Hello, Darlings! Today we are talking about Ready To Start Keto Diet- First Baseline Measurement.
I am assuming you completed your Sugar Detox, did some shopping for Grocery List And Supply List For Keto Diet, and set realistic goals by Knowing Your Why. If so, you ready to start. Step one on the Keto Diet we need to take some baseline measurements to chart your progress.
Ready To Start Keto Diet- First Let’s Take Baseline Measurements
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Grab A Tape Measure And Take Some Measurement
I know you really, really do not want to do this. But, having these baseline measurements will give you a starting point. For me when weight loss seems to be very slow, taking my measurements and seeing where I was losing inches, kept me motivated to stay on track. **You will need a friend to help with measuring properly.
When Was The Last Time You Had Blood Work
Now is a good time to look back at your old blood work. If you have not had blood work done with in the last year, you might want to have it done BEFORE starting this diet. Make special note of your A1C and glucose numbers. The first months of Keto Diet can affect your cholesterol numbers so test before you start.
Worried About Cholesterol? Check Out Dr. Bosworth’s Video On How The Keto Diet Affects Cholesterol.
Do You Know What Your Blood Pressure Is?
If I asked you, “what is your normal blood pressure?”, could you answer that question? It is a good investment to have on hand a blood pressure monitor, especially with the increase in usage of Telehealth. In the early days of the Keto Diet, your body will be losing a bunch of water weight which will affect your blood pressure (lower) and you might feel dizzy or weak. Being able to monitor this and know what is going on will help you.
This is called the Keto Flu. Learn about how to prevent/remedy these symptoms.
The remedy to this is adding electrolytes (my favorite, Dr. Berg’s) and sea salt or pink Himalayan salt to your diet.
Knowing your starting “normal” blood pressure is a great way to see how your body reacts to the diet. Many people after being on a Keto Diet were able to lower their “normal” blood pressure enough to get off blood pressure medicines.
Learn More About Salt And Blood Pressure On A Keto Diet
Time To Step On The Scales
I about fainted when I first stepped on the scales before starting the Keto Diet. Truly, I wanted to cry. I can not believe I let it get that bad. But today is the day you get control of your weight and your health.
I have the FitTrack Dara Fitness Scale. It is more than a scale, it analyzes your body’s composition: fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass, hydration. It will also give you an accurate BMI (body mass index) which is an indicator of obesity.
These are all the measurements it takes and you can track as you go on your Keto Diet.
As you lose weight and change your body’s composition, you can keep track of those changes. One area I was very surprised about was my Body Water content. It was very low because my body was retaining fluid and not using it. A higher body water composition is essential for boosting the body’s ability to burn fat. When you reduce fluid retention, inflammation, and insulin resistance your Body Water Composition will go up. Read and learn more about Body Water Percentage here.
As I progress on my Keto Diet, those percentages are slowly going up!
Why Take The Baseline Measurements?
I am going, to be honest with you. If you step on the scale every day and wait for that scale to move downward, you are going to get depressed and quit. The Keto Diet is all about changing your body’s chemistry. It is going to take time to break insulin resistance and encourage your body to make ketones for fuel. In the meantime, your body is going to hold on to the weight.
First weight you lose will be water weight. Just like every diet, if you go back to your old habits, you will put it back in immediately. Once you are “fat-adapted” your body will slowly start using your fat stores as fuel.
Even though the scale moved slowly, the measurements showed my progress. Inches on my bust, waist, arms, and neck were the first to go. I suggest you don’t step on the scale for 2 weeks. After your first month on Keto Diet, retake your body measurements to see how your body is adjusting.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
It took years of abuse from carbs and sugar to get here. Unfortunately, it is not an easy fix. You need to be patient with your body.