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Starting 2019 with a plan: 100 days of Keto (Chow) Day -5

This entry is part 1 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

In 5 days, starting January 2, I’m going to do 100 days of ONLY Keto Chow for all my meals. 6 weeks in, I’ll finish a weight loss contest and start some science. I doubt anyone will want to join in on the science portion with me, but everyone is invited to join on doing a solid 100 days of Keto with no cheating, no compromises.

Some time ago (4 years ago!) I participated in my local city’s January weight loss competition, ended up getting second place. There’s another one coming up on January 2, 2019, and I think I’ll do it again. The contest runs for 6 weeks. There are weekly weigh-ins for the contest and some modest prizes for the winner and runners-up. There’s going to be a lot happening with Keto Chow in the next 100 days so this will give me a push to blog about what’s going on daily. I’m planning on also doing a video each day as well.

Here’s my plan for the first 100 days (or so, it’ll actually be 101, whatever) of 2019:

  • Unlike in 2015 where I “leveled the playing field” by deliberately going off keto and replenishing my glycogen (water weight), this time I’m going to stay Keto just before the contest. I will, however, go a bit nuts with keto food at our yearly family New Year’s party. I figure that’ll do the trick and I won’t feel the negative effects of carbing up.
  • My lovely wife wants to do some kind of exercise together. Due to scheduling constraints and other logistical issues, we think the best fit is going to be doing the P90 program, which will allow us some flexibility in when and where we do it, while still getting the kids off to school. Personally, I’d prefer StrongLifts 5×5 but this is what we’re going to do (and the 90 days of P90 kinda set the tone for the rest of the experiment).
  • January 2 is the first weigh-in for the contest – it establishes the “baseline” against which the individual progress is calculated. The contest looks for % change in body weight.
  • During the first few days, I’m going to have the calories a little higher than normal, around 2200, to allow for an easier transition without any hunger getting me down. After that, I’ll switch to 2000 calories a day and go from there.
  • The first 6 weeks (up to day 42), my primary goal is weight loss. To that end, I’m planning on fasting the final 3-4 days before the last weigh-in.
  • I’m also hosting a 4 week DietBet challenge – come compete for Keto Chow gift certificates!
  • After the final weigh-in for the weight loss contest, I’ll resume eating 3 meals of Keto Chow a day, this time working on a variant of my earlier experiments. In those earlier experiments, I was changing variables on a weekly basis. This time I’m going to draw it out for a longer period to reduce the likelihood of the variables influencing subsequent results (I’m going to do each test for at least 2 weeks instead of just 1).
  • My plan for the following 8 weeks (with a blood test each week):
    • Keto Chow with just heavy cream for days 42-44 to recover from the fast and then get a blood test for the baseline of the science portion.
    • Keto Chow with just heavy cream for 2 weeks.
    • Keto Chow with just Avocado Oil for 2 weeks.
    • Keto Chow with Avocado Oil and MCT Oil for 2 weeks.
    • Keto Chow with butter for 2 weeks (this will be using the impending Savory flavors of Keto Chow that use beef bone broth protein instead of milk protein, ideally I’ll have “nearly production” versions ready for the test).
  • Dr. Jeff Gerber had some question about the results I got with an earlier experiment, this should help answer some of those more thoroughly.
  • I’m also planning on having an additional variable along with the fat type: number of calories. In my earlier 6 week experiment, I made sure it was isocaloric: the same 2000 calories a day for the entire 6 weeks. This time I’m going to add 100 calories each week and see how that affects the expected weight loss. Everything that I’ve learned indicates that if I keep my carbohydrate consumption to a minimum, increasing the calories (to a point, likely under 3000) should have little bearing on weight loss due to increased metabolism.
  • To that end, I’m planning on doing a Resting Metabolic Rate test at the beginning and end of the experiment. We’ll see how that turns out =)

So there you have it. Now it’s written down so I’ll actually do it. I think it’s pretty ambitious.

By |2018-12-28T11:03:22-06:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -4

This entry is part 2 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Yesterday I announced that I was going to be starting a bit of fun on January 2, 2019: I’ll be doing 100 days of Keto using Keto Chow. Part of it will be for a weight loss challenge my city does, and part of it will be doing some science with controlled variables. I decided that everyone should be able to get in on the fun too!

You are officially invited to join in on the first month with me!

I set up a DietBet challenge this morning with the entry amount at $10 (the lowest I can set, I want the barrier to entry low!). The challenge runs for 4 weeks from January 2 through January 31. DietBet does its thing and there’s a pot for anyone that loses more than 4% of their body weight but we’re just going to be using DietBet so that they can handle all the verification and such. The REAL prizes are as follows:

  • Top percentage loser gets a $150 Keto Chow gift card
  • Second Place gets a $100 Keto Chow gift card
  • Third Place gets a $75 Keto Chow gift card

Employees of Keto Chow (including me) will also be competing, but there will be different prizes for them, so don’t worry =).

One thing to note: When you sign up, DietBet is going to try to get you to add a $5 membership and a trial of some exercise program. Personally, I’d recommend declining both:

By |2018-12-28T10:51:14-06:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -3

This entry is part 3 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

3 days until the madness begins =) In case you missed yesterday’s post: In addition to doing 100 days of Keto Chow only, doing a weight loss challenge for my city, and doing some science – I also set up a DietBet challenge so that others can get some motivation for 2019. It’ll run for 4 weeks from January 2-31. You aren’t REQUIRED to do only Keto Chow like I am, but you are welcome to do so if you wish (I’m not going to be policing anyone =). Just to be clear: I am going to be having diet soda and occasional sugar-free gum. I’m also considering using some of the various recipes that use keto chow as an ingredient during the first 6 weeks of the 100 days when my primary goal is straight weight loss only. Once I enter the science and controlled variables phase, things will get far more rigorous.

We hosted a family “Christmas Breakfast” with my wife’s family today, a few days late and a few hours late; still fantastic. Everything we had out was keto:

  • Bacon
  • 4 different kinds of sausage
  • Keto waffles (some with Snickerdoodle Keto Chow, the rest with Chocolate Keto Chow)
  • Whipped heavy cream (with some liquid stevia)
  • About 2 dozen eggs
  • 4 different kinds of sugar-free syrups

The food that was brought in wasn’t so keto but that’s OK, I still enjoyed my food. Eating keto sucks =P (yes, that’s sugar-free maple syrup on my sausage).

By |2018-12-29T20:26:25-06:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -2

This entry is part 4 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Hoo boy, we’re getting closer to the starting of the challenge! Since I won’t be much fun in respects to going out to dinner for the next 14 weeks, last night my wife wanted to go out to dinner one last time – so we went to a Brazillian BBQ Churrascaria. It’s the kind of place where they bring around spits and slice off slabs of delicious fatty meat. Good stuff.

Tonight I’m going to be smoking pork short ribs. That’ll be yummy =)

Tomorrow we’re going to have our New Year’s party. I’ll post about that later, this is a short post =)

By |2018-12-29T20:52:35-06:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day -1

This entry is part 5 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

I did just learn that UPS isn’t going to be picking up the packages we shipped today, that’ll delay those packages by 1 business day but 2 actual days. Guess I should have known that since it’s on their website. Bunch of slackers!

We are having our traditional “Keto New Year’s” party tonight with our family and some friends. There are 2 boxes of crackers for the children that aren’t doing keto but the rest of the food will be ultra low carb (and delicious!). It’s also the last party I’ll be having any food at for about 4 months, so I gotta make it count =) Here’s what we’re planning on:

  • Bacon wrapped Jalapeno poppers
  • Little Smokies in “G Hughes” BBQ sauce
  • Shrimp (with low carb cocktail sauce – it’s sugar free ketchup and horseradish)
  • Diet soda with heavy cream
  • Keto Eggnog
  • Bacon Ranch Cheese ball with crackers
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Deviled eggs

Just to be clear: I’m not trying to gain any weight before the contest, that’ll just be more to lose.  I actually lost weight this morning according to my scale. I’m just enjoying some fantastic keto foods before the experiment starts up. Speaking of the weight loss challenge: there are 136 people doing the Keto Chow DietBet challenge, that’s more than I anticipated, cool!

On a COMPLETELY unrelated note: I needed to do some bulk editing of the draft posts for the 100 days of Keto Chow (I used a plugin and a CSV to pre-populate them so I won’t mess things up), ALMOST everything came through right except for the order the posts would appear in the series. They popped into what looked like a completely random order. That meant I got to dust off my SQL skills and do a JOIN query to get all of the postmeta.meta_value for all the posts.post_title LIKE ‘100 Days of Keto (Chow)%’ then I got to change the value and re-populate them into the database with the right number. This was the kind of thing I used to do ALL DAY back in 2009-2014, it’s amazing how quickly I have to go back to StackExchange and get the correct syntax.

 

By |2018-12-31T15:41:32-06:00December 31st, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 00 – Last day of “normal”

This entry is part 6 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Last night we did our yearly New Year keto party, the food was excellent. Today I had my last “normal” day before the 100 days of Keto Chow begins. We went sledding, that was a lot of fun. We also went out to dinner one last time as a family (no I’m not dying). I got the sensible 16oz prime rib along with “loaded” broccoli:

This morning I did the initial weigh-in for the DietBet Challenge and tomorrow I’ll do the initial weigh-in for my city weight loss competition. If you’re thinking about joining the challenge, there’s still time!

Lastly, we did our weekly Facebook LIVE. Here’s the version that went up live (I’ll have the higher quality one up on YouTube tomorrow):

By |2019-01-01T22:13:12-06:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 01

This entry is part 7 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

And so it begins! Today is Day 1 of my 100 days of just eating Keto Chow for all my meals. I’ll be heading over to the Riverton City offices this afternoon to do the weigh-in for their 6 week weight loss challenge and yesterday I did the weigh-in for the DietBet challenge I’m doing as well – there’s still time for you to join in the fun on that one if you need some motivation for 2019.

Today I need to contact a bunch of people that have been away during Christmas vacation – it’ll be nice to get things rolling again on the various projects we have!

By |2019-01-02T10:46:09-06:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 02

This entry is part 8 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

The first day of Keto Chow only is done, and the initial weigh-in for the city contest is done! I’ll be able to base my progress off that, though the clothes add some additional weight compared to when I weigh myself in the morning. I forgot to check my blood ketones yesterday, so I’ll be missing one data point. I do have breath acetone levels for yesterday though.

Yesterday we went over to my Mom’s house to help her take down Christmas. She made keto fajitas for everyone, I got to drink my Raspberry Cheesecake. So goes the 100 days =) This morning I mixed up 3 days worth of Keto Chow for me (9) and 4 extras for the teenagers that will be inevitably stealing the mixed Keto Chow – I labeled the ones for me because they have 1 tablespoon of MCT in them (and higher calories).

No GI issues to report yet. In the past, when I’ve gone from 2/3 of my meals as Keto Chow to 3/3 as Keto Chow, I’ve had 1-2 days of diarrhea – taking a probiotic usually fixes that quickly. Dunno if it’s the liquid aspect, the fat, or the liquid fat but there seems to be a big difference between mostly and all the way Keto Chow. That said: people who start a keto diet, irrespective of using Keto Chow or not, frequently have issues with “loose stool” – just search the Keto subreddit for “never trust a fart” and you’ll see the reports =)

 

By |2019-01-03T10:26:41-06:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 03

This entry is part 9 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Yesterday I completely forgot to eat breakfast until about 3:00 PM – so I ate breakfast at 3, lunch at 5, and dinner at 7. Ended up with about a 4.5 hour eating window. I hadn’t planned on doing time-restricted feeding (also known by some as Intermittent Fasting) but I guess it just happened. I’ve noticed that I’m a little hungry once I start eating but not hungry at all before I start eating, doing a compressed eating window was extremely satisfying. I felt super full and satisfied – stuffed, really.

I did notice some rumbling in my intestines last night. This morning I didn’t quite have diarrhea – more of a 6 on the Bristol scale. Still doing OK on that front =) Might start taking the probiotics tonight if the rumbling continues.

We are going to be using a local market research company to do some blind taste tests next week, comparing Keto Chow with 4 of our competitors. Should be really interesting to see the results! Anyhow, there was some question about how the different sweeteners would interact. In some previous tests we’ve done, if you taste sucralose after monk fruit it amplifies the sweetness substantially. This morning I wanted to test and see if that would be a problem for the taste test which will be randomized for statistical relevancy. I mixed up all 5 of the ones we will be testing next week according to the manufacturer’s directions and using their recommended amounts for water, oil, etc… I want to give all of them a fair chance and if people like one better than Keto Chow, I want to know it and I want to figure out how I could improve.

A few hours later we did our own blind taste test with the employees (and one customer who happened to come in during the test =) here at Keto Chow. The results were interesting, everyone liked the Keto Chow best – ultimately it wasn’t much of a contest. Like I said: I made sure all were prepared exactly the way recommended by the manufacturer.

By |2019-01-04T14:58:42-06:00January 4th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 04

This entry is part 10 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Day 4 is complete. First day being home. I was expecting it to be a little harder to not eat anything else since I’m at home but thus far I haven’t had any issues at all. I did go to Costco and buy groceries for the family, along with 3 gallons (6 two-quart containers) of 40% fat heavy cream. That’ll last a bit =)

We did another blind taste test, similar to what we did yesterday, with our children today. One of them did NOT prefer Keto Chow, the other 5 did. That brings the total between the 2 tests to 12 individuals, 11 preferring Keto Chow.

By |2019-01-05T17:12:54-06:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments