Over the past year, I’ve written about successes i’ve had in my health. I am 80-85 pounds down from my original weight of 375 back in February of 2015, however that has fluctuated around that range for the last few months. There have been a couple reasons for that.
- I have remained low carb during my work day, but dinners/evenings have seen a lot more cheats. I think a cheat day works, but you need to keep it at a day.
- My fitness routine has become less routine. Now that I’ve been training for the 25k race in may, I haven’t been hitting the gym immediately after work 3-4 times a weeks like I had been. I think the routine I had in place had a profound impact on the diet success of 2015 for me.
- Personal discipline. I haven’t been going to bed on time, waking up on time, working out on time, it’s been a struggle.
So I’m going to spend April in a strict Ketogenic/low carb diet.
So what does that mean?
It means that I’m going to follow a ketogenic meal plan for 30 days, and hopefully get my health progress back on track.
Why does this matter? >>>>>*disclaimer* i’m not a doctor. <<<<< there.
Sugars from carbohydrates are stored as energy in your muscles. So when your body looks to access its energy, the first place it looks is the energy that’s stored in your muscles as Glycogen. If you avoid the intake of carbohydrates, your body will be forced to look elsewhere for it’s energy.
One of those places is the fat in your body- which is what we’re looking for. Right? Right?
Another place is your actual muscle tissue, but based on the things i’ve researched, if you are eating enough protein, your body should be using the fats as energy.
So for the next 30 days, i’m going to avoid sugars to try to sustain a body state known as Ketosis— when your body is adapted to burning fat for fuel.
There will be challenges.
I like beer — and aside from the occasional trip to the local brewery, my brothers and I are known to brew tasty beers. We are scheduled to make some in the next couple weeks; it will be a challenge to avoid during these times.
It can be hard to know what is put in sauces at restaurants, as well as sometimes the choices that will work for me in the next month might be the least appetizing thing on the menu.
I am set to have nearly a week off in the middle of the month, during that time, I’ll be up north for a men’s retreat. I remember last year struggling with being low carb while my friends were eating all sorts of goodies that were prepared for us, I’m going to have to come prepared with my own things to eat as a backup if i can’t get my fill with things that aren’t compliant.
My running pace increases.
Once my body is fully fat adapted and i’m not torturing it with constant fluxes from sugar energy to fat stores, I think I’ll be able to run faster, longer. This is a good thing because my long runs are now over 10 miles long.
I feel better.
My energy levels should stay high all day, and I’ll be looking to reincorporate strength training into my schedule 1-2 times a week so that I’m maintaining a healthy muscle mass as well as doing something I love.
I hit the centennial mark.
The big one.
275 would mean i’ve lost 100 pounds, and I think I can hit the mark with a month of solid discipline.
I’m not asking you to join me in a month of ketosis, but I would love it if you stay in touch with me throughout the month to see how i’m doing, I intend to keep this site updated with a few updates as the month goes on.