5/23 Weightloss Wednesday: Muscle and Fat

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  As of this morning I am at 227.6 lbs.

So trying to balance gaining muscle with losing fat has been tricky these last few weeks.  Far trickier than I anticipated.  I shot myself in the foot a bit by not worrying when 20 lbs crept on over the last 6 months or so and now that I have been building muscles, the scale number keeps creeping up.

I am by no means an Adonis so I know it isn’t just muscle causing the weight gain, I know the hunger from the exercise is causing me to probably eat too much.  This has always been an issue with me, I love to eat!  And I love to eat huge plates of food like it is my last meal ever.  I know that can be an issue with formally morbidly obese people because their relationship with food doesn’t always get repaired just because they lose the weight.

I started going back to 2 meals a day to try to combat this creep and I’ve seen about a 5 lb weight lose in the last few days so I know there is hope.  I have decided to go back to Intermittent Fasting for the time being until I get back down below 200 and then 190.  I really want to be able to get into the next size smaller pants.  For some reason buying smaller and smaller pants has become the new barometer I use for progress.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to where I was.  Fat is a tricky thing and I can feel it want to come back on my body.  Everything in me knows how to be fat, nothing in me knows how to be skinny because I’ve never been skinny!

How did you do this week?  Let me know in the comments below!

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This Week in Low Carb News: Nina Tiecholz on Calories and Rally4Ruth

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

Counting calories won’t reduce obesity. So why are we requiring restaurants to post them? –  My rule is if Nina Tiecholz writes something, I read it.  Especially if she brings up the vary salient point of why we are requiring restaurants to post calorie counts if calories don’t affect obesity.

Link between Vitamin D Deficiency and Obesity Discovered – The site seems a little spammy but the science is solid.  One thing that isn’t clear is if the two are causative or just correlated with something else.  My bet is both are correlated with lack of activity and exposure to sun.

He was dying and Antibiotics weren’t working – An interesting article about Microphages.

Rally4Ruth – This might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.  A judge is forcing a little girl with Type 1 Diabetes to eat 130g of Carbohydrates.  This is terrible.

Bonus Chapter from Wired to Eat – This is a chapter that was removed from Robb Wolf’s book Wired to Eat because it was deemed too controversial and difficult to understand.  Thought it was pretty interesting myself.

Daily Egg Consumption not linked to Cardiovascular disease – What a shock

This is a tweetorial about meat I found interesting.  Click here to read the whole thing.

The only collusion I care about.  Evidence @DieticianClaire colluded with @ADSA_RD to try to take Tim Noakes down.

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Combating Food Boredom on the Ketogenic Diet

Food boredom is one of those odd things that come up from time to time in my Facebook Keto support group.  In the interest of full disclosure I have to say that it has never really been an issue with me and if I had to restrict my diet to steak, bacon and eggs, I would be totally fine with that.  The fact that I get to eat that plus a bunch of other stuff makes my dietary life feel very full and varied.

But I know that is not everyone’s experience so I wanted to put together a list of tips for people that are feeling a little food fatigue and want to mix things up a bit.  (Also, just as a side note, I have only heard women complain about food boredom.  If you are a guy and have experienced this, please leave a comment below.  I’d like to find out if this is just a woman thing or more universal.)

Cook

Cooking is the number 1 thing you can do to improve your health, save money and add more variety to your meals.  When you cook, you are in control over what you eat and what it tastes like.  I know cooking doesn’t come easy to everyone but it is definitely a learnable skill  and a skill everyone should have at least a basic level of mastery in.  You don’t have to know how to do scotch eggs or beef Wellington but you should know how to scramble eggs and cook a steak. (Hint: over flame and not too long)

If you would like to put a little time into developing your culinary skills, Youtube is full of helpful videos that will get you started.  I also did a whole podcast on how to be frugal by cooking that you might be interested in.

Spice Things Up

You can change the way your food tastes just by changing the spices you put on your food.  Whenever I cook chicken especially, I always try new spice combos just to see what happens and whether or not I like it.  I put together a list of some of my favorite spices here but you should experiment and see what you like.

Try New Things

Try a new cut of meat or a veggie that you don’t normally eat it.  Try steaming, broiling, roasting, grilling or throwing it a slow cooker and see what happens.  Maybe try eating out at a new restaurant.  In fact I have an ebook with great keto ideas at different restaurants.

Buy a Few Keto Cookbooks

Cookbooks are a great resource for new meal ideas.  They are great to flip through and check out all the ideas that you probably wouldn’t have thought of yourself.  Some of my favorites are anything by Maria Emmerich and Eat Happy by Anna Vocino

Google and Pinterest are Your Friends

Have a cut of meat you don’t know what to do with?  Some strange veggie that you’ve never eaten before?  Just stuck for an idea?  Google it!  Include the words Keto and recipe in the search and you should get a ton of ideas.  Just flip through and find something you like.  Then create a Pinterest board and fill it with the recipes you really enjoyed and before too long, you’ve got your own online cookbook with your favorite meal ideas.

What are your tips?  I’d love to hear from you so please leave your ideas in the comments below.

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Low Carb in the News: Why Dean Ornish is Wrong and Raising Beef is Good

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition is Wrong –  I LOVE LOVE LOVE articles like this.  Not only do you get a knowledgeable author laying out the argument against Veganism but you get one of the head Vegans coming back and defending his position.  It shows how the key to a healthy diet is getting rid of the sugar and processed grains and if Veganism gets you there, great.  You will lose weight and feel great, until you don’t.  Then as your body screams for nutritious fat, you will come over to our side of the argument.

How a LCHF Diet will Help People with T1 Diabetes – Fantastic article in the NY Times no less about a low carb diet and its effect on Type 1 (!) Diabetes.  That is amazing!

Diabetic Doctor Offers New Treatment – Another NY Times article from 1988(!) about a low carb doctor

Joel Salatin Responds to “The Myth of Sustainable Meat” – Another great article where the head of Polyface Farms, Joel Salatin takes on a hit piece about how Farming Meat is totally unsustainable and shreds his every argument.

What did Humans Evolve to Eat – Another great article dismantling the typical Vegan arguments

 

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