Getting Started with Keto

I had heard about the ketogenic diet at least a couple of years ago, but I never took any interest. I don't know what prompted me to start such a diet, but I ordered a sample pack of Keto Chow on August 6th. It arrived on August 9th, and I think I tried it for the first time on Friday, August 11th.

On Saturday, I ate a donut in the morning, and I drank quite a lot of alcohol that night, so I clearly wasn't on the diet that day, but I have been every day since then.

On Monday of this week, I weighed myself at the gym. I weighed 208 pounds, which was down about 4 pounds from the last time I'd weighed myself the previous week. I weighed myself again on Wednesday of this week, and I weighed 202 pounds. I'd lost 6 pounds in two days. 

I don't think this is entirely related to the keto diet. I think pure caloric restriction played some role, but I'm also skeptical that I could have lost that much had I fasted for two days straight.

The downside is the "keto flu." I have felt weak and sometimes dizzy a lot of the time, particularly while at work. I'm working in a non-air-conditioned warehouse this summer doing a variety of physical tasks, some of them quite strenuous.

Until I started my keto regimen, I had been doing a 19-hour fast each day which I would break at 3 pm with hard-boiled eggs.

Yesterday and today I started the day with a tablespoon of coconut oil, which is pretty much pure fat, and today I ate a bacon cheese burger with a lettuce wrap and steamed broccoli for lunch, and I have felt great ever since then. (That was about 3 and a half hours ago.) In fact, I have my 3 eggs in the fridge here in the warehouse, and it is an hour past when I would normally have eaten them, and I have no interest in them at the moment. I will leave them for tomorrow.

Another side effect is acne. My forehead is broken out, but I've been having skin problems all year, so I can't say this is entirely due to the keto diet.

I have installed MyFitnessPal on my phone. I created a profile and provided the app with my height and current weight. I also included my activity level and my desired weight (190 pounds). Based on this data, the app suggested that I eat 2,800 calories a day.

I haven't kept a strict accounting of all the food I've eaten this week, but I have accounted for everything I've had today. It comes to less than 1,000 calories or about a third of my daily total. I plan to have a serving of keto chow and some steamed broccoli with melted cheese on it when I get back to Marty's house tonight.


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