So I’m on to week 2 of BulletProof Coffee and Intermittent Fasting, and I have learned a lot.
The good :
- skin clearer
- puffy face gone
- no debilitating tummy grumbles and light-headedness
- great energy levels
- cravings for carbs or starchy foods completely gone
The ‘not so good':
- weight is the same as when I started (4 pounds gain/loss due to water or constipation is pretty normal)
This past weekend I continued with the coffee in the morning. I did slip up some: namely with a couple of whiskey sours on Friday night (date night with the hubby), hash browns with my brunch at around 1pm on Saturday, sorbet and a cocktail after dinner Saturday night and a couple of glasses on red wine on Sunday night.
After the drama of Friday my normal morning ‘routine’ was pretty messed up, so it’s a little hard to tell what’s what. I did however wake up Monday morning with the puffy face having returned and feeling more tired than I had in a while. Also my weight had returned ( I didn’t weigh myself over the weekend) to exactly what I was last Monday when I started the BulletProof Intermittent Fasting.
As much as I crave to lead a ‘normal’ life, I’m realizing that normal doesn’t have to mean the right to constantly eat foods that make me feel swollen and tired. I’m also realizing – again – that measuring on a daily basis pounds lost is not a great test. Body Fat, tightness of clothing, energy levels, quality of sleep… these are better.
So this week I’m testing 2 things: Body Fat and Ketosis.
My body fat I’m having tested via a DXA scan at the Body Composition Center. My state of ketosis I’m testing using Urinalysis Reagent Strips, though I appreciate these are not the most reliable. I’ve been testing for 2 days and am not showing any heightened ketosis yet – I expect to start seeing this from tomorrow as it takes 48 hours to burn the glucose I’ve stored over my higher-carb weekend.
If you haven’t read about Ketones and the benefits of a Ketogenic diet before, Ketosis is a fat burning mode that is good for your brain (not to be confused with Ketoacidosis – a dangerous condition for diabetics with the main element being acid, not ketones).
Recent studies by Dr. Dominic D’Agostino have shown that not only does a Ketogenic diet burn fat, it also can starve cancer cells and and staves off almost all degenerative diseases. With my grandmother having died recently from a fall related to her severe alzheimer’s disease, studies like Dr D’Agostino’s, along with real life testimonies of Dr Mary T Newport’s husband regressing in his state of alzheimer’s disease are particularly pertinent to me.
These studies are not new or fads – in fact in 2001, Dr. Richard L. Veech of the NIH, published an article entitled Ketone bodies, potential therapeutic uses in which he records that ketosis “has also been shown to decrease cell death in two human neuronal cultures, one a model of Alzheimer’s and the other of Parkinson’s disease”.
In my silly pursuit of losing the ‘last 5 pounds’ I have stumbled upon something that will positively impact the rest of my life. And though weight can be an easy distractor, the real shortcuts in health I am seeking are ways to live a bigger, better, longer life.