Sunday, September 1, 2013


Just eat meat.  

That is what I have been doing for six weeks now.  Well, mostly meat, anyway.  As you will see from my food logs below, I strayed away from zero carb on two days this past week, and I was not happy with the results, so I am getting back on track this coming week.

I continued Alternate Day Fasting (ADF) this past week. 

Below are my food logs for the past week.  Click on any chart to enlarge it.


This was my average macronutrient intake during Week 6:


Last Sunday, I decided to try the Potato Hack.  There are a lot of people on the Low Carb Friends Forum that are eating nothing but potatoes on their down days, and some are eating nothing but potatoes for several days in a row and are finding that they are losing a great deal of weight.

No one who is doing this seems to be checking their blood sugar (or is even concerned that eating nothing but high starch potatoes could be raising their blood sugar), and the few that did check found it was not an issue.  I was really concerned about that, so I decided to eat the potatoes on Sunday morning and then check my blood sugar every half of an hour until it returned to normal.  Here is what happened:

Not only did it soar into diabetic range, but it stayed high and even started going back up, even though I had not eaten anything else.  I went back to my normal down day for lunch and dinner, and even the next morning, my blood glucose had not returned to normal.  I shudder to think what would have happened to my blood sugar if I had continued the experiment for the rest of the day!  Needless to say, I am abandoning this experiment.


Because I am eating the way I am every day, I am not checking blood glucose or ketones on a daily basis.  This morning, I did both tests before eating breakfast.  My blood glucose was 93 and my blood ketones were 1.0.  My average blood ketones are 1.9, so I am down a little bit, but still in ketogenic range.


My main concern is that I regulate my blood sugar, but I still have too much body fat and I'm hoping this way of eating will help me in that regard.

Because I started IF three weeks ago, I decided to start weighing and measuring again on a daily basis.  The charts below show my actual numbers in the darker line, and my 7-day moving average in the lighter color. Generally speaking, if the trend is down and the actual number is below the 7-day average, things are trending in the right direction.  The only things I want trending up are my lean body mass and my pounds of lean mass!

Here are my charts:


Since I started ZC six weeks ago, and Alternate Day IF three weeks ago, I have:

Lost 1/4" around my neck
Lost 1/2" around my bust
Lost 7/8" around my waist
Lost 1-1/2" around my belly
Lost 7/8" around my hips
Lost 3/8" around my thigh ( a new low)
Lost 3/8" around my calf
Lost 1.8 percentage points off of my body fat
Gained 1.8 percentage points onto my lean mass
Lost 6.4 pounds on the scale
Lost 4.8 pounds of body fat
Lost 1.6 pounds of lean mass


I have a goal weight and body composition:

11-3/4" neck 
28-3/8" waist
38-1/2" hips
136 pounds on the scale
30% body fat
70% lean body mass

To reach that goal, I need to:

Lose 2-3/4" around my waist
Lose 1-1/8" around my hips
Lose 7.6 pounds of body fat
Gain 4.6 pounds of lean body mass

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