My self-directed and self-managed attempt at a ketogenic diet this time last year was successful until… my wife and I traveled to Santa Fe, NM just after Christmas for just a week. While on the road I went off my diet after having lost 20 pounds; upon our return home I was unable to resume the resume my plan, and, as happens to many, most? I had a “rebound” experience and gained back the 20, plus 5. Argh!!!
I came to the conclusion that I could not do this on my own, and that my best bet was to enroll in a medical weight management program. Last week I started in earnest with a Kaiser-based program. The program has demonstrated good results in the past, and I know from a personal contact who successfully did, and remains on, the program (officially 82 weeks, but apparently, a life membership for support meetings), that long term success is possible. Though a KP member, this program is outside of the KP benefits, so it’s out of pocket, about $800/month for the first four months, which includes weekly meal replacements. After that initial period the cost drops significantly, but having not reached that point, I’ll hold off on any cost estimate for now.
My long term goal is to lose about 70 pounds. I have, in the first week, dropped 12 pounds. Now, much of this is likely to be water, so I expect this weekly number to drop pretty rapidly to a more realistic 1-2 pounds per week.
Since weight loss tends to be physiologically sexist, I do expect to experience a more rapid rate of loss than most of the women in my cohort. For now my diet is 960 calories daily, with a less than wonderful menu of two shakes, two soups and two nutrient bars per day. To the credit of those at KP who designed the program I’ve not been starving, just had moments of elevated hunger. I know that to get to sleep I need to have that last nutrient bar in the last hour before bed.
I will see if I can manage a weekly update on both the experiences and, I hope, successes of the experience.
Height: 5-10 – Hoping/expecting this won’t change over time… 🙂
Starting weight: 241 lbs
This week: 229 lbs