I started my Keto Diet Reboot four weeks ago today. I’m five and a half pound lighter now than I was then. That’s a slow rate of weight loss, just under a pound and a half per week.
However, I had a lost weekend in the middle of the four weeks. It was a nice lost weekend spent with Anita at a romantic bed and breakfast, and I did my best to stay the low-carb, high-fat course. I thought I did a good job, but when we got home, I found I’d gained back over two pounds. (See this earlier post.)
As a result, when I weighed in two weeks ago today, on Monday, October 9, I was at 227.2 pounds. This morning, I was at 222 pounds even.
So, in just the past two weeks, I’ve lost 5.2 pounds. That’s an average loss of 2.6 pounds per week. At that rate, I will lose another 23 pounds by Christmas. There could be less than 200 pounds of me to greet the new year.
That’s more like it, I’d say. But why have I lost more in the last two weeks than in the two weeks before those? I guess one reason is no trips, and not much eating out, either. Since October 9, we’ve eaten out only once, at Red Robin, where I had a lettuce-wrapped cheese burger, a side of steamed broccoli, and unsweetened ice-tea.
Eating at home is an advantage for weight loss. You can control ingredients, measure exact amounts, and use preferred cooking methods.
Also, in the past week, I’ve started working in intermittent fasts. Just three 16 hour fasts so far — basically skipping breakfast every other day. This reduces how much I eat on the fast days. The table below compares my daily averages of calories and net carbs for the first two weeks vs. the last two weeks.
Daily Calories & Net Carbs Consumed
|9-25 – 10-8||10-9 – 10-22|
|Net Carbs||25 grams||23 grams|
|Weight Chg.||-0.4 lbs||-5.2 lbs|
I lost 13 times more weight in the second period as in the first. Thirteen times! Can just two fewer net carbs and 190 fewer calories a day, on average, account for such a difference? Maybe.But it’s probably not the daily averages that matter as much as the high/ low consumption days. There were more low days (and lower low days) in the second period.
Well, it’s a small sample. Not just in terms of subjects (N = 1), but in terms of weeks.
Let’s see if I weigh 199 pounds on Christmas.
Dirk Disco (@dirkdisco) says
I’ve found that my weight wants to be around 180 and (I want it to be 165). If I splurge and carb it up my weight can jumps to the high 180’s but it’s VERY easy to get back down to 180. 179 and below is a knock down, drag out, take no prisoners, no hold barred fight.
That sounds familiar. With me, the barrier is around 215 pounds.