member: malinaxochi
Love to see that green! 
26 Feb 14 by member: toolmannc1
Awesome job, Rob...wtg!! 
27 Feb 14 by member: Jassifras
Once again, Very glad to see you increasing those calories, I'm not suprised at all by the results. A stong metabolism is a well fed metabolism!!! 
28 Feb 14 by member: chadlius88


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