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Is It Possible to Lose 5lbs in 4 Days?

Is It Possible to Lose 5lbs in 4 Days?

Most of you reading this will know that it is very possible to lose 5lbs in 4 days. Specially if you haven’t been dieting for a while! However this question was asked in a Keto group I am a part of and I thought it […]

Keto Diet Inspiration – 84 pounds lost in 1 year

Keto Diet Inspiration – 84 pounds lost in 1 year

I want to thank this wonderful person for letting me share her keto diet weight loss success inspiration here on this new little blog. She shared her story in a facebook support group I am a part of and I knew I wanted to make […]

Help! Keto Diet and Rising Blood Sugar

Help! Keto Diet and Rising Blood Sugar

  First, I love the Keto Diet. Second…. I am confused.

 Before I started the Ketosis Diet my morning blood sugar as a type 2 diabetic was 110 each morning. 2 weeks in and it was suddenly 135. And now after 40 days, it is over 150! How is this happening? It seems the better I do at eating keto, the more loyal I am, the worse my blood sugars are. Now of course it should also be noted, if it matters, that I also practice joyfully intermittent fasting 18:6. I have lost 20 lbs though stalled these last 2 weeks. I did have a bump in the road midway when my doctor put me on medications, I felt like I was dying then, and the time since has been a stall as I recover. I got off those meds to be clear. I was feeling amazing on Keto and the meds made me miserable! Another post about that at some point though. For now though, the blood sugar issue!

Ketosis causing high fasting Blood Sugar

   So why is my blood sugars getting worse on the keto diet?

  This link might explain it: https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2012/01/07/we-really-can-make-glucose-from-fatty/

  It is really an interesting and enjoyable read and worth the time. It explains how when doing keto can convert fatty acids into glucose and how cells then use less glucose, leaving more in the blood stream. The science looks really sound actually. And a bit scary too!

  What it does not do is give any ideas on how to do keto and yet not have rising blood sugars! That is my next mission!

   I am glad someone pointed this out to me as 99% of people I talk to assume I was eating hidden carbs or some how doing Keto wrong! That is enough to hurt a keto girls heart I have to say. Given that most medical books still don’t teach how ketones = glucose is possible, no wonder people were questioning my commitment or understanding. I am not talking about quiting keto, I am looking at ways to fix this issue while doing keto! If you have any solutions I am open to it!

     My husband looked into this issue with me and found that poor sleep can make insulin resistance worse. More insulin resistance = more fatty acids being made into glucose. So we are working on quality of sleep. Make our bedroom colder and darker and a few other things (like his sleep apnea making me nuts!) We are going to try some other things too. If you have ideas… let me know?

Have this issue too? Make your voices known!

Inspirational:  How She Lost 100lbs on Keto Diet

Inspirational: How She Lost 100lbs on Keto Diet

Science tells us that social support is important for many things, this includes losing weight and getting healthy. A very nice lady posted about her 100 lb loss and just how she got there with the Keto diet. I have found her journey to be […]

Ketosis for Diabetes – So you don’t ROT from the inside out!

Ketosis for Diabetes – So you don’t ROT from the inside out!

  A frustrated woman with thyroid issues was in a keto group venting about she has stalled for 3 months and just sick of the diet. As helpful suggestions and support poured in I noticed she was reluctant to really hear it. I think frustration […]

Life Before The Keto Diet

Life Before The Keto Diet

Like so many women, I found myself over weight. Living by the typical american diet did me no favors and the food pyramid just seemed to set me up for more failure. Like so many, I tried all the suggested diets and found they either didn’t have results or I just couldn’t live with them. But why? Why isn’t calories in vs calories out enough? Certainly the doctors seem to think it is that easy. We know though, there is more to it!

 I wasn’t an over weight child.

My history basically summed up was as an active kid who loved nature and felt strong. My dad was a meat and potatoes guy, there were many carbs in our lives but it didn’t seem to affect me. My Dad though and Step mother struggled with weight. They went low fat and drank a lot of aspartame. As they got older their health got worse, still, they pushed and pushed low fat.

 Did diet cause my Dads Pancreatic Cancer?

A year ago today my Dad died of pancreatic cancer. He lost the weight he meant to only at the end when he was dying.

I am not saying his diet killed him. I am saying it didn’t save him. Maybe nothing could. I know one thing, I want to go another way. Maybe it is the geek in me who loves to experiment. Maybe it is the grief in me that is screaming, DO SOMETHING. I will not leave my kids behind any sooner than I must. My Dad would want me to try. So finally, I am doing it. Finally I found what is working. Will it be my path to Healthy? I think so. I could be wrong though. I guess we will see. My Dad wanted me to get healthy, and I am going to!

 How I got Fat

I was thin all the way up until I got pregnant with my first child. I gained 80 lbs before they discovered I had gestational diabetes. Those pounds never really came off. A total of 7 babies, and there I was at 235 pounds. I tried so many diets and products over the years. Just so many. What I didn’t know was that I had genetics working against me, and a number of health issues I wasn’t even aware of. Mostly though I did what the doctors and nutritionist told me to do and following the food pyramid. I know a lot of you have done this too, and I know for most, it just hasn’t worked.

I want to mention I was good at dieting, strict. So strict that in 2011 I did an HCG diet so so well that I ended up in the ER with heart issues. After that I was very scared to diet. I worked on embracing my life. I do love my life, but I am limited. I want to feel strong again. So this is my start.

For years I have known low-carb was the way to go. I found myself miserable in the past though. Did you know there are different low carb diets? Did you know that Keto Flu is brutal for some but can be overcome? It is one thing to know the answers and another to put that knowledge into practice.

   Finally losing weight thanks to Keto diet and Intermittent Fasting

I found the Keto diet and Intermittent fasting, and together, I have hit my perfect balance. I hope to share the details and inspiration here to help others and keep myself accountable.


My Diary

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Most of you reading this will know that it is very possible to lose 5lbs in 4 days. Specially if you haven’t been dieting for a while! However this question was asked in a Keto group I am a part of and I thought it would be good to share a bit of the science.

Here is how the conversation went:

Petra: Is it possible to lose 5lbs in 4 Days.

Me: Yes, very possible, it is water weight though. Easy to gain back too.

Helpful Lady #1: Yes, water weight.

Helpful Lady #2: Great job, water weight for sure.

Helpful Guy #1: You can lose 10 lbs of water weight or more the first week!

Helpful Lady #3: Congrats on starting this new way of life. That first week weight drop with water weight is so cool!

Petra: Well I did it…. and it isn’t water weight.

Helpful Lady #2: What makes you think that?

Petra: I just know.

Helpful Lady #2: Any Data on that? What did you do.

Petra: I didn’t eat.

(insert many people trying to explain water weight and get an idea of what she has actually been up to and try to be helpful)

Petra to Me: Don’t be rude, it isn’t water weight, it will not come back, if it does I will just not eat again till it is gone again.

Me: I am not being rude, it is just science. You might well keep it off with this way of life. Water weight though is fickle! You are made of 50% water, so the likelihood of just starting a new diet and losing real fat so fast isn’t likely.

Petra: I didn’t lose water weight. Don’t be rude.

Me: Ok…. lets assume you are an athlete. You haven’t told us anything about you, how you are eating or working out, but lets go with the best case. So you say you lost 5lbs of fat (on keto most of us also lose 10% lean muscle but that is less than other diets and thus why a lot of athletes are now choosing keto but that is not what this post is about, lets stick with fat.)

So that means you are saying you burned 17,500 calories in 4 days. I don’t know if you had anything at all to eat but lets say you ate enough to maintain your basic body functions. So that leaves some how burning 17,500 calories another way. Lets assume you like to cycle! Ok so you cycle for 2 hours and an average person burns about 500 calories. But that will not add up for you, so lets say you cycle 7 hours to hit 1lb fat loss! But that still isn’t the 5lbs your talking about. So you would have to cycle for 70 hours out of 4 days. That is a heck of a lot right?

Petra: Doesn’t reply…. deletes her post.

 

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So given that we are 50% water, why is it that we are so upset when we hear that we lost water weight? Is it fear that it could easily come back? Weight fluctuates so much and it can explain why some weeks we are up in weight even though we did it all “right” and some down. So much effects if we hold on to water or not. No matter what though, if we are getting thinner, our water weight must go down too. 50% off 200 is 100, so if we plan to say go from 200 to 150, that will be 25lbs of water weight right? (if I am understanding the math correctly). Lets celebrate the water weight loss for what it is!