End of week three!
I can not believe I'm already towards the last segment of this diet. Cutting out carbohydrates has been the best thing that has happened to my body in a very long time. The only thing I have to watch out for is alcoholic beverages. It is a lot more difficult to avoid alcohol than I thought! Unless you are someone who abstains from it completely, going from being able to have that nice relaxing glass of wine to going full-keto and allowing only hard alcohol (and even then, drinking any alcohol is rather "frowned upon") requires a lot more willpower than I apparently have. Perhaps if I had more of an incentive to stick to the diet rather than trying it out as a personal experiment, I can cut out alcohol more willingly. So far, that has been the only setback. Not eating bread, avoiding sugar, and counting carbohydrates almost come naturally at this point. Let's see how much further I can get into ketosis next week!
Day 15: 142.4 lbs / Day 21: 140.8 lbs - 1.6 lbs lost!
Hunger (same from last week), thirst (increased from last week)
Still no digestive issues!
Didn't have cravings, but did give in to a cream puff at the Palmer Fair last weekend.
Sleep (somewhat poor still)
Difficulty avoiding social drinking
Mood and Exercise: How Do They Correlate?
Sports Performance: I still have plenty of energy throughout the gym sessions/soccer games. I did notice that my thirst has gone back up compared to last week, although not to where it was before I started the diet. I always keep a Nalgene water bottle with me at all times so it's easy to measure my daily water intake. I've been trying to stay above 60oz of water per day.
Weight loss: Still continuing to lose weight! However, I do feel it has somewhat plateaued during the latter part of this week. I am fluctuating between 142 and 139 pounds and can't seem to drop below 139. Then again, the past couple weekends have been "lazy-keto" rather than full keto since I partook in a few drinks and one sugary treat (did someone say cream puff?!) at the Palmer fair. Not surprisingly, the high carbohydrate content of this one treat contributed to a 2 pound weight gain over the weekend, although I'm sure most of this is water weight as carbohydrates tend to have a high affinity for water.
Weight Loss Tracker
x axis represents day # and y axis represents weight
Cicely Shankle is a resident nutritionist at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Cicely, call 907.452.3600. For more information about her, click here.