Week 7 – Sun 16th November

Well, I’m seven weeks in now. Just to remind you all, I started the ketogenic diet at 15 stone, 10 pounds. My goal is 12 and a half stone, by mid-March 2015. This means a target weight-loss of 2lb per week.

Week Sevens’s target-weight therefore? 14 stone, 10 pounds. Waistline measurement only once a month, so not this week.

The last seven days have been really hard. Last week I experienced a 1lb weight-gain for no reason, to find myself 2lb behind target. The week has consequently been filled with a rather unhealthy cocktail of paranoia and stressing.

I’m absolutely amazed at the kind, supportive responses I’ve received however. Wow, I’ve got a positive and encouraging audience! This makes the whole thing so much easier and the feedback is immensely gratifying. One lovely reader in particular (Janet) wrote:

Adam – Don’t worry about your weight this week. Your body doesn’t know its Sunday! You will probably have lost inches rather than lbs. Two weeks ago I reached my goal weight […] Then last week I put on 2.5lbs without doing anything different from normal. Devastating – but this week I lost 2lb. No rhyme nor reason. Keep going and don’t be disheartened. The weight will come off eventually. A normal weight loss is between 1lb and 2lb per week so you’ve done really well to lose as much as you have.”

Thank you so much for the kind words Janet. They were really motivating. And a huge congratulation to you for achieving your own weight-loss goals. You’re a lesson to us all!

So, have I fared any better this week? If I’ve actually gained weight again, I think I’ll go into a state of despair… I tentatively step onto the scales…

14 stone, 12 pounds. Thank goodness. The upward trend has stopped! A 2lb weight-loss from the week before and a sign at least that this is all working. Okay so I’m still behind target by a whole 2lb, but if I’m honest with you, as long as I’m losing weight I don’t particularly mind. And besides, I’m now 12 pounds lighter than I was seven weeks ago, so that’s got to be a big positive right? I’m also back into the ’14-stone bracket’ which feels great.

Do I think I’ll catch up the 2lb target-lag at any stage? Probably not, but that hardly matters. This is a life-change, not a race. As long as I get there in the end, that’s the important thing!

As I said last week: body-fat is a strange thing. It’s like a stubborn squatter – impervious to eviction! I’ve been in a constant state of ketosis the whole time; surely the weight should be literally ‘falling off’! My body feels slimmer, only the scales don’t reflect that. I went on the Atkins in my mid 20s. Every time I sneezed I seemed to lose a pound! Ten years on however, the weight-loss seems to be increasingly difficult. It certainly doesn’t fall off the way it did when I was younger. This gives me even more motivation to get it right now. If it’s harder in my mid-thirties, I can only imagine it’ll be harder still in my mid-forties! Best tackle it now therefore, before health problems ensue & I double the difficulty of meeting my targets with age.

As I also said last week, a further positive is that the diet is still incredibly easy to follow. I have no hunger pangs whatsoever and in no way feel that a ketogenic-diet lacks variety. Take a look at my pin-board here, to see the breadth of food we’ve being eating over the last seven weeks. It doesn’t feel like a diet, just simply a change!

And physically? Any changes to how I’m feeling?

No, still feeling in great shape! Because ketosis is a constant source of energy (unlike glycolysis which fuels in fitful peaks and troughs); there’s a strange sense of ‘background power’ when I exercise; almost as if I could go on forever. This feels really amazing, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

Nicholas-James says that he’s finding the same. In fact, last week he ran his old 3-mile jogging-route without even getting out of breath! And this without any requirement to refuel on diabetic top-ups such as jelly-babies or fruit-juice. Now his body simply does it all for him! It just goes to show therefore that a ketogenic diet is brilliant for type-1 diabetics!

All in all then, I think I’m over the negativity of last week. The positives of this hugely outweigh the negatives, and we’re both feeling a lot better. I feel motivated to continue, and who knows, maybe even catch up a little lost ground!

Please do ‘look in’ on me next week to see if I meet my targets. I find it really positive to have people read this – the support is a massive encouragement!

Thanks again for reading, and have a great week,

Adam.

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