Just over 1 has week has passed since starting my new controlled carb diet. I originally referred to it as a “Ketosis Diet” and I’ll back away from that statement as it’s not my intention to be in ketosis all the time, though it is possible that could happen with the amount of carbohydrates I’m getting.
The intention of this diet is simply to lose as much fat as possible, as quickly as possible, without sacrificing muscle.
That said, I did hit ketosis last week and I’ll refer to it some here, as it’s happening to me.
Having started this diet on Monday, I was getting exactly 43 carbs a day and it was Friday at 4pm when my body hit the wall. I was working away and suddenly felt like every bit of energy was gone. I nearly had to hold my head up to keep from falling asleep.
I left work a bit early and headed home. I decided to grab a keto stick. For the first time all week, the color had gone from neutral to a dark purple. Clearly, I was in Ketosis.
If you’re unfamiliar with keto, you simply urinate on a small chemical keto stick (I got my box of 50 at Wal-Mart for about $6) and the results indicate if you have a spillover of ketones in your urine. This is typical when going into ketosis.
In ketosis, the body stops burning carbs for energy and resorts to burning ketones, which is a waste product produced when the body is using fat as an energy source.
It feels good to know the body is burning fat.
What didn’t feel good was the sudden wave of diarrhea that hit me yesterday. Thankfully, it was gone in little over an hour but for historical reference, it was akin to Montezuma’s Revenge that I experienced in Mexico some years back while it did last.
High Fat Meals
So far, so good. I hit my macros every day and had the exact same meals all seven days of the week. I’ll take my first cheat day this coming Friday.
I’m getting over 50% of my daily calories from fat and 36% is protein. If you’ve never tried a high fat diet, I highly recommend it. At a pretty low caloric intake, I am not getting hungry at all. It’s a bit surprising actually.
Intermittent Fasting is helping to suppress the appetite as well, as I don’t eat any food until 1pm.
I was not even tempted by the huge bowl of Hershey’s kisses that my wife bought and had on the counter all week.
The diet itself is a hybrid diet of Mauro Di Pasquale’s “The Anabolic Diet“. Through several different trial and error experiments last year (most recorded here on this website), I found that a reduction is carbs was the most significant factor in reducing fat for me. I also found out that I do well on a high fat diet.
I’m formulating a diet in accordance to what works best for my body. Some people can achieve great results with high carbs. I can’t.
Results Thus Far
It’s hard to accurately measure how much weight/fat I lost in this first week. As I stated in my original post, I went on a binge the last week of December and that saw me shoot up from 158 lbs 5 days prior, to 165 lbs before starting this diet.
I dare say I gained a bit of fat in that week too. I just looked a bit plumper.
I was obviously going to drop some weight pretty quickly when I returned home and started ridding my body of carbs.
However.. I am down even lower than expected. My week 1 results had me weighing in at 158.8 lbs. The fat calipers showed the same results as any normal day in December and the mirror attests to that.
No hurry though. I have 11 more weeks and expect to see the most dramatic changes ever in that time frame.
I plan to lose at least a pound a week and keep the focus on making sure that is purely fat loss.
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