Friday, May 10, 2013



I am frequently in nutritional ketosis but I am not yet keto adapted or a true fat burning machine.

It has taken many steps to come to this conclusion.

1. Way back when I did Lean For Life I learned the value of being in ketosis for weight loss. Lean For Life was a Low Carb, moderate protein and low fat programme and it worked. I would test my urine every morning with ketostix and look for the pink. I lost a good amount of weight and felt so much better generally, but I did not stay with the programme and after several successful attempts and each time reverting to my old ways I became reluctant to do this again.

2. By this time I was learning more about the successes of people who followed the Paleo lifestyle and discovered for myself the benefits of eliminating wheat.

3. I learned that fat is not our enemy and cholesterol is not as damaging as traditional medicine says it is.

4. I read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

5. I became hooked on Jimmy Moore's podcasts and began to hear about nutritional ketosis. Atkins has been a popular diet for decades but I still had an aversion to his programme. I'm sure I read his book a long time ago and decided it was too complicated. I was not going to waste time and money reading it now when Jimmy Moore was offering so much information and entertaining me.

5. Jimmy began his n=1 self experiment and it worked wonderfully.

7. I felt sluggish and my weight loss from going wheat free had slowed to almost zero.

8. I decided to get into nutritional ketosis. Easy peasy.... I was getting good readings with three days.

9. It takes a certain degree of discipline and determination to continue in ketosis day after day. It's not easy if you enjoy travel and restaurants and, and, and...... Most of all I missed piling up the vegetables including carrots.

10. I did a 10 day Modified Fat Fast. It worked and I began to wonder if this should be my forever pattern as long as I need to lose weight but..... I based my version on 1150 calories which is possibly a little low for long term.

11. For the last 10 days I have been all over the place. This is partly because I had sweet desserts three days in a row. I have also noticed slightly higher blood pressure readings on the days my blood ketones are very low and a disinclination to do any exercise or be active and my weight loss has stopped. In fact I've gone up by 1 kg.

Conclusion. I need to get over my aversion to Dr. Atkins and read the New Atkins for a New You book.

I need to stay in ketosis deliberately for at least 8 weeks before I eat the occasional sweet dessert.

I am devising a new plan that I can sustain for 8 weeks including the two weeks we will be in Christchurch. I am going to base it on 20 gm carbs and around 1300 cals a day. That allows me more protein. My ratio of macro nutrients will look like this.

1300 cals
6% from carbohydrate
25% from protein
69% from fats

I will keep to this for the next 10 days and re-assess if I need to. I can see that my veggies will be based around more silverbeet, spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, celery and cucumber,

Time to put this into practice.


THE NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU BY Westman, Volek and Phinney

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