Joined January 2019
Weight History

Start Weight
295.0 lb
Lost so far: 13.8 lb

Current Weight
308.8 lb
Performance: gaining 2.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
250.0 lb
Still to go: 58.8 lb
Hi there, I'm James. I was a skinny kid who grew into a muscled up teen and young man, who then got lazy and grew into a chubby, then fat man. I'm married, own some land, and have two young kids. My wife and I were 126 pounds and 192 pounds respectively and very physically active when we moved in together many years ago -- but that didn't last. As it turns out, domestication can lead to late mornings, missed runs and training, and much larger, unhealthy meals.

Our little girls are 4 and 1, and we live on 6 acres. My wife and I both decided recently that if we're going to keep up with these kids, or be able to anything on our land, we are going to have to cut the crap -- out of our diets, that is! We've been following a high fat low carb diet, aiming for ketosis, for about five weeks as of the time of this bio (Jan. 11, 2018) and we've both seen some decent changes.

Update: 2/27/19

I'm down to 285. Not a huge drop in weight, but I'm also down to a size 38. I'm lifting heavier than I ever have, and I'm lifting 3 days a week and running two days -- running in 9-10 minute intervals now!

I'm changing my goal weight after a discussion with my trainer. I can just about do a full pull up at 285 pounds. He said a more reasonable goal weight might well be whereever I am when I can do five solid pullups -- and he estimates that'll be the 240-250 range. With me already down to a 38, I figure another 35-50 pounds would have me in a 34 or a 36 anyway -- and I'd bet money I could do 5 solid pullups at 250. So, I'm modifying my goal weight to 250 ... for now!

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Hey there liv001. I have a question about protein. Is the protein concern gluconeogenesis -- the process by which the body deals with excess protein by processing it into glucose?

I've been trying to figure out how much protein I really need, given the fact that I'm in about a 1,000 calorie a day deficit and I'm working out fairly intensely 5-6 days a week now.

The USDA calculator (definitely not programmed for a keto diet) puts me at no less than 104.8 grams a day. Going by the 0.8 grams per kilo to 1.2 or 1.7 grams per kilo for the more active, I would need to stay in a range of about 105 grams per day when I'm not really working out much to as much as 250 grams a day on my heavy lifting days.

If my body is really using that much protein, then I should be fine as far as gluconeogenesis is concerned -- or so I think lol.

So my questions are two, I guess:

1. Do I have the right idea about gluconeogenesis?
2. Are there any additional issues with keto caused by excess protein aside from this?

Thanks for the guide. I'd be lying if I said I had the chance to go through all your resources yet, so please forgive me if I'm asking a question already covered!
posted 26 Jan 2019, 21:06
Week #1
That's great! Congrats on a good start. However, be forewarned -- at some point, it will slow down. Not saying that to be discouraging -- quite the contrary. I want to make sure you're prepared for it when it happens. When it does happen (different for each of us), focus not on the slow-down, but on the progress you already made. When you've done well enough that you don't lose as fast anymore, that's because you have less to lose. It's a good thing -- an achievement, not a failure. Use that as motivation to push right on through the tough spots!

I don't know your history with weight loss, so please forgive me if I'm stating the obvious. I've just seen too many folks do great then get discouraged when they hit a roadblock and give up.
posted 22 Jan 2019, 10:05
Difference between Weight Training (moderate) and Weight Training (bodybuilding)
Simple question, as the title says. What is the difference (other than the estimate of calories burned) between moderate and bodybuilding weight training? Is it a difference in exercises? repetitions? weight?
posted 21 Jan 2019, 13:39
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