Lose Weight Traveling Via Paleo-Keto Diet

Losing weight via paleo keto diet.
Losing weight via paleo keto diet.

How I lost weight via a Paleo-Keto Diet

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, I was an avid and exercise buff and weight lifter. I started during high school and continued during my military service. As with most of us during this period, we understood that to get our physical body into the way we wanted such as strength and other physical attributes we needed to lift according to specific muscle groups and force ourselves to become better. The only thing I did not understand back then was the relationship between good fat, carbohydrates, and calories. Today we have a tremendous amount of data, and I know from personal experience that one’s genetics and eating style even if it falls into the governments eating recommendations will most like just make you fat, sick, and reduce your mental acuity.

Today we hear about diets from the paleo-diet communities, and Keto inspired foods from those communities. However, when you actually run tests on yourself and test out their theories, you need to be careful and conscience of health goals or needs. So here is what I found myself and how I used these diets along with my weight lifting plan. First, I didn’t need a scale or a tape measure to know that the years of working in Asia had taken a significant toll on my health. All I had to do is look in the mirror and see the increase in belly fat and know that other conditions would soon follow if I didn’t do something. Second, since the food quality had been top-notch and I did continue my weight lifting at a reduced amount what happened? The answer seemed to be a combination of age, genetics, and increased carbohydrates (rice and noodles). So in 2017, I had my genetics profile checked to confirm my northern Europe family profile and compared it to what I had been eating. Secondly, I got into some anthropology research and found that there have been significant changes via our bone density and tooth decay over the last ten thousand years. Just these two points alone caused me pause and required a shift into a more paleo-diet with exclusion of all rice and noodles based foods that I had picked up from my time in Asia. Now please keep in mind I was already weight lifting and doing five miles of cardio at this time with no impact on overall weight change in mid-2018.

After several months reducing these Asian based carbohydrates, I did notice a change in blood pressure and what I believed to be small losses of water weight. In December of 2018, I decided to reduce my daily carbohydrates to twenty grams and developed my macro’s to 70% good fat from nuts, cream, avocadoes, and some meat. I did not cut all vegetables but did have servings of broccoli and cauliflower. Protein was at 20%, and carbohydrates would fill in the rest. So how did this change go and what did I see? Week 1- I had a fast water loss of 10 pounds, and blood pressure dropped by about 5 points overall. By week 2 -I had another 5 pounds and started to noticed changes in measurements in my waistline. By January 1st, 2019, weight was slowly coming off, and my gym-based cardio program was getting more comfortable. Thirty days later, on February 1st, another 4% of overall body weight had been dropped. The thing to notice is I had never stopped exercising, and I was not losing any strength in the gym lifting weights, and my mental clarity was better with my body entering a state called Ketosis.

Now lets fast forward by another thirty days and by March 1st where I was only down 1–2 % of body weight but waistline had reduced by about 0.5 inches. It was apparent to me I needed to change things up since my body had started to adapt to the diet changes. This is where I began to eat the same amount of overall calories of 1900 or so but into a shorter eating window. This did prove challenging, and it required me to eat more nuts to get the total calories up for the day. By April 1st another 6% of overall body weight was lost and another 0.5 inches off in the waist. At this time, I was already at the weight before I started my last Asian expat job, and my overall health seemed very good. By May 14th of 2019 another 4% fell off and I was getting worried this was going too far. It was at this point began to eat two meals per day and kept the overall calories the same. I still kept losing weight but at a much-reduced speed with workouts improving all along the way. By July 1st another solid 1.5% of body weight and another 0.5 inches was gone.

Today I continue to follow a Paleo/Keto based diet but make sure to take in extra protein via eggs and protein powders with little to zero carbohydrates inside the protein powder. At this point, I see slower weight loss but with new muscle gains not seen since 2003 timeframe. I look younger and feel great and have had pleasant doctor visits. Now during this whole time, I did take a multivitamin and some supplements to ensure I had proper total nutrition. This entire experience has convinced me that most of us consume way too many carbohydrates, and this is where we need to focus. Sugar is a problem; however, in my case, I don’t even like sweets, so for me, it was not a significant change. It was the potatoes, rice, noodles, and other vegetables that had overloaded my body, and no amount of exercise would help anymore.

In conclusion, I must say that this is not advice, and it is only my personal experience. Genetically we are all different and will react to the changes in diet that I talked about here in many different ways. If done poorly, you could really hurt yourself so be very careful and don’t fall into the psychological trap of thinking you must always drop weight. It’s your overall health, and body fat is lighter than muscle, so make sure you take your measurements where your body fat is an issue. There were times when no changes happened on the scale, but my waistline was down meaning my body was burning fat. Good luck to you if you decide to try this yourself and please consult your doctor.

I will most likely continue this conversation via my online blog and update the information later this year at ExploreTraveler.com

About the author

JOHN J GENTRY'S BIO:John J Gentry is a lifelong adventure travel enthusiast and international manager, Philanthropist, and ex-solder. Spent 2011-2015 developing an international team in HsinChu, Taiwan.Early on he spent the better part of the 90’s working with the US Army in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. For kicks, he studied in Alaska 2008-2010 international history for a greater understanding in his adventure travels.He has had some great experiences, and successes traveling around the world documenting his travels with his family via ExploreTraveler.com

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