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My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 6

MPj04329820000[1]Weight: 164 lb

Transgressions: none

Exercise: none

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I’d like to be exercising more, but I’m working too much.  Exercise not so much for weight loss as for the other health benefits.  It will soon be cool enough to go on long hikes on the local mountain trails, and I want to be in good shape to do that.

I spoke with a couple other people on very low-carb diets today.  That film you get on your teeth if you wait too long between brushing?  They also noticed it’s definitely less prominent while eating low-carb.  I suspect that film is strongly related to oral bacteria interacting with dietary carbohydrates.  I’ve seen one study that documented improvement in gingivitis on a low-carb diet.  Wish I had time to research periodontal disease and very low-carb eating.

-Steve

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My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 4

42-16033273Weight: 165 lb

Transgressions: none

Exercise: 30 minutes brisk walk (3-4 mph) in 90 degree heat

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Melanie at Dietriffic got me motivated to exercise today.  Average caloric intake over first three days of diet was 1515 cals/day.  Some experts suggest that ketogenic diets work purely because of caloric restriction, having nothing to do with carbohydrate physiology.  A bit of muscle aching and lightheadedness yesterday—easily tolerable—but the unsuspecting should know it can happen with very low-carb diets.  Had to leave the house in a hurry to get to the hospital, so I threw together a quick salad (romaine lettuce, green olives, spinach, olive oil vinaigrette), added 5 oz canned tuna.  Grabbed an ounce of almonds and 2 oz cheese to eat in the car until I had time to sit and enjoy the salad. 

-Steve

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My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 2

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Weight: 170 lb (same as starting weight)

Transgressions: none

Exercise: none

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Woke up thirsty in the middle of the night, got a cup of water.  Thought this might reflect the “water loss” associated (at least in the literature) with very low-carb diets.  The metabolism/breakdown of glycogen—a storage form of glucose in the liver and muscles (aka animal starch)—is said to generate water that will either have to be urinated out or lost through breathing (water vapor) or sweating.  But my weight didn’t change.  Thirst may have been due to 20% humidity in the Sonoran desert, although I don’t usually wake up for water.

I was a little tempted by a fruit platter in the doctor’s lounge at the hospital: fresh pineapple, cantaloup, honeydew melon, and strawberries.

Steak and eggs for breakfast last two days.  Wonder when that will get old.  Enjoying for now.

-Steve

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