After sharing the continued amazing results of Day 151-180 of my current n=1 experiment of nutritional ketosis over the weekend, I drove 90 minutes up I-85 from my hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina to Concord, North Carolina today to get my second DXA scan at the Vitality Medical Wellness Institute in the past two months. On September 13, 2012, I met up with a former “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast guest named Dr. Jeffrey Galvin from Episode 604 who told me during that conversation that he uses the DXA technology (watch this video to learn more about it) to measure body fat and lean muscle mass changes in his patients to get a better idea of the body composition shifts that may not be reflected on the bathroom scale.
When I got my first DXA scan done two months ago, I had already been doing nutritional ketosis for four months losing around 45 pounds at that time. I wish I had gotten one before starting this in May. Nevertheless, even still I knew it would be enlightening to see the changes that are happening to my body because of the nutritional ketosis I’ve been doing along with the keto-adapted, fasted weight lifting sessions I’ve been doing. After showing you my seemingly lackluster weight loss results of just 2.6 pounds in the past month, several readers inquired in the comments section about whether I’ve actually gained muscle at a pretty good clip that would make the weight on the scale seem to be ineffective or if I was truly stalled in my weight loss. I’ve assumed I’m gaining muscle mass along with fat loss, but the DXA scan would be the only way to confirm or deny that theory pretty quickly.
So, I couldn’t wait to see what happened in the two months since my last DXA scan. Wanna see the changes that took place? Check it out below:
Just in case you missed what happened, here are the big highlights:
Yeah baby! Not only did I lose body fat at a super rate of loss, but my muscle GREW by over SIX POUNDS! WOO HOO! Even Dr. Galvin was impressed by the changes I saw in my body composition. It was further confirmation that this nutritional ketosis thing is the right path for me. He’s very interested in seeing what will happen to my body fat and lean muscle mass while I’m away on my trip to Australia these next few weeks with all the stress and excitement of traveling overseas and being out of my normal routine. I’ll be returning to the Vitality Medical Wellness Institute on Monday, December 17, 2012 to see if I can maintain the muscle mass growth I’ve experienced while still losing body fat during this glorious trip to Oz. It’ll make for some more great information as part of this nutritional ketosis experiment I’m doing. We’ll see what happens.
Let’s take a more detailed look at the actual body composition changes:
Here are the notable changes from September 2012 to November 2012:
I can’t be anything but pleased with all of these numbers considering the conventional wisdom thinking would say I’m merely losing muscle mass consuming an 85% fat, 12% protein, 3% carbohydrate diet. As I was packing for my Australian trip today I tried on some clothes I haven’t worn in over five years–and they fit perfectly! That is the kind of thing that makes all of this worth continuing this journey. I can’t wait to share more with you when I get back in the United States in early December. Wish me well with sticking to my high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb plan while in the land down under. They promise to take care of me and I think I’ll be just fine. See you when I return!