The Keto Diaries — Quarter of the Way There and a Lit Review

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Good morning, fine people!

I got some good news!

I am officially 25lbs down from my starting weight.

I’d been avoiding the scale because I was bad last week.

Tangent which inspired me to finally weigh in — I need to clean my oven, bad. And I have a self clean option on it, but I’m really concerned about something in my house heating up to 800 degrees. So I called my Nana and asked her. She said just buy a can of oven cleaner and go to town.

Ok. Makes sense.

We got to talking, and she asked, “how’s your diet going? Did you lose any more weight?”

First, I don’t consider this a diet — a diet is superficial, fleeting, and brings bad connotations. This has become a way of life for me.

I live, breathe, preach, and pray to the Gods of keto that the bacon never run out, and my coffee always be Bulletproof.

So I weighed in — at first I thought I placed my scale on a not even part of the floor, so I moved it like four times.

But it was right — 25lbs down.

I celebrated with some broccoli cooked in bacon and covered in hollandaise.

It was delicious.

When I went to share my success on my keto support group on FB, I stumbled upon this studyΒ hosted on the National Institute of Health website:

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:

Although various studies have examined the short-term effects of a ketogenic diet in reducing weight in obese patients, its long-term effects on various physical and biochemical parameters are not known.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effects of a 24-week ketogenic diet (consisting of 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g/kg body weight protein, 20% saturated fat, and 80% polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat) in obese patients.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

In the present study, 83 obese patients (39 men and 44 women) with a body mass index greater than 35 kg/m2, and high glucose and cholesterol levels were selected. The body weight, body mass index, total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, urea and creatinine levels were determined before and after the administration of the ketogenic diet. Changes in these parameters were monitored after eight, 16 and 24 weeks of treatment.

RESULTS:

The weight and body mass index of the patients decreased significantly (P<0.0001). The level of total cholesterol decreased from week 1 to week 24. HDL cholesterol levels significantly increased, whereas LDL cholesterol levels significantly decreased after treatment. The level of triglycerides decreased significantly following 24 weeks of treatment. The level of blood glucose significantly decreased. The changes in the level of urea and creatinine were not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

The present study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients. Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose, and increased the level of HDL cholesterol. Administering a ketogenic diet for a relatively longer period of time did not produce any significant side effects in the patients. Therefore, the present study confirms that it is safe to use a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time than previously demonstrated.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/

The body of the study goes into the methodology — and ya’ll know how I feel about that stuff — and it’s solid.

So, if you are looking to lose weight, consider keto.

Yes, you don’t eat carbs, but bacon all the time with no guilt is amazing.

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24 thoughts on “The Keto Diaries — Quarter of the Way There and a Lit Review

  1. Good morning fine person!

    Things are looking good and you know if you were in this country you;d have only lost about 8 kilos. 25 always sounds better than 8 πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on learning to clean an oven and loosing weight! πŸ™‚

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          • I like bacon and eggs, although I get sick of them after a while and I really want other tasty things like salt and pepper etc on them. I’m not a huge fan of kale though. I don’t mind other leafy greens but kale doesn’t do much for me.

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          • Last time I had egg and bacon I was hankering for it all day then at dinner time I couldn’t eat it.

            Then there is the days where my wife cooks scrambled eggs for breakfast and I smell it when I get home from the school run and it’s all I want, so I make it a lunch time and it’s not the same. I think I’d drive myself crazy on an egg and bacon diet.

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          • When I first moved out of home I could make myself scrambled eggs with 10 eggs, these days I can cut myself back to 6 πŸ™‚

            I probably should look into eating better, especially since I’m the one that does all the cooking.

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          • Yeah they are now, last year the experts claimed we shouldn’t eat them every day, then the year before that they were deadly, then before that…..

            I’m waiting for chips and chocolate to be deemed a superfood!!

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          • I feel sorry for you being such an old duck πŸ™‚

            My warranty ran out ages ago if 30 is the expiry πŸ™‚

            I am paying for years of eat and drinking what I wanted but at the same time I’m not dwelling on it.

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          • Mine’s a little different — paying for being an emotional eater and sugar addict mixed with not taking care of myself, mostly due to not having insurance. Would have found out I my body was attacking my thyroid long ago and wouldnt have tried and failed at losing weight so many times. Now I have bad sciatica in my left hip, joints in my hips, knees, and ankles that crackle and pop when I get up….

            And speaking of snowflakes — the fat acceptance movement. I mean, yes you should love yourself at any size, but being fat is NOT healthy. I dont know what kind of cognitive dissonance is going on there. I mean I’m 5’6″, and I’m of northern European descent. I’ve got a good, hearty skeleton, built like a friggin stereotypical German barmaid — but when you carry more than your skeleton can handle, it’s going to cause problems with your joints.

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          • Mine’s pretty much because I eat junk, drink and don’t do exercise, but I went for the egg diet for lunch. Scrambled eggs with only 6 eggs πŸ™‚

            I agree with the fat movement acceptance. I don’t obsess with age or weight but there are weights that do need to be worked on. However I’m also polite I’d never tell a women she’s fat…but only because she’s tell me I’m fair and I’m a precious snowflake!

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          • Lol. I mean, I do get a lot of exercise — I go out and walk on my breaks, I go and walk at night. When I was in undergrad, I didn’t own a car so I walked (and biked when it wasn’t stolen) everywhere. I was in great shape. Then I got a car and it all went downhill.

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          • I used to be relatively fit then I got injured at work and spent nearly 6 months unable to do much. After they finally operated things went further down hill. When I was at the farm things were a little better fitness wise I was at least getting exercise. But things really went down hill after that. Depression didn’t help but then I started getting up at 5am and riding 50ks on my bike in the garage. But I had to stop that because I realised how much that and depression was ruining my life because by after school every day I was barely able to function let alone be part of a family.

            I’m obese but the standards some monkey in a white suit lays out and judges everyone by but I’m not can’t move fat.

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