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Weekly Weigh In Video Up On YouTube   Leave a comment

The weekly weigh in video is up on YouTube.  Good results this week and some great news to get to share with you all.  Watch the video to find out.  Leave a comment here or there telling me what you think or if you have suggestions on how I can improve the videos or myself.  Leave a Like if you enjoyed the video.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you’d like to be immediately notified every time I put up a video.  Have a great week.  Peace.

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Doing Your First Fast While Keto Adapted.   Leave a comment

So I’m on a 24 hour fast.  It’s not the first one I’ve done.  It’s not even the longest I’ve done.  I’ve made it over 48 hours fasting.  Being fully keto adapted I can go a day or two without food easily.  And I do so regularly to promote autophagy (your body killing off unnecessary cells) and weight loss.

When I first started fasting as part of my ketogenic lifestyle, though, it wasn’t so easy.  I was keto adapted and used fat as my primary fuel source.  I had plenty of fuel on board.  So going without food intake wasn’t a physiological issue, it was a psychological one.

In our society we’re used to having food available at all times.  Which means we’re used to eating any time we want.  The idea of willfully going without food just went against my mental programming.  And that’s not even counting the way our brains are hardwired.

Your brain fears scarcity.  And there’s a good reason for that.  Way back in the day, food wasn’t available 24/7.  So when you had a chance to eat your body sent you signals to make sure you didn’t miss out.  Who knew when the next available meal would come along.  It’s a survival mechanism.  The first time you fast, and probably the second and third, you’re going to be fighting some pretty strong urges to stop fasting.  So here are a few suggestions on how to start fasting in a way that’ll be easier on you.

First, eat a big meal right before your first fast.  I know this seems a little counterproductive but the idea is to make the first fast easy so that you lessen the urges and get your mind comfortable with fasting.  If you start out on a nice, full stomach your brain is less likely to panic and you’ll last longer before it becomes concerned about the lack of food heading its way.

Second, and it goes hand in hand with the first step, make the big meal breakfast or early lunch.  This is all about timing.  Have the meal timed so that by the time you’re starting to waver on your commitment you’re about to go to bed.  Sleeping gives you eight easy hours of fasting.  If you started the fast around 8am or 9am and go to bed at 10pm you’re only having to hang in there for 13-14 hours, a little over half a day.  Then you add the 8 hours of sleep in and you just fasted 21-22 hours.  Even if you go with the early lunch plan because you’re a little wary, and eat the meal at 10am or 11am, your first fast would be 19-20 hours.  You’ve taught your brain you can go nearly a day without food and be fine.

Third, have distractions ready.  If you’re just sitting there thinking about how you’re fasting you’re thinking about food.  And that’s just making it harder on yourself.  So have pre-planned distractions.  Like a book to read to keep your mind off of things.  Maybe have a Sudoku app on your phone to play if a hunger pang arrives.  Play a round or two to get yourself past the urge.  Just make sure that whatever your distraction is it doesn’t play into the desire to have food.  Like if you must have popcorn when watching a movie at the theater, that would clearly be a bad choice.  Or hanging out with someone who you usually only meet for meals would be a problem because you’ll focuse on the food you aren’t having this time.  Also, avoid strenuous activities like hiking or other sports as that will increase your bodies desire for food making things rougher. On a side note, once you’re used to fasting you’ll be able to exercise during a fast but I’d still avoid heavy resistance exercises.

Fourth, stay hydrated and keep your belly full of acceptable liquids.  Water is fine on a fast and won’t end it.  Coffee and tea, so long as you don’t add anything to them, can also be consumed on a fast.  And they have the added benefit of encouraging fat burning.  So drink enough to give your belly the sensation of fullness.

The final step is to be mentally prepared in advance.  Tell yourself to expect the hunger, and remind yourself that it’ll be more psychological than physical.  If you’ve mentally prepared it won’t be as much of a smack in the face.  It’ll be part of the plan.  When the hunger hits, and your brain is demanding food, you’ll remind yourself that you expected this.  You just need to be patient and the hunger pang will go away because you know you have plenty of fuel on board.  Even someone of lower body fat who has keto adapted for the health benefits has way more fat on their body then they could go through in a day.  So just know in advance that you’ve got this and you will muscle through.

Those are my go to suggestions for handling your first fast.  And probably the next couple of fasts as well.  After I had fasted a few times and built my time up I stopped having issues sticking with the fast.  And now I just fast for as long as I choose no problems.  Give it time and you’ll get there too.  And don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t make it all the way on your first few attempts.  Go as long as you can and know you’ll go a little longer the next time.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you have any other suggestions for making a fast easy please leave a comment below.  I hope you’re having a great day.  Peace.

Weekly Weigh In Vlog 2019-02-25   Leave a comment

Here are the results of this week’s weigh in.  Let me know what you think.  Like if you enjoy the video.  Leave a comment letting me know how I did, or how I could do better.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video to my YouTube channel.  Have a great week.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog Up on YouTube 2019/02/20   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is up.  It’s on tracking your weight loss and why going strictly by the numbers isn’t the best approach.  In it I discuss other options for keeping track of your progress.  Check it out.  Like and leave a comment to let me know how you’re doing.  If you dislike the video or disagree with anything I said then leave a comment so we can discuss it.  Subscribe and click the notification bell to be immediately notified every time I post a video to my YouTube.  Have a great week.  Peace.

Weekly Weigh In 2019-02-18   Leave a comment

I have not one, but two videos this week.  The first is my weekly update.  The second is a thank you video.  I’ll put them both below.  Great progress this week and I’m grateful to be over 500 views now.  Thank you all so much for that. Leave a like and a comment on the video to let me know how I’m doing.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video.  I hope you’re week went as well as mine and I’ll see you next week for the next check in.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog Up On YouTube   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is about time and how it relates to your self-improvement journey, with plenty of nerdy references to everyone’s favorite Time Lord Doctor Who.  If you have the time give it a watch.  Like if you enjoy it.  Leave a comment telling me what you think.  Also if you have any suggestions on how I can make these vlogs better leave a comment on that, too.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video.  Have a great week.  Peace.

To Supplement or Not to Supplement   Leave a comment

I get the question every now and again about what supplements I take on the ketogenic diet.  Which of course overlaps with the question of do you need to supplement on the ketogenic diet?  So I thought I’d take a moment to answer both for today’s blog.

The first one to answer is whether or not you need to supplement.  And the answer is no.   You don’t need to supplement.  The ketogenic diet will work without supplementing so you can’t really say it’s necessary.  Much like your car will continue to drive even if you don’t add a fuel cleaning additive to your tank when you fill up.  But your car can drive better if you do.  Similarly, you can operate better if you supplement.

So what should you supplement with if you’re going to supplement?  My list is pretty short, which isn’t surprising since I’ve already mentioned you can do without them.

First, a daily multivitamin is a good choice.   Your body requires a certain amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly.  While eating a proper ketogenic meal plan can include lots of dark leafy or cruciferous vegetables that will meet a lot of those needs, the reality is for many that we don’t get as much as we should.  And this can lead to deficiencies.  Taking a multivitamin every day helps ensure you are getting the proper amount.  While it’s always best to get these from whole food sources, it’s better to get them in a pill than not at all.

Second, while your body is turning itself into a fat burning machine it can struggle a little at first.  Energy demands can exceed your body’s ability to produce ketones. During that time it can be beneficial to supplement with exogenous ketones.  But I’d limit using them to the time while you’re adapting.  After all if you’re adding extra ketones into the system you lower the amount you need for your body to create.  And if the point of going on a ketogenic diet is to lose weight you should be encouraging your body to use its internal fat stores first, not exogenous one.  Having said that, from time to time when you need a little extra boost, exogenous ketones can offer that for you.  I just wouldn’t make a habit of using them.

Once you get the fatty acids flowing you need to get them into your cells to produce energy.  This is where L-Carnitine can be handy.  Your body produces a small amount of this transporter, but you can add more via supplementation.  As L-Carnitine helps shuttle fatty acid into the cells to create energy, supplementing with it can help you along on that goal.  As a reminder though you’ll burn fat either way so it isn’t a necessary supplement.  So if it isn’t in the budget I wouldn’t worry about it.

The last one I take and recommend is a vitamin D supplement.  Especially if you live in areas like the Pacific Northwest or Alaska where your sun exposure won’t be as great as if you lived in Florida or Hawaii.  Even if you live in those states, our lives are spent primarily indoors or behind protective glass like in your car.  As such you are likely deficient in this vitamin.  So I take a vitamin D supplement every other day to try to make up for that.  With a variety of health benefits, like bone density, sleep aid, and helps in weight loss it just doesn’t make sense to be deficient in it.

That’s it for whether to supplement or not.  This isn’t a list of all the supplements you could take, it’s just the list of the ones I do.  As a final word on the subject, keep in mind what the name implies.  A supplement shouldn’t be taken to handle all of a certain need.  A supplement should be an addition to a healthy diet and exercise plan.  If you’re relying totally on the supplements you should go back and fix your diet and exercise first.  I hope this helps and I hope you have a great day.  Peace.