This week's update will be much shorter than last week! Thanks for stopping by to check on my health and weight loss progress.
This week's update is much different than I thought it would be a week ago. After several weeks of weight loss, my weight unexpectedly shot back up again. Here are the numbers:
Week three of my ketosis experiment is behind me, and I have learned a LOT this week that I am excited to share with you. Thanks for those of you who are following along with my experiment.
Overall, I am very happy with this plan, but I have also gained some insights on the good and bad aspects of my personal implementation. Here are 5 key observations from 3 weeks on the ketogenic diet:
A few months ago, after completing my second Whole30 plan, I submitted my story to Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and Whole30. This past week, I was very excited to discover that they had featured me on their >100 lbs lost blog post! Here is a link to the post on the Whole30 blog: 300+ Pounds lost (and 3 Lives Changed) with the Whole30
If you're interested in my own posts on the Whole30 plan, you can see them here:
Stephen's Whole30 Blog Posts
There is a lot to cover in this week's edition of Stephen's Weekly Update!
Aside from the usual progress numbers, I'll be talking about:
- My ketosis experiment
- A new book I'm reading
- A very exciting update on my search for a new scale!
Ok, first things first...here are this week's numbers:
Today I am continuing to tell you about my personal experience with nutritional ketosis. In case you missed it, my first two posts on this subject are posted here: (Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning: My Ketosis Experiment) (Review of Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore). Today I'd like to share some more information about my personal plan and experience.
Many of you know that Ketosis is a low-carb diet. People assume, then, that it is a high protein diet. This is actually a common misconception. Believe it or not, a Ketogenic diet is ideally a low-carb, moderate-protein, high-FAT diet. Yes, I said high-fat! This is actually not much different from what I was already doing, but there are a few key differences:
Two years ago this week, I stepped on the road that has led me to a nearly 110 lb weight loss. At age 29, I was more unhealthy than I have ever been: 350 lbs, severely obese, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, constantly exhausted and depressed.
Fast-forward to today: 241 lbs, normal blood pressure, stable blood sugar, plenty of energy, an active lifestyle, and very happy with my life. I am definitely still pushing toward my goal of 220 lbs, but compared to two years ago, I am in a very good place right now! Check out my timeline below with my updated stats at the bottom.
In my previous post, I revealed that I am embarking on a personal Ketosis experiment. (Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning: My Ketosis Experiment). My decision to try this is based largely on information I saw coming from popular low-carb podcaster and blogger Jimmy Moore.
After reading and listening to his story, I reached out to him to request to be put on his list of bloggers to receive an advanced copy. Thankfully, he graciously accepted my request and 2 weeks ago, I received my copy in the mail!
Today, I'm very excited to review Keto Clarity, which is being released today, and I will reveal how this book has already produced big results for me!
For the past two years I have made it a point to explain that I am NOT on a "Low Carb" diet. This may seem strange, since I no longer eat bread or potatoes. But I have always kept a fairly large amount of fruit in my diet, keeping my carbs at a moderate level. Lately though, I have been toying with the idea of taking my current diet and making it low carb to help jump start my weight loss.
As I was looking into this, I found the work of Jimmy Moore, who is one of the leading "Low-Carb" experts. His podcast, Livin' La Vida Low Carb, which has a very funny name, is actually very serious about the science of low carb and weight loss. Jimmy's current focus is something called Nutritional Ketosis.
On top of this, I have been following Mark Sisson, a leading Paleo expert. He talks a lot about being a "Fat Burner" as opposed to a "Sugar Burner". I didn't really understand what he meant by this, but when I looked into it, I found that he was also talking about using ketones in the body to facilitate weight loss.
Since I've never actually heard about this before, I was very skeptical. I decided to research further about "Ketosis" to see what it was all about. In addition to the myriad resources online, I discovered that Jimmy Moore was actually coming out with a simple guide to ketosis called Keto Clarity. This book is scheduled to come out in August of this year.
Needless to say, I was very excited to get my hands on this book, since I was just starting to get interested in the subject.
So, I went out on a limb and contacted Jimmy to ask for an advanced copy of the book for review. To my surprise, he graciously responded and affirmed that I would be on his list of bloggers to receive a free advanced copy! Last week, I finally received this in the mail...
As of today, I have already read through the book once and I am currently trying out a Ketogenic diet to see if it is a good fit for me. (This is really not much different than what I was already doing, but I have made a few strategic changes to attempt to achieve Ketosis)
So, over the next few weeks, I will be updating you on the process and I will be writing up a book review in time for the week of the book release. I'll leave you today with Jimmy's definition and explanation of Ketosis:
Ketosis is a metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat diet that causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel to running on ketones. Ketones themselves are produced when the body burns fat, and they're primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn't available. In other words, your body changes from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. -Keto Clarity p.32
Stay tuned for more updates and my official book review.
After a fun and much needed week off, I am returning with my weekly update.
Over the past two weeks I have adjusted my diet a bit, but I have stuck close to the plan. I also went to camp with my oldest son, so my activity level was way up. Ok, here are the numbers...
This summer, I have been working really hard with my weight loss coaching, researching, blogging, etc. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of all of the other things that I am doing this summer. So, I am taking a week-long break starting tomorrow. Part of this time I will be camping with no internet anyway( :-O ), but I decided to take the whole week for some extra R&R.
Please know that this is NOT a break from my eating plan or exercise. Just like my vacation back in April, I am planning on sticking to the plan, and I may even ramp up on few things since I won't be blogging, emailing, etc...
Thanks to all of my readers! I will be back for my Weekly Update on 6/27/14. See you then!