Day 27 of ZC update:
BM situation is only better with mountains of supplements (currently 6 magnesium pills + 3-5000mg of HCL at each meal).
Weight lost = nada.
Inches lost = nada.
The only difference I’ve noticed on ZC is that I’m not bloated anymore, which is nice, but all in all - I feel the same. Same energy, same sleep, same athletic performance, etc. I do feel like maybe I’m a BIT stronger on the bike…but that could be because I’m not doing fasted rides anymore. My allergies had previously disappeared completely on keto, but seem to be back (not as bad as pre-keto) now on ZC.
I’m going to see a doctor tomorrow, but what I’m really excited about is a new gastroenterologist who supports keto. She won’t see me until I see a PCP though (which is happening tomorrow). I happen to know that this PCP doesn’t support keto, so I’m not even going to get into ZC with him. Ugh. I’m literally going to tell him I’m only there so that I have a PCP so I can go see this specialist. Wish me luck.
I started keto at the end of March, did 3 months of keto and now about a month of ZC.
Results = NSV’s of improved allergies, less bloating, and ability to do endurance sports without fueling. No physical appearance improvements.
If you’re reading this thread and thinking - she’s all over the place, let me explain why.
The only reason I came to keto was for weight loss. I’m healthy, I’m happy, I love to work out, I have great energy, I sleep extremely well. I always have - I consider myself very lucky for all those things. I just couldn’t seem to lose weight, no matter what I did. I didn’t feel awful eating carbs like a lot of people do. I really enjoyed eating whole wheat avocado toast for breakfast and sweet potatoes at lunch. I just thought - okay, everyone says that if I give those things up, I’ll finally lose weight… So, the complete lack of physical improvements (weight loss, inch loss) is very frustrating.
When I post NSV’s (like the bike ride without fuel), it’s because I’m trying REALLY hard to see the positive. I LOVE not fueling on the bike, it’s FAB, but right now, that’s all I got. And, to be honest, I’m not sure if that positive balances out the fact that I can only poop bricks on keto and ZC.
Please excuse this post if you feel it’s complain-y. I know I’m lucky not to have T2D or any other serious ailments. But, this is real. What I’m experiencing is not the beautiful story of keto that people share - weight melting off so easily, all the while enjoying cheesy bacon cauliflower. But, it’s a real account of someone trying to find their own path to health. I say “health” because CLEARLY something is not right internally. If my body were healthy, it wouldn’t be holding onto this weight. It feels very much like it’s holding on because something is amiss - in my digestive tract perhaps, or something else.
On the positive side, and maybe we can call this a NSV. I’m not blaming myself anymore. I used to think - I must be doing something wrong. I must be eating too much, or not working out enough, or many other things…but now that I’ve eliminated ALL the confounding factors and am literally only eating meat and water, I’m certain there’s a real issue to resolve. It might be low stomach acid, or might be some thing I haven’t heard of yet, but I’m POSITIVE that this is not a CICO issue and it’s not a restriction problem. There’s something deeper happening and if I hadn’t tried keto, I’d never have realized that.