- Jan 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm #3573231
plus a magnesium and potassium supplement
You probably already know this but be VERY careful with potassium! Your body will do fine with a bit of excess magnesium or sodium but excess potassium can be extremely dangerous.
If you have symptoms of hyperkalemia, particularly if you have kidney disease or are taking medications that raise your potassium level, call your doctor immediately. Hyperkalemia is a serious and potentially life-threatening disorder. It can cause:
Jan 17, 2019 at 9:58 pm #3573567
Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Late to this (sardines and water) party, but what’s been the province of trainers and dieticians now attracts medical doctors and even evolutionary biologists like a Neanderthal to a grilling bratwurst. So there’s still debates summarized on NatGeo ..
Behind it all, basically fats (lipids) contain more calories than carbohydrates or proteins per gram. The body needs to run on carbs (to make a molecule called ATP <=> ADP + P, which runs muscles, nerves, etc… in various ways to put it very simply) but can convert (via hydrolysis) fats to do this as well. One way to look at all this carb-avoidance stuff is a faster way to “burn” fat calories. That’s the basic biochemistry behind the physiology which is proven. Again “why” is still up for debate, though there’s a nice link in Chaff showing pre-history humans exercised more than modern humans (of course they were hunting for their next meal which was less than 50% successful, vs “hunting” at the grocery by walking 40 feet from a vehicle).Jan 17, 2019 at 11:55 pm #3573592
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Nice job Doug –
It sounds like it’s working for you. Down 25# and feeling good is quite an accomplishment. As is making a major life change and sticking to it.
I’m looking forward to the progress reports.
Take Care.Jul 25, 2019 at 4:36 pm #3603406
Erik HBPL Member
Just returned from a 3 day backpacking trip in Alaska. I did very low carb for the first time in the backcountry and was very pleased with the result. My diet was driven almost exclusively by pistachios, almonds, summer sausage, and Parmesan cheese. I did have trail mix with a lot of dried fruit in case I needed some sugar. I couldn’t be happier with the results but it exposes a major issues I hadn’t considered. Weight. All these foods are calorically dense but they are really really heavy. I’m 215lbs to begin with so if I am going to attempt to keep my caloric deficit somewhat reasonable, I’ll have to carry a small volume of food….but the weight of that food is much higher than I’d hoped.
Any suggestions? Is this just a trade off? IJul 25, 2019 at 6:11 pm #3603423
Next Mile Meals makes very tasty freeze-dried meals, that helps a bit. But yes, it’s a bit of a tradeoff.Jul 25, 2019 at 6:21 pm #3603429
Steve CollinsBPL Member
@chicagomooseLocale: The Windy City
+1 for Next Mile Meals. Heather’s Choice also has a couple options that are lower in net carbs but not Keto specific like Next Mile.Jul 25, 2019 at 9:56 pm #3603461
Erik HBPL Member
Thanks!Jul 25, 2019 at 10:02 pm #3603462
Packit Gourmet also has a couple of keto-friendly meals which are good, though I prefer the Next Mile Meals (no relationship with either company).
I also get a .5oz packets of ghee at my local grocery store (Safeway) and add one to each hot meal, which adds an additional 130 cal. and 15 g. fat, no carbs.Nov 8, 2019 at 12:28 am #3617700
Brad WBPL Member
@me of course-What do those ghee packets cost? The ones I found were expensive-$2.50/each or more. I have been taking grass fed butter in a 2oz nalgene container and it works out well.Dec 6, 2019 at 8:26 pm #3621798
Brian WBPL Member
Eat base on activity.Dec 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm #3621810
@rocko99: I’ll have to look the next time I’m in Safeway – I generally don’t pay a lot of attention to prices so I’m never sure what any single thing costs.Dec 6, 2019 at 10:32 pm #3621825
I generally don’t pay a lot of attention to prices
I, on the other hand, do pay attention to prices and my suggestion would be to pick up a small jar or ghee at Trader Joe’s or at any Indian grocery store; carry what you need for a trip in a small plastic Nalgene jar from REI etc. Much better than carrying the silly overpriced single serve packets.
I do the same for olive and coconut oils if I carry those. Usually ghee serves me as a universal fat on backpacking trips and I exclusively use it for everything.
Ghee is an excellent cooking fat (unless you don’t like the flavor) that is shelf stable at room temperature for several months at a time and also has a high smoke point.
Ghee is just butter with all the milk solids and moisture separated from it by heating butter to a high enough temperature and filtering out the residue. I know people that make ghee in the microwave at home from a couple sticks or more of butter.Dec 7, 2019 at 3:46 am #3621895
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