Now that I’m over the hill, sitting at the computer too much, not getting enough activity, and of course sneaking a few more snacks than I should, I have since put on some extra pounds around the gut. I had been getting into this bad habit of working 12 hours at the computer, then at the end of the day, eating some massive carb-loaded meal with a few calorie rich IPAs (beer) as my reward for a long days work. Well those rewards add up, and slap you with a fine that equates to spare tire around my waist.
Though I know if I just changed my routine, eat a more balanced healthy diet with regular activity would do the trick to get me back in shape and drop those pounds, I thought I try out the Ketogenic diet while I picked up my activity level.
I’ve been doing this for about two weeks now, and I must say I like the results, as well as how it affects my gut. Though I’ve lost about 6 lbs so far, of which is great, I’ve also noticed some changes on how the keto diet affects my digestion/ BCIR.
For one, I have almost no gas, no bloating! With the BCIR, we know that gas isn’t coming out until you make a trip to the bathroom, so we endure the discomfort of the pressure building. The bloating is what will wake me up a couple times at night too, but since being on keto, I’ve been sleeping solid — undisturbed for 7 hours! Much of the gas probably comes from gluten, and if you’re cutting carbs, you’re cutting out alot of gluten. I also have very little activity (strange gut noises) going on after I eat, as things seem to digest very smoothly/ quietly. Finally, the end game is about the same as it was before, though I am bit more fluid at the toilet, but with the BCIR this is pretty consistent. I have not had any slow-moving poo days!
I will leave it up to you to learn more about keto, or you can send me a message and I can explain a few more points about it. But basically you’re reducing carbs to less than 15g/ day, and taking in about 70% fats/ 25% protein. It has been great for weight loss, mental clarity, increased energy, smoother digestion, and no more BCIR gas! I don’t think I will do this diet forever, but I’d like to adopt the low carb lifestyle after I reach my goals.