I’m sharing my ketovore (keto/carnivore) journey results each month here on the blog.
I just completed the 8th week (2 full months) of eating primarily carnivore diet. I call it ketovore because I’m not hardcore carnivore (just eating meat, salt and water). I use spices, garlic, have fat bombs with low-carb sweeteners and I take some supplements.
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Now that is out of the way…
I’ll start out by reminding you all that I’m super super insulin resistant. Losing weight has been a challenge to say the least. There’s no shortage of people on social media saying they lost 50 pounds in 6 weeks. I AM NOT ONE OF THEM…
To date I’ve released 7.2 kilos or 15.84 pounds. Most of it I lost in the first week when I did 7 days of fasting (2 days egg fast, 5 days water fast).
Here are my progress pictures so far. As disheartening as the slow weight loss has been I can most definitely see the difference. I’ve shrunk pretty much everywhere, I’ve gone from the last hooks on my bra strap to the smallest ones and I’m back in the skinniest pants I have in my wardrobe.
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The biggest victories over the last months have a lot more to do with how I feel than what the scales say.
- My eczema has completely cleared up.
- My face is no longer swollen, the rosacea on my face is clearing up.
- The rough skin on my feet and heels is gone.
- I’m sleeping better (when the kids let me).
- My blood sugar levels have gone down.
- I don’t crave sugar anymore, no bread or cake or cookie cravings.
What I experimented with this month:
It can take 6-8 weeks to become fat adapted so I watched my ketone levels to make sure I was always in ketosis. This is pretty easy to do eating carnivore and high fat. I usually had around 10 grams of carbs per day so staying in ketosis was easy.
I started wearing a continuous blood glucose monitor.
Boy was this an eye opener. Kind of depressing because my sugar levels are still up in pre-diabetic range. But after 3 weeks of monitoring they are definitely on the downward side.
I started eating a lot more fat and calories.
So this was complete trial and error. Many of the stories I’ve been reading from others is that they eat a lot of calories and a lot of fat. So I started loading up. I thought I would gain but NOPE at worst I stayed the exact same weight for most of the month.
Then I read about The Croissant Diet and eating high levels of saturated fats and stearic acid. I thought what the hell while I’m experimenting…
Well I almost instantly lost 1.5 kilos (over 2 days). Call me intrigued. So I started trading out the MCT oil in my bulletproof coffees with cocoa butter. I also made up a compounded butter with 75% butter 25% cocoa butter and used that as added fat to my steak meals.
After that initial 1.5 kilo drop I rebounded 600 grams (a little over a pound) over then next few days.
I stuck with the higher fat and basically maintained the loss for the next 2 weeks. I was reading a thread somewhere about glucogenesis and if your sugar levels rise during the night but stay pretty level during the day (exactly what I was experiencing) – to drop your fat levels and up your protein.
I’m only a few days into switching up those macros but so far the results are definitely good. My overnight blood sugar is down significantly, day levels are even and the scale has gone down again.
I’ll keep up with this macro tweak and see what happens over the next few weeks.
I also started taking some supplements again. I have a few genetic variations including MTHFR which makes absorption difficult for a lot of nutrients. I started taking magnesium, carnitine, colloidal minerals and am experimenting with some herbs and vitamins to help with insulin resistance.
Things that have helped me.
Keto fudge. Has been a life saver. Little fat bombs of deliciousness. I’ve actually struggled with getting in enough fat at times and these definitely help.
They are also a big reason why I call myself ketovore instead of carnivore lol. Here’s the recipe I use as my base – I now change out some of the butter in the recipe for cocoa butter to increase the stearic acid.
Playing around in the kitchen. I’ve come up with a few recipes that have helped me in upping my fat – my fat bomb smoothie and keto vanilla ice cream both helped in that area. The ice cream helped kill a major ice cream craving too.
Where to from here?
I’m just going to keep going. I’ll continue to eat high protein and fat and see what the next month brings!