Switching to Keto: why, what, and how
Saturday, April 07, 2018
I suppose things are different because I'm a 62 year-old woman.
I slowly slipped as planned into eating LC. But after 3 weeks and no weight loss to speak of -- not even the initial rush of water loss, I decided to go VLCHF -- and with that decision it was clear that I am most attracted to the Keto Diet. I needed to figure out how Keto differs from VLCHF and I think I've got it. I decided to begin with a "fast" that is protein-sparing -- after all, I want to keep my muscles!
So, I'm keeping carbs very low without subtracting fiber (less than 20, less than 15 so far!), figured out my protein requirements (my macro-nutrient levels), and am working at eating enough protein while keeping fat at levels to give results in-or-below my total calorie range -- 1300-1400 calories. Biggest effort is drinking half my body weight in ounces in water. It is working! Weight loss is finally starting to happen!
The "fasting" part? Limited foods. Right now, I'm concentrating on eating EGGS for breakfast and lunch. Fortunately eggs can be prepared in SO many ways.... so I'm not bored crazy! I try to incorporate some veggies in these two meals. I let dinner be the meal I use to round-up my macros to achieve goals. Usually all I need is more protein. And I have the luxury of being able to fit in a bit more veggies.
So far so good! I had a lovely 2-egg omelet filled with spinach and mushrooms this morning. Lunch is planned to be 2 romaine lettuce leaves stuffed with pate and lamb, and 2 soft-boiled eggs. Dinner? Probably beef steak and sauteed zucchini.
Still, I remain amazed that I can feel so stuffed on so little food! Literally stuffed. And yes, I am still leading my aerobics classes -- no "keto flu", no fatigue.