Greetings! I just want to share my journey, and open myself up to suggestions and encouragement from this awesome community. Thank You in advance!
I started Keto in september of 2018, after being steered toward the 2KD podcast by a ketoid friend. At the time I was a 34 year old male who weighed 300lbs at 6’1”, and have been a big person since childhood. We had our first child, Elijah, in January of last year, and the year had been a challenging one in terms of sleep, cooking, and job changes.
I dove in, followed the 2KD regimen, and immediately enjoyed not being hungry all the time, reduced inflammation, and brain clarity. I had some ups and downs involving regular dark chocolate habits and sugar cravings, but I’m happy to report that taking a sugar hiatus cleared those cravings up wonderfully.
I’ve been dropping about 10lbs/month since September, now down 43lbs and feeling wonderful about it. My wife is very supportive and just reported that My snoring has ceased! Despite the good progress, I have been struggling to get started with Fasting, but have had a really hard time with the psychology of skipping meals. One major thing I’ve faced with Keto is just how much of my hunger and eating habits exist only in my brain, and how much I can struggle with eating, even when I know pretty exactly when and how much I need to eat for sustanence.
Having just read the wonderful Obesity Code, and feeling fat adapted with blood ketogen readings of 0.8-1.8, I feel determined to try fasting. Really I want to achieve the next level of an already awesome experience. So, For the last week, I have stayed on an IF schedule, eating a largish supper around 4-5pm and otherwise just drinking black coffee in the AM. I’ve been taking daily Cal-mag supplements, electrolytes, and drinking a morning glass of apple cider vinegar bubbly water. It feels experimental, mostly positive. I’ve had feelings of dizziness and weakness midday, although not consistent. I have been bringing about 100cal of hard cheese or coconut oil to work (just in case), and have opted for the mid-day snack about three of those days. I’ve been feeling great physically, and lost about 5lbs and broke out of the 260s-this gets me super motivated! I am trying not to stress about Doing It Right, but I also want to be the best version of myself, and retrain my mind to have a better relationship with food. I would LOVE to feel good while doing a 2- or 3-day fast…yet it feels like a long way off.
What a great path to be on, though!