WELP…for those who are following, prepare for another head-scratcher.
I went to get an updated DEXA scan today.
Since my last DEXA scan (10 weeks ago), I have GAINED 2.2lbs of fat and LOST a half pound of muscle. Most of that fat was added to my trunk, in fact.
Clearly ZC is not the path for me (40 days ZC). Back to the drawing board I go.
…new plan: back to regular keto with restricted protein. I’m giving it another 30-45 days and will test DEXA again. At that point, if I don’t see any improvement, I don’t really know what I’ll do…but after listening to a podcast by Peter Attia this week, it sounds like keto just isn’t for everyone. I’ll have to decide if my NSV’s are worth it (fat-fueled cycling and reduced allergies) or not.
Based on my LBM, I’ll need to restrict protein to 46-68g a day. In order to get enough fat, I’ll probably supplement with olive oil. I took a food allergy test a few years back that said I have a high intolerance to casein (which is in butter), so I may try and cut that out altogether, or at least minimize it by using olive oil. I’m also a hyper-responder, so I think using more unsaturated fats may be a good idea for me as well. @DaveKeto Do you think that’s a good idea?
I’m also adding back in kettlebells, TRX, and am thinking about going back to Crossfit. (I’d given up stressful workouts in favor or cycling and yoga - though my cycling tends to involve a lot of climbing anyway). I really enjoy those workouts, so I figure I may as well do things I enjoy.
I’m also STILL trying to get in to see a gastroenterologist. The DEXA lady feels strongly that digestive issues are a big part of the problem, and based on my bathroom routine (or rather, lack thereof), I agree. I just went back and looked at the last 6 weeks - I went to the bathroom on average twice a week (even with MCT oil). I’ve got to think that this is part of the problem.
I’d love your thoughts!