So... I haven't posted in a while. Well I am still actively losing weight. Though there was a short plateau and then a much slower rate of loss. That is pretty normal Whenever you make a dietary change, your body reacts. It then has to readjust. This is the point where most people get discouraged and quit. I go a different route. I continue what I am doing and stop weighing or measuring. Your body will come back into play after it adjusts to the new pattern. My starting weight was 333. My current weight is 297 that is 36 pounds down.
My weight loss after the plateau has been 1-2 pounds a week. I believe that my sedentary lifestyle is the cause. Rather than reduce calories more, I plan on upping my resistance training. to be honest I have really only been walking daily, but now I will be adding weights to the mix.
The Ketogenic diet has been awesome. Because of the lack of Carbs I am rarely hungry nor do I have cravings. I used to be a breadaholic. Not being a slave to sugar addiction has made me a much more productive person because my mind is not looking for the next sugar fix.
I will keep the 100lbs down blog more updated so you can keep me accountable.
Whenever you lose weight you should not only rely on the scale (which will fluctuate day to day) But notice the changes in your body. When I lose weight the first place I see it is in my face. Here is the first Before and During picture. Do you see the weight loss like I do?
So Why did I choose the Ketogenic Diet to lose the weight? I have been on every diet out there. I have been a vegetarian, I tried the carnivore diet. I did every meal replacement shake diet there was. The most effective diets that worked for me low carb and simple.
When I followed the "Fit for Life" Diet I liked the simplicity of a salad and one other item for a meal, but the vegan element left me feeling weak and sickly.
When I was on the carnivore/ zero carb diet The lack of variety in the food didn't sit well with me. How I found the ketogenic diet was doing research on fat loss. The most efficient people to lose fat are bodybuilders. Studying what they did to lose fat and not muscle for contests led me to Keto/Low carb.
Bodybuilding trainers of the most famous bodybuilders in history (Arnold, Steve Reeves, Larry Scott, Franco Columbo, etc) were preaching low carb and high protein for fat loss. One of those trainers Vince Gironda was so lean in his bodybuilding career in the fifties that he was not considered attractive. By today's bodybuilding standards was lean, but not "cut." He invented the "Steak and Eggs diet." The steak and eggs diet was an extreme keto diet. After he followed if for a few months he added a salad a day for "regularity."
Much like I like coffee, I like meat. My body likes meat. I feel great when I eat meat. I am going to eat meat. So when I look at all the things I have done to lose weight, a combination of keto with salad and a little intermittent fasting added in will satiate my desire to eat and create the caloric deficit to make me lose the fat.
Now I am not a professional bodybuilder and don't plan on being as big as one. I so I am not eating the 5000+ calorie diet of a pro bodybuilder. I plan on keeping my diet sub 2000 calorie. I of course will be assessing and adapting the diet as I go. Anyone interested in learning more about the Ketogenic diet, here is a link to some simple information: CLICK HERE
I love coffee. I mean it. I LOVE COFFEE!! I bow at the alter of Juan Valdez. Whenever someone says they are going on a diet, they usually mean they are going to deprive themselves of things that they love. Now Coffee is a zero calorie beverage, but I like cream in my coffee. I used to add a ton of sugar to my coffee but broke myself of that habit a while back. A friend used to say that I like my coffee like I like my Peanut Butter... Sweet and creamy. Not anymore.
The conversation about "diet" is kind of like talking "politics." The zealots come out of the woodwork to defend their personal views. The vegans think the human animal is supposed to be vegan. The Paleo folks think that meat is a natural food source. I have tried them all. Dairy is typically on most of their "do not eat lists." Did I mention I like cream in my coffee?
I believe the reason most diets fail is because of the mindset of deprivation. The whole time people are dieting they are focused on what they can't eat. Because that is their focus they fall of the wagon and binge on the food of choice. I find when I eat a sugary treat, I will usually binge the next day. I did break the sugar habit mainly because when I eat carbohydrates I feel bloated, my joints hurt, my skin breaks out, and my moods swing wildly. So I stopped buying sugar and sugary stuff. Now when I eat sugary stuff it doesn't taste good to me. Creamy coffee still does. One of my most satisfying times of the day is enjoying my frothy mug of coffee right after waking up. I use my Ninja blender to make that froth. Sometimes I add butter or a touch of salt to my coffee before blending and love it. When it comes to breakfast meals, the coffee is my favorite part.
I have made the decision that some of my calories for the day were going to come from what I add to my coffee. I'm not typically hungry when I first wake up. By bringing my mug of coffee with limited calories for breakfast, I am not hungry again until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. So That is why I am having an Action Hero Coffee for breakfast. Not deprived just depraved.
"Something physical everyday"
Walking 2miles morning- Everyday
Riding stationary bike (while watching news) - Everyday
Basic weightlifting with dumbbells (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Nunchuck training and developing new routines (Tuesday. Thursday)
Bullwhip Training and developing new routines (Tuesday, Thursday)
February 28 2018 I was standing on stage in Florida when I, on a whim, committed to that audience that a year from that date I would be down 100lbs.