Unsure whether my successes in weight loss have been primarily due to my high starting weight, but at this point it could be due to sorcery and I’d be OK with it.
Keeping in mind I started on June 1st at 495 (yes, you read that right…495) I have been sailing along.
I weigh once per week only… Every Monday. I use a hospital scale (urgent care clinic folks are very supportive of my efforts and let me use theirs). This keeps me from weighing too often.
Today and last week’s weigh-ins tied for my best weeks to date, aside from Week 1 when I dumped a lot of water weight. Today I weighed 410, down 8 lbs, down 16 lbs over the last 2 weeks, and 85 lbs since I started almost 4 months ago.
I had been losing 2-4 lbs per week, but after reading The Obesity Code and Dr. Fung’s Guide to Fasting, introduced daily IF (20:4, 18:6 or 16:8) and a 1x weekly 48 hour fast. I’ve been doing IF for a month anyway as my hunger diminished, so extending came easily. Also, I eat when I’m hungry… No starving myself.
When I am eating, I eat fairly strict Keto: Less than 20g carbs net, at least 80-100g Proteins, as much healthy fats as I want. I don’t count calories so may consume anywhere from 1400 to 2600 daily.
I use erythritol sparingly - (1 tbsn) in my one 24oz coffee i drink each day along with 2-3 tbsn HWC. No other sweeteners. I eat no simple carbs like pastas, potatoes or rice. But I do like shirataki noodles occasionally. I eat quite a bit of veg, like zucchini, artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, greens, etc. I’m not afraid of hitting 30-40 g of carbs if they’re from green veg. Most meats are fine unless theyre processed too much. No corn or soy products… I miss tofu.
I drink at least 64oz water daily and take daily supplements of minerals but do not currently drink an electrolyte drink. I also don’t use himalayan sea salt. That may change if I become symptomatic of low electrolytes.
Overall, I feel very good.
Blood sugars (I am T2D on glipizide but no insulin) are always between 65-90 fasted and 80-130 fed. My BG drops to fasted numbers within a couple of hours of eating. I stop taking diabetes meds during the long fast as my BG drops during that time.
Blood pressure (I’m hypertensive and on a med) have remained as high as before… around 140/90. However, my rest heart rate has dropped from around 70ish pre-Keto to around 55 since then. That happened early on and has held steady. My doc thinks my BP will lower after more weight comes off.
I sleep better, have more energy, my ankles are back, my shirts are huge, my shorts fall off when I stretch, mosquitos no longer hunt me, my breath is horrific, I’m a cheap date, I talk too much about Keto & Fasting (just ask the telemarketers who stumble upon my phone number…)
Hang in there everyone. Grind this lifestyle… It works.