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  • Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
    I'll also be making some hollandaise and mayonnaise so that I can add fat to my food more easily.
    That's what I decided I needed to do - getting the right amount of fat without having dairy or attaching it to protein or coconut cream has been quite a challenge. I added 1 tbsp coconut oil to a cocoa drink this morning - blerk.
    Started Feb 18 2011

    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

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    • I'm really enjoying my experiment in ketosis so far. I am experiencing all the great things like decreased appetite, easier digestion and (this is a big one) increased mental clarity and focus. Not that I was a dullard before, but I have been noticing an amazing ability to implement new skills and the ability to retain that knowledge. It's fantastic! Especially in my job where I'm still learning everyday and am constantly exposed to unfamiliar tasks. This is no small thing and I am loving it!!

      The reduced appetite is a big thing too, I'm really not experiencing hunger in the same way. I'm doing the bulletproof coffee for breakfast (which is at 5am) and unlike before when I was ready to chew my arm off by 10am, I can comfortably go till mid-afternoon and even straight through till dinner. Consequently, I'm reducing my calories without trying which can only help my weight loss efforts. Mind you, they're not that low, fat is very calorie dense after all, but they are lower than before.

      I had another thought regarding my carb-cycling. I think I'm going to play it by ear for now rather than have a set weekly carb night. Up until now, I have been able to tell when I'm in need of a re-feed by a decrease in temps, less clear thinking and decreased tolerance to the activity levels required for my job. However I haven't been in full ketosis before given my high protein levels so that may explain why I've needed that weekly boost. I'm going to trial not having my cheat meal until I observe those symptoms and see what happens. I may still feel that way by the end of the week, but then again, I may not and I know my weight loss efforts will be rewarded by not upping my carbs once a week if I can avoid it.
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      • Weigh in day. I lost the 0.7kg from last week but no more. Given that the first week's loss was most likely glycogen and water, I look at this as a positive (well I'm trying to), given that I'm super low-carb now (3 1/2 weeks now), any weight lost is almost certainly fat. I'll take a kilo of fat lost over a kilo of water any day.

        I am going to carb load this evening. I need to stick with something for more than a few weeks to see whether it's working or not. I'll give my current plan until the end of the year before I look at changing anything I think. My problem always has been quitting on things too quickly.

        Edited to add: total weight loss is 3.4kg in 3 1/2 weeks.
        Last edited by NourishedEm; 09-21-2012, 11:05 PM.
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        • I got my ketone meter this week. Ketones have ranged from 0.2 to 1.1 so far. 0.8 this morning, 1.1 yesterday. My first day I took my measurement 3 times throughout the day to see when they were higher and surprisingly enough, the morning reading was highest (although only by 0.1). So I'm in ketosis, but not heavily.

          I've been having some nasty GI issues the past few days. Bloating, gurgling and diarrhoea which is NOT fun. I'm not sure why but I'm thinking it could be related to either too much MCT oil or the fact that I'm using xylitol again to sweeten my coffee. I've just about run out of MCT oil, so I'll use coconut oil instead next week. As for the xylitol, I wish I could get used to unsweetened coffee, but I really can't. I don't want to use any of the aspartame, ace k, saccharin products and stevia just has a nasty aftertaste. Meh, I dont know. I can't carry on like this though.

          I lost 400g this past week, it's not much but it's heading in the right direction. I'd like to see things move faster, but I guess I need to accept that things are gonna slow down as I get older. It's exactly 12 weeks until my 40th birthday and I'd really like to be down to my post-hCG weight of 82kg which is just over 12kg that I need to lose. It's very ambitious but it gives me something to aim for.

          Total weight loss so far: 3.9kg in 4.5 weeks.
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          • Not fair!! I've never seen ketone levels that high, and I don't even carb up . Perhaps it's the gut issues, or the 10 years I have on you . I guess I'm just a deranged old person, lmfao.

            That's very good weight loss, Em. I'd love to lose 12kg - am waiting to see how long this session of loss will last, though. I think I lose about 10% and then just stop for ages. That'd see me drop to 82 before it all dries up again!
            Started Feb 18 2011

            Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

            Journalling here

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            • Morning after carb night and I feel great!!! I didn't gain an ounce somehow and my ketones were 0.3 so it doesn't kick you completely out of ketone production which is what I suspected, but didn't have the data before.

              After a lot of discussion with people on the DH Facebook page, it seems that I may not be eating enough and that is what is hindering my weight loss. I didn't eat much this week as my appetite has been low, but I will make an effort to get more food in this week. It'll be interesting to see what happens anyway.
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              • I had a look at the DH pages - it seems that his carb-up is dependent on doing fairly intensive training. Is that how you read it?
                Started Feb 18 2011

                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                Journalling here

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                • Originally posted by Jac View Post
                  I had a look at the DH pages - it seems that his carb-up is dependent on doing fairly intensive training. Is that how you read it?
                  There are two programs. Carb Nite Solution and Carb Backloading. The CBL program is designed for strength athletes and involves 'back loading' carbs after a workout 3-4 times a week. The Carb Nite Solution is a once a week carb cycling program that is designed to work without any working out at all. Keifer, the guy who wrote the books is focussing a lot more on athletes these days but the info in CNS is really for overweight people who don't work out. I can see how the website may be a little misleading as Keifer is really focussing on Carb Back Loading these days.

                  Is your email address on your profile? I'd be happy to forward you some info if you're interested.
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                  • Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                    Is your email address on your profile? I'd be happy to forward you some info if you're interested.
                    Thanks - I'd love to know more
                    Last edited by Jac; 09-29-2012, 10:41 PM.
                    Started Feb 18 2011

                    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                    Journalling here

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                    • No worries. I'm on the road right now. I'll forward the info when I get home tonight.
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                      • Ok, I've sent it. Enjoy
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                        • Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                          There are two programs. Carb Nite Solution and Carb Backloading. The CBL program is designed for strength athletes and involves 'back loading' carbs after a workout 3-4 times a week. The Carb Nite Solution is a once a week carb cycling program that is designed to work without any working out at all. Keifer, the guy who wrote the books is focussing a lot more on athletes these days but the info in CNS is really for overweight people who don't work out. I can see how the website may be a little misleading as Keifer is really focussing on Carb Back Loading these days.

                          Is your email address on your profile? I'd be happy to forward you some info if you're interested.
                          Em, I'd like to see this info too. Thanks in advance.

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                          • Originally posted by marcadav View Post
                            Em, I'd like to see this info too. Thanks in advance.
                            Send me your email address. I can't attach a doc through the email function on here.
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                            • Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                              Send me your email address. I can't attach a doc through the email function on here.
                              Address sent.

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                              • Carb up day today. I weighed in and there's been no change, so I'm still at a 4kg loss for 5 1/2 weeks which isn't a bad average. I have however lost over 4cm off my hips, waist and thighs and 2cm off my calfs and upper arms, so I'm definitely getting smaller which is how I feel. My clothes are more comfortable and my belly much flatter, so it's all good.

                                I have just started carb night with a box of Turkish delight and a sugared latte...YUM!! The idea of the first meal is to make it super high in easily digestible carbs and pretty low in fat and protein, so this fits the bill beautifully. I'm having carbonara with rice pasta for dinner and I have some delicious chocolate truffles for dessert. The kids and I went to the Swan Valley today which is a bit of a food basket area. I went a bit nuts at the coffee and chocolate factory. I bought some great single origin coffee from Papua New Guinea and at the chocolate factory I bought a few little individual truffles such as chilli, salted caramel, rum and coffee. I figure if I'm going to spoil myself once a week I should do it properly.
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