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User experience: 100lbs lost doing keto in 5 months, 3 months of Keto Chow

Over on Reddit there’s a post by /u/ANewAccountYetAgain detailing his experiences with nutritional ketosis. He did keto before, went from 330 to 253 lbs over 6 months but stopped when depression came back and over the next 3 years gained it all back and more.

5 months ago he started keto thanks to /r/100DaysofKeto and also tried DietBet (money as a motivator can be strong =) and lost a lot. In November, 3 months ago, he started using Keto Chow.

This ended up eliminating my last two big sources of stress: money and cooking.

It’s great to read success stories, there are tons on /r/keto and some Keto Chow specific ones on /r/ketochow. I encourage you to check them out! He said I could use his pictures, even though I dislike doing things when I have permission I’ll do it anyway =)

Before

His very first DietBet weigh in photo ~353

After

Yesterday’s photo – 253lbs

The first thing that stands out to me is he seems to be taller in the new one… oh wait, it’s just a larger photo. Still, his complexion is really clear.

By |February 12th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow, Soylent, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Day 040 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 205.0
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

5 days straight with the scale going down, yay! Going to keep this going. I made eggs and sausage for the family for breakfast, and I did eat 2 patties of sausage but now I’m drinking my Keto Chow. I am planning on having a rib-eye for lunch (see above) during the keto chow mixing party that will be today.

One of my daughters is celebrating a birthday and there’s a ton of super carby desserts. They don’t even phase me anymore, I’m actually starting to get conflicted about the amount of sugar my (non-insulin resistant so they don’t need to do Keto like I do) kids eat. Hence the sausage and egg breakfast… which was almost 0 carb until they broke out the maple syrup! Regardless, our family does eat far less sugar and refined carbohydrates than before and that can only be a good thing.

By |February 12th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow, Ketogenic, Weight Loss|0 Comments

So far, no correlation between breath acetone and blood ketones

For the last 40 days I’ve been checking my blood ketone levels (using a Nova Max and horribly expensive test strips) and at the same time checking my breath acetone levels using a Ketonix. Based on my blood levels I haven’t been deep in ketosis but I expected there to be some sort of correlation between the two. The Ketonix is marketed as a way to check to see how far into ketosis you are, an easy way to check your levels without needing to buy expensive test strips. I don’t know if I just got a defective one that always shows high levels of acetone or what but thus far I haven’t seen any reliable data coming from the ketonix. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and I actually just ordered a second one so I can see if it’s a defective one or not. I’d love to see clear, defined results like this guy. Honestly I’d really like to have it work but my guess is I’ll be returning the new one and eating the shipping charge.

By |February 11th, 2016|Ketogenic|0 Comments

Day 039 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 205.4
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

I was down again for the city weigh in yesterday, not much but still in the right direction. I did a great job of mostly eating just keto chow yesterday. I had 3 keto chows, a mini gouda cheese wheel, an egg with a slice a bacon at dinner with some avocado. I didn’t even eat any of the pizza toppings at our routine Wednesday lunch meeting.

By |February 11th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow|0 Comments

Day 038 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 206.1
  • Blood ketones: 0.1 mmol/L

I’m going to make a concerted effort to only consume Keto Chow again – when I did that at the beginning of the 100 days I was consistently losing weight. So let’s try that again. Aside from a probable valentine dinner with my wife, I don’t have any other scheduled events in the near future that would derail my plans. I still have 62 days of the 100 left, I can rack up some significant weight loss with that. Today’s a weigh in for the city’s weight loss contest, I should be down from last week again but by this time next week I’m planning on being one of the top 3 losers.

By |February 10th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow|0 Comments

Day 037 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 207.0
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

Back at work, back to normal. I have 3 bottles of chocolate Keto Chow lined up for today. I considered doing intermittent fasting but decided against it. I’m just going to be really good about not eating anything weird today.

By |February 9th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow|0 Comments

Days 035 & 036 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 208.1
  • Blood ketones: 0.3 mmol/L
  • Weight: 207.8
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

Recovering from the conference – got to sleep in a bit Sunday morning – all the way until 8:00. My parents and my younger brother were coming over to watch the superbowl with us. With all the adults doing keto, it was an interesting spread. Cheese curds, jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon, shrimp, chicken wings, and some sugar free jello and pudding (the pudding was made with cream cheese, cream and almond milk). There were a few carby things but not many. One of the jalapeno poppers was the first thing I had eaten all day, same for my brother. He asked if I had any magnesium supplements because he had a cramp in his abdominal muscles the night before and forgot to take extra. I didn’t know you could get a charlie horse in your abs. Guess I should have taken a couple myself: since I hadn’t eaten anything and I didn’t take my magnesium that morning I got a cramp early Monday morning in my Sartorius – that was fun.

I wasn’t really rooting for either team though I had a broncos football in elementary school so I guess deep down I wanted them to win. My mom, on the other hand, was vociferously rooting for Denver. It was a lot of fun.

Today I had the day off, happens when I only need 20 more hours this week to hit 80 for the pay period. Spent the morning mixing, packaging and generally having a keto chow party. After that finished I finally got around to doing some of the “honey-do” list: did the final sanding pass on the drywall in the wash room, put down baseboards in the bathroom and now my lovely wife is priming the new drywall so we can paint it. Fun stuff.

Incidentally, I tried some keto chow waffles, they didn’t work very well. Later I realized it might have been due to my using the wrong amount of keto chow powder in my mix. I was making 3 meals worth of batter so I should have been using 150g – instead I used the 300g I typically use when I’m making a 6 meal batch in the water pitcher. Guess I should have noticed when I had to add several cups of water in order to mix it.

By |February 8th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow|0 Comments

User Experience: 3 months and going strong!

My dad is on keto and drinking Keto Chow for it, He passed me another update on his progress to publish on the blog:

Keto Chow has been part of my daily diet for 3 months now.  It tastes great, is easily carried (even on airplanes,) and is very convenient.  My recent trip to Hawaii worked very well with Chow as my main food everyday (2 out of 3 meals a day) for 12 days straight.
Some people think a low-carb diet means low strength and fatigue.  I’ve had no problems keeping up my energy with Chow. I recently wanted to capture the beauty of the rugged Na Pali coast on the island of Kauai and found the only route was a treacherous hike into the jungle and over volcanic boulders.  I have never seen so many muddy adults on the trail —most were 20 and 30-something!  Many were falling down left and right, but I managed the 800 ft elevation gain (in 1/2 mile) and captured this incredible sunset image. The salt spray from the ocean waves, crashing on the shores below, was so heavy even at this elevation that I had to wipe my glasses twice to see my way!
By |February 8th, 2016|Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|0 Comments

Day 034 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 207.8
  • Blood ketones: 0.2 mmol/L

Last day of the conference, tonight after the Expo Hall closes we all get to take down the stuff that took 5 days to put up. Depending on how many stay to help it might only take 5 hours, so I might even be home sometime before Sunday morning. Didn’t have any of the fountain drink yesterday, just water, some diet soda I brought and Keto Chow. Today I’m planning on stashing a keto chow in a hydroflask in my car for when we finish taking down. I’ll have some for breakfast and again for lunch.

As for tomorrow, we’ve established a family tradition of doing a Super Bowl party with our kids. This year my parents (also doing keto) and my younger brother (also doing keto) will be joining us. So far we have shrimp (plus reduced sugar ketchup and some horseradish = low carb cocktail sauce!), I’m making a bunch of wings, going to bake them, I have a big bag of cheese curds from Costco and we’re going to make bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers too. I’m planning on heading into all this fasting, you know: for fun!

By |February 6th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow|0 Comments

Day 033 – 100 days of Keto (Chow)

  • Weight: 209.1
  • Blood ketones: <0.1 mmol/L

Spent a large portion of the day at the RootsTech conference filling glasses up with ice so they could be filled with soda. We joke that we’re really putting our training and skills to use. I’m going to guess that the 8-9 8 ounce glasses of diet Dr. Pepper I drank yesterday had some effect since my weight is up and my ketones are non-measurable =( Today I brought along a big bottle of “Clear American” soda instead, I’ve never seen it affect my progress so that should help; and unlike a fountain drink I know exactly what I’m getting and how much. Had a snickerdoodle keto chow for breakfast during the keynote and I have another in a hydroflask for lunch just like yesterday.

 

By |February 5th, 2016|100 days of keto, Keto Chow|0 Comments
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