A Keto Before & After (Mile 1325)
After 1325 miles, we wanted to assure other would-be ketoers that this type of nutrition doesn't destroy your body (like everyone told me it would). We took before and after photos, body measurements, and even had a DXA scan done before hitting the trail to keep a detailed account of what changes took place along the course of the trek.
Keep in mind, this journey was NOT done as a weight loss effort. My goal was instead to not lose muscle mass like many other thru hikers do. We're here to prove that keto is a HEALTHY alternative to the conventional hiker diet, and losing too much weight would not be a good indicator.
Weight: 173.5 lbs
Body Fat: 30%
Halfway (Mile 1326)
Weight: 152 lbs
Body Fat: 24%
Calf: 16" (le sigh)
How does this stack up against other hikers?
I've met numerous hikers who have lost so much weight that they're using creative tricks to make sure their clothes and packs don't fall off their shrinking bodies: one hiker wrapped a pool noodle around his waist because his hip belts no longer made contact with his body. I'm in the small minority of hikers whose bodies look normal and not under-fed. I definitely had weight to lose from the start, as I was on the fluffier side of a healthy weight for my height and build. But as the miles continue, my weight and body fat composition have leveled out, while others have continued to plummet. We'll do another check-in at the end and see how it plays out!
Perhaps, most importantly: how do I FEEL at this point? Absolutely awesome.
Until next time!
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