This is where I document the progress and setbacks into my weight loss journey and lifestyle, from healthy food and exercise to weight loss check ins. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis, so feel free to bookmark it and check back from time to time.

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Day 0: Understanding the Ketogenesis State and Planning What I’m Going to Eat

01/16/2019

I’m from California, hispanic, and 29 years old. My height is 5′ 10″. I like to bike and run, but as of the last year, I haven’t exercised to break up a sweat once. My lowest weight in my adult life was 165 lbs and my heaviest is now at 228.4 lbs. I’ve been experiencing some knee discomfort and have been triggered by the recent news that one of my closest friends might be suffering from diabetes before the age of 30.

There are a ton of things about this, and from what I’ve seen on YouTube and Instagram, there are way too many opinions and categories into the subject. There is dirty keto, clean keto, semi keto, keto/paleo, and many more.

From what I understand, this is a way of eating that is supposed to get your body to run on fat instead of carbohydrates and sugars. Personally, I am hyperaware of my body’s sensitivity to bread, rice, and sugar enough to know that it knocks me out. It might be an insulin thing, or a regular “sugar crash,” but it has been freaking me out and I do feel very good when I eat meats, fats, and vegetables; it became obvious to me that I could go all in on these things and see how I feel.

The guidelines that I’ve found online are roughly around the same, but the most common is eating a diet of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. I want to make this as easy as possible to plan, so I will be going through with a simpler idea that makes sense mathematically and sticks with these ratios pretty well: half of a plate of greens and low-carb vegetables, a quarter of the plate to be fats (nuts, avocados, oils), and a quarter of protein. Carbs will eventually find their way in through the vegetables I’ll be eating. If I stick with this, I’ll be doing generally well with the ratios without going crazy.

To measure how well I’m doing, I’ll be using some weird urine strips I found that measure a byproduct from my body that should be showing up if I’m burning fat. It’s a state called ketogenesis. From what I’ve heard, they don’t work very well and I’ll likely be having to use a better tool to measure ketone levels.

As you can tell, there’s lots of things to figure out but the general idea is to remove almost all carbohydrates and refined sugars. I’ll get to reading some more about the topic and adjusting as I go.

There are a ton of critics that tell people that this is not sustainable and that you gain all of the weight back once you stop, so they say you should make this a lifestyle. I don’t want to restrict myself from eating what ever I want because I like to travel and try new foods everywhere I go, so I’ll be trying this out for 90 days or until I reach my goals, while at the same time building up resistance and stamina to be able to exercise and establish a good workout routine and discipline so I won’t bounce back to where I am now.

Day 3: Getting Over the Sugar Cravings

01/19/2019

The first two days were horrible in terms of cravings. I kept wanting to go for a slice of bread or a cookie from the Chips Ahoy package in the cupboard, even a sip of Powerade or a milkshake. I became a little grumpy knowing that there is carbs in a lot of things I used to eat.

For food, I’ve been drinking black coffee in the mornings (7am), eggs and bacon with avocado in the late morning, around 10am, and making my own protein-style burgers with no bun, and a huge salad for dinner with lettuce, broccoli, olives, and oil/vinegar. There are variations with it, but I’m avoiding sugary drinks at all costs. So far it has been only water.

I still think about breads and sweets, but not as much today. I weighed myself and saw some progress on the scale and I don’t feel as hungry as before. I’m feeling very good in terms of energy and mood.

  • Starting: 228.4 lbs
  • Current: 224.4 lbs
  • Change: -4 lbs

Day 4: This is What Satiated Means

01/20/2019

Finally! I feel full. I’ve had two meals today: eggs and ham with coffee in the morning, a big salad and meat with lots of water in the afternoon and I’m feeling awesome. If this is what it’s going to be like, it’ll be a breeze.

Keeping your mind busy with other things helps a lot. If you’re one of those people that sit around watching Netflix or all day on Instagram, just wait until you get bored… and if you go straight to the fridge when you get bored, this is going to get pretty crazy for you.

Do things. Go outside, walk around after work, workout before work, read a book, practice a new skill, or work on your side business. Get it!

  • Starting: 228.4 lbs
  • Current: 224.4 lbs
  • Change: -4 lbs
  • Ketones Registered: Moderate

Day 10: Changes to Increase Energy

1/26/2019

Understanding our own bodies can take some time to master, but I’ve done a good job of figuring the main things out. Simple things like going to sleep when you’re tired, or understanding how you really feel once you finish eating a particular type of food is very important here.

Some of these things can be tricky, since the moods can be easily confused. When someone offers an invitation and I begin to feel tired, what’s manifesting is actually anxiety that eventually wears me out, so instead of going to sleep every time I feel anxious, I try to figure out how to deal with and minimize the effects of the anxiety I feel, clearing the tiredness along with it.

For my meals thus far, I’ve been sticking with a diet that may actually be too high on protein, since I eat meat products and cut off dairy for a couple of days. It’s weird, but in the mornings I really only crave a coffee and my hunger goes away until one o’clock, where I have my first full meal of the day. I do add some stuff to the coffee like heavy cream and even coconut oil just to add a boost and it has actually worked amazingly.

It feels weird giving fat so much freedom, but it is surprisingly energizing! Maybe it was just the carbohydrates that were slowing me down.

  • Starting: 228.4 lbs
  • Current: 214.2 lbs
  • Change: -14.2 lbs
  • Ketones Registered: Moderate

Day 17: The Dip in Energy

2/2/2019

Oh man, the lethargy.

Not being able to get up in the morning. Straight up having weird visions from having your mind awake but your body just isn’t responding. I’ve slept through my alarm. I looked up what the heck was going on, and I couldn’t get rid of the tiredness in the morning. It lasted for about a week. And now the headaches have crept up.

According to YouTube (hahaha), Dr. Berg was saying that perhaps some carbohydrates were “sneaking up on you” through some type of food you were eating. Another thing was the lack of potassium and magnesium. I still haven’t taken any additional supplements, but I might have to find a way to get those minerals in because I drink a lot of water and tend to pee a lot.

I tried to follow some vloggers on YouTube while they document their journey through the keto diet, but for some reason it just doesn’t work. Women vloggers’ channels, such as Kayla Does Keto, have a huge underlying problem to the journey. I see addictions to sugar and trying to eat fake food that tastes like desserts and sugar.

It’s just like vegans who buy fake meats and fill up their stomachs with that and bread/pasta. Sure, you’re avoiding meats, but you’re also eating a bunch of crap.

These vloggers have been making themselves brownies and pizza with chicken crusts, waffles out of coconut flour, and a bunch of other things. I mean, yeah, you’re still in the ketogenic state… but this is what makes doctors and dieticians flat out say that this is not a sustainable diet. You’re constantly battling it out within yourself and trying to live like how you used to, but tweaking those habits to make it easier on you.

It might be a more sustainable long term solution to go full on ketogenic state for 60 or 90 days and then maintain the weight with healthy eating and exercise, instead of trying to make a weird frankenstein diet work for the rest of your life.

In their defense (I’m not the first to call them out), they have publicly said that the way that they eat is their style, and that they get to choose what to put in their bodies at the end of the day, so the critics needed to leave them alone.

To each their own.

This isn’t an easy thing to accomplish, but going for the processed meats, fake pizzas, buying expensive coconut and almond flour, and snacking all day just doesn’t seem like the way to go. They’re trying to “westernize” a style of eating instead of going for the tried and true recommended portions.

Feeling out of whack for me was in part due to eating cheddar cheese and overdoing it with the coconut oil. I cut out the cheese and moderating the coconut and olive oils. I upped my vegetable intake. Now I’m feeling great.

  • Starting: 228.4 lbs
  • Current: 213.8 lbs
  • Change: -14.6 lbs
  • Ketones Registered: Moderate

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