||05-29-2013 02:55 PM
New Here, A Little Guidance
I was directed here by a friend who used to post. I am on an NK journey that I started maybe 8 or 9 months ago and was hoping to get some feedback on what I'm currently doing to get into NK and how to stay there.
On many different occasions over the course of the last 9 months I have attempted to get into NK. Almost each time was a miserable failure! It didn't help that I was coming off prescription drugs and was incredibly unstable and just generally feeling horribly, even without delving into keto-adaptation. Long story short, don't try to keto-adapt when coming off drugs! I was consuming too much protein and scared of salt as my BP was already elevated from coming off the drugs. I firmly believe in this way of living as a means to achieving better health, and personally, I desperately want better blood sugar control (I have reactive hypoglycemia) and to lose weight in a manner that leaves me satisfied and happy. I used to be one of those people who ran 6 days a week and calorie counted to fantastic results. Thing is, it backfired and I ended up gaining any weight I lost back, and then maybe 30 more pounds.
Anyhow, things have stabilized somewhat and I am about 10 days into keto-adapting. My ketone monitor should be here any day so I can track exactly where my blood ketones are at. It is tough to monitor exactly what's going on without having that thing so I wanted some feedback from you guys for the next few days as I wait for the monitor.
I'm 6 feet tall and weigh 250 lbs. with my goal weight being 180 lbs. Based on Phinney's calculations from The Art and Science Of Low Carb Living that should put me at ~120 grams of protein, which if I am correct, is bewteen 17 and 18 oz.'s of meat per day. I have not gone over 25 grams of carbs in these last 10 days and usually I'm at 15g from spinach and rutabagas. I am filling in the rest with fat from Ghee and Coconut Oil. I have been tracking that too and it usually comes out to 1500 cals per day from fat. That leaves me at about 2000 cals per day and was wondering, after reading a little more from here, if that might be too low to start? I am pretty certain I am through the worst of the adaptation as I am no longer woozy or dizzy and my salt is comfortably at about 3-4 grams per day. I really appreciate any feedback, help or pointers! Thanks.