The Keto Lounge – Which Foods Work?


When you begin to eat a lower carb diet, the importance of planning becomes particularly evident. It can be quite difficult to find low-carb meal choices away from home, though admittedly in larger cities, those options are becoming more readily available.

In order to plan, being aware of which foods to buy and keep in stock, then of course, how to combine them in a varied, interesting, flavoursome and nutritious way, is essential if you’re going to eat this way in the long term.

Decades of misinformation, mean its not always obvious which foods are appropriate for a healthy lifestyle, or even which might be low carb or keto.

I picked out some high and low lights in the video above but the food list in the link below may make surprising and interesting reading.

See the full list here from Real Meal Revolution:  The Green Amber and Red Lists 

While the list obviously isn’t comprehensive, it will give you a good idea of which foods to eat and which to avoid if you choose to cut down the amount of carbohydrate in your diet.

In future episodes, we’ll talk about how our bodies use carbohydrates and when, how much carbohydrate we might need and how they can be provided, even on a low carb diet, in order to lose weight.

We will also move onto some food preparation demonstrations in the kitchen (minimal cooking skill required), that will help keep you low carb, save time, be easy to prepare and use readily available ingredients.

If all that could help you lose weight, change body shape and begin to enjoy a more active lifestyle, would you want to try it?

Oh, I should reiterate, this information and ongoing support is FREE.  There’s no joining fee, ongoing subscription or product promotions that require you to buy anything at all.

If you know another person that might benefit from this free information and support, please share this WordPress blog with them and ask them to follow GI Tri Coach by adding their email address, in order to access the Keto Lounge each time its published.


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Welcome to the Keto Lounge – Why Put Food First?


Putting food first is really important to accomplishing a body mass goal.

Let’s first look at what I describe as the Current State:


Exercise to lose weight – Experience little or no change – Food as a reward

Typically, a person might get off the sofa and go for a run.  Indeed, that’s actively encouraged by programs like “Couch to 5K”.  However, I believe there are problems with that approach that mean its unsustainable beyond the feeling of accomplishment on the day of the 5k event.  Here are the issues:

Running is difficult when you’re unfit and typically not enjoyable

Running is high impact, literally compounded when the runner is overweight or obese

Overweight runners, with weak connective tissue, unconditioned muscles and poor technique are susceptible to injury

Food is often used as reward, or compensation for having done a training session (quickly wiping out the energy deficit created by training)

The struggle, possible injury and absence of rapid change in body mass can become demotivating.

Now let’s look at Putting Food First:


Eat natural foods to sustain your body – Lose excess body mass – Enjoy an active lifestyle

In this model, a change in diet to a lower carb, low carb or ketogenic diet (we’ll cover the differences and content of each in future Keto Lounge episodes), will promote a response  of reduced body mass relatively quickly and create corresponding feelings of accomplishment.

Enjoying tasty, nutritious food, without having to endure hunger pangs, or cravings, is sustainable (compared to low-fat, calorie controlled diets).

You can apply your new, lighter body in the active lifestyle of your choosing (it doesn’t have to be in Lycra!).

Keto Lounge isn’t just for triathletes, its for everyone.

Now, here is a challenge for you to try right away:

If you know someone who might benefit from a new approach, particularly someone who isn’t a triathlete, please share this blog, create awareness of the free support that Keto Lounge aims to provide and let’s see if one person at a time, we can not just swim against the tide but turn the tide entirely, to one of eating naturally and enjoying active lifestyles.


GI Tri Coach






Diet and Exercise – Who’s the Daddy?



To answer this question, I’m going to reference the Pareto Principle, perhaps better known as the 80:20 rule?

What does it mean?

Pereto discovered that 80% (of the population) is trivial and ineffective and the remaining 20% has an effect on all the outcomes in society.

More recently, it’s been remodelled to 80% of results come from 20% of your actions.

As a qualified triathlon coach, I’m going to make a clear but perhaps surprising statement.

“Your training efforts are the trivial 80%”

It really doesn’t matter, or certainly, nowhere near as much as some people would have you believe.

So, if training is trivial, what is the vital 20% that makes all the difference?

The answer is as simple as this:

Your food.

This isn’t new, or ground breaking.  Around 400BC, Hippocrates is credited with pronouncing “let food be thy medicine”

The cure to obesity isn’t running 50 miles a week, it’s eating real food, the right things, that your body can digest and utilise appropriately, based on your lifestyle.

With the challenges of marketing, mis-advice, broken government led guidelines, affordability, awareness and skill-set – the ability to cook fresh food, many people struggle to discover how to leverage this vital 20%.

Many of the obese and overweight people in society today find themselves eating the wrong foods, in the belief that those foods are good for them or might even help them lose weight.

Closer to reality, it’s actually good for Big Food, their margins, the pressure groups, lobbyists, paid policy makers and immense marketing campaigns that reiterate their message.

If you identify with the above and have been frustrated by ineffective diets in the past, follow this blog for simple solutions to these challenges.

Over the next weeks, we’ll discuss the reasons diets haven’t really worked for most people. Some basic terms to understand like Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) (that will demonstrate just how trivial your training really is), the energy systems your body uses at different times throughout the day and how to provide it with the things it needs, when it needs them and how to avoid endless snacking and in fact, hardly ever feel hungry.

Once we have the plan laid out for you, perhaps most importantly, we’ll be sharing simple answers the questions:

What should I eat? and

How do I make it?

Yes, I know, it sounds too good to be true but don’t worry, the scepticism you’re feeling at the moment is in the context of almost 50 years of misinformation.

We’re swimming against the tide!

GI Tri Coached Triathlon’s vital 20% has arrived, a blend of Saturday Kitchen, with the demands of a ketogenic triathlon lifestyle:

Welcome to the Keto Lounge!


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Weekly Swim Training Plan 26 June 2018

Download and print this session plan here: session plan 176

During many of our technical sessions, we focus on the front-end of the stroke and creating propulsion.  This week, we look at body alignment and reducing the drag that slows the hard-won propulsion of your effective catch.

Warm Up:

200m, easy

Technical set:

2 x 50m kick with, or without board, ensuring glutes are engaged and the kick originates in the hips

4 x 50m, skating drill left, skating drill right up the pool, swim back freestyle.

4 x 50m, 6-3-6 up the pool, swim back freestyle

Main set:

6 – 10 x 200m focusing on balanced body rotation, engaged glutes, pointed toes

Warm down:

200m – 400m     Easy to very easy

Total Volume:

2300m – 3300m

Coaching Points:

Maintain focus throughout, using visualisation to see and then actualise a long, straight body position, with low-drag that slips through the water with each stroke.

Weekly Swim Session Plan 19 June 2018

Download and print this session plan here: session plan 175

A simple endurance session this week – over distance. If you’re an Ironman athlete, aim for a 5km set.  This is a solid session for seasoned athletes and a great confidence builder for novices, or athletes stepping up in distance.  Chose a session where you have ample time to complete your session (60 minutes will be too short).

Warm Up:

No warm up – just build into your reps

Technical set:

Technical focus is to aim for consistency or negative splitting your reps (depending on your goals and current level of fitness)

Main set:

3 – 5 x 1000m at target race pace 2 min rest in between each rep

Warm down:

No warm down

Total Volume:

3000 – 5000m

Coaching Points:

Use rhythm and technique checks to swim consistently through each rep and across reps.

The video has nothing at all to do with this session but I do like it. Hope you do too!

Weekly Swim Session Plan 12 June 2018

Download and print this session plan here: session plan 174

For most of us in the Northern hemisphere, open water swimming is well under way.  This week, we practice some useful open water skills in the pool, in order to be more effective when we are out in the open water

Warm Up:

200m, easy

Technical set:

4 x 50m, turning at the deep end of the pool, without touching the side, or pushing off.

4 x 50m, sighting practice, every 4-5 strokes

4 x 50m, drafting (if you have a swim-buddy)

Main set:

3 – 5 x 400m consistent target race pace, occasionally mixing in an open water skill

Warm down:

200m – 400m     Easy to very easy

Total Volume:

2200m – 3200m

Coaching Points:

Turning – choose either backstroke turn, or single arm stroke turning technique – see which works best for you.

Sighting – always sight on the non-breathing stroke, keeping the head low, in order to cause least disruption to your normal swim-stroke.

Drafting – stay right behind a faster swimmer to improve your usual swim pace, or swim behind someone of similar pace to discover how much easier life just became! Make a conscious choice on race day, which drafting tactic you’ll adopt – go faster, or save energy for later!

Weekly Swim Session Plan 5 June 2018

Download and print this session plan here: session plan 173

Back to a volume session this week, with a small amount of race-start practice.

It’s all too easy to go into the red at the race start.  Getting a fast, clean start is important if you want to be competitive, so swimming very fast (sprinting) at the start is commonplace. If that sprint leaves you breathless and anxious, the chances are, the rest of your swim may be compromised as a result.

Practicing the transition between the sprint-start and race-pace may help you become familiar with the sensations you may experience, when it’s time to settle into race-pace swimming.

Warm Up:

300m, easy

Technical set:

2 x 200 as 100m hard, followed by 100m average race pace (simulated race starts)

Main set:

4 – 7 x 400m at consistent race pace efforts

Warm down:

200m – 400m     Easy to very easy

Total Volume:

2500 – 3900m

Coaching Points:

Ease off your starting pace gradually, focus on exhaling into the water and try to not take huge gasps of air as you breathe.  As you settle into a sustainable race pace, understand and be confident that your heart rate will take a few strokes to respond to the decreased effort.  Stick with it.  A fall of just 3-4bpm (beats per minute) can make all the difference and allow your RPE (rate of perceived exertion) drop from a 9.5 to a 7 out of 10 and you are able to swim the remainder of the race.

Whether you find this practice difficult or really useful, consider modifying this session by doing slightly more technical reps and reducing the volume main set, if you feel that more practice will benefit you on race day.