This month marks one year following the lifestyle of nutritional ketosis and intermittent fasting for the primary reason of improving my insulin resistance. I have been successful in a number of ways and look forward to continuing my journey.
Many folks that are diagnosed diabetics self-measure blood sugar once a day, if at all, using a blood glucose meter at home. When you have labs drawn at the doctor fasting blood sugar is a standard measure. Commonly, your hemoglobin A1C (HBA1c), which reflects your average blood sugar level for the past several months, may also be measured. If these values are slightly out of range you may be labeled pre-diabetic. These snapshot values are partial indicators of how your body is processing and tolerating carbohydrates. Continue reading
I would be surprised if any reader has not heard of Body Mass Index (BMI) and it’s near universal use as a gage of health. BMI has long been useless for persons with very low body fat like bodybuilders and not very predictive of health in normal folks. More recently, BMI is being replaced with a ratio of measurements: Weight to Height (WHtR). Continue reading
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.
This is my 3rd month (and 10 days) update on my journey. Since May 4th, I have lost 33 pounds. Not too shabby! Did I mention I managed to lose during my vacation? Did I mention that I had two “vacations” (one long weekend, one 2-week break) and a work related upgrade/implementation (that included covering overnight) over the past month? Just sayin’, lol, my schedule was a tad bit erratic compared to normal.
I have been practicing intermittent fasting for about 2 months. I was curious to see what changes I would see in my blood work compared to my baseline. My plan was to wait at least 6 months but my curiosity got the best of me! Continue reading
My first 30 days on this journey!
Starting May 4, 2016 to June 4th 2016 twenty intervals were recorded during this 30 day period. The average daily fasting interval was 21.3 hours. My shortest recorded duration was 13 hours. My longest recorded duration was 71 hours. The graph below is exported from the Fasting Secret Pro app.
Previously, I owned a Fitbit Aria scale. It stopped working after I attempting to pair it with a new router. While it was fun going back and forth with Fitbit customer service via email, they have lost a customer. A search on the Internet revealed that this is a common issue, but my scale was outside of the warranty period, so needless to say the “too bad, so sad, nothing we can do” email from Fitbit ended our relationship.
It is nice to be able to quantify things. Smart phones make it easy. Luckily it dawned on me to search for tracking apps, although I did learn some things about Excel formulas.