I have read so much on this website and I just started looking into Keto. Im 6ft, 225 lbs, about 24-28% BF (depending on the damn scale). I work out 6 days a week. I have been doing high reps/low weight to cut. Although Im now thinking about low reps/high weight after reading so many sucess stories. I do 15-20 mins of cardio (treadmill or eliptical) after lifting every day.
How much can I expect to lose on average on keto?
Also if anyone has experience with those scales that tell body fat...I put in standard body type and it says 28% BF and then athletic and it says 23% BF....so I dont know which one to go by. Is the calipers/measurement method better than the scales?
07-30-2009, 10:14 PM #1
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07-30-2009, 10:33 PM #2
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The weight loss is all over the map . . . would be impossible to say what an average is. But you should drop quite a bit of water weight in the first week or so (it's not unusual for people to drop 5 or 10 pounds in the first 7 - 10 days). But don't get discouraged if you don't . . . or too excited if you lose more. Some people lose more/faster and for others it's more steady--it was more slow for me. As long as you are losing and seeing progress in weight loss, measurements, and the mirror it's all good.
As for the bf% scales . . . don't waste your time. It will drive you crazy . . . those things are notoriously inaccurate and you will probably find that the bf% readings swing wildly from day to day (and even hour to hour). I have a Tanita and I don't trust it for anything except weight.
You are much better off taking progress pics, measurements, and going by the mirror and how your clothes fit, IMHO. Calipers are good, but can be tricky to get the hang of and to be consistent. I have a pair and have gotten better at using them. But I still have trouble getting consistent readings sometimes.*MFC Elder Statesmen Cabinet Crew*
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07-31-2009, 05:44 AM #3
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07-31-2009, 09:13 AM #5
I check the scale every morning..lol
We have one of those doctor scales so I think its a TINY bit more accurate.
I'm 6ft and was at 193.
My initial water weight dropped me to about 187 and now i've been steadily losing weight about 1.5-2lbs a week while my lifts are still increasing! Planning to cut till im 170lbs.
So all looks well, keep it up!
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07-31-2009, 11:37 AM #8
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I was losing at least 3-5lbs a week when I was on a low-carb ketogenic diet. I checked how far into ketosis i was in everyday twice usually in the mid purple range on the strips you can buy. I lost around 20lbs going from 197lbs to right now 177lbs. I stopped after 2 months and started weightlifting and eating more carbs but nothing like my old eating habits which has helped me mantain my weight without being in ketosis. During ketosis though you really don't have to excercise just watch your caloric intake, but if you do exercise then it of course helps you reach your fat loss goal. I'm thinking about getting back into ketosis so i can reach 165lbs or 160lbs but I don't want to risk losing muscle mass so i dont know what to do.
Hope this helped.
07-31-2009, 12:51 PM #9
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At least for me weight loss has been pretty irrelevant for keto- I can see the fat melting away, and I can see the muscle being packed on (still in that newbie gain period I think), but my weight hasn't changed much. From 206 to around 200. If it helps, pre-keto 36" waist pants were tight, I'm now wearing 33" pants very comfortably and am about to add a third notch to my belt. This after about 4-5 weeks of keto.
Also before starting keto I had my body fat measured at 23% by bioelectrical impedance, and this test is worthless while on keto because of hydration changes (after losing 6 lbs and 3"+ off my waist I went from 23% to 29% according to dude's scanner).
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07-31-2009, 07:39 PM #10
Switch from 15-20 minutes of cardio to about 30-60 minutes of low intensity cardio. High intensity cardio could burn off the protein in your muscle as a secondary energy resource if you're doing a high intensity and don't have enough carbs in your system. You don't want to risk that. A 30-60 minute walk/jog or swim(my personal favorite) always gets the job done.
Weight loss fluctuates from person to person to be honest. In the beginning you're supposed to lose the most especially if it's your first time on this diet. Some people lose anywhere from 5-10 pounds in the first week! That all depends on your bodyfat as well.
Every preceding week you're supposed to be losing less and less pounds but you'll be looking leaner and leaner. Don't look at scales and use a mirror
Sometimes it might be water weight or you might have gained some pounds in muscle. Don't let it fool you
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I recommend keto if you know what you're doing, but if you're a newbie to dieting, exercising or fitness in general I recommend a slow transfer from regularly eating well to a carb-deficient diet plan such a keto so that your body doesn't go into shock and make you crave carbs. Or crave having a blowout on something that might just erase all of your progress.
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