One Year Doing Low Carb

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I started the low carb / keto diet thing roughly one year ago.

weight loss over one year

Have I lost weight? Yes. The graph above shows that I’ve made reasonable progress in terms of losing weight. Since mid-January, however, the weight loss has more or less stalled and I’ve been fluctuating up and down quite a bit. I probably need to make some changes to my lifestyle to get that graph back on track!

How do I feel? Generally pretty good. Definitely better than before I started.

Will I continue? For now I’ll be continuing to stick to a low carb diet as much as possible.

I’m not doing pure “keto” nor am I tracking my food intake as closely now as I was when I first started. I’ve changed quite a few of my eating habits over the past year. While overall it hasn’t been “horrible” or extremely difficult it hasn’t always been easy. I definitely miss things like bread and pasta. I don’t really miss rice and have been able to replace it with a number of low carb alternates like cauliflower rice. I’d describe my diet as “low carb” as that’s the simplest way to describe it accurately. Following a strict ketogenic diet might be possible for me when I’m not travelling, but it’s almost impossible to do that when you’re travelling.

Potatoes are also something I’ve got mixed feelings about. In some ways I miss them. A bag of chips covered in vinegar and salt is really tempting at times, but mostly I’ve just swapped out potatoes for more green vegetables.

When I’m not travelling I check my weight most mornings shortly after I get out of bed and before I have breakfast. I’ve had some pleasant surprises and nasty shocks over the last year. When I was on holiday recently in Peru I “misbehaved” quite a bit, but oddly this wasn’t reflected too much in the scales. I put on a little weight, but nothing dramatic. Other times I’ve been on my best behaviour yet I’ve had quite sharp weight increases in a short period of time. So the only thing I can really takeaway from that is that the weighing scales is a hard master to understand.

Challenges? Breakfast in some hotels. In Europe it’s usually fine, but in some parts of the world the breakfasts are very carb rich, so when you take those out of the equation you sometimes end up with a rather sad assembly of options.

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