Okay, so I’ll begin with my story…
I’m Italian, therefore have a deep affection for all those wonderful Carb heavy foods present in a Wog household growing up.
Pasta and bread…yes please, can’t get enough.
Potatoes and rice…yep
Cannoli, crostoli, tiramisu…heavenly !
Further to this, I was a Qualified Baker for 10 years.
I LOVE my bread.
I cannot consume these foods in moderation.
I probably possess the Ancestral adaptations to process these foods in sensible amounts from a blood sugar perspective, but I don’t have the discipline, and it causes me to eat more frequently and over eat at each sitting.
In 2009 I was in decent condition.
In my late 30’s, about 85kg with some modest muscle development.
I had just completed a Personal Trainers course, but elected not take it further in terms of career.
This will sound familiar to many.
85kg creeps up to 90kg, then that becomes the new normal, the new set point.
Another couple of years elapse, the scale begins to reveal 93,94,95.
Once again, that number becomes the new normal.
You purchase some new jeans, and carry on.
One day, you tick over the 100kg threshold and tell yourself “that’s it, it’s diet time”.
With my workplace shutting its doors for good, the distraction prevented me from starting a healthier lifestyle sooner, so 100kg turned into 105.5kg by 1/1/17.
For a good month before, I watched every YT clip I could find on the Ketogenic Diet, and read some material.
The testimonials were difficult to believe, but very convincing.
What did I have to lose ?
I was addicted to Carbs, so cold turkey made sense for my personality type.
I had to cut them out almost completely.
The so called Keto flu didn’t really affect me greatly.
Some mild headaches and lack of energy for a week or so…nothing major.
I began to shed the weight immediately.
Yes, a large portion of the first 4-5kg is water weight, but it just kept melting off.
I wasn’t starving either.
I tracked religiously for the first 6 weeks and my daily calories seldom fell below 2200.
For context, I wasn’t doing resistance training (more on that later), and very little cardio.
Long story short…in 5 months my weight dropped to 91-ish with a very minimal calorie deficit.
I started to relapse into eating some Carbs again, which then lead to more frequent consumption of processed foods and sometimes Fast Foods.
I drifted out to 96kg and told myself in no uncertain terms “DO YOU WANT TO BE 105+ KGs AGAIN ?”, because that’s where I was headed !
I got back on a nutrient rich, real whole foods plan.
I kept it low carb, but wasn’t as dogmatic about being in Ketosis at all times.
I want to be able to have some Manuka Honey, I want to be able to drink A2 Milk as it doesn’t seem to cause an inflammatory response to my system, I want to be able to eat a few more carrots or sweet potato, I want to have some extra fruit like frozen watermelon during hotter months, I want to be able to use a teaspoon of coconut sugar in my morning coffee from time to time.
These are some options that simply aren’t available if Ketosis is a goal.
My relaxed stance has been beneficial, but I was careful to add these strategically one at a time, and in careful quantities.
I have been able to maintain a weight of 82-83kgs for 12 months now with no cravings, satiation levels like nothing ever experienced, and the ability to Intermittent Fast with ease.
Whilst I have a semi physical job, I have done very little cardio in the previous 12 months, and zero weight training.
This is intentional.
I wanted to see if anything happened in my life (ie. injury, illness, family, work) that prevent me from exercising, could I maintain an optimal weight with no hunger or feelings of deprivation.
The answer is a resounding YES.
The weights in the garage await me, so I should see some body composition gains in 2020.
It’s amazing, once you start eating good food, your body craves good food.
Every meal, every mouthful of food becomes an experience.
You savour the flavours so much more.
It’s a far better relationship with food than what I had before.
Disclaimer…it’s not cheap
Anyhow, I’ve waffled on enough.
I have not tracked Macros for a while, but would estimate my daily Carb intake to be 130-150 grams (20-25%).
I will post my fave Chaffle recipe and some of my go-to products in the next few days…