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My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 22 and Week 3 Recap

Similar to the cover of Gary Taubes' book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories"

Similar to the cover of Gary Taubes' book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories"

Weight: 162 lb

Waist circumference: 35 inches

Transgressions: none

Exercise: 60 minute brisk walk

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So, no weight or waist change during third week.  Not sure why.  Too many uncharted carbs or calories on my three-day trip out-of-town?  When you think about it, any diet that offers “unlimited” beef, chicken, eggs, and fish is unlikely to lead to uninterrupted weight loss until death. 

In Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes writes about Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Karsten Anderson, who in 1928 began a year-long experiment in which they ate almost nothing except meat (many types).  It was not a weight-loss diet; it was to test whether it was a dangerous diet.  They lost six and three pounds, respectively, over the year and seemed perfectly healthy.  No mineral or vitamin deficiencies were detected. 

Over this next week, I’ll be tracking my caloric intake.  If I need 2,400 cals/day to live, but I’m eating less, I should lose some weight.  Unless my metabolic rate is slowing or I’m less active. 

I’m happy to report that I’m not craving carbohydrates.  At this point I could still walk past a Cinnabon store in the mall without difficulty.  I could sit and watch someone else eat one.  Overall, I think less about food than I normally would.  I don’t feel hungry very often.  It’s comforting to know that if I get hungry, I can eat something, if only a can of tuna or a couple hard-boiled eggs.  Fairly often I’ll just eat two meals a day, plus a snack.  And I’ve never been one to skip meals. 

I can’t say that this or that physical condition is miraculously improved or cured.  I just feel like my usual self.  Energy level is fine.  No more dizziness or aching as in the first week. 

-Steve

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