100 days of keto

/100 days of keto

Day 100 – 100 days of Keto (Chow) retrospective plus a rant about skinny weight loss coaches

This entry is part 81 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto

Weight change for the 100 days: 209.9 lbs to 205.4 lbs. That’s not really stellar progress but compared to gaining I suppose I’ll take it. I also didn’t “cheat” once; meaning I didn’t ever deliberately eat foods containing sugar, starch or other carbohydrates – but that wasn’t a surprise, aside from “robins eggs” that are still kicking around my house I’m not tempted at all by carby foods. For the most part I did have 3 meals of Keto Chow a day for the 100 days but it’s the “extra” stuff that was detrimental.

This 100 day experiment was a good experience though. I can see a direct correlation between my progress and the amount of malitol I consumed, for one thing. Malitol is a relatively common “sugar free” sweetener. And by “sugar free” I’m using the loose standard the food industry uses since it is a sugar alcohol and is arguably better than sucrose, though not by much. Because malitol is cheaper than most of the sugar alcohols like Erythritol it gets used pretty frequently in sugar free stuff. Like Russell Stover chocolates, sugar free lemon heads and others. My advice to myself and to others: if it has malitol then you can’t subtract the sugar alcohols from the total carbohydrates. In other words: just avoid it entirely. Go get some Swerve sweetener and make your own stuff instead. Seriously, it’s my downfall and I’m finally coming to terms with it. As much as people rail against aspartame and sucralose at least I know they don’t affect my metabolism.

So, I didn’t lose much weight during the experiment, what about blood ketones? First off: measuring your ketones is generally a really bad idea. It’s motivational to get some of the urine test strips when you are very first starting out doing keto since you can see a tangible and almost immediate result. As your body adapts to ketosis the urine test strips become useless though, you stop producing extra that gets excreted and the strips stop working. So you can test with blood tests or breath acetone tests. The blood tests are like $2 each and the breath tester is $150. You also fall into a non-constructive pattern if you are constantly testing and “chasing ketones”. You’re better off just limiting your carbohydrates, tracking food in general and keeping at it. Keep Calm and Keto On (KCKO) as they say. So I did measure my blood ketone levels every day. Near the end of the experiment I discovered that I was doing it wrong! Thanks to the “dawn phenomenon” my glucose was high and ketones were low every morning when I tested. That can partially account for why I only averaged 0.5 mmol/L during the experiment (you want to be in the 1.5-3.0 range). the rest of it is the aforementioned malitol.

So here’s where I get into my rant: I feel your pain because it’s my pain too.

Losing weight can be very, very difficult for people (at times it can also be really easy for others). The irony is that almost all of the people you see that advocate exercise, active lifestyles and other “traditional” forms of weight loss have never experienced Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance or Diabetes. You see the rail thin “never been overweight” paragons of fitness selling exercise plans to get people skinny, or body wraps, or ab crunchers. Even the models they use for weight reduction surgery look like they’ve NEVER been obese. They just don’t understand, and it drives me nuts. Unfortunately society as a whole also subscribes to the notion that all you have to do to be skinny is exercise, fat people are lazy, it’s a moral weakness.

Being fat is a lack of character so far as being allergic to peanuts is a lack of character. Some people can’t handle gluten, others get sunburn almost by looking at a photograph of the sun. Are those problems with their moral fiber, with their will power? Should society look down on them? Maybe they should just try not being diabetic, or celiac , or ginger. Your body’s ability or inability to process glucose/carbohydrates isn’t your fault. If people happen to have won the genetic lottery and their cells haven’t become resistant to insulin yet then that’s also not something they should be applauded for. That’s just how your body may be.

When I was a skinny little kid with asthma I couldn’t gain weight for anything. Then I overcame that and, by the outward indicators, slowly worked up resistance to insulin. I stopped processing glucose like I was supposed to. I don’t know if that was genetics, environment, or (more likely) a result of what I was eating combined with the two.  Regardless, I got fat and stayed fat. To date, the only thing that has had a consistent effect on my weight was coming to terms with how I personally metabolize glucose (or rather don’t). Switching to a ketogenic diet has impacted my health and weight tremendously and I don’t see any reason I would ever stop. Why eat bread when you can eat bacon?

So I consider these 100 days a success for the additional experience I gained. Sure it would have been awesome to be down to 180, but when people report that they’re having issues losing weight I more than understand. I’ve had the same frustrations and maybe even done the same things that are hindering your/their progress.

Day 099 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 80 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 208.0
  • Blood ketones: 0.1 mmol/L

So I’m stuck in a up and down cycle – it’s entirely what I’ve been eating and has a simple explanation, despite that I’ve decided it serves as good experience; I’ll call it “gives me a better understanding of what others are going through” yeah – that’s it. I’ll harp on that a bit more for tomorrow when I do my retrospective on the “100 days of Keto (chow)”

The acacia gum fiber did not come yesterday, which kinda sucked – I had the day off work and I was all prepped and ready to spend a few hours testing it out. Instead I’m going to have to figure out some time later this week to do that =(. We got a shipment of Choline that was DL instead of L – apparently their product codes got messed up. I’m getting a credit for it but now I have to dispose of 100kg of Choline DL-Bitartrate. That’ll be fun.

By |2016-04-12T09:05:09+00:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow|Tags: , |0 Comments

Days 096, 097 & 098 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 79 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 206.6
  • Blood ketones: <0.1 mmol/L
  • Weight: 205.5
  • Blood ketones: dunno
  • Weight: 207.5
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

Saturday was a busy day with loads of physical activity in the yard with the kids, followed by everyone but me getting a slurpee (I had some diet rootbeer instead) then we hit the park and played there until the rain came and sent us running for cover. I made some Keto Chow muffins that I ended up having for breakfast this morning. I used my immersion blender and it worked WAY better than a regular blender for making the muffins. I’ll be doing that in the future now.

Yesterday we had a little get together. We brought deviled eggs and little cups of chocolate mousse. About 1/4 of the people there were doing keto and our friends brought some smoked pulled pork and low carb tortillas. I ended up so full I didn’t even bother eating dinner, so only 1 keto chow for me yesterday.

Anyhow, today was keto chow muffins with some creme cheese. I’m planning on shakes for lunch and for dinner too.

By |2016-04-11T08:31:56+00:00April 11th, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow|Tags: , |0 Comments

Day 095 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 78 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 206.0
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

Had an awesome time at the IFT Food Suppliers trade show yesterday. Met some great people and might have found some new suppliers for ingredients. It was funny to see some of the places I’m getting some of my current ingredients from too. I happened upon one supplier that does fiber and asked if they have psyllium husk powder. They don’t but the guy asked what I was using it for, I gave a quick explanation to which he responded “wait, you’re doing Keto? so am I!” We had a rousing conversation that went all over the place but the end result was I’m going to be getting a sample shipment of their acacia gum fiber and their thickener to test in Keto Chow. Allegedly it’s a far better source of fiber than psyllium so I’m anxious to try it out. We’ll see!

By |2016-04-08T14:42:54+00:00April 8th, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Day 094 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 77 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 204.8
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

Yesterday I only did two keto chow shakes – we got a new waffle maker and my wife made keto waffles, figured we might as well go all-in on “breakfast for dinner” so I cooked a bunch of bacon and sausage. Also yesterday I got some preliminary figures for the costs of the protein for keto Chow 2.0. In the early stages I had asked for a blend of Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein isolate and Casein Protein (milk). Casein has some advantages in that it’s slower to absorb which can keep you feeling full longer, it’s also beneficial for weight lifting with a higher glutamine content. The problem is: it’s three times the cost of concentrate, it also adds an additional allergy possibility. From the looks of things we’re going to be using a blend of whey isolate and concentrate that is very similar to the Dymatize and I’ll probably add a recommendation that anyone doing body building use casein to supplement the protein in the Keto Chow (which is likely going to be just a touch higher than the current recipe).

This evening I’m going to check out the IFT Food Suppliers event, with any luck I might be able to find some additional industry leads for production/packaging or ingredients. Only problem: I’ll have to do it quick because weigh-in for the Pinewood Derby is at 6:30 and I don’t want to miss the event!

Day 093 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 76 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 204.7
  • Blood ketones: 0.3 mmol/L

I launched the new front page yesterday, overall the reactions are positive; should have done that a long time ago =). Yesterday I did 3 keto chows, it’s awfully convenient to have when you’re really busy and have to work through lunch.

I got a letter from my health insurance, seems they looked at my most recent lipid profile test (strangely enough, that’s from nearly a year ago). They wanted to mail me to let me know that they think  I have hyperlipidemia and think I should be taking statins. They also say I should stop eating cheese, red meat and eggs, eat more fruit and use low fat dairy products. So… I should ignore the last 50 years of ACTUAL scientific study that show dietary cholesterol does not affect serum (blood) cholesterol and start poisoning myself with carbohydrates again. Yeah, no thanks.

The fact that my Triglycerides are about half what they used to be, my HDL is up I guess the next step to do is get a VAP or NMR test, I’ll probably arrange for that during my next doctor appointment.

By |2016-09-01T13:19:37+00:00April 6th, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Day 092 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 75 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 206.0
  • Blood ketones: 0.4 mmol/L

More Vanilla for breakfast, lunch and dinner today, that’s all pretty unremarkable. The fun part for today is I just launched a new home page. Hopefully this should give people more information in a nicer format. Let me know what you think!

By |2016-04-05T19:22:47+00:00April 5th, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |1 Comment

Days 090 & 091 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 74 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 205.7
  • Blood ketones: dunno
  • Weight: 205.3
  • Blood ketones: 0.4 mmol/L

Had a fun(ish) weekend – we did a lot of mixing and packaging on Thursday and Friday so we could go for a drive on Saturday. Our family gave up trying to drive up the snow and mud after seeing the snow getting worse and decided to hike, our friends had new tires and made it up further, then they broke through the ice crust and got buried up to their axles. We had to dig it out. Memorable trip! The kids had sandwiches and I had a vanilla Keto Chow with some peanut flour (yum!) that my awesome wife made.

Looks like my order for 100kg of the vitamin pre-mix is confirmed and should be shipping by April 18th (to me), still no word on the protein and flavorings though. Baby steps to Keto Chow 2.0!

By |2016-04-04T09:15:00+00:00April 4th, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow|Tags: , |0 Comments

Day 089 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 73 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 204.6
  • Blood ketones: I’ll measure this evening

So after yesterday’s post where I was befuddled with the lower ketone levels in the morning, a nice redditor pointed me over to an article about the Dawn Phenomenon. That article was really cool and explained a lot, I also found a bunch of outer really interesting posts on that site. If you have some time and want to learn some really cool stuff about metabolism, insulin and fasting I would recommend checking it out.

The take-away from that article is that in the morning your body releases glucose, which in turn will lower ketones. This is normal and natural, even in ketosis. So measuring ketone levels in the morning turns out to be a bad idea. So 89 days into this experiment I’m going to start measuring ketones in the evening after I get home from work. Wish I had known that earlier.

After the crazy fasting I expected to gain back some water weight and I did not disappoint =)

Also: http://radiopaedia.org/cases/cactus-disease-paleo-induced-mineral-periostitis and http://www.questnutrition.com/quest-protein-spray-tan

By |2016-10-14T07:17:53+00:00April 1st, 2016|Categories: 100 days of keto, Keto Chow|Tags: , |0 Comments

Day 088 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

This entry is part 72 of 81 in the series 100 days of keto
  • Weight: 202.9
  • Blood ketones: 0.6 mmol/L

Alright, so I made it to 46.4 hours without eating – let’s analyze how it went!

Mood and how I felt. First off, my lack of sleep yesterday was the biggest detrimental factor in the experience. If that had not happened (thanks a lot brain!) I probably would have gone longer, maybe 48 hours, maybe 72 – dunno. I don’t think I’m going to make not eating for several days something I do often since it was rather extreme (obviously); I’ll likely continue doing intermittent fasting here and there. I think I might have also been low on electrolytes since I was feeling sluggish, then again that could have been the sleep (or lack thereof).

Let’s look at the blood results. Tuesday morning (~8 hours) I was at 0.2 mmol/L of ketones in my blood. That evening (~18 hours) when I tested myself again I was up to 1.1. The next morning (~32 hours), even though the only thing I had “eaten” was two fish oil pills the night before, I had gone down to 0.9. When I came home from work that evening and tested again (46.4 hours) my ketones were all the way up to 3.5 mmol/L. After which I had two Keto Chows (Chocolate Peanut Butter), 4 pickles and a couple spoon fulls of ham soup my awesome wife had made. When I tested my blood again this morning, my levels were all the way down to 0.6. Honestly it makes no sense why it’s down again, it just further re-enforces the notion of “don’t chase ketones, just keep calm and keto on” – or don’t do what I’m doing and test your blood every day, just keep doing keto (no cheating!) and it’ll work out. You also shouldn’t get too anxious about the scale, which brings me to…

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Weight results. Well, I came into this from a rather large (keto friendly) Easter dinner which loaded me up on salt and lots of water weight – all the way up to 208.3 lbs on Monday morning. By Tuesday morning (8 hours fasting while sleeping) I was only down to 207.8. lbs. By Wednesday morning I had dropped to 203.6, a slight up-tick Wednesday evening when I weighed myself again and as of this morning I was down again to 202.9 lbs. Monday – Thursday difference is 5.4lbs. Now it will be interesting to see if I can stick with it and continue going down. On a happy note, yesterday was also the weigh-in day for my city’s weight loss challenge. According to the scale there, I was down 6 lbs from the previous week. Nice.