20 pounds in about 3 months...
Friday, August 26, 2016
I'll take it.
I tracked all of my morning fasting and 2 hour after meal blood sugars for the past month. Here is what I'm learning:
1) If I don't eat keto, my 2 hour blood sugars are higher. I can't lie to myself anymore and say that the food I put in my mouth doesn't matter. I can tell by looking at the past month that it does.
2) The more days in a row I do keto, the more my blood sugar lowers towards normal.
3) Falling off the keto train matters....but what matters more is if I get back on. In the past, knowing that eating carbs was the kiss of death for a low carb diet, I would have an off day and let it become an off week, month or year. This month I've learned that, yes it matters. But what matters more is if I get back on. I have not eaten keto 5 days of the past month. I've still lost weight, averaging a pound per week. My blood sugars are still better than they are not doing keto.
4) Intermittent fasting (also known as skipping lunch) may have some promise. I don't know if it's because I'm fasting or if it's because that means less calories over the course of the day. Either way, this needs more research from me.
5) I can lose weight. One of the things that started me on this journey was a significant weight gain in a short amount of time (almost 30 pounds in about 6-9 months) and a feeling that, no matter what I did, the weight wouldn't come off and the cravings wouldn't go away. I can do this. I'm not doomed. More importantly, there is something I can do. I'm not a victim of this. I can make food choices that will make all the difference.
All of these things seem pretty basic. Eat crap and your blood sugars will be higher isn't rocket science. What it is now is personal. Before I knew that in a vague, I've seen the research kind of way. Now I have a month's worth of data on myself to say that I know this about my body and that this can really work! I'm excited to see what the next few months will bring.