I’m about 4 weeks into to my Primal Blueprint experiment (see this post). I’ve discovered that the Primal nutrition plan is more or less what I have been following without really paying attention, which is a good thing (aside from a bit more alcohol than normally accepted and few more carb types). I guess this isn’t too surprising since the Primal Blueprint has been a part of my thinking ever since I read the first release in 2009.

Since I have already been mostly Primal there is a good chance that I am not going to see much change in my blood work after 8 weeks. I didn’t expect to see much body composition change, and I was right, I haven’t seen much over the past few weeks. That being said, I am already pretty lean at 165-167 lbs and 11-12% body fat. I suspect that individuals with a higher level of body fat might see a more drastic change in body comp but will plateau at a certain point. I may be at that plateau.

So, I’m rethinking my original plan.

Incidentally, I have been researching Ketogenic dieting. I’m intrigued with a number of the benefits that have been attributed to ketosis, but I have never been in long term ketosis so I don’t have an opinion on these benefits. A great summary of Ketosis and it’s suspected benefits is here on Bodybuilding.com

Since Primal is relatively low carb, I figure it’s just a hop skip and a jump away to drop the carbs further, to increase the fat consumption, and reduce the protein. From my research it will take 2-7 days to enter ketosis by consuming around 75% Fat, 20% Protein, and 5% Carbs. Easy, right? Probably not. I read that I’ll likely feel the “Keto-Flu” for a few days while my body metabolism adjusts to burning fat and leveraging ketones for energy rather than glucose. Headaches, low energy, fogginess that should go away after a few days of being in ketosis.

Given what I outlined above, I figure my blood results will be a bit more interesting after 8 weeks of ketosis than continuing my existing Primal path. So I am changing gears.

Keto here I come.

If you are interested in some deep reading around the science of ketosis here are some great links:

Ketosis – Advantaged or misunderstood state? (Part 1)

Ketosis – Advantaged or misunderstood state? (Part 2)