Last updated on April 14th, 2017
Starting Weight = 219.2 lbs.
Ending Weight = 220.4 lbs.
I gained back a pound this week. (OK, 1.2 pounds, but if you were a true friend, you’d let me say “a pound” and leave it at that.) How did this happen?!
The average daily intake statistics provide an explanation. My percent of calories from fat dropped by about 5% and my percent of calories from carbs increased by the same amount. But how did that happen? Easy — I let it happen. In fact, I did it deliberately.
I was conducting an experiment. One day, I ate a little rice. Another day, I ate some quinoa. And one day, I ate an Oreo cookie.
I regret the cookie. The secretary in our department (where I’ve spent time lately cleaning out my office in advance of my retirement) keeps a cookie jar on the counter. I have no trouble ignoring sugary treats, and have walked by the jar many times without a glance, but I decided to eat an Oreo one day this week in the name of science.
You see, I’ve been trying out my new Ketonix 2015 Breath Ketone Analyzer (see my earlier post), and thought a good test would be to modify my diet for a few days, adding in carbs and reducing fat, to see if the Ketonix would detect and react to the change. It did. That’s great. Unfortunately, my body’s fat storage mechanism also detected and reacted to the change.
The interesting thing is that while my average daily calorie count was low, relative to other recent weeks, I still gained a pound. The composition of the diet accounts for that. Simply put, I ate too many carbs to stay solidly in ketosis. Sixty grams of carbs a day (44 net carbs) may not be a problem for many people, but it is for me.
The experiment is over. The Ketonix 2015 has been tested (as I’ll be reporting in more detail soon). So I’m getting my fat intake up, and my carb intake down.
As I said, I regret the cookie. I could’ve raised my carbs in a healthier way — and almost any way would have been healthier.
And I didn’t enjoy the Oreo. Either it has changed, or I have.
To lose weight easily, the pH of the body must reach almost 7.4, which is slightly alkaline.
Preserving the acid-base balance is simple: force the alkalizing foods (vegetables, fruits, white meat and fish), curb conso products leaving acid residues (soft drinks, coffee, sugar, red meat in excess, cheese cooked) and relax.
Your link leads to a web page with the heading, “Weight loss simply takes less food and more movement,” which may be true in many universes, but not in the one we have the misfortune to inhabit. That said, I have no problem with your advice to curb sugar, soft drinks (i.e., liquid sugar), red meat in excess (because “in excess” could mean a couple pounds per day), and maybe even cooked cheese (because that in general isn’t how I eat cheese). But coffee is another matter. I’ll give up coffee when they stop growing it anywhere on earth and my stash runs out. With any luck, I’ll be dead before then.
I think you should also avoid fruits other than berries, and even those in moderation (for me, this means once a week at most), and I can’t see any benefit to “white meat”. I eat the meat with the most fat I can, and white meat isn’t that meat. Well, maybe pork, but I don’t consider pork to be “white” meat.
I am also insulin resistant and have to keep my carb (and protein) levels low.
Have you tried intermittent fasting? I’ve resorted to that because I stopped losing weight on a LCHF diet, at least at the pace I wanted to. Intermittent fasting has seemed to help in a number of ways, including calorie restriction. I do not know whether it’s helped my insulin resistance, but I’m hopeful it has (and I broke my plateau).
I haven’t tried fasting yet, but I probably will. When you fast, how long do you go without eating?
I totally agree with you about fruit. I eat very little except blueberries and strawberries — and avocado if you want to get technical. And, yes, the chicken breast is no longer my favorite part of the bird. Amazing how little fat is in it.