Cronometer lets me stay in control
For years I've known about the ketogenic diet, but my weight gradually crept up. I read Dr Mercola's book, and it seemed good, but it was mostly about what I THOUGHT that I was already doing.
I'm 77 years old and my body fat percentage had crept up to 22%. A man should be between 10% and 20% and a woman between 20% and 30% so I was out of my own territory.
So I followed Mercola's advice and started to use Cronometer.
Was I in for a surprise. I was eating a lot more than I thought.
Starting at the end of August I weighed 73Kg (161lb) and was down to 70.9Kg by the third of July. I had to cut down my protein by about half and discovered to my horror that many of my favourite vegetables have high calories even though they have low carbohydrates.
Using the foods section of Cronometer, I was able to create an XL table showing the proteins, carbs, fats, and calories in my favourite foods and sort them into order by calories.
After that, it was a simple matter to choose which foods to cut out during my weight loss and put back again when I wanted to level out.
In nine weeks I had reached my target of 12% body fat with a weight of 60Kg, so now my problem is to level out correctly. You see, I keep eating about 300 calories more than Cronometer says that I should eat to level out, and my body fat keeps creeping down.
One problem is that nobody has done analyses on many of the foods that I like to eat. So I have to list unripe fava bean pods as green beans. I managed to create a food for milk thistle and nasturtium flowers. But what about things like Aptenia cordifolia that I've got growing all over my garden as ground-cover? What about beetroot leaves, radish leaves, broccoli leaves, turnip leaves, chayote leaves, etc - and that's even before I start eating garden snails.
I'll just have to lump everything together as greens, but that misses the point about their micronutrients. Fava bean leaves are supposed to be the richest source of potassium, but I haven't seen any figures anywhere, so I can't use them in Cronometer.