adefwebserver's Journal, 16 May 2019

Day 5 of a planned 6 days of ‘no solid food’ fasting

Still trying to understand the reason for losing 15 pounds in 6 days…

(In the FatSecret.com full website, if you go to Food, then click the printer icon you can get weekly numbers)

Average: 2019 calories, 128 carbs, 113 protein:
4/29 168 lbs
4/30 169 lbs
5/01 170 lbs
5/02 172 lbs (2719 calories, 186 carbs, 166 protein)
5/03 [no weigh] (3111 calories, 319 carbs, 121 protein)
5/04 183 lbs
5/05 178 lbs

Average: 2513 calories, 220 carbs, 121 protein:
5/06 181 lbs
5/07 178 lbs
5/08 181 lbs
5/09 181 lbs
5/10 183 lbs
5/12 181 lbs (1065 calories, 16 carbs, 68 protein)

Average: 1172 calories, 20 carbs, 66 protein:
5/13 177 lbs
5/14 174 lbs
5/15 170 lbs
5/16 168 lbs

My analysis…

🌟 During the 4/29 to 5/05 period, my rise in calories was not the reason for the weight gain. I normally take in 1,000 calories a day, I doubled that for 5 days, and gained 9 pounds? Even assuming the 1000 calories was a true excess, 5,000 extra calories, considering 3,500 calories to a pound of fat, would still not translate into 9 pounds. Also looking at actual calories, (5,830 calories in two days from 172lbs to 183lbs) would not add up. On 5/4 I did go from weighing naked on my scale at home to weighing on a public scale with clothes on, but, the clothes did not weigh more than 2 pounds.

🌟 During the 5/06 to 5/10 period, my average calories went up by 20% (2000 > 2500), but my weight gain (178 lbs to 183 lbs = 5 lbs) would still require 3500 extra calories not just 500 extra calories a day to be attributed to the calories (17k calories / 3500 calories to a pound = 3400 extra calories a day) .

My conclusion…

💥 The weight gain was from the carbs. My glycogen levels go up when I take in a lot of carbs and my body must retain water to bind the glycogen to my muscle tissue. The weight lost is from the reduction in glycogen. When glycogen levels fall the ‘water weight’ goes with it. The high glycogen comes from the high carbs (and 'excess protein).

💥 During the period of high carbs I lifted hard and heavy in the gym. I lifted the heaviest weight for double the amounts of reps in my life. I believe this is what limited the actual fat that I stored in my body during the period. I believe that my heavy weight lifting consumed a lot of glycogen in my muscle tissue and my body kept directing the high carbs (and excess protein) to refilling glycogen rather than storing it as fat.

The question is:

• Why stop with the high carb and return to Keto and fasting?

My answer is:

• Even at my worst during this period, my calories were only around 2,000 a day. I get a burn of 1,600-1,800 easy calories a day by simply staying alive and breathing. My weight gain is directly tied to my level of carbs.
Excess carbs will be stored as fat by insulin. That is how my body works.
• If at any time during this period I gained additional fat, it would not go away quickly or easily. I believe that as soon as my weightlifting was unable to consume the glycogen as a sufficient level the-fat-would-start-to-pack-on. And here is the thing... I can only lift so much! By the 4th lifting day out of 7 days I was unable to lift as much because my body did not have sufficient time to recover.

The plan is to continue ‘no solid food fasting’. I wanted to get at least 5 days of cardio 🏃🏾 a week but today it is pouring 🌧 rain 🥺.

My goal weight is 160lbs and even with recent loss, I still think it will take 3-4 weeks because what I now have to lose is actual fat not easy water weight

😎 Life is Good! Have a great day everyone!
168.0 lb Lost so far: 39.0 lb.    Still to go: 4.0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 16 May 2019:
1864 kcal Fat: 132.85g | Prot: 126.84g | Carb: 49.96g.   Breakfast: Land O'Lakes Heavy Whipping Cream, Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder. Dinner: Atkins Frozen Crustless Chicken Pot Pie, Colby Jack Cheese, Dare Breton Multigrain Crackers. Snacks/Other: Land O'Lakes Heavy Whipping Cream, Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, Slim-Fast Keto Shake, Land O'Lakes Heavy Whipping Cream, Slim-Fast Keto Shake, Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, Parmesan Cheese Crisps, Atkins Endulge Peanut Caramel Cluster Bar. more...
1896 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 30 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
losing 14.0 lb a week

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Comments 
That is a lot of data right there :) ROCK STAR! 
16 May 19 by member: princessvalerie
@PrincessValerie - Thanks Baby! 
16 May 19 by member: adefwebserver
My dietician/nutritionist (from Kaiser) taught me to count carbs when I was starting my weight loss journey. The recommended carb intake for women was up to 135 g, while 180 g for men. She continues saying those numbers are the max, to lose weight, you must eat below these numbers.  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
Based on your findings, she's right.  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
It wasn't a LCHF diet, it was simply portion control/moderation 
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
@keyten77 - My data seems to indicate that when I consume more than 100g a day of carbs I *gain* weight, but when I consume 20g of carbs or less I *lose* weight. Am I missing something? Thanks! 
16 May 19 by member: adefwebserver
Have you tried to keep the Carbs & Proteins at the same amount, Approx equal to your weight goal 160g? I have attempted 40%,40%, 20% (fat) 
16 May 19 by member: srossca
No, you're not missing anything, that's pretty accurate for your body and metabolic system, and kudos to you, you didn't need a nutritionist to tell you that. My nutritionist calculated 90 g or below (first 3 weeks) for me... She clearly pointed out that there's no "one" number for everyone, it's not a one size fits all deal. Yours happen to be 20 g or less. Currently, my body can handle 50% carbs without gaining too much (or spiking BS).  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
@srossca - The first week I averaged 128 carbs. 
16 May 19 by member: adefwebserver
That 50% can be translated to 60 -150 g of carbs.  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
Because we were working on a more sustainable/reasonable carb intake, she told me to gradually increase carbs by way of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, wheat bread, .. and other starchy or complex carbs.  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
I still lost weight doing that... And never felt sluggish.  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77
I never feel sluggish or tired because what I lost was visceral fat, triglycerides, stubborn fat, all the kinds of fat, and I get the energy from the carbs I mentioned.  
16 May 19 by member: keyten77

     
 

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