one hard fact of life: to admit you are OBESE. i am obese, by BMI standards.
i began keto (ketogenic), the low-carb, high-fat, minimal protein (LCHF) diet weighing 235 lbs. with a BMI of 34.7, (it was quite liberating to admit squarely that i am obese). i had a very good excuse and a license to keep my pot belly — my year-old grandson loved to sit on it when i carry him. having a pot belly (i duped myself into believing) was a grand dad’s special privilege!
after six weeks into keto, i lost 7 lbs. and now weigh only 228 lbs. with a BMI of 33.7. it might not be a huge weight loss, but “7 lbs. is 7 lbs.” (according to a doctor-friend that i consult). and it’s 7 lbs. lost.
i recently suffered a big setback — my allergic cough kicked in. i wasn’t able to run and do my core strengthening exercises for ten days, these past 10 days. i have a feeling this had a slight effect on the outcome of my blood chemistry, and (probably) my blood pressure (BP).
i promised myself in keto: LCHF diet (part 1) that i would have my BP checked and get a blood test. i have done that. i also promised to undergo a (treadmill) stress test and see my cardiologist. i haven’t done that, but will do so later.
“i made myself a promise to have my blood pressure checked, to get a blood test for cholesterol, triglycerides, etc… and (if necessary) another one for ketones. i also need to undergo a (treadmill) stress test, and see my cardiologist.”
apparently, my BP is still high (in the ‘red zone’). i hope this lowers down in the next six weeks, when i resume my running program.
thankfully, all numbers in my blood chemistry are within range, except for HDL which is slightly below the minimum. if i had continued with my running and strengthening program, and had not stopped because of my allergic cough, i suppose my HDL and LDL numbers would have reflected better results. this is according to webMD:
the only problem was i did not get baseline numbers before i went into keto for comparison — to know if my lipid profile improved or what. i went into keto blind, without any baseline stats. bloops! anyway, now i have the numbers to compare with the results of my blood test after six more weeks.
it was quite unfortunate that the season for avocado in the philippines (normally from may to september) had already passed before i went into the keto diet. avocados would have been my best source of good fats, and i love avocados.
my high-fat diet now mainly consists of pork fats, morning and evening doses of VCO (virgin coconut oil), morning and evening bulletproof coffee, and coconut cream based sardines or mackerel. once-a-week we have salmon (head or belly). i snack on roasted almonds and (sometimes) peanuts. i eat lots of vegetables — dark green leafies, especially. i also practice an eight- to twelve-hour intermittent fasting (IF) regularly; and a high-carb ‘cheat day’ to correct any possible incipient hormonal imbalance.
i have lost at least 7 lbs. doing keto. i hope to lose more weight in the next six weeks, ending my 12-week keto LCHF program on december 5. by that time, i expect my BMI to lower, my BP to lower, my total cholesterol to lower, my HDL to go higher and my LDL to lower; and my belly to become flatter for my “after” picture — for ‘keto: LCHF diet (part 3)‘.
i am not hard core… just a street rat. 😋😋