28 Down

28 Down

dubw9s6psfyfb8hxm5wjfq.jpgWell, I can’t believe there was not more interest in the last post. Anywho, I’m down 28 pounds as of today! That’s another 18 pounds since the last time I reported. But it is definitely not because of medication now. I did it on purpose.

Intermittent fasting has been helping a lot. I am still doing the ketogenic diet for the most part. I have found that if I deviate from that with higher carbs or add sugar to my diet, I don’t feel so well. I don’t know if this happens because of fasting or not.

I have been fasting for 20 hours and eating during a 4-hour window. Sometimes if I eat too many carbs or add sugars during that time, the next fast is more difficult. And sometimes it is just difficult. Most of the time though, the fast is fine. I don’t feel hungry and I have plenty of energy.

Why is this not the same as calorie restriction? The way I understand it calorie restriction means to restrict calories at every meal, eating less all day. Eating in this way the body releases insulin every time you eat. However, insulin is a hormone that tells the body to store energy. So restricting calories doesn’t work after a while because it signals the brain that there is a lack of food and the body adjusts by using fewer calories for energy. The result is that the insulin being release all day is storing everything you eat in your fat cells.

With fasting, the longer time without food lowers the levels of insulin in your body after it has done its work of dealing with your blood glucose levels. Once the glucose is gone and insulin levels are back where they belong, the body can then begin to use your fat stores as energy. That’s the way the body is supposed to work. There is very little hunger being felt during this time.

During the fast, I have to be careful not to do anything that will signal the brain to release insulin. The book (Delay, Don’t Deny) refers to it as clean fasting. Water and black coffee are your only beverages. You can’t use diet sodas or anything with artificial sweeteners. When something sweet touches your taste buds, whether it has calories or not, triggers the brain to release insulin in response. Artificial sweeteners trick the brain into thinking that calories are being consumed. This ruins your fast because of the presence of insulin in the blood. This stops the process of fat being used for energy. Then, of course, you get hungry and eat at the wrong time.

Sometimes this happens. So, I just have a meal and then begin a new fast. And sometimes I only fast for 16 hours leaving myself an 8-hour window of eating time. Sixteen hours is plenty of time for the body to clear itself of blood glucose and lower insulin levels and burn some fat for energy. However, being a type 2 diabetic, I want to give my body more time without higher levels of insulin. Apparently, lowering levels of insulin give the body a chance to reverse insulin resistance by giving the receptors a break from the bombardment of insulin release.

So, I am very excited. I am losing weight. I feel better. I’m pretty sure my inflammation is decreasing. I have less back pain; less pain in general. And in general, I feel pretty damned good. Unless I eat too many carbs or sugar. I suspect that will change once my body is able to heal itself a bit more.

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I’m Tired

I’m Tired

Well, WordPress notifications tell me that I haven’t posted in the last 22 days. So here is an update. I have continued to eat whatever I want whenever I want and I am paying the price. I have gained about 8 pounds I think. And I can feel the affects of it. My back and knees hurt. Of course, the thing with the knees could be because of the bus driving.

I really do need to try to get back on track. I have let my schedule at work dictate how I eat. My excuse is that I don’t have the energy to prepare my meals, or plan my meals as I should. Enough with the excuses though. I need to get my crap together. I don’t even want to know what this is doing to my inner workings.

My battle feels like an uphill endeavor. My energy is sapped by my physical pain, which is increased the more I eat the wrong things. Inflammation, low energy, and just not feeling quite right is the worst.

In the beginning, the busy work schedule seemed to be helping me. But then I let my sweet tooth take over. A little ice cream here and there became ice cream for lunch. The more sweets I ate the more fried foods I wanted, and the more fried food I had.

So now, I am at that place where I have to fight to get started again. I have to fight to make myself eat the right stuff and get rid of things I don’t need. I am truly living yo-yo diet life style. I like how eating the right stuff makes me feel, but I also love the immediate feeling the wrong foods give me.

I will keep updating and reporting the good and the bad. I really wish my first eating habit had been a better one. Maybe all of this would be easier.

What can I do about it? The best I can. That’s all I know to do. I’m tired.

Update on my Low Carb High Fat Diet (aka Ketogenic Diet)

Update on my Low Carb High Fat Diet (aka Ketogenic Diet)

There are some things I have noticed getting better. The first is sleep. I haven’t gotten to a point where I fall asleep and remain asleep the whole time I’m in bed, but, my sleep pattern has somewhat solidified itself for night time. Sometimes its not until about 2:30 in the morning but I do go to sleep. And when I wake up I am feeling somewhat, if not totally refreshed.

Second is hunger. Once I started to get used to eating this way, my hunger throughout the day reduced tremendously. Once I eat it is usually 4 to 5 hours until I’m hungry again. This is largely because I’m not spiking my blood sugar with carbs and sugar. The high fat content of the diet helps to keep me satiated for long periods of time.

I have also noticed that when I forget to take my nexium in the morning, which is a medicine for acid reflux, I don’t soon after start to get heartburn. I am keeping an eye on this because I have been taking medications like this, for this problem, for over 20 years. Its supposed to be a temporary treatment. But my heartburn never ever stopped. Now it seems there may be some hope.

Inflammation is much less since I began the diet. The swelling, which I had not really noticed around my ankles until I didn’t feel it anymore, has pretty much disappeared. I feel like my hands have also had a reduction of swelling. The last time I went to the doctor my blood pressure was normal. However, at home it has been constantly high. I don’t know if it has been accurate, but it has been alarming to me. When I went to the doctor I had been on this diet for about 3 weeks. So I’m not sure why it would be high now.

Fourth, the weight loss. It has not been tremendous or fast, but I have lost 21 pounds in about 7 weeks. That’s about 3 pounds average per week. Not very accurate I know, because some weeks I don’t lose weight at all. It was easy though. As I’ve said, not a lot of hunger. The only exercise I did was walking for about 40 minutes twice to three times a week. And that was just normal walking; Not a brisk walk or power walking.

My energy levels during the day have been really good. I don’t feel like I need a nap, even when I have a crappy night’s sleep the night before. Now if I didn’t sleep at all that a different story. I was restless last night but it was the first time in a couple of weeks.

Some time this summer I am planning to get back into the gym. Not in hurry because I hurt myself last time. And its a 40 minute drive.

Overall I’d say the diet has been good for me. I will continue with it as long as I can. Hopefully for life. And I’m looking forward to losing more weight and improving my health.