Hello All! First post. :) Love this plan- it dovetails nicely into an "eating plan" I adopted unintentionally in high school and college, when I was at my thinnest. Now in my 50's and hoping to lose the dreaded pounds we seem to pick up around that decade mark.
I've been using this plan along with the Shangri-La Diet for about two weeks. I followed the SLD for a week, then added Fast-5 after seeing it mentioned on the SLD forums. This combination is working wonders for appetite control. Bonus round, little wear and tear aches and pains are significantly diminished.
Anyway, my question is about ketosis. I am not following a strict low carb diet during my eating window, but I am trying to be mindful of eating proteins, fats, and plant-based carbs as opposed to processed sugars. My appetite has diminished, and proteins and fats help maintain that full feeling. Because of this, my eating window is functionally shorter than five hours, and my fast is longer, because one decent meal satisfies me.
Out of curiosity I bought ketone test strips last night. I waited until I awoke today and did a test. Upon initial waking (first potty trip) I registered trace ketones. Since then (out of curiosity) I have tested intermittently- and come up with no ketones at all- zip zero nada.
Activity is normal for daily routine with no extreme exertion so far (it's almost 100'F out there.) I've had only water today. I did use toothepaste (once) to brush my teeth.
??? Ketosis? Do we not fast long enough to achieve it? Why was I in ketosis first thing today but not since- and I haven't eaten nor drank any nutrients, much less carbs?
I am thirsty, I do have the metallic (kinda yuck) taste in my mouth (unsusual for me) and I' drinking water pretty much constantly. Could my urine be too diluted for the test to pick up ketones?
Haven't weighed myself yet, so no idea how much I've lost. I have a drs appt at the end of the month and I want my weight loss to be a surprise for both me and my dr. She's a long-time friend of mine and she's been after me to lose my middle age spread. :) I *am* losing weight though- or at least inches- it's visible to both me and my husband, and it's noticeable in the way my clothes fit.
Ketosis? or no? Is there weight loss without ketosis? ??
(Thank you in advance for your responses!)