3 weeks have gone since I started the fat burning experiment. But I don’t consider this as an experiment anymore, but rather an attempt to change my life for the better. I have NEVER experienced the energy that I have now. I feel like I’m drugged constantly. I wake up, and my energy level is constantly high until it’s time to sleep around 10-11PM. No fluctuations whatsoever. Sounds ridiculous, but I feel I have super powers.
Isn’t the diet the same as Paleo?
A little side note. People are constantly mentioning Paleo when they hear about the experiment. Although I haven’t followed the diet 100% (more on this below), the diet is considerably different from a Paleo diet. Here are the biggest differences:
- Paleo has no limit no carbs. Just guidelines on what types of food you eat.
- This diet is 1) low-carb (less than 50grams/day), 2) high fat (60-80% of energy from fats) and 3) moderate on protein (max 100-120grams/day).
- This diet allows lactic. High-fat yoghurt, full-cream, sour cream, etc.
- An average Paleo diet will not have enough fat, and way too much protein and carbs.
My first blood test
Now to the fun part. I received my keto test-strips yesterday, and did the first test on my blood ketone level (which correlates with your fat-burning efficiency). They basically say that, to be keto-adapted (efficient fat-burner), you have to have more than 0.5 millimolar of ketones in your blood. I deally, above 1 millimolar.
See this graph on where the optimal keto-zone is:
Here is a link to my first blood test:
It shows 0.5, which is just in the beginning of the keto-adapted zone. An average person eating carb-rich diets will have a blood-ketone level of around 0.2-0.3, so this is definitely a good indication there has been progress. But admittedly, I hoped for a higher score 🙂 So I will continue with some improvements areas with a goal of 1 millimolar:
- Eat even more fat. Sour cream and olive oil will be added to meals.
- Track my meals (I now use the ShapeUp app for iPhone, which is super fast to use). This is to make sure I get below 50 grams carbs per day – this is probably the main course why my score is ‘low’.
- A bit more exercise and double up on Omega 3 acids.