Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Ketogenic Diet: Running on Ketones
It is official I am in Ketosis! I have been in ketosis for two days now. When I say that, I have been on a low carb diet since October 5th – exactly one month. I eased into it because first I was a bit concerned about health issues related to Keto and second it has been the first time I changed what I actually ate. So I guess it was closer to an Atkins diet for the first month. I might have been in Ketosis earlier, but according to my ketone tests, I was always borderline or trace to low. For the last two days, I have had solidly moderate ketone levels, which is awesome.
I have done tons of research on the keto diet since I started, but have a ways to go. I am certainly not worried anymore and I think it is a good move for me. On top of that, I am enjoying it!
Now I think I would have transitioned faster, but three weeks ago I strained my ham running intervals and had only run once since today. Which leads to today . . . It was the first day running while in ketosis. Considering, I have only been in ketosis for two days, I think my run went very well. I maintained a 9:17 average pace for over 8.5 miles, which is definitely not my fastest pace, but ain’t bad considering I only ate a combined 350 calories for both breakfast and lunch. AND on top of that, it was only a total of two net grams of carbs prior to the run – all day. I did not plan to do this, it is just how it worked out.
There are no achievements on this run!
In terms of weight, I lost a pound a day for the first eight days on a low carb diet. I would guess this is typical for starting a new diet, considering I ate what ever I wanted prior to that. Then I was stable for the next five days. On the 13th day, I dropped another three pounds and maintained that for another twelve days with a few hiccups. On the 26th day, I had another big drop, for a total of an eleven pound drop. If I didn't have the ham issue, I probably would have dropped a lot more considering I normally run fifty miles a week. I think I needed the rest anyways.
To make my initial goal I have seven more pounds to drop and now that I am running again and in ketosis, I am looking at a week or so; in two weeks for sure.
I will keep you in the loop.