I really don’t know what’s going on.
While my wife remains upbeat and optimistic about ketogenic dieting and results she’s not yet seeing, I’m becoming more and more discouraged. I can’t figure out why my weight doesn’t change, why it bounces up and down over the last several weeks, why my ketosis level remains in the moderate range day-in and day-out, my caloric intake is generally less than 1500/day (or thereabout), and despite all this, my weight never goes down more than a pound and usually in a day or two will come right back up.
The accuracy of the scale — purchased at an ordinary Walmart — can be questioned, of course, but I’ve also noticed no differences in how my clothes fit either. And in my measurements, only minimal changes are there, and those could be variances in time of day, how recently I ate before measuring, where the tape is placed on my body, etc. Lots of variables, but overall, there’s not a lot of change happening, and we’ve been doing this for over a month.
In our defense, it actually took us a few tries to dial in the right amount of fats for a true ketogenic mix. I’m shooting, roughly, for 65/35/10 in fat/protein/carb percentages. So if I’m doing well with that — and I’ve actually had days when I took a rough estimate using my way-cool food tracker spreadsheet — where it could be as high as 79/15/5, but I think that might be too low on the protein side.
Which brings me back to another thought — how much protein should I be eating? I have to avoid too much for gluconeogenesis reasons, but if it’s too low, is that problematic? Adding fat has become easy, and even an afterthought to eating. Just a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil to dip my food in, and then drink the balance of it to get the full serving. I do that once or twice a day, and eat pretty high fat things with low carbs, and it’s been pretty straightforward.
But is my protein level too low for weight loss? Is there a threshold on that front?
Things to think about and look up. Meanwhile, I’m still fat and not getting thinner. I am, however, getting flustered and can’t figure this out. It’s supposed to be easy and simple. This is anything but.