here if you haven't already. Even though I came in a couple of pounds over my goal, it was so close that I consider the three-month challenge a rousing success! I was able to lose a bunch of weight and, more importantly, I normalized my fasting blood glucose.
In case you are curious, for these past few weeks, I did some more fasting, lost some more weight, went on a mini vacation, gained some weight and saw one post-meal blood glucose reading get very high indeed, convincing me, once again, that I cannot eat sugar without damaging myself.
One of the things that I have been doing has been trying to follow the Optimal Ketogenic Living guidelines for the amount of protein, fat and carbs to eat each day. If you join the Facebook group for OKL, you can learn more about how this way of eating works.
Fasting, in many different forms, is encouraged in this group, and reading the many threads and research articles will give you a real education on nutrition. The works of Drs. Phinney and Volek are highlighted and followed, and I highly recommend the folks at OKL!
I have also been spending a lot of time watching youtube videos on nutrition, fasting, protein needs and kittens. (It would not be a good day if I did not watch at least one youtube video featuring kittens!)
I seriously considered trying his weight loss method, but when I found out that he is against counting calories, I was discouraged. Each time I have tried a weight loss method that does not involve tracking every blankety-blank-blank bite of food I eat, I have always gained weight.
But, after listening to someone that I respect interviewing Jonathan, I decided to read his new book and see what I could glean from it. I have to admit that I was impressed with what I read, which I did with a newly opened mind, and found that the vast majority of what he was suggesting was right in line with the OKL chart I have been following!
Jonathan's recommendations include eating plenty of nutrient-dense protein (about 1 gram per pound of body weight, which is at the high end of the OKL recommendation), LOTS of green vegetables, and other colors, too, and what he calls 'whole food fats'. He is not a proponent of adding a lot of oils or butter to food, but rather, eating foods that have natural fats contained within them, such as avocados, olives, eggs, nuts, seeds, coconut, etc.
My fear was that, if I ate the amount of veggies he suggests, my blood glucose would spike up. But, for the past few days, I have been stuffing myself with green veggies, mostly raw, and my blood glucose was only 95 mg/dl at the highest, which was two hours after eating. So far, so good, so I am continuing on.
The basic premise of the nutrition portion of the book is to eat SANE food and avoid inSANE food. Jonathan explains the difference quite clearly in the book, and on his website, and maintains that if you fill yourself up with (almost) unlimited amounts of SANE food, you will not have room for the inSANE food.
I love Jonathan's take on exercise, too, possibly because he agrees with what I have already decided is the right way to exercise - lifting heavy weights very slowly, doing a little bit of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) now and then, and taking part in other activities that you enjoy, for stress relief, if for no other reason. Waking, riding a bike, yoga, etc.
I have a new appreciation for the concepts outlined in "The Calorie Myth," so I have to give it a pretty sweeping recommendation.
Of course, Dr. Jason Fung is a particular favorite of mine as of late, and I am rather impatiently waiting for Amazon to deliver my copy of his long-awaited book, "The Obesity Code." Dr. Fung has written extensively on diabetes treatment and prevention on his website, Intensive Dietary Management, and his videos, both on his website and on youtube, are thought-provoking, eye-opening and life-changing to thousands of people around the world.
Dr. Fung uses fasting, both short- and long-term, to manage blood glucose, insulin resistance and Metabolic Syndrome. It was his factual reporting about the benefits of fasting that really pushed me over the edge into fasting to manage my Type 2 Diabetes. Again, I highly recommend that all my readers look into what Dr. Jason Fung is uncovering. His methods are really game-changing!
So, back to me and what I am doing next...
Encouraged by my recent challenge, and seeing that it is possible for me to lose weight and manage my blood glucose, I have decided that, after this past few weeks 'break' that I am going to jump back in and try to lose a few more pounds of body fat and gain a pound or so of lean mass.
Seeing a recent low weight of 133.4 pounds a couple of weeks ago, and a body fat percentage of 29.5, I have set my new goal at 130 pounds with body fat of 25%. That translates to an additional loss of 11.1 pounds of body fat and an additional gain of 1.3 pounds of muscle. Can I do it? There is only one way to find out...
I have committed to one day per week of heavy, slow motion weight lifting, using Body By Science as my guide. I have committed to HIIT twice per week on the treadmill at the gym. I have committed to taking 3-mile walks as often as I can, maybe twice or three times per week, weather permitting. The weight lifting should take care of the "gaining muscle" portion of my new challenge, and the HIIT and walking should continue to help with my insulin sensitivity. Notice that I am not trying to "burn calories" with my exercise. I'm done with that nonsense. It's not a problem of too many calories that need to be "burned off". It is a problem with hormonal imbalance that keeps body fat trapped and unable to be used for energy. The solution for that is to balance hormones, not to eat less and move more!
From now until the end of June 2016, I will again be utilizing my Feast/Fast model, with one slight change - I will not be using fasting blood glucose as a determining factor of whether or not I fast on a particular day. I really feel that I have increased my insulin sensitivity to the point where my blood glucose is stable, and although I will check it now and then, I will not routinely check it every morning to see whether or not I'm going to eat.
This time around, I will simply weigh first thing in the morning before I eat, and if my weight is equal to or less than my goal for that day, I will feast freely. Even though I have been tracking my food intake for the past couple of weeks, just to get the hang of how much more protein and veggies to eat, and how much less fat to eat, I will stop tracking now and just eat in the amounts that I have become accustomed to.
And, speaking of fat, I do want to mention that I was eating a lot more fat in January, February and March than I have been eating lately. (I am also eating a lot more protein, which has been shown in studies to aid in weight loss.) I finally got it through my head that there is enough fat on my body to "eat" and I don't need Bullet Proof Coffee and Fat Bombs at this stage of my weight loss. As I have heard said, all I need is Low Carb; I'm already High Fat! The fat on my body will be utilized for energy until there is not an excess amount of it. Each time I eat a bunch of fat, my body will burn that rather than the stores of fat already "on hand." Eating less fat does not make this a low fat diet. I am just eating the fat on my body instead of the fat on my plate. And, even with the whole food fats that I am eating, around 50% or more of my calories are coming from fat, so even that is still considered a high fat diet.
When I get to the point were there is not a lot of excess fat on my body, I will get to increase fat to supply the energy I need to live. I'm looking forward to that! I do miss my BPC!
As you can see, I have feasted for the past seven days in a row. What a luxury!
All that will come to an end as I start my fasting again. So I better get used to seeing a little more red and a little less green.
When I did my last challenge, I posted every day. This time, I will probably post only once per week. Even I get bored with mundane details every day!
My next post will be a week from now, and I will tell you how I am doing, and show you my charts. I will be adding in an activity log that will show how my weight lifting is going and how many times I have done HIIT and how many walks I have gone on.
Oh, and I just want to give a personal thank you to my friend Lynn Weiler, who has been a real inspiration to me and gave me the little nudge I needed to start back up again. And she is joining me in this challenge, so, with her permission, I may be sharing some of her results as well! Thanks, Lynn!
This is a personal challenge just for me, but if anyone reading
like to join me, please talk to your doctor and make sure that it will
not conflict with your current medical condition or medications. If you are taking the challenge, please be sure to let me know how you are doing!
Thanks for reading!