Halle Berry is beautiful AND smart. Okay, that sounds wrong. But she is beautiful. And she is smart. Apparently, the actress has adopted the ketogenic way of eating which involves starving the body of sugar and simple carbs and starches and training the body to prefer fat as fuel.
I’m back! I apologize to all my readers/visitors who haven’t been able to reach this site for months. Technical issues cast my thinkinthin.com down in to oblivion. I was a webless wonder. That’s 2 ‘W’s instead of the requisite 3. Everything’s better now.
I will start off by reporting that I’m down to 217 lbs.
Low Carb/High Fat/Moderate Protein plus Intermittent Fasting (I eat all my calories in an 8 hour window) — but I do enjoy a triple cream coffee (NO sugar) 2 or 3 times while fasting. Works for me! 45 lbs to go. I began at 285. I plateaued for a while in the 240s going up a little, down a little until I realized I was eating too much protein and not enough fat. I’ve been losing steadily ever since.
I suppose this eating protocol could be called Keto or ketogenic. Fancy words for ketone-forming fat-burning. When your brain has no glucose for energy the body creates ketones instead. That only happens through carbohydrate starvation. Keto-people talk about Macros. “Um .. what are your macros, man?” Gotta be 70/25/5 or 75/20/5. That’s 70% of your calories from fat, 25% from protein, and 5% from carbs. That’s 20 grams of carbs per day. Sounds impossible but it is doable. Starting this way for a few weeks will train your body to prefer fat over glucose for energy. Then you can up your carb eating to maybe 80 grams a day.
I have progressed closer to 80 grams per day. I have more energy. I am hungry less often. I have lost weight.
I have lost more weight by adding Intermittent Fasting. I stop eating at 9 pm or 10 pm and I don’t eat again until 2 pm the next day. That fasting period rests my digestive system, promotes cell-repair, and makes me less drowsy during my work day. Sounds nuts but it’s absolutely true. Now, it’s not a pure fast–I actually get to enjoy 2 or even 3 triple cream (no sugar) coffees while fasting. I LOVE it!
I am a type 2 diabetic and I manage my diabetes without meds–no metformin and no insulin. If I use meds fasting is dangerous because my blood sugar would crash too low. Comas No Más. Around 1:30 pm before my 2 O’clock meal my BG has dropped to 70 or 4 depending on which half of N. America you live in. I’m from Canada so I would say 4. Sometimes it is in the low 5s. This is very encouraging to me so I am going to stay with this plan for a while.
I will keep you all posted.