Ketogenic Hunger

I meant to write this yesterday, but I got caught up doing other stuff and ran out of time before I had to work. Anyway, I just wanted to make a quick post about hunger in ketosis.

Here’s one of the benefits about this diet, or “lifestyle” as it should be called (because you don’t wanna go back to carbs after doing this):

Your hunger disappears.

That’s right…when you do keto, your hunger pretty much goes away. I think a lot of people confuse hunger with cravings, and it’s hard to distinguish the difference when that’s all you know. Actual hunger when you’re in ketosis is something like this:

  1. You get a slight rumble in your stomach.
  2. You realize you still have a few hours before you’re actually hungry, if you even get hungry.
  3. You have time to plan what you’re gonna eat, or at least have options nearby.
  4. You eat, and you’re good for another 4 hours or possibly the rest of the day.
  5. You continue whatever you were doing without distraction.

(Note that as I’m writing this, I’ve only eaten once today, I’m not even close to being hungry, and I probably won’t eat again for another 5-6 hours.)

When you’re eating a diet high in carbs, on the other hand, the process goes a little more like this:

  1. You’re hungry randomly for no reason.
  2. You need to eat something, anything, RIGHT NOW.
  3. You don’t have time to microwave anything or your stomach will literally eat itself.
  4. You eat the most readily available food you can find, which is usually in the form of junk food (chips, candy, doughnuts, pastries, cereal, cookies, etc).
  5. You’re “full” for an hour or two (more like bloated), and then that familiar “hunger” comes back.

I’ll take keto hunger over carb hunger any day. The silly cravings go away, you can walk by your favorite dessert and not blink twice, you can move on with your day without having to schedule around food, and you don’t have energy crashes. I’m not a scientist, nor do I claim to be some kind of expert or guru, but this is what I’ve personally experienced myself. Feel free to add any input below with your experiences on keto.

P.S. My KetoStix are pink. I was gonna post a pic, but then I realized that’s kinda gross.

– Veezy

Diet, Ketosis, Recipe, Weight loss

Personal Update 8

Ok, so I did my weigh-in today and I was 262.4 lbs. So I lost exactly three pounds since last Monday. I’m a little disappointed because I thought it would’ve been more than that, but then I realized something. When I was doing really well before, I was tracking pretty much everything I ate. I mean everything. Almost to the point where it was borderline OCD. But you know what? I saw some good results. So maybe I need to start tracking my calories. Believe it or not, I don’t think I ate ENOUGH calories this week and it possibly slowed down my metabolism. I know I’ve read that somewhere, but I can’t recall at the moment.

Anyway, I was using MFP before which is pretty cool for a few reasons. It has an extensive library of foods that you can log for your daily calories, and you can make your own entry if it’s not in there. Another thing is that it has a pretty good graphic representation of your weight loss progress. Overall, it’s just easy to use. And the people on there are really positive. Here’s a graph of my weight roller coaster so you can see for yourself:

This thing is inaccurate by the way. I was actually closer to 330 lbs., but I was too embarrassed to put that so I didn’t actually start making entries until I got under. You can see how well I was doing last year before I quit for absolutely no good reason and my weight crept back up.

I’ve met some great users on WordPress over this past week, and I’ve seen a lot of awesome recipes. I plan on trying some once I actually go to the grocery store. Keep calm and keto on everyone, lol.

– Veezy

Diet, Ketosis, Macronutrients, Weight loss

Emerald Almonds

I wasn’t planning on writing anything until next week when I normally do my updates, but I just wanted to share my new keto snack that I’m gonna include in my diet from now on.

I was at Target the other day (which I hate btw, because the shoppers there are delusional and think Target is somehow better than Wal-Mart even though they have most of the same items but cost more at Target for whatever reason). Anyway, I’m in the snack isle looking for pork skins, or Chicharrones, or whatever you wanna call them. I go look at the, ahem, nuts and see all the different types of almonds and peanuts. 6 oz. cans for $5? No thank you. And then I saw them. Those glorious, conveniently packaged morsels of goodness. 

Apparently, the uppity crowd at Target is too good for almonds so these things were on sale for about $3.75 a box. AND the promotion was buy 3, get 1 free. Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I bought four boxes (two dark chocolate and two vanilla bean). These things are great for when you have a sweet tooth or when you don’t have any food readily prepared and you’re pretty hungry at that moment. Another plus is that there are only 2g of carbs per serving (four minus two from fiber), so you can kill a whole box of these and only have eaten 14g of carbs. I wouldn’t personally because I don’t wanna waste 700 calories on just almonds when I could waste them on bacon or angus patties with mayo and cheese. Just a happy thought for all those almond fanatics out there. 

I’ll be doing my weigh-in on Monday, so look for that! I really hope they sell these boxes at Wal-Mart.

– Veezy

Diet, Exercise, Ketosis, Weight loss

Personal Update 7

Ok, so this week I dropped 4.8 lbs and I’m currently at 265.4. Some people would be estatic about this, but I’m not some people. I think I could’ve lost more. But then again, I don’t think I’m fully in ketosis again yet. I just got a slight hint of the fruity taste yesterday. Maybe I should lay off the Crystal Light for a week and see if that’s really it.

Side note: what I mean by “fruity taste” is a little hard to describe, but I’ll try. Basically, some people in keto get a weird, somewhat sweet taste in their mouths. I’m not sure of an exact timeframe when this usually occurs in the whole keto process, and I really don’t think it can be gauged since everyone is different. For me, when I’m in deep keto, the taste is really strong upon waking up and if I don’t eat anything for a long time. Long being 6+ hours.

Anyway, there’s that. The last update, I said I sprained my knee. That was actually only a few weeks ago (tomorrow wil be three weeks since that happened). Needless to say, it’s been hard to do any type of exercise. I can’t wait till my knee is 100% again…I’ve been aching to do some exercise since I hurt myself and I’ve even tried to run a few times the past week. They’ve ended in epic fails, but they haven’t been discouraging. Before, I could barely walk so I’m happy with my progress as far as getting around. Well that’s all I got for now, so I’ll check in again soon.

– Veezy

Diet, Ketosis, Weight loss

Personal Update 6

When I started this blog, I promised myself that I would keep it real with whoever read it. So here goes.

I put some weight back on. I know I was in the 230s before. Well, now I’m back up to 270. 270.2 to be exact. How did that happen? I screwed up, to put it simply. I decided last year that I would take a break from my diet, and that was a HUGE mistake. When I look at my progress, I was roughly 30 pounds away from being at a somewhat satisfying weight.

I’ve been trying to get back on the wagon. It’s been hard though. What I was actually trying to do was lose about 25 pounds before I started posting again so my regression didn’t seem so bad. It didn’t really work though. I got back down to 252 but then I sprained my knee.

Then I thought well, I need to hold myself accountable. Even if I don’t have a huge amount of followers, maybe someone on here will take notice of what I’m doing. Plus I have it in the back of my mind that people are watching. So I’m back on it now. Weekly weigh-ins, eating keto, the whole nine yards. I welcome all comments, whether constructive crticism or something to the effect of “get your $@#* together!”.

– Veezy