Arriving at my milestone of 24 months soon, I am adopting two modifications. First, as my numbering convention for Observations posts is moving from months to year.month (as in 2.0). Second, my lifestyle of LCHF (Low Carb High Fat/Low Carb Healthy Fat) incorporating nutritional ketosis and intermittent fasting is also changing (gasp).
My main sources of added dietary fats are butter, olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil. Recently the American Heart Association (AHA) published recommendations that expressed a preference for polyunsaturated fats (such as corn oil, canola oil and soybean oil) over saturated fats. Being that I have educated myself years ago on how damaging polyunsaturated fats are, I can say that I did not even blink at the news.
It is frequently reported that a ketogenic diet raises cholesterol. Folks freak out and blame the most convenient target – increased dietary fat. If this happens to you, focus on the benefits you have experienced from adopting a ketogenic lifestyle and then prepare to do some research. The ketogenic lifestyle actually improves your cardiovascular health.
I have come across a very interesting perspective on appropriate ketogenic macros which seems very logical to me. In nutritional ketosis, when your primary source of fuel is fat, it makes sense to count a percentage of YOUR stored body fat as part of your fat macros IF you want to lose weight. Continue reading
Welcome to my blog and my first post!
Let me say right off that there is homework on this blog. And a test. This test is one of the hardest. A test I have failed in the past.
Would you be able to keep your commitment to a new lifestyle if your health improves?
This blog will chronicle my experiences with respect to becoming more insulin sensitive naturally. I believe I have discovered the KEY. In addition to utilizing nutritional ketosis, the key is fasting and the physiological impact the practice has on the human body and insulin resistance. Yes. Fasting. If your eyes just rolled to the back of your head…..relax….and turn off the new age music. Take the time to read the first few posts on this blog and I think you will be intrigued.
My point of view is not conventional and has been cultivated over many years. I have had an interest in wellness and dieting for a long time which is natural being that I have never been a thin person. I was 6 feet tall, size 22, in the 8th grade! I love being tall, but being fat, not so much. I have spent a lot of time dieting and trying to lose weight. Thinking outside the mainstream was initially spurred by reading the book The Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution in 2003. As I read I felt like someone was describing me! How did they know? But goodness, eating all of that fat would surely kill me! This lead to learning the truth about dietary fat and SO MUCH MORE from The Weston A. Price Foundation – another life changing education. I read and learned quite a bit. What I was learning was stunning.
Now, what is the outcome of turning the key?
In a word, INSULIN. More specifically, lowering insulin levels and decreasing insulin resistance. REVERSING insulin resistance through fasting is the current path I am on. I credit the Low Carb Friends bulletin board with leading me to Dr. Jason Fung’s blog Intensive Dietary Management. You must take the time and do your homework. The first few blog posts here refer to posts from Dr. Fung’s blog that set the bells ringing when I first read them.
Why Obtain and Maintain? Well, I didn’t always think of the MAINTENANCE part of loosing weight, just the loosing part. I lost a good amount of weight in college, getting down to a size 16/18 (I am 6 feet tall), not thin but nice progress. The good news is I felt fine as wine. The bad news is I hurt my lower back which ended my dorm room aerobic exercise routine (my downstairs neighbors were happy about that) and weight loss efforts at that time. Through the years I have had various success losing weight. Oh, and also success gaining it back!
I made a commitment to include a conscious effort to maintain any lost weight in October 2013. I have had ups and downs since then but I can state that I have not regained all of the weight lost since then. I will occasionally write about my dieting history and the many things I have learned along the way. Look for posts tagged flashback to read more about those experiences.
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