Thursday, November 8, 2012

day 10: the switch to keto-adaptation?

what lunch used to look like
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So I woke up almost another pound lighter, and losing a pound a day means I am losing too much muscle mass, so I bumped up my calories a bit from 1620 to 1750.   I've eaten nothing but liquid calories for 10 days now, but I'm still somehow getting a little fullness in my abdomen in the second half of the day.  I don't know if that is from the bacteria ingesting the casein, which I suppose would not have happened if I stayed on the elemental diet; that is, straight up amino acids rather than casein protein, since that way there would be nothing for them to digest.  I'm not eating fiber or anything one would think would produce any gas or create bulk.

This is the third day of zero carbs, and I am still feeling joyless.  I am really considering quitting before the 14 days are through, as it is starting to seem pointless, all except the weight loss that is.  My goal weight is around 118 and I'm just about there, but I need to be there when I have energy to fuel good workouts and everything else I accomplish in a day; plus I need to do be eating actual food.  I did do a full workout this am: 30 minutes on the  bike, an hour lifting and 20 minutes swimming laps, but it did not feel great.

My blood ketones were down to 0.8, I have no idea why.  Especially with all of the medium chain triglycerides from the coconut oil; but I guess this keto-adaption can take a month or more, as I was warned.

Anyway, I was debating all of this, then suddenly around 5 pm something shifted, and I felt almost, well, normal.  I wonder if I'm finally adapting.  So I can't quit now.  Let's see what happens tomorrow.

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