Vlog #13: My KETO Experiment & Physique Update
Breakfast - Keto Day 1
Dinner - Keto Day 1
Allow me to take you through Day 1 of my Menstrual/Keto Phase Menu and experience:
Now, there's something I haven’t mentioned yet. I started taking a BCAA supplement on Day 1 of this experiment (the timing of this was a total coincidence). After a few days of my elevated, thumping heart beat, I targeted my ‘stimulant free’ BCAA supplement and figured that it definitely had something to do with these symptoms (most likely from the 50mg of Capsimax Cayenne). As the days without BCAA's went on, I finally narrowed it down to the culprit: too much fat! Yep. Every single time I ate a meal that was super dense with fat, I reacted. I am believing that BOTH the excess amounts of fats and the BCAA’s were ultimately to blame for my pounding heart, so this experience in itself was enough to shift me back to not only a Plant focused diet, but a lower fat diet. I'll also add that when I was eating the animal products specifically, my body odor went from nothing to horrible overnight. Haha. I don't want to stink!
All said and done, I thought my pounding, elevated heart rate came specifically from the meat, or high protein, or the high calorie density foods, or loss of electrolytes, dehydration, all of it, but little did I know it really was all that heavy, harder to digest, dietary fat. All that matters now is that I'm done with Keto, high fat and heavy amounts of meat. For my specific goals and honest macro preferences, eating upwards of 70% of my calories from dietary fat along with stinky armpits and a pounding heart just isn’t for me.
Dinner Part 1 & Part 2: Separating Starches (Sweet Potato) from Proteins (Tofu)
Menstrual Phase = 40% Carbs, 35-40% Fats, 20-25% Protein
Follicular Phase = Transition
Ovulatory Phase = 50% Carbs, 25-30% Fats, 20-25% Protein
Luteal Phase = Transition
Honestly, I don't see this changing again anytime soon. I've tried it ALL and this is what's left. I'm still cycling my macros, I'm now hitting my Bikini Competitor protein targets, I'm enjoying a moderate, hearty amount of fats and the rest goes to carbs. Let's see what happens to my body for the rest of this Cut Phase.
Measurements: (1/1/22 Measurments)
Glutes- 36.75" (36.75")
Hips- 35" (35")
Belly- 32" (33")
Waist- 28.5" (29.5")
Inner Thighs- 20.25" (20.75")
Body Fat Percentage: Latest Scan read 16.1% (March 28th 2022), but I think it was inaccurate. I did step on the scale twice just to see if it changed and it did. The first reading was 15.6% and the second was 16.1%. Looks like it's lower than 18.3% (my last reading on 2/19/22), but I don't believe I've dropped 2% in just 1 month.
Weight: 131lbs (March 28th, 2022)
My Fitness Log and Posing Practice:
3/25: 90 Minute Low/Moderate Intensity Jumping Session & Steps: 21,000
3/26: 40 Minute Bike Ride, Posing Practice & Steps: 14,400 (Started Cycle today, Day 28)
3/27: 50 Minute Bike Ride, Posing Practice & Steps: 10,000
3/28: 45 Minute gentle bounce/light Flexing session + Foam Rolling + Posing Practice & Steps: 11,300
3/29: 1 hour moderite intensity, Interval Flex bouncing session + 15 Minutes Lay bouncing & Steps: 10,000
3/30: Posing Practice, 20 Minutes light flexing session on my Jumper & Steps: 10,800