Well, my ketosis seems back on track after falling off very deeply Saturday. Both my wife and I suffered the same fate this time. I wondered if it might be an overdose of protein but haven’t resorted to my food tracker to determine whether that might be the case. I know, I know, I should do that, but there are a couple of reasons why I haven’t yet.
First, I don’t think it matters much. I don’t think we’re eating enough protein to worry about gluconeogenesis, at any rate. Now, my wife made a statement over the weekend which told me she may not completely “get it” yet about gluconeogenesis, and if she does, then I certainly don’t.
She thought it couldn’t be that (gluconeogenesis) because she’s eating fats with every bit of protein. If I interpreted her statement correctly – and I may not have, frankly – it sounded like she believes you can balance the effects of protein with fat. You can’t. Too much protein will be too much protein irrespective of how much fat is ingested with it, before it, or after it. So there’s no “balancing” from that perspective. (She might, however, have meant she didn’t believe she could be intaking too much protein because the amount of fat she’s consuming at each meal causes the feeling of being full to hit before she can do so. This is, on recollection, more likely the case, but I haven’t spoken with her about it to confirm either.)
Nevertheless, with my body the way it is right now, my ketosis level has gone up a bit from where it was previously. All weekend, I was solidly in the moderate range. And assuming this isn’t dietary ketosis I’m seeing in the urinalyses, then the rate of ketosis went up over the weekend without much goosing from me dietetically.
That, if it’s true, would be encouraging. Maybe just staying the course is the right thing to do. Maybe just continuing on will give me the results I need. I know a few things for sure. I know for sure ketogenic diets don’t seem to work as quickly the second time (or third, or fourth) it’s tried. Deepened metabolic resistance, perhaps? Hm. I also know there is the Kekwick Fat Fast, which is very difficult but not impossible, and holds dramatic results. I know there is exercise, and while I also know exercise does NOT hold the key to weight loss, I cannot deny the results I got just with exercise and intermittent fasting alone (no dietary change at all). If I couple the two, what will the improvements be?
Finally, I also know I can simply have patience. If yeast is a problem for me (and it could be) that will resolve first. If I’m diabetic or pre-diabetic or whatever, that too will resolve. If there’s a real and necessary critical carbohydrate level for weight loss (and I certainly am not hitting that, guaranteed), then the mystery is solved, but how can I tell? Experimentation could destroy weeks of hard work.
And there is always the food tracker, which helped a lot in identifying places of higher-than-expected carbohydrate creep. So maybe in the end, that’s the answer after all. Maybe I just need to be better about tracking my calories, and making them count. Or counting them, because there are plenty of people saying it’s something necessary now.
Ah, I love the dizzying array of “who knows” going on in my life. No I don’t.