As I have said before, I have been perpetually doing low-carb diets for most of the last ten years. One thing I’ve always been frustrated with is the acceptance of my lifestyle choices by others. This probably stems from my incessant need to feel approved by others, and since I’ve worked through a lot of those issues, I believe I will be able to stick to this diet long after I’ve reached my goal weight. That being said, it’s still a pain to constantly be faced with adversity when you know what you are doing is right.
One of the things people have often said to me when I’ve told them how much weight I’ve lost on a low-carbohydrate diet is, “Oh, you’re just losing water weight, that isn’t real weight loss.” There are few things more discouraging that you could tell a person who is trying to make themself healthier.
Today I got my scale in that reads body fat percentage as well as muscle mass and water weight, and I was in for a shock! Now, I did’t have an exact starting percentage, but through some calculators based on my original height, weight and waist size, I was somewhere between 39 and 41% fat. YUCK! This meant that right at 70 pounds of my original body weight was fat.
Today, six weeks and two days later, I am down to 32% of body fat. This means, today, only 50 pounds of my body is fat!
By these calculations, I have lost 20 pounds of fat.
That isn’t water weight, people. It is likely that I have gained muscle and water weight because according to the scale, I’ve only lost 16 pounds. I’ve gained 4 pounds of something!
If you are doing Keto, I urge you to stop just checking your weight in pounds or kilograms, and start tracking what percent of fat you’ve lost as well.
And for all the Keto Haters, there is no denying the facts. I’m burning through fat, using it as energy instead of glucose. I’ve turned my body into a fat burning (probably muscle building) machine.
Keep Calm and Keto On!