Three days into logging my food with surprise and a little dismay.

With almost or at two years eating healthy and Ketogenic, I’ve reached a plateau.

It’s my own fault, really. I’ve become less diligent, and a little complacent. I’m eating healthy foods of course, but not really restricting myself on quantity AND letting myself too often eat things I should not.

Tsk, Tsk, self.

I was talking to my friend Marie, and she asked me to log my food with her this week and have a weigh-in at the end. So, the week began. I did not actually log Monday, but I fasted that day anyway, except for the HWC in my coffee. I know it has calories, but even so, it was less than 500.

As I write this, it is Wednesday evening, and I have logged only two days thus far.

I’m not amused with what I am learning.

It is pretty easy to keep under the carbs, but not nearly as easy to stay under the calories. Fortunately for me, I almost exclusively do Intermittent Fasting. So from when I wake up until my evening meal, my food intake is low. But when I do eat, I like to eat. I do like a nice full belly.

I’ve definitely lost a lot of weight previously without measuring/logging. But I’ve been surprised at what I was actually taking in lately.

Since Sunday until before supper today (almost 4 days), I’m down three pounds.

I’ll report again this weekend.

But something to consider, if you are at a plateau, or just not even losing at all, is to take the time to log. To get an actual accounting of the macros (calories, carbs, sugars) going into your body.

If you experienced a plateau, what did you do to break it? Did you find logging helpful, or some other method?

I’m looking forward to your comments below.

– John Chapman

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4 thoughts on “Three days into logging my food with surprise and a little dismay.

  • Jun-30-2016 at 11:21 am

    John, I am intrigued at the thought of logging my intake, and yet totally apprehensive at the same time… and it does take ALOT of time. Not as much as i dread but still more time. Is there an app to help with intake logging and one that possibly logs the calorie, carb, protein, and sugars? Just curious if you have found something that works or makes less time of this notable task 🙂

    • John Chapman
      Jun-30-2016 at 1:30 pm

      Hey Brian!

      You might like (or maybe not!) what you find from logging. It sure can help identify problem areas.

      There are a number of APPS out there for both Android and IPhone. The one I am using is called, “MyFitnessPal”, or MFP by almost everyone. This has a barcode reader, so you can just scan whatever food you are eating, and then input the portion you consumed. It also ties in with Map My Walk/Run/Ride. You can set a goal for your calories AND your macronutrients, and it will tell you where you are.

      Just search “MyFitnessPal” and it is a free install.

      Keep me posted! – John Chapman

  • Mar-05-2017 at 10:33 pm

    I just started doing the same this week, and oddly enough, was pleasantly surprised. However, it’s the littlest things that I’m now noticing, that have hidden sugars or gluten as I recently discovered that I have something very similar to Celiac (easier to just say Celiac). While I’m still saying under my designated carb count, I don’t like the fact that they have these “hidden” sugars, gluten, etc. Why can’t they just say hey dude, this is what’s in here and how much of it, period.
    So, logging is helping me to keep a note of these hidden things as well as a diary of how these hidden things make me feel physically.

    • John Chapman
      Jul-23-2017 at 10:17 am

      Hey Shay – I was cleaning out all the spam comments, and I found your NON Spam comment in the queue. SO I released it for public consumption. 🙂

      It is indeed staggering how much crap is in so many of the foods. Once you build up a database of known foods that are good, it sure makes it easier.

      Thank you for stopping by, and thanks for the comment. My reply is only 4 months later. -grin-

      – John Chapman

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