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More Progress Earned on the Ketogenic Diet!

As of today, I’m at 171 lbs and 11.2% body fat as measured by my Omron handheld body fat measurement device! Since starting my current ketogenic diet phase, that is a change of -30.8 lbs and -9.1% body fat. It’s been exactly 5 months since I started.


I’m also down to size 30 pants! At my worst, several years ago when I hit my all-time high of 230 lbs, I was wearing size 36 pants. At the start of this summer, I was wearing 32-34 depending on the brand and fit. I’m now solidly able to wear size 30, though my muscular build still prevents certain styles from fitting nicely. Here’s a quick plug for Barbell Apparel, I love their pants! They make their jeans out of a quality omni-stretch material, and they’re looser in the spots that muscular builds require. They’re a bit expensive, but if you use my referral link you’ll get 10% off your order. Just click on the text above, or the image to the right. Trust me, they are worth it!

My journey to 9% body fat isn’t over yet, but I am so very close! I’ve been thinking about starting a “series” of posts tied together with the hashtag #JourneyToNine, what do you guys think?


My original goal wasn’t to get to 9%, but as I’ve stayed the course, I decided that I really want to see what my body will look like at such a low body fat percentage. I’m 29 years old now, so I figure that if I’m going to do this, it’s now or never! I’m planning to write some additional articles related to the ketogenic diet, as well as potentially share some of my favorite meals and treats! So if you’re interested in any of that, stay tuned and come back in the future. An easy way to see all my posts related to ketogenic stuff is to view the keto category page. And now you can also subscribe to updates via email over on the right, so check that out too!

Ketosis for optimal weight loss

I want to do a few videos about this topic, too, but since I’m backlogged with those in general, a blog post will do for now. For the last couple years, just before Summer time, I routinely jump on a diet called the Ketogenic Diet. There’s tons of resources out there for those who are interested in learning more, but the basic idea is that it is the fundamental clinical approach to low carb dieting. You’ve probably heard of Atkins or South Beach… or maybe a different low carb diet… well all of those are based on the clinically studied aspects of the Ketogenic Diet.

I’ve been doing it for a little over two weeks now and I’ve lost 5 lbs and 1.5% body fat. My pumps in the gym are still growing for the most part, even though it can have a negative impact on weight training. The idea is simple: in order to focus the body on burning fat for energy, you need to put the body into its natural fat burning mode, and keep it there. This is known as ketosis. The body is a complex system of organs, tissues, hormones, and other chemicals that change in order to adapt to the current environment. But this change is not instant, which is painfully obvious for anyone who has gone through ketosis induction, colloquially known as the “keto flu.” It can take days for the body to fully change over.

Anyway, enough of me explaining it, as I said, there are plenty of online resources. Go check em out!

To complete this post on my current health and fitness plan right now, it includes hitting the gym 5-6 days per week (which might be excessive for some, but I love it!) doing a push/pull/legs split. I’m killing it in the gym, having “defeated” four of my favorite machines, most recently the leg press machine, which tops out at 400 lbs. I’m not really doing many Olympic lifts, mostly because the racks are always so freaking busy. But thats alright, I dont need them.

Goal is to keep all of this up until August! I’ll be dialing it back a little here and there, but for the most part, I’m stoked to do this all the way through!