I Tried the Ketogenic Diet for 4 Weeks. Here is What Happened


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Bloodwork Results

At the end of my experiment, it was time to get my bloodwork done to make sure I was still healthy. I get my bloodwork done every year, so I compared the results to last year.

My bloodwork results show a slight improvement in my fasting glucose levels. However, my blood lipids have been negatively affected by this little experiment.

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My total cholesterol and LDL numbers had increased significantly, although they were still in a healthy range. My HDL number had dropped, which was the biggest shock to me.

I was expecting my cholesterol to increase, but I was also expecting my HDL to increase. Consuming healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish oil did not increase my HDL levels. However, eating saturated fats such as red meat, processed meats, MCT oil, and butter predictably increased my LDL and total cholesterol levels. My triglycerides are still at a very low level, so I am not expecting to have a heart disease anytime soon.


I am going to get another bloodwork done in 6 months to see if these numbers improve with a diet low in saturated fats. I will update this article once I get those numbers.

I lost weight

I lost over 8 pounds in 4 weeks. Considering the majority of the weight was gone in the first week, not all 8 pounds lost was fat. Following a low- carbohydrate diet causes the glycogen stores to be depleted. Every gram of glycogen holds about 3 grams of water. Therefore, when you lose glycogen, you lose water weight with it.

I kept my strength

This was my biggest concern. Was I going to lose my strength on this diet? Fortunately, I was able to keep my strength on major lifts.

I got tired quickly

Even though I was able to keep my strength, I wasn’t able to finish my workouts. I would get tired so quickly, I wouldn’t have enough energy to get through my workouts.

I lost my motivation

Towards the end of the experiment, I just wanted to sit in my chair all day. I had no motivation to workout or do anything else. Since my activity level was so low, my weight loss stopped.

I felt full all the time

Hunger was never an issue. It is very hard to overeat on this diet. As long as you stick to whole foods and avoid highly processed “keto snacks”, you will most likely lose weight. However, you need to pay attention to calories burnt.

No improvements on psoriasis

I have a mild form of psoriasis, and I have read about and heard from several people that the ketogenic diet helped their psoriasis. I had no improvements in the 4 weeks I followed the ketogenic diet.

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