Sunday, April 20, 2014

Losing Muscle, Not Fat...

It's been 4 weeks of low to no carbs and sugars, low fat, and No alcohol.  Has it been difficult? A bit, but not as bad as I thought it would be.  The goal of this endeavor was to force my body into ketosis, where the body draws on fat stores for fuel rather than glucose from carbs.  

In theory ketosis sounds like a miracle.  Could it be so simple? Reducing fat stores by eating protein and no carbs?  Unfortunately, like most things in life, NO it's not that simple.  

Interestingly enough after following this Very Strict eating plan I have lost 9 pounds of muscle and gained 1 pound of fat, using a Tanita Dr's scale.  The scale shows a loss of 8 pounds, but unfortunately it's mostly muscle which is not where I should have lost the weight.  To say I am disappointed is an understatement.  Please don't get me wrong, I did lose weight but not at all where I should have according to the statistics of this type of eating plan.  

There are those that will say I must not have followed the diet correctly, but I can truthfully say I did NOT cheat ever during these 4 weeks.  I did complete 2 upper body strength training sessions with weights 2 times a week.  I'm not able to do any cardio due to an injury to my knee.  

For today, Easter Sunday, I am eating and drinking whatever and whenever I want to.  I will hop back on the diet coaster tomorrow.  I will continue to follow the same eating plan, but I will be tweaking my food choices and adding in a larger variety of fruits and some whole grains.  I've been researching the possible causes of this muscle loss and haven't quite figured it out, but once I do I'll share.

Do you have any experience with ketosis?  Muscle loss on a diet?


  1. Hmmmm this is interesting. How did you Dr explain this? Lift weights is awesome!! I actually lift heavy. Lifting heavier builds muscle. Lighter weights will only tone you. I do know when building muscle you need to be eating your body weight in protein everyday too.

    1. Actually no one has said anything about this, yet. I have kept a food log that is checked every week and it seems like I'm eating enough. Not sure what is happening, but we are keeping tabs on it. I do 3 sets of each exercise. Increasing the weights and lowering the reps.

    2. Barbara, I also have a protein shake or something high in protein right after I lift. I also get tons of ideas from magazines like Muscle and Fitness Hers and Oxygen. They are more hardcore then Shape magazine. You may already do these things. I have a feeling thing will work themselves out for you.

    3. I agree that as long as I continue to do the right things (eating and exercise) all will fall into place. Oxygen is a terrific resource for a healthy lifestyle. Like you I really enjoy the more "hardcore" ideals.


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