Orange County, CA. January 20, 2010 – Morning of day three on the Orange County UltraLite (weight-loss) Program and I’m already down 4lbs – 170.5lbs. This is the first day of *ketosis as well, so now I expect the body fat to start dropping too.
*Ketosis is determined by dipping a ketone stick in to a specimen of morning urine. The state of ketosis means that I am now burning body and liver fat, and one of the metabolic products of that reaction is a ketone body. As long as I am in ketosis I will continually be burning fat, which will provide my body and brain the energy it needs to function. Most of the time we will burning glucose (blood-sugar) which comes from the carbohydrates (bread, corn, pasta, potato, rice, sugar…) we eat. The best part it that weight-loss comes from body fat reduction, not water or muscle loss.
Today I added my first supplement, Spectramin. Spectramin is a comprehensive multi-mineral supplement. The main reason for this addition is that the switch from a high-carbohydrate to a low-carbohydrate, “ketogenic” diet is fairly rapid, thus my body may temporarily go through a period of adjustment. During this adjustment my body may require extra minerals, due to my body’s releasing excess fluids that were stored during high-carbohydrate eating.
In the first week or two of being on the Orange County UltraLite (weight-loss) Program, I expect a great deal of the weight-loss to come from elimination of retained water. Research suggests that the presence of higher than normal levels of insulin in the blood causes excess water retention in the body. This is due to the fact that sodium will be retained by the kidney’s and water will be stored to buffer the excess sodium. This process results in (water-retention, swelling, edema, puffiness) and is a primary cause of high blood pressure. This is why doctors will prescribe diuretics to patients with hypertension. Logically, wouldn’t be smarter to get the insulin levels down by reducing the patients carbohydrate intake?
The initial water loss is only a short-term effect and is entirely separate from the general weight loss produced through the loss in excess body fat.
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