Keto Day 55: 1 step forward 6 steps back, good fats, bad fats, falling down

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The Day Off this week was extended by three days. It was inconvenient to bring or find Keto-esque food. Once I got a Keto friendly lunch (the meat and cheese platter), other times I was content to devour just one item on the menu that I could find. The problem was the calories (way too many) and not being able to measure anything over against any macros.

In three days I gained three pounds, going from 226.6 to 229.6. So, that’s six steps back as I normally lose on average of just over a half pound a day on Keto. But – Hey! – back home and back to the Keto routine fully, always, mind you, staying in Ketosis.

This is the reason I don’t like to accept even Keto food from others as I don’t know the values (precisely!!!) and even if I did, I might well exceed my macros with that gift, with carbs enough to knock one to a carb metabolism. Not good. This is the one draw back of Keto. But sometimes you have to take a hit for the team. This was the case during these three days.

Now, someone mentioned that there are good fats and bad fats. I know some good fats:

  • Avocado
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Fat from seeds such as flax and chia

But is good fat also to be had from:

  • full fat non-sugar yogurt, butter, cheese
  • pork sausage, pork brats, bacon

I’ve been told that there are bad fats, besides McDonald’s deep fry oil, such as:

  • hamburger fat

Some questions, then:

  • Is all of that true?
  • Are these few points on the lists above correct?
  • Should some be moved?
  • What are others to pursue or avoid?


Filed under Diet, Missionaries of Mercy

5 responses to “Keto Day 55: 1 step forward 6 steps back, good fats, bad fats, falling down

  1. The first three are vegetable Oils. Some of the others are animal Fats. The oils don’t contain cholesterol, the animal fats do. That might be something to consider when weighing good or bad.

  2. Liz

    I like the book: Eat, Fast, Feast: The author is Catholic and lays it out really well. He does a six week program that is well timed with Lent. Since I started six weeks before Lent I am doing each week for two weeks which he says is okay. He explains a lot in that book. I’m still learning. I think I would eat a McDonald’s hamburger with no bun or fries if I didn’t have other choices. Beef fat, pork fat, ghee, butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and some others are really good. Not canola oil or shortening or whatever. You need to drink a ton of water and lots of salt when doing this diet. This author teaches you what you can eat and then he starts adding fasting with it. It’s really good. I saw him on the internet and just bought his book out of the blue…this is something I never do with kids in college and seminary and stuff like that but I’m so glad I bought. The price dropped right after I bought but I’m glad for others. I wish you well. God bless you, Father. Maybe you can boil eggs to take along with you but also having lots of fat with your proteins is important too and a few good, above ground veggies. God bless and keep you, Father! Liz

  3. nancyv

    I am not positively sure of any of your points in question EXCEPT any fast-food fried stuff is terrible for you. My weakness is pepperoni pizza!
    But you were out and about and doing what Jesus told the disciples when visiting “eat what you are given” …or something like that.

  4. Aussie Mum

    Father, all the seed and vegetable oils and animal fats you have mentioned are good, however
    – chia and flax seed oils are delicate and should never be heated, at all, as that totally destroys their benefits;
    – the two vegetable oils mentioned can be used if cooking temperatures are low but are best used for salad and seasoning;
    – animal fats can take higher cooking temperatures, especially ghee (butter with all milk solids removed).

    Be aware that oils sold in supermarkets are often processed in ways that greatly reduce their value because of the chemical solvents used and excessive heat generated. Oil from flax and chia seeds should only be extracted by cold-pressing. I don’t know if chia has other requirements but flaxseed oil should also be sold in a dark glass bottle to minimise contact with light and used rather quickly once opened (hence small bottles best) as it deteriorates quickly in the presence of oxygen.

    Coconut oil is another good vegetable oil. As with avocado and olive oil, check the label to see if it has been processed in an appropriate way (without chemical solvents and high heat).

    Milk fat and therefore full-fat milk, yoghurt, cheese, cream and butter are good but, like meat and eggs, have the highest nutritional value when sourced from animals that have been raised on natural pastures.

    I generally steer clear of bacon and sausages because of the preservatives added but perhaps you have access to more naturally processed pork products.

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