Time To Change It Up

It’s been awhile, my apologies. So let’s catch up on my progress. The diet has been going really well as I have dropped 34 pounds since January 9. I have been doing Keto pretty strictly until this week. My original plan was to do Keto for 8 weeks, assess and change it up if needed. I was having pretty good success with diet, so I kept it rolling. I have started to stall with the weight loss the past couple weeks, so it signaled time to change it up a bit.

I plan on keeping a lot of keto principles due to two reasons; 1. It’s an easy diet to follow that allows me to eat a lot of food I like and 2. It allows me to keep my macros in check. So if you really think about it, I am switching to a modified Keto diet where I will be slightly increasing carbs to keep me out of ketosis. Yeah, that doesn’t sound right does it? Oh well, that’s what I am going to do.

As for the carbs, I am not going crazy with it. My goal range will increase to 50-100 a day, which will still hopefully allow me to lose weight at a steady pace. The main carbs I am introducing to my diet right now are oats, blueberries, sweet potatoes and on occasion sprouted grain bread (Ezekiel). I’m sure my carb variety will increase with time, but I wanted to start small and see how it goes.

With this change, my target macros will be around 265 grams of protein (50%), 50-100 grams of carbs (15%) and 50-100 grams of fat (35%). Of course this is just to test the waters and I plan to adjust accordingly. I know I want to keep protein high and I know I want to keep carbs under 100 grams per day, but I am flexible with the fat intake, so we will see how it goes.

In addition to the weight loss stall, another reason I am deciding to add carbs back into my diet is that my workout intensity has started to pick back up. The past two weeks I have been following my Knox Animal 5, 3, 1 plan, which focuses on the big five lifts with a couple supplemental exercises as finishers. I don’t feel like I was eating enough to fuel these workouts, so I am hoping adding some additional foods to my diet will help. My workouts were fueled by protein and oatmeal for years, so I am excited to get that going again.

I’ll try and be better about posting more regularly, but what once was easy has now become more challenging to find the time to sit down and type up a post. To be honest, there wasn’t a lot going on because I was following the same plan without much variety. I should have more to talk about now as I start to experiment more with my diet and workout program.

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