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Breaking The Low Carb Alcohol Stall - Week Three Report

Posted Sep 29 2008 5:54pm

Here are the basic details of my third week without drinking during this grand experiment in my 12th week of induction:

Monday, March 17, 2008
weight in morning: 220.2 lbs (no change from previous day), 32.0%BF (body fat), 48.0%BW (body water)
     Meat for the past two nights has consisted of corned beef round (what do you expect on this weekend?!?), and even though the meat has zero carbs, does the brine it’s pickled in have any effect on fluid retention? Will it cause a temporary standstill, or worse, a gain?
     17.1 grams of net carbs and 1267 calories

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
4:45am - no color on ketostick; 219.0 lbs (1.2 lb loss), 32.5%BF, 48.0%BW
     Admittedly, yesterday was an unplanned low calorie day and may have been the chief contributor to the decent loss. To give you an idea of the lopsidedness of the whole nutritional scheme of things: of the 1267 calories, about 1088 (86%) were from meat, cheese, and eggs; of the 17.1 net carb grams, only 4 (23%) were from those items. I’m enjoying eating Lindt’s 85% cocoa bar as my evening snack. It’s hard to believe this product has no sugar alcohols yet packs about the same calorie and carb impact as a low carb candy bar. True, you get a bigger serving with the low carb product, but I like savoring the rich cocoa as I nibble at it slowly. My wife suggested dipping it in peanut butter, something I am tempted to do tonight.
     As far as the stick color goes, I lay in bed this morning thinking about it, and wondered if I’m taking a reading at the wrong time of day. At daybreak, I’ve essentially spent the last 8 hours or so digesting my last meal and then letting my resting body operate strictly on the fat mobilization process. Am I trying to examine my ketone production at a time when it might possibly be at its lowest level of the day? A stick check at 7:00pm showed no color either, so that theory doesn’t look sound.
     18.6 grams of net carbs and 2028 calories

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
4:30am - no color on ketostick; 218.4 lbs (0.6 lb loss), 32.5%BF, 48.0%BW
     Okay, two weeks ago, off booze, downward swing big time. Last week, increased fatty deli meats, upswing of a pound plus over seven days. This week, off deli meats, downward swing again, by nearly 2 pounds in three days. I’ve hit a new low weight for this year and weigh exactly what I weighed on this day of the diet in 2003. Reader and advisor David Brown says not to try to micromanage daily changes due to the myriad functions the body performs and the differences in daily energy input and expenditure, but I look at myself more as someone watching his investments every day; I’m not making daily changes based on value fluctuations, but I am monitoring trends and making adjustments after seeing what I perceive as a pattern. Or I’m just obsessive-compulsive. Potato, po-TAH-to.
     21.6 grams of net carbs and 1412 calories

Thursday, March 20, 2008
5:45am - no color on ketostick; 217.2 lbs (1.2 lb loss), 32.5%BF, 48.0%BW
     I’m good with this! YEAH! Three pounds in three days. Now THIS is LOSING! Screw the ketostick!
     20 grams of net carbs and 1590 calories

Friday, March 21, 2008
6:00am - no color on ketostick; 217.2 lbs (no change), 31.5%BF, 48.5%BW
     No gain, no pain, making this a pretty good Friday. What else can I say? See you tomorrow!
     18.5 grams of net carbs and 1625 calories

Saturday, March 22, 2008
5:30am - no color on ketostick; 217.0 lbs (0.2 lb loss), 32.0%BF, 48.0%BW
     Another new low for the year!
     23 grams of net carbs and 1727 calories

Sunday, March 23, 2008
6:00am - no color on ketostick; 217.4 lbs (0.4 lbs gain), 31.5%BF, 48.5%BW
     And on the sixth day, he rose.  (Four tenths of a pound.)  I knew a whole week straight of losses or no gains was too much to hope for.  Happy easter to ya. 
     Today is the last day of the alcohol abstinence experiment, coupled with the elimination of deli salamis.  Oddly enough, although it was not so difficult to get used to after several days a few weeks ago, I more and more found myself wanting to have a martini the last few evenings of this long holiday weekend.  What the heck is it about them that I’m missing?
     27.5 grams of net carbs and 2556 calories

Monday, March 24, 2008
6:00am - no color on ketostick; 216.8 lbs (0.6 lb loss), 31.0%BF, 48.5%BW
     A loss, a loss, my kingdom for a loss!  This comes as a bit of a surprise, actually; you can see by my carb count that something went amiss.  I’d had some mixed nuts as a snack early in the afternoon, which cranked up the carbs pretty quickly, and then dinner consisted of an Italian sausage link with fried peppers and onions, all relatively high in carbs. 
     As a celebration of three weeks of experimenting, I finally had my martini.  I don’t expect to drink during the week now, and if I didn’t have one last night, it would have been essentially another week before I would, so I rationalized it.  You know what?  It tasted really, really good.  Better than I remembered.  I nursed it like it was the last drink on Earth.  Now I can begin the “Alcohol Control” experiment, because I still want to keep losing. 

And that’s my little foray into weight loss research.  It’s not going to make any journals, but I think I showed myself some interesting associations.  A 6.2 pound loss in three weeks after having been on a stall for six weeks, kicked off by stopping alcohol consumption.  Maybe it would have been more, but then, I also learned that high fat, processed meats can also cause problems.  Thank you all for your interest and your helpful comments.

Filed under: Atkins, Food, Induction, Megamas, Mindset, Personal Journal, Starting on Low Carb, drink, general health | Tagged: low carb, Atkins, Induction, fat, alcohol, stall, calories

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