I lost 2lbs each week for the next 6 months. I haven't regained it since but I still eat until satisfied and still drink too much red wine.
So something is going on in my metabolism that enables my metabolism to burn up or excrete excess calories rather than store them as fat.
I suspect the fact I came into low carbing with a high Vitamin D, magnesium and omega 3 status has given me an advantage that others miss out on.
I also think the fact I adopted coconut oil and MCT oil as my main fat sources has added to the metabolic advantage.
When you understand that
Low testosterone and estradiol concentrations are predictive for the development of the metabolic syndrome in men and women, respectively
and that Higher Vitamin D status means higher Testosterone levels
and supplementation with magnesium increases free and total testosterone values
you can see what may be the source of my metabolic advantage.
So I have been Eating More Fat/Protein and Less Carbohydrate
The supplement vitamin D and magnesium
I've been using help maintaion Hormone levels
and this has led to permanent Weight Loss
My Vitamin d and magnesium levels were pretty good before I started low carbing. So on their own they didn't prevent my becoming obese however as soon as I started low carbing and using coconut oil/mct it was a different story.
To ensure 25(OH)D level are ideal for EACH 25LBS you weigh use 1000iu/daily/D3 preferably in MCT oil
(ie Country Life, Vitamin D3, 5,000 I) take once daily with largest meal of day or a high fat meal. Add 2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil if in any doubts about the fat content.
Check with a 25(OH)D test
to ensure you get your level to 60ng/ml.
To ensure MAGNESIUM
levels are correct use 10mg/dailY per KG
a highly absorption magnesium Albion chelate (such as Doctor's Best, High Absorption Magnesium) or magnesium malate. Small amounts through the day are better absorbed so WITH EACH meal of the day take one third of the daily total.
If for other reasons you are taking calcium keep the calcium away from the magnesium, magnesium is a calcium channel blocker so take that at night before bed. Best absorbed calcium is a Calcium citrate calcium malate blend however calcium is best utilized from food sources so try to get most calcium from diet.
A further advantage comes from the higher amount of MCT oil (from coconut and MCT) in my present diet.
From a health perspective, MCT increase fat oxidation and energy expenditure as well as reduce food intake and beneficially alter body composition.
Consumption of MCT oil as part of a weight-loss plan improves weight loss compared with olive oil and can thus be successfully included in a weight-loss diet. Small changes in the quality of fat intake can therefore be useful to enhance weight loss.
While I still am unable to exercise for long there are advantages to energy availability The results support the hypothesis that brain function of aged dogs can be improved by MCT supplementation, which provides the brain with an alternative energy source.
This old dog finds that improved brain function enables him to concentrate for longer than previously. The brain is a major calorie burner. Although only 2% of body composition is brain it burns 20% of our calories. Therefore improving the brain energy capacity leads to increased calorie consumption.
Another curious side effect of MCT is that it leads to improved omega 3 status in the brain.
and as omega 3 is anti inflammatory it may also be helping brain function.
Similarly Aged dogs receiving MCTs, as compared to age-matched controls, showed dramatically improved mitochondrial function, as evidenced by increased active respiration rates.
The fact that lungs and heart when fueled by MCT have greater capacity for work induces increased calorie consumption.
The fact I'm sleeping better, breathing better and have improved heart and muscle function enables me to perform better (albeit to a relatively limited extent, I'm no marathon runner or walker, I'm talking about the difference between having to sit to prepare a meal and wash up and having the ability to prepare and meal/wash up without having to remain seated)
So WITHOUT actually indulging in an exercise regime my body is burning more calories than previously. I accept that MCT/low carb diets do lead to reduced need to eat, so I don't snack like I did previously but that said I still consume more calories DAILY than the calculators suggest are strictly necessary for BMR.
I am not suggesting that overconsumption is desirable or should be encouraged. Merely that if you get your hormone levels optimized they can regulate energy/temperature/activity levels to cope with a modest degree of calorie excess.
This is great info, thanks.
It's not that easy to find a good calcium alone without magnesium, and even harder to find truly gluten-free supplements. Country Life and New Chapter are usually truly gluten-free.
I've been taking a powdered Cal/Mag supplement and wondering why it hasn't been working that well for me.
I think that I'll also give some MCT oil to my dog. I've been giving her coconut oil, but she might do even better on MCT oil.