Friday, November 29, 2013

Day 18 & 19 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I ended up going to mom's place and to my surprise there was about 6 other guests. We ended up having Thanksgiving at her place. It was very zero carb friendly as there was three meat selections available to me. My mom is very supportive because she knows that I need to lose weight. We had roasted turkey, baked ham and a pork roast. None of them had any type of sweet sauces or seasonings on them. It was nice to eat plenty and not feel stuffed and bloated. There was plenty of typical carb loaded sides and desserts. I did well and was not tempted to try any. Although my carb cravings have been hit and miss lately I can honestly say that yesterday was a very good day. I ended up coming home late last night and slept in today. I feel well rested right now and tomorrow should be a nice sunny cool day. I just might put up some Christmas decorations. I am feeling much better now that I am not monitoring my weight while I settle into zero carb. I know that I will have a nice drop in weight when that time comes for my weigh-in. I do need to know that this lifestyle is working for me. My past experience with zero carb tells me that will happen. I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving, that is for those who celebrate it. I know this blog has an international audience and not all celebrate this occasion. That's it for now.

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  -about lb mix of turkey, ham and pork roast

2nd meal  -about lb mix of turkey, ham and pork roast



Thanks,

Connor

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 17 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Long day at work. Lots of meetings and end of the year stuff. Today was good from the carb craving standpoint. Actually an overall good day. I will have the next 4 days off from work. I am thinking to visit my mom for the holiday. She lives by-herself and she is not wanting to visit any relatives for turkey day. I think it would be easy to go out to eat tomorrow. I am not in a mood to cook or want leftovers. Luby's and Golden Corral are both open in my area tomorrow. I think I will go to Luby's in order not to overeat at the Golden Corral. It should be a nice outing. My mom and I get along very well and have lots to talk about. Besides my regular meals today, I had three whole grilled wings with a rub that did not include sugar. One of my friends at work from another part of the building told me her boss gave her and her fellow employees a bunch. They were pretty good. I really enjoyed the wing tips with the fat. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving tomorrow. That's it for now.

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  -8 oz special brisket and bacon mix

Snack      -3 whole chicken wings

2nd meal  -3 large smoked chicken thighs

Thanks,

Connor

MY BLOOD TEST RESULTS ARE IN

I finally got my blood test results. After getting a ZERO calcium scoring two weeks ago on a Heart CT SCAN, I was anxious to give an eye on the blood analysis. As I already said, I got wild and did “out of the box” testing including insulin and leptin dosage.

BLOOD INSULIN LEVEL:

It is the first time I get my blood insulin measured even if I am doing a LC diet since 15 years. The level came back at 6.7 ulU/ml., on the lower side of the normal range of 2.6-24.9 ulU/ml.

So I have LOW blood insulin level, which is good, meaning the Zero Carb diet is certainly not creating any hyper-insulinism and surely, NO insulin resistance. This is all good as insulin is very bad for ones health, especially for arteries.

So far, so good.

HEMOGLOBIN A1c:

This test gives an idea what was my blood sugar level, on the average, in the last 2-3 months. It is measured by evaluating the “glycation – sugar oxidation” of the HEME part of the red blood cells.

The result came out VERY LOW, at a level of 4.4 %, as the normal range is 4.8 – 5.6 %. Meaning my average blood sugar was in the very normal range of 75-80 md/dl, 24 hours per day/7 days a week, for the last 2 to 3 months. For a pre-diabetic such as me, this is an outstanding result.

C-REACTIVE PROTEIN:

The purpose of this test is to evaluate the level of body inflammation. It is an excellent predictor of having hearth problems.

The result came back LOW with a level of .21 mg/L, while the average normal range is between 0.00 – 3.00 mg/L.

Which again demonstrate how a Zero Carb diet does put down the body inflammation, dreadful inflammation, which is the basic cause of many pathologies such as atherosclerosis, cancer, dementia, degenerative diseases, name them.

LEPTIN:

This was the test I was really waiting for. Leptin is this hormone that signal your brain you have eaten enough; it is the “hormone of satiety”. I always had this tendency to feel much hungrier then I feel I should be. Of course, it is much less on Zero Carb but, still, I tend to overeat easily as I think I have lost the real sensation of satiety.

The test came back at 1.4 ng/ml while the upper normal limit is 1.5 ng/ml. So my level of leptin is normal; but still, it is near the upper limit.

What does this mean? Well, maybe, I am at the limit of being Leptin-resistant after so many years on a high carbohydrate diet. Some studies show this can often be a permanent damage to Leptin receptors. Anyway, even if it was the case, I am still in the normal range, which is certainly an incentive to continue Zero Carb

CHOLESTEROL:

This is the BIG test and I was anxious to see the results after the zero coronary arteries calcium scoring. I got a VAP cholesterol test done, and this is probably the most detailed blood lipids profile available nowadays.

According to my readings, folks on ZC often get normal or elevated cholesterol, BUT they always have high HDL and low triglycerides.

My total cholesterol was on the high side with a level of 262 mg/dl (normal < 200). But when you look at the sub classes, the good HDL was high at 57 mg/dl (normal >40 mg/dl) and the sub-classes of HDL-2 was also HIGH at 17 mg/dl. So I guess that for the HDL, everything is more then optimal.

The LDL came back HIGH at 182 mg/dl (normal <130 mg/dl) BUT sub-classes showed a pattern A of non-atherogenic fluffy LDL. Excellent.

Nowadays, many researchers are saying using only you total cholesterol number to evaluate your lipid profile is criminal, and not knowing the sub-classes of HDL and LDL is even more criminal.

Clearly, many doctors would want me to take statins with this HIGH total cholesterol and this HIGH LDL even if I have very low triglyceride at 86 mg/dl (normal range < 150 mg/dl), good HDL and NORMAL subclasses for both HDL and LDL.

So with the good subclasses of LDL running in my blood and the ZERO Calcium Scoring I got for my age, I will certainly not expose myself to this medication. Anyway, having my arteries clean of any atherosclerosis, I tend more to believe that theory saying cholesterol comes more to repair damaged blood vessels by any means, then being the initial cause of the blockage. We must not forget we need cholesterol and LDL is the delivery system to our cells, bringing along vitamins and antioxidants.

Interestingly, the American Heart Association has recently published new “rules” for prescribing statins as we now suspect statins work NOT essentially by cutting cholesterol production, but also by lowering body inflammation, artery cells hypertrophy and thinning the blood. Which means that, according to the “new rules on statin prescription” someone who is a man, especially and Afro-American, and suffers high blood pressure or diabetes or is a smoker, will be prescribe statin EVEN if his cholesterol numbers are NORMAL…

You must know most PATENTS on statin are ending by the end of December (except CRESTOR…) so pharmaceutical folks had to find a way to get more people to take them…

So I guess this will be enough testing for me for some times. With all these good results I got, the Zero Carb way of living has proven to be a positive choice for me and, anyway, I honestly cannot see myself living another way….

Denis





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 16 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

I had another good day. I consider it good because I made it through without cheating. I am not worried about losing weight right now. I need to get over my carb cravings in which I am having more of a hard time than the first time around. I find myself eating more than I want to quell the the urge for carbs. It has only been two weeks and I need to give this chosen lifestyle change as much time as I need to get back to comfortable eating habits on zero carb. I am thinking of not doing a daily weigh-in until I feel that I am on track with my eating. At this point it is not encouraging seeing that I am not losing weight as I did on my first try. Circumstances are different and I am having, at times, a daily struggle with carvings. Some days are better than others, but I have not hit that stride that I thought I would as my first time around. That being said I am dedicated to make this work. I do remember the great feeling I had when I broke free of carbs and I want that back. I know it will come. I have to stand firm and continue. So today will be the last time I post my current weight until I feel that I am in tune with this way of eating. I won't go more than a month without weighing myself and at that point I will decide if I will start a daily or weekly weigh-in. I will of course do a daily post with my daily menu. That's it for now.

Day 1    -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7    -241.0 lbs (1.0 lb loss)  week 1
Day 14  -239.5 lbs (1.5 lbs loss) week 2
Day 15  -240.0 lbs
Day 16  -240.0 lbs

Total weight loss: 2.0 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  -8 oz special brisket and bacon mix

2nd meal  -4 large smoked chicken thighs



Thanks,

Connor

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 15 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Today was OK. I had a lot of work at my office and it burnt me out. My neck/shoulder pain still lingers a little, but is gone for the most part. I ate my brisket/bacon mix in two sessions about an hour apart. I had two 4 oz frozen portions. I don't know why I ate it that way. I had slight weight gain. I was not surprised considering the amount of food I ate yesterday, especially when I was not hungry. I liked the shredded chicken thighs with mayo that I ate it as my second meal today. I did have a slight craving for carbs this evening at home and I think that extra fat from the mayo may have helped me with that situation. I am hanging tough and will continue to do so. That's it for now.


Day 1    -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7    -241.0 lbs (1.0 lb loss)  week 1
Day 14  -239.5 lbs (1.5 lbs loss) week 2
Day 15  -240.0 lbs

Total weight loss: 2.0 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  -8 oz special brisket and bacon mix

2nd meal  -4 shredded chicken thighs with 1/2 cup of mayo



Thanks,

Connor

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Day 14 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

I had a lazy day again. I slept in a bad position and my shoulder to neck hurt on my left side. I think I got too close to the headboard and my head was at a weird angle. I ended up taking two ibuprofen to help with the pain. After an hour or so the pain eased away. I ate basically what I had yesterday, but I added a snack that I ate even though I was not hungry at all. I have to admit that I had a moment of weakness where I wanted to eat something sweet. Instead I ate the snack that consisted of two chicken thighs shredded up with about a 1/3 cup of mayo. That did the trick. After that I did not even want to think of food at all. I hated that I ate more than I really wanted or needed, but I feel it was a necessary tacit to avoid caving into carbs. Will I gain weight tomorrow? Who knows? I don't really care at this point. I am just trying to get myself straight with zero carb. I will get there sooner or later. I can't believe its been two weeks already. That's it for now.

Day 1    -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7    -241.0 lbs (1.0 lb loss)  week 1
Day 14  -239.5 lbs (1.5 lbs loss) week 2

Total weight loss: 2.5 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  -3 eggs over easy and 3 rashers of extra thick bacon

2nd meal  -4 large bbq/smoked chicken thighs 

Snack      -2 shredded chicken thighs with 1/3 cup of mayo



Thanks,

Connor

11/24/2013 Dave's Weekly Update: Living Clean

Greetings Friends, Family and anyone else that I have missed. My Spirits are HIGH and my Health is good if not GREAT!!!

What a glorious day y'all. I am..........well, I am..... what are the right words??? What are the right words indeed! How does one describe a zeal for life that is beyond description. This way of living has brought me so much happiness that it should be shared by all. The best thing is that it is for free for the most part.

What is the source you may ask? What is the source indeed! Well, the only thing or should I say one of the "things" I can contribute to this is living CLEAN. Clean you say??? What the heck!!!! OK now let me explain........ Oh boy he is going to explain......... Wow, no need to be rude and all. Hahaha!!!! OK, once again another attempt to make a funny that has gone wrong....jeeeeeezzzzzzzz!!!!

Look-it: I am no Nutty Professor, but I do know how I feel. No one in the world can describe that better than me and of course that goes for everyone else out there in cyber-land. So I was describing "Living Clean", and no I don't mean with a bar of soap. Ha! I guess what I really mean is that all this time without out all the TOXINS of eating Processed High Carbohydrate Foods (PHCF) did I just invented an new acronym? Maybe I am a nutty professor after all??? OK maybe just NUTTY. Hahaha...........

OK back on track: After years and years of abuse from eating ton after ton of processed foods that mostly contain high carbs I really feel that living free from them has increased my quality of life big time y'all. You have to admit even folks that don't believe in Zero Carb preach to stay away, for the most part, from all forms of processed foods.

Anyway I am listening to Johnny Cash "Solitary Man" right now. I discovered that YouTube has a site that repeats music videos and I am just in a mood to hear that song. I wrote a blog post back on 5/7/2012 called "Solitary Man" and I have to say that even though I wrote it myself, I really enjoyed rereading it. Go figure! The main part I enjoyed was the descriptions of how I have experimented with all types of diets that led me to eventually try Zero Carb among other things such as Bullet Proof Coffee.

So for now I will continue march to beat of my own drum. I don't need acceptance from others around me. I have my little Blog and I am still a member of ZIOH. Yes, we have had a few small differences in the past, but they are family. Hey we all know about those types of situations.

OK then: I will whole hardheartedly begin to write a weekly update on Sundays. If something important comes up between then I will write my oh so famous "Supplemental"...... OK don't laugh so loud.....I can hear you from hear. Denis continues to feed us with lots of good if not GREAT info on the Zero Carb Front among some of his personal experiences that we all benefit from. Lisa is a special friend of mine and can pitch in anytime she wants. Connor may continue to use this blog as his personal journal describing his journey through Zero Carb, but may not give advice because of his lack of experience other than what he personally does to combat cravings or new recipes and such. I monitor his posts closely and will pull any misinformation he may put out by accident.

Have a Healthy Day my Friends and Family. I will follow the path in front of me and reap the rewards of the Zero Carb Lifestyle. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er  just in REACH



Cheers,

Dave

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 13 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Today was a lazy day for me. It rained off and on all day. Also the temperature dropped to the mid 40s from the 80s yesterday. I had 4 packages of chicken leg quarters to cook, but did not know what exactly to do with them. So I finally decided to bbq/smoke them. I used an indirect cooking method and used apple wood for the smoke. I had to cook two batches. They came out really good, tender and moist. With this method you don't have to turn over the chicken. It cooks for a longer period of time, but is well worth it. This morning I cooked three extra thick rashers of bacon and three turnover eggs. It kept me full for a long time. To tell you the truth I was not really hungry at all when I ate my second meal. So I am still not eating to hunger. I really need to work on that. I still have some brisket/bacon mix packs frozen and ready to eat a moments notice. I will make time and arrange some packs of bbq/smoke chicken leg quarters in which I have already separated the legs from the thighs. These two sources of protein should last awhile. I plan on a semi-lazy day tomorrow with some light housework and laundry for the most part. That's it for now.

Day 1    -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7    -241.0 lbs (1 lb loss) week 1
Day 8    -241.0 lbs
Day 9    -240.5 lbs
Day 10  -240.5 lbs
Day 11  -240.0 lbs
Day 12  -240.0 lbs
Day 13  -240.0 lbs

Total weight loss: 2.0 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  -3 eggs over easy and 3 rashers of extra thick bacon

2nd meal  -4 large bbq/smoked chicken thighs 



Thanks,

Connor

Day 12 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

I had a real good day. Things are coming along really good for the most part. It was a long day at work with all kinds of changes being made in my company, so I was occupied with work and had no time to think about carbs. I feel that activity in one form or another is good for keeping my mind straight. When I have too much time on my hands it gives me time to over think about food. Then the thought of carbs come crawling back. I know I just have to keep in mind all the harm that those types of foods do to the body and get over it. This will take time. That's it for now.

Day 1    -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7    -241.0 lbs (1 lb loss) week 1
Day 8    -241.0 lbs
Day 9    -240.5 lbs
Day 10  -240.5 lbs
Day 11  -240.0 lbs
Day 12  -240.0 lbs

Total weight loss: 2.0 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee


1st meal  -8 oz special brisket and bacon mix

2nd meal  -
8 oz special brisket and bacon mix



Thanks,

Connor

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 11 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

My stomach felt better this morning. I ended up eating some leftovers from work. One of the employees warmed up all the leftovers and set up the food in one of the offices. I ate a good 2 lbs or more of the BBQ beef brisket and sausage. I think I overate a little again, but my stomach did not hurt. I did eat a second meal that I probably did not need after I got home from work. I need to start to eat according to my hunger. This is another chapter of my eating habits that I need to pay attention too. That's it for now.

Day 1    -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7    -241.0 lbs (1 lb loss) week 1
Day 8    -241.0 lbs
Day 9    -240.5 lbs
Day 10  -240.5 lbs
Day 11  -240.0

Total weight loss: 2.0 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee


1st meal  -about 2 lbs of leftover BBQ brisket and sausage

2nd meal  -
8 oz special brisket and bacon mix

Thanks,

Connor

Day 10 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the late post. I did not sleep well the last night and got only a couple of hours of sleep. So when I got home today I fell asleep about 7 PM. I just got up a few minutes ago and realized that I did not post. The office Thanksgiving party went fine. I ate a double plate of brisket and a little sausage. I purposely overate brisket to fill me up and now my stomach is hurting a little bit. This brisket was made Texas style in the pit and had burned parts on the out side a little. It actually gives the meat a good flavor, but I think I ate a little too much of the burnt part and now my stomach hurts a little. The over eating worked as far as not even wanting to look at the desserts, but now it seems to come at a little cost. That's OK, I am willing to go with a little discomfort to help me stay on track. That's it for now.

Day 1   -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7   -241.0 lbs (1 lb loss) week 1
Day 8   -241.0 lbs
Day 9   -240.5 lbs
Day 10  -240.5 lbs

Total weight loss: 1.5 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee


Only meal of the day  -about three pounds of Texas style beef brisket



Thanks,

Connor

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BLOOD TESTS DONE ON ZERO CARB

After doing an Heart Calcium Scoring CT SCAN and discovered my coronaries are clean from any trace of atherosclerosis as my score was ZERO, I decided to go for blood tests.

I just got them done and am now waiting for the results. 

I got wild and asked for tests like a dosage of blood INSULIN and LEPTIN, a complete VAP lipid profile and, of course, an Hemoglobin A1c and C Reactive Protein Cardiac. Plus, of course the usual stuff.

As soon as I get some results, I will report.

Denis

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 9 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Another good day. Tomorrow my office will have our Thanksgiving party. I lucked out because the  main entree will be BBQ beef brisket and sausage. Of course we will have all the usual sides, but that is not a problem. I am coming along really good and feel that I am up to the test tomorrow. I will admit that I will stay far away from the dessert table. It is way too much temptation for me. I am still keeping low key at work for now. I need to take this day by day. I know zero carb works, I just need to settle down to the lifestyle change. I am not 100% there mentally, but I am getting to that place that I so much need to be. I know I will have a good report on the events at my office party for tomorrow's post. I will make you proud. That's it for now.



Day 1   -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7   -241.0 lbs (1 lb loss) week 1

Day 8   -241.0 lbs
Day 9   -240.5 lbs

Total weight loss: 1.5 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee


1st meal  -8 oz 
special brisket and bacon mix


2nd meal  -2 large pan fired chicken leg quarters 




Thanks,

Connor

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 8 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

I feel pretty much stable right now. I hope I broke the back of my cravings for carbs once and for all or at least for the meantime. I am trying to keep my posts simple and to the point. I am keeping low key at work because of my first failure at zero carb. I will let the weight loss do my talking for me at work once it kicks in. I will cease adding extra fat to my diet starting tomorrow. I will just eat the brisket and bacon mix most of the time. That's it for now. 


Day 1   -242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 7   -241.0 lbs (1 lb loss) week 1

Day 8   -241.0

Total weight loss: 1 lb

Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee


1st meal  -8 oz 
special brisket and bacon mix with half of stick of melted butter


2nd meal  -8 oz special brisket and bacon mix with half of stick of melted butter





Thanks,

Connor

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Day 7 Zero Carb Diet 2nd-Try

Hello everyone,

Another good day. It rained a little so I did not do any yard work. I did get out of the house for awhile when it cleared up. I did a little shopping and had a cup of coffee at a small outdoor cafe and people watched for awhile.  I made a beef brisket last week, but I did not like the way it came out. The flavor was OK, but not great. It did not have enough fat. So I came up with an idea today. First I used an indoor grill and grilled 2 boneless chicken thighs with the skin on, two pork chops and a nice size boneless rib eye steak. This indoor grill has a bottom that catches all the drippings from the meats, so I put these drippings with the brisket. What I forgot to say is that before that I chopped up the rest of the brisket into tiny cubes and paced it in a large bowl. I put all the drippings and bits into the bowl with the brisket, but it still looked like it need more fat. So I got 1 lb of thick cut bacon and cooked it on that same grill. It rendered a lot of fat. I purred the fat into the bowl. I then chopped up the bacon into tiny bits and added it to the brisket. I then stirred it up and made several 8 oz packages out of it and froze the packets for later use. By the time I finished added the extra fat the meat had a nice oily sheen to it. 


This morning I started off with a nice plain black cup of coffee and then I almost did a repeat of yesterday morning with the chorizo and bacon, but I changed my mind. I decided to eat the other 4 rasher of bacon with 4 eggs and added butter to the puddle of bacon grease. Then as stated above I decided to cook a mix grill and cooked 2 pork chops, 2 chicken thighs and a rib eye steak. I ate most of it. I had about a third of the steak and half of one thigh left. I also had a mid day snack of pork skins. Things are coming along much better now. That's it for now.


Day 1   - 242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 2   - 241.0 lbs
Day 3   - 240.5 lbs
Day 4   - 240.0 lbs 

Day 5   - 240.0 lbs

Day 6   -241.0 lbs

Day 7   -241.0 lbs (1 lbs loss)



Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee
1st meal  - 4 rashers of thick cut bacon and 4 large eggs with butter

Snack - pork skins
2nd meal - 2-8 oz hamburger patties with two slices of cheddar cheese and two rashers of thick bacon



Thanks,

Connor

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Day 6 Zero Carb Diet-2nd-Try

Hello everyone,

I am doing really good today. Almost no cravings today. I ate lots of fat and it seemed to help and kept me really full. Right now I am not worried about the weight loss. I want to focus on getting back to 100% zero carb and nothing else. The weight loss will come naturally. I have more yard work to do tomorrow. Lots or trimming and detail work. That will keep me busy and focus on just making zero carb a part of my everyday life. That's it for now.

Day 1   - 242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 2   - 241.0 lbs
Day 3   - 240.5 lbs
Day 4   - 240.0 lbs 

Day 5   - 240.0 lbs

Day 6   -241.0 lbs


Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee

1st meal  - 5 oz beef chorizo, 4 thick cut rashers of bacon and three large eggs

2nd meal - 2-8 oz hamburger patties with two slices of cheddar cheese and two rashers of thick bacon



Thanks,

Connor



Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 5 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

I am feeling much, much better today. My stomach is back to normal. The runs ran away. I felt so good that I treated myself to a special meal. I took a half day off and ate out to a Brazilian Steakhouse. That was my only meal for the day. I ate really good. The food was excellent and plenty. I passed on the chicken and pork and stuck with the beef. I also skipped the salad bar, although there was some friendly selections on the bar. I will load up on the fat for the next few days to hopefully break the back of my carb cravings. I had some slight cravings earlier in the day. Lots of real thick bacon for tomorrow with some eggs drowning in butter. That's it for now. 

Day 1   - 242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 2   - 241.0 lbs
Day 3   - 240.5 lbs
Day 4   - 240.0 lbs 

Day 5   - 240.0 lbs


Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee 

Mid-day meal  - lots and lots of assorted Brazilian style beef


Thanks,

Connor

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 4 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

I am feeling much better today. I am not 100% yet, but almost there. The cravings are still there, but are fading. I think I will take Denis and Dave's advice and consume more fat. I have to think of this as a change and not a weight loss program like Dave said. I am in no rush. I just want to be on the right track and increase the quality of my life. At my current weight I am not very happy and feel like crap. I want to be healthy and in good shape. I know I can achieve this with zero carb and keep that way for life. That's it for now.


Day 1   - 242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 2   - 241.0 lbs
Day 3   - 240.5 lbs
Day 4    -240.0 lbs



Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee 

1st meal  - 8 oz beef brisket

2nd meal - 2 pork chops 10 oz



Thanks,

Connor

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 3 Zero Carb Diet-2nd-Try

Hello everyone,

I had another tough day with cravings. It was not as bad as yesterday. My stomach is still not back to normal yet, but it is much better than yesterday too. I still have the runs. Again not as bad as yesterday. So all in all not a great day, but a better day. I hope for a better day tomorrow. I am confident that my body is getting used to this way of eating again. That's it for now.


Day 1   - 242.0 lbs (start weight)
Day 2   - 241.0 lbs
Day 3   - 240.5 lbs


Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee 

1st meal  - 8 oz beef brisket

2nd meal - 4 large pan fried chicken legs




Thanks,

Connor

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 2 Zero Carb Diet-2nd Try

Hello everyone,

Today started out really good. Then as my workday ended so did the good feeling. On my drive home I began to have urges again for carbs. For some reason I really had a craving for chicken chow mein not to be confused with chicken lo mein. Anyway I almost convinced myself to pick-up some take out. I then came to my senses and stopped at a convenience store and picked up a bag of pork skins. I ate about a fourth of the bag and I settled down. I got home and cooked two boneless with skin chicken thighs. I just cut them up a bit and pan fried then its own fat. It rendered a lot of fat and was crispy and tasted great. One big thing. About an hour later my stomach began to hurt a little. Then I had the runs. I am not sure if it was the pork skins or the chicken fat or a combination. My stomach is a little queasy as I write this post. I will survive. Today was hard. I made it through. I really think getting a little sick helped put the reins on my thoughts of cheating. I don't even want to look at food right now let alone cheat. That's it for now.

Day 1   - 242 lbs (start weight)
Day 2    -241 lbs (-  1 lbs)


Fluids - water, seltzer, plain black coffee 

1st meal  - 8 oz beef brisket

2nd meal - 2 large chicken thighs, pork skins



Thanks,

Connor

THE "CORONARY CALCIUM SCORING HEARTH CT SCAN" AND THE ZERO CARB DIET

Well, I had to go for it one day and it happened this week. I am not to keen about doing too much medical testing but, at now 57 years old, with an horrific family history of hearth diseases and almost 40 years of eating the recommended and trendy high carbohydrate, high starch, rich in trans fat diet of the 70’s and 80’s, I really had to stop and evaluate what is my actual hearth condition…

I did not want to consult a cardiologist as these guys tend to always do a “stress test” which, according to many studies, only sees coronary blockages over 75%, which doesn’t give any idea about the “cardiac risk”… if you do not have the said 75% blockages…

Aside considering the “risk factors” for hearth diseases, which have some value but a lot of limitations because they only are “statistical risks”, I needed to find a way to find where I was at this point of my life and to evaluate the consequences of 15 years of low carb lifestyle, including 3 years on a Zero Carb diet.

Coronary Calcium Scoring CT SCAN is a test, which is easy and fast, which is non-invasive (no needle, no injection), painless, and gives, according to the actual studies, a good estimate of the risk of suffering from a cardiac event in a predefined period of time, according to one’s age. It is done with an ultra-fast CT SCAN (computed tomography), as the pictures are taken between 2 heartbeats and come out as thin sections of the heart. The results given are called a “CALCIUM SCORING” of the coronary arteries.

There is no preparation for the test, no major contraindication, and aside the fact you need a doctor prescription, it is the fastest and easiest thing to do on earth. The cost may vary greatly depending on where you have it done; generally it may go from $100 up to $350.

The results are given according to the level of calcium deposit in the coronary arteries, which signals the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall, also called coronary artery disease (CAD). Results are classified in 5 categories, the “Cardiac Scoring Calcium Chart”:

1- 0                           :                   no evidence of CAD
2- 1 – 10                   :                   minimal evidence of CAD
3- 11 – 100               :                   mild evidence of CAD
4- 101 – 399             :                   moderate evidence of CAD
5- plus 400               :                    extensive evidence of CAD

Anything that comes out over 101 requires more testing and eventual medical or even chirurgical treatment. Interestingly, some centers are considering a score under 10 as NEGATIVE… and the maximum score one can get is 1,000 !!!

So here I went and got a Hearth CT SCAN done. After I registered and paid for the test, I lied down on the CT SCAN bed, answered a few questions from the technician, and got some hearth electrode installed. And then I was sliding into the CT machine. It took 2 adjustments of the beam to detect the exact starting position, when I had to hold my breath for 10 seconds, and then the X-RAY beams began to rotate around me, measuring the amount of radiation were being absorbed throughout my body while the table was moving… with another 10 seconds of breath holding and the test was done.

To understand the significance of one’s score, it is important to put it into context of “normals for age”. The thinking is that plaque, which occurs prematurely in younger individuals, is more aggressive and hence more prone to lead to a hearth attack then plaque which develops slowly with age. Hence a 70-year-old man with a coronary calcium score of 150 (about average for that age group) has slower growing, more stable plaque than a 40-year-old with a score of 150. The latter has a more aggressive plaque forming process and will need to be treated accordingly.

For Asymptomatic patients in my age group, 25 % of men would have a score of zero, 50 % a score between 1 and 100, 20 % a score between 100 and 400, and 8 % a score over 400. So you can see 75 % of folks my age do present some coronary calcium… AND having a score between 1 and 100, at my age, can also be considered “normal”…

So here I am, a 57 years old guy, with a severe family history of hearth disease (father had 1st hearth attack at 49 and nobody else survived older then 63 in the family), which had been eating the horrific “Western Countries Style diet” for the first 42 years of his life, now on a Zero Carb extremely HIGH saturated fat diet with NO ingestion of food items from plant origin since 3 years, with a Type A personality, and have had many signs of a Metabolic Syndrome in the past (obesity, pre-diabetes, lipid disorder) that are, luckily today, under control with a Zero Carb diet.

So what kind of result you think I had as a Calcium Scoring on my Hearth CT SCAN?

Zero.

Yes, zero like in Zero Carb…

I was surprised, I must admit.

And please take note I am not even in the 75 % of people of my age group which has coronary calcium; and not even in the group having a score between 1 and 100, which is considered normal for the said age…
Can this be possible considering I am eating 85 % of my calories as fat, especially saturated fat?

Can this be possible considering I suffered 40 years of my life on a full bloom Metabolic Syndrome?

My conclusion is certainly not scientific but I think doing a seriously restricted low carb diet such as Zero Carb in the last 15 years has something do with the result…

And I will even adventure myself to say that if I had some coronary calcifications in the past, these Low Carb years probably cleaned them out… I say this because some studies have documented regression of atherosclerosis with some diets. Why didn’t this could have occurred with Zero Carb?

The only other person I know that has reported a Calcium Score doing a LC diet is Jimmy Moore. His result was also ZERO. Coincidence?

Anyway, I am about 15 years older then he is… and my score is still ZERO. Coincidence?

So folks, today is a great day for Zero Carb and I hope you will enjoy this little victory of mine on bad heredity and years of eating the wrong diet.

Amusingly, the butter at diner tonight had a taste of… happiness!!!

Now, I have to find the courage to go for a serious blood lipids testing… Maybe for nothing… but surely for a lot of enjoyment and discoveries!!!

Denis










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