As the title suggests, I’m new to the Keto lifestyle (I realize already this is a lifestyle change, not a diet). My father-in-law is a 2 year Keto Vet, and served as the foundation to my keto transition. I started, based on his advice, by reading “Any Way You Can” by Dr. Annette Bosworth. I feel like I have a solid foundation of the science behind Keto. About me, well, I’m 41 years old 6’1" 230lbs, American male. At one point (mid 30’s) I was down to around 9% BF and VERY active in the gym, and starving myself of caloric intake, sustaining of high protein. The last few years I have neglected my eating habits and put on around 35 lbs. Thank you frequent trips to Italy and the carbs associated with them………and kids…and work…
Friday July 10, 2020.
Started “eating Keto”.
Target Macro: <20g Carbs with the remainder of calories at 75% Fat and 23% Protein. Off to a roaring start. Logging everything that I eat. Increased water intake to ~120 oz/day.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Produced my first “pink” urine test. Champion at watching what I eat, well under target for carb intake. Probably lower than what I should be (10g)
Tuesday, July 14 through July 18
Noticing some significant "changes in my appetitie. Historically, I could put down some serious quantities of food, and frequently chose to do so. If I thought I might be getting hungry, I would go for a full meal. Terrible, I know. However, I am noticing that I am not nearly as hungry as I have historically been. In fact, I’m eating a very light snack in the afternoon (3 hardboiled aggs and some cheddar cheese cubes) and a full dinner each night (minding nutrients). Still maintaining lots of water intake. Side effect: I’m a little tired. Taking crash naps for about an hour when I get home from work. Chalking that one up to the “Keto Flu”. Still peeing Ketones during every test (morning, noon, and evening)
Down 7 lbs. Weighed each morning after urine test after wake up.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Gained two pounds in the morning. No idea why. Understanding that weight can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. No longer tired. In fact, I am full of energy. Ran about 3 miles today, because…I wanted to…seems funny to say that. I have had chronic back pain for years, lower back. Physical therapy and chiropractic routines have not offered any relief. In the morning, I have historically had to give myself a pep talk to put on socks. I noticed on this day, no more back pain. None. Gone. Inflammation leaving the body!
Monday, July 20, 2020 through Wednesday, July 22, 2020
13 days into keto. Huge energy. Zero brain fog, now 11 lbs down. Strict diet control. Positive keytone urin results, albeit on the low end of the spectrum. No back pain. Running daily. Sleeping like a baby (this had historically not been the norm). Zero cheats. not once. No cravings for it either.
Actually last night. I received my Keto Mojo blood tester. I also purchased strips for blood glucose and ketones. Super excited to try it. First round tested in the evening. GKI comes in at 14.1 . Not in Ketosis. (Glucose 102 mg/dl and Ketones 0.4 mmol/L) BOOOO. Last time I ate was 4 hours ago, and the meal contained less than 5g of carbs. I cannot understand what happened. I checked my urine, again, not in Ketosis…
Went for a run. Checked again three hours later before bed. GKI is now 6.8, low level ketosis. (Glucose 99mg/dl and Ketones 0.8 mmol/L)m better, but still not understanding what happened.
Slept. Woke up this morning, peeking ketones, 0.7 according to the chart on the bottle. Ate breakfast this morning (three sunny side up eggs covered in sharp cheddar cheese, with 4 pieces of bacon. Tested my GKI two hours later. GKI is now 9.4, not in ketosis (Glucose 102 mg/dL and Ketones 0.6 mmol/L)
Somebody smack me and tell me that I’ve overreacting. I feel fantastic, why am I flirting in and out of Ketosis? Has this likely always been happening, but I just want picking up on it with the urine tests? Do I just need to chill out, put the meter away, and keep doing what I am doing? Honestly, I expected more weight loss than I have experienced. I’m looking for a VETERAN to chime in here.
Thanks for taking time to read that novel…