I’ve been living the Ketogenic lifestyle for over 6 months now and the results are phenomenal.
- Weight: down 108.4 lbs.
- T2DM: FBS hovering around 100. Lipid profile: cholesterol 147 mg/dl. Down from 196. LDL 84 HDL 39. Triglycerides 118 up from 103. All are in the normal range except the HDL is low. Hemoglobin a1c: from 11.1 to 6.4. This really pleases me. 11.1 is full-blown type 2 diabetes. 6.4 is on the high end of prediabetes. I’ve got a ways to go. I’ll test again in January.
- Ketosis: not measuring.
- Medication: Metformin, Glipizide, Lisinopril, Lipitor, Zoloft, low dose aspirin.
- Supplements: Centrum Silver Multivitamin, Magnesium, Himalayan Pink Salt
- Macros: carbs 5%, protein 25%, fat 70%
What I’m doing.
I’ve been mixing it up a lot. Started out 12/12 restricted eating window, 3 meals, nothing between meals, nothing from 6PM to 6AM. For the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with shorter eating windows and intermittent fasting.
Currently, I’m doing 16/8, breakfast and lunch, Sunday through Thursday and a 60+ hour fast from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning.
I’ve been moving a bit more, walking and gardening mostly. My lower weight and the keto diet have been giving me more energy. Moving is easier. I’m puttering around the house more, too. I moved all my furniture and gave my house a thorough cleaning. I hope all this movement will help raise my HDL.
Of course, I’m thrilled. Passing that century mark was a big boost, very motivating. The weight loss was faster in the beginning, but it’s still pretty good. Over the 6 months I’ve been on Keto, I have averaged 18 lbs per month. There have been plateaus and a few times it even went up a pound or two. That’s why I try to weigh myself less often. The scale is my friend in the long run now, but in the short run it can still drive me nuts.
I’m trying what I call “Approaching Zero Keto.” 20g of net carbs is my upper
limit, but I try to make it less. For the past week it has been running between 8g and 12g. I’m eating mostly eggs, meat, fish, cheese and healthy fats. It’s almost Carnivore. Vegetables have been mostly onions, scallions, garlic, cilantro, spinach and avocados (though they are technically a fruit.) The only fruit I eat is lemons and limes. And avocados.
I still got it. Things are so much better than they were, a1c is down, fasting blood sugar is down, but this improvement is from a combination of my Ketogenic diet and medication. I hope to get off the medications completely, but I can’t just yet. my doctor wants me to continue on both of them and I guess I will for now. I’ll get all the tests redone in January. If things continue to improve, I will talk it over with him again then. I have had to cut back on the glipizide during my fasting days. It has been triggering some below normal readings.
So . . .
To sum up, things are going well. Another household chore I’ve been enjoying very much is going through my old clothes and finding things I haven’t been able to fit into in years. I don’t think I’m going to invest in any new clothes until I’ve lost some more weight, but in the meantime, it’s great to fit into the old stuff even if it is out of style.
How are you doing? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.