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Modifying Keto Diet With Some Elements Of Slow Carb Diet
I've been trying to have a as-keto-as-possible diet (ie convenient and lazy keto), but truth to be told, it's often challenging for me. I'm Asian/Chinese, and with 2 young kids (4 years old and 2 years old at this point in writing), so:
we have lots of carbs (think rice, bread, noodles in soup or dry forms)
the kids love my spaghetti bologna
I LOVE MY BURGERS, bun and all
...and I find it hard to discard food
So for #4, what I do is that I try to eat keto-ish food for meals with them eg I'd cook my eggs with shredded parmesan (gosh, I love me some cheese), and then I'll eat with them during dinner which weekdays are tingkat (1 soup, 1 vege, 1 meat and 1 more fish/seafood/tofu dish), and I usually struggle when they don't finish their meal (we don't force them to eat up everything), so...I tend to struggle with finishing leftover.
Weekday mornings are easy, cos I just take
3 fried eggs
1 pan fried tofu
1 cup of teh si kosong (no sugar)
And that's good to go.
Recently I've been thinking that keto only works when one is in ketosis. It's a ketogenic-metabolism driven lifestyle, and if I'm out/not in ketosis often...then what's the point? Lazy keto also at least has some ketosis.
Perhaps, during this season of my life, it's a little hard due to having 2 young kids?
I also started re-reading articles on Tim Ferriss' Slow Carb Diet (SCD), and also there are hundreds if not thousands who lost a bunch of weight (and kept them off). What was more fascinating to me about this slow carb diet is:
Tim Ferriss WAS on keto diet for 2 years, 1998 to 1999. He then
switched/tested/?invested slow carb diet and has been on it since 2000
(that's 18 years at this point in writing) - I am questioning why (Tim
Ferriss to me is always very functional and life hacker style, there
must be a reason.
Another thing is that I don't want the keto issues:
having to pee on dipsticks to ensure ketosis or don't go into keto-acidosis
I did wonder if having lower energy is result of not being in ketosis
I dug a little more into slow carb diet, and I realize it's sort of a lazy keto-ish diet, a variant? of sorts, because it advocates:
OK to fish, meats, seafood
OK to greens and vege
NO to fruits
OK to introduce some slow carbs eg legumes, sweet potatoes but big NO to white carbs like flour, bread, pasta, rice
NO drinking calories (up to 1-2 cups of wine daily is ok, 1 can of diet soda allowed per day), drink lots of water
NO dairy eg cheese (except cottage cheese), milk, soy - any dairy
eat slowly ie 30 min per meal
generally low carbs and high proteins and some fats
I will miss my dairy and cheese cos I love them both, but he explained that dairy and soy may influence our metabolism, so I am interested to check that out if dairy has been messing with my body.
I'm not a big fan of legumes and beans though I'm aware that having some calories from there may increase my energy, but I don't crave it or think my energy is too low, and I'm cautious of stomach gas/discomfort but I am open to try it.
Slow carb diet doesn't count calories so I like it because I'm bad with counting calories (lazy too) and that it will mean I don't go hungry (yesssss). I don't really eat much fruits though I do buy some for kiddos and wifey, but I don't crave them (thank goodness).
The slow carb diet as according to Tim also says to not overexercise, ie
not more than 30 min per day or something, so I may have to scale back
some (nah, will keep exercising haha, but I'm not a super crazy exercise
I'm currently 36 years old and 90-95 kilograms, and I think my healthy weight range is between 70-80 kg, so I'm targeting a 15 kilogram weight loss over the next 1 year (assuming I weight 95 kg today). I want to be leaner, with less flab, more tight/cut body, sharper mind and more confidence too body wise.
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