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Keto journey 5 months in. Still IBS free…

Time flies when you’re having fun… and craving bread!

So I started this keto experiment mid may and it’s now just over 5 months in. I can say that it is probably not a coincidence I haven’t had any IBS symptoms since I started. Ofc I still cannot prove this scientifically, but come on guise…

So am clinging on to this diet for now.

I learnt a lot about keto since I started, and invested a few bucks in facilitating and reassuring devices. For example I purchased a blood glucose / ketones meter. After a while, the piss sticks are not accurate apparently, once your body is in “maintenance” ketosis and completely fat adapted, it could read wrong. Since my piss ketone levels were low, I figured it was time to get one of those meters. Turns out I have fairly stable (low) ketones levels (aka “moderate ketosis” levels) and low glucose (expected and am not that interested in that value).

So well, apparently that is another “normal” thing for ppl doing a keto diet (and who are not interested in the weight loss aspect or diabetes), it is possible that you have low ketones levels. And that is fine. In fact I was listening to a podcast (Keto Savage) with a natty bodybuilder guest, who was also pointing out he doesn’t have crazy high values of 3 mmol/L but more like mine, hovering around 1.

I purchased (ikr) an app called Lifesum, which turned out to be absolutely shite for those doing keto for weight gain (or maintenance for that matter). I should do a full review at some point. When I contacted them to ask whether “keto for weight gain” was a feature they would consider implementing in the future, they pointed me to their feature request site, where most of those outlier requests probably go to die. It is probably quite uncommon and I expect the vast majority of ppl doing keto do it for weight loss and/or diabetes. The app only allows you to choose keto if your selected goal is to lose weight unfortunately. And then the recommended macros become useless for my use, way too little food overall in fact (and don’t mention the protein macro which is completely wrong for anyone actually doing any training imho). So #lifesum , you disappointed me and I cancelled my subscription immediately. Myfitnesspal is better, but the interface is from the 80s and their barcode db lacks a lot of the products found in Sweden. There are a couple of apps but nm, I will jump to myfitnesspal when reach the end of my sub w lifesum. Currently I am using the “classic” diet mode with “weight gain” as a goal, and trying hard to read the net carb values of my food buried in the fancy interface.

I am currently using the following macros: 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. But more often than not, my protein and/or fat intakes end up being more. Which is probably good. Also it’s worth mentioning that the 5% carbs are total carbs and not net, so my carb intake is actually less. In fact, it is always less than 20g / day (might as well go the full keto route and not take any chances).

But here’s the catch. I cannot fucking put weight back on. Since the start, of the year I lost 3kg. While I put back the 2kg or so I had lost when I started keto, I am completely unable to go back up to what I was in the New Year.

Anyhow. I will cut this blog short because it is workout time soon and I need to help my dad’s wife with her computer (remotely). And oh, I bought some creatine. Maybe I can hold on to a bit of water that way and put like 1kg back on?

See yous next time.

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