I have lost 5 pounds the last week. From 128.8 lbs to 123.8 lbs.
My calories were 1600 – 1800 per day. And no, I didn’t exercise a lot. I did go to the gym 4 times but burned no more than perhaps 200 calories per time.
So what did I eat? Pork spareribs, beef stew, egg salad, hamburger, bacon, salami, egg salad, cheese, and nuts. Even peanut butter. About 70% fat. Less than 20 carbs from veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, celery). Not as strict as Atkins induction (which does not allow nuts and peanut butter, plus I ate more cheese than allowed).
Sure, the weight lost is mostly water, but so is Kimkins when starting out. But the point is that I did not have to restrict calories at all. I did not have to go hungry (appetite suppression from ketosis has never worked for me, possibly due to lower bodyfat?).
Why would you even consider Kimkins (lean meat, just enough fat to make your menu work) when you can lose better doing Atkins and not feel deprived at all?
So why did I need to lose the weight in the first place? I, that have successfully maintained at 124 – 126 lbs for 4 years. Without counting carbs or calories. Without thinking about what I’m eating (or not eating). Well, every Fall I gain some weight, 4-5 pounds. Generally in October, it just came early this year. I then maintain (over the Holidays!) at a higher weight until late January or so when I effortlessly drop down to my normal range.
To me it seems to be a seasonal cycle my body likes, but if I had tracked my food I could possibly find the explanation there as well. Fall is a busy work period for me with a lot of traveling. This year there wasn’t any down period during the summer so perhaps that’s why the gain occurred earlier than usual.
It will be interesting to see if October brings with it the normal weight gain, or if I have already gone through this year’s cycle. Leaving for another business trip today so I will know soon enough.