It’s 7:30 am on Friday morning as I type this. I just woke up from really disturbing nightmares and I’m trying to collect my thoughts enough to write an article but I’m having a hard time.
I took this week off blogging so I could focus on learning about keto and fasting. I already thought I knew enough – but I needed to experiment and I’ve decided that for ME – keto has too many downsides and I feel worse after having been low carb for a couple of weeks.
Not only that, but I haven’t lost any weight! In fact I’ve gained a few pounds!
The Keto Diet
The keto diet is one that many of my friends swear by. Many people I’ve chatted with online say that it worked for them for weight loss. They saw progress in early stages of keto and experienced other benefits that came with keto like improved sleep, energy and overall feeling of being “healthier”.
For me, it was the complete opposite.
The object of keto is eating foods that are high in natural fats but low in carbs. Foods like meat, protein sources (fish, peanut butter, eggs) are strongly recommended as they contain little to zero grams of carbs.
While foods that I normally love and consider healthy, are not allowed. Fruits like bananas, strawberries, mangoes and watermelon. Vegetables like potatoes, yams, parsnips and even carrots aren’t allowed.
That’s right. Even carrots are considered high carb and eating them may “boot” you out of ketosis.
I tried keto for two weeks and had a very hard time consuming enough calories to get me through the day. While I was eating extremely healthy foods like lettuce wraps, low fat cheese and raspberries – I found that even with two meals during the day, I struggled to reach 1200 calories.
I found myself eating more when I was full and eating at 9 pm at night to meet my daily calorie goal. I felt and still feel that anything lower than 1000 calories is dangerously low. And there were some days where I had a hard time getting over 700 calories.
I didn’t like this. While I didn’t feel hungry after my meals, I didn’t feel like I was eating enough to sustain my energy levels.
One night, I even binged on McDonalds and ate about 2000 calories in one meal because I was craving something salty. Of course, I regretted it instantly.
I gained weight
Yesterday was the lowest carb day I’ve had in three weeks. I managed to consume less than 30 grams of carbs. By the end of the day, I had a headache, I felt sick to my stomach, and I did not like the way this felt. I went to bed at 10:00 pm only to wake up at 2:00 in the morning. And then again at 7:30 after some horrifying nightmares.
Being in ketosis, made me feel sick – which I suspect was the keto flu but I didn’t like it at all. I’m trying to get healthy.
I know that keto is supposed to have all these great benefits. But for me, it was disappointing. I stepped on the scale this morning and was six pounds heavier than I’ve been. SIX pounds.
I think eating food that was low in carbs made it harder to meet my calorie goals and so I was eating constantly throughout the day and munching. Where as with intermittent fasting – I found that I was less hungry and able to meet my calorie goals no problem.
So, in a nutshell – keto is great for many and has some health benefits. But for me – it was a failed attempt. I’m going to stick to intermittent fasting and try and work up to a 16.8 schedule.
I’ve been watching a lot of videos with Dr. Jason Fung and he explains things so well I feel like I’ve learned a lot.
When we were kids, we were told to eat six meals a day. Three main meals and three snacks. We were told this would boost up our metabolism. But fasting is what people like me need for insulin resistance. And to “reboost” my insulin, I need to fast to get it working properly again.
And so, this is where we are this Friday morning. I’m lost in thought from my nightmares that left me feeling sick to my stomach. But that could have been from the dark chocolate yesterday – that I don’t like at all.
Have you tried keto? Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments.