I have been following a very strict keto diet for almost 5 months now, since February 1. I never go over 30g carbs, and am usually around 20-25g, and I count all carbs as carbs- not just net. The other macros are 52g protein, and 93g fat. My daily caloric intake is anywhere from 1100-1400. I eat clean- whole, all natural, organic and nonGMO, and sparingly use Swerve as sugar replacement very occasionally. I drink plenty of water, have a daily fiber supplement, take vitamins, and I’m somewhat active- ie taking dogs on walks, 15 min daily workouts, lots of work around the house.
My sleep has been just fine, and I stop eating by 7pm before going to bed around midnight. I did try intermittent fasting, but I hated it. I had plenty of heartburn, was exhausted, and worst of all found it triggering seeing as how I used to struggle a great deal with anorexia. It was disappointing and I had to stop as it was making me miserable. I have eaten less nuts than I was before, and I usually eat smaller but more frequent meals. I eat a lot of chicken, no pork, and I don’t care for red meat too often- maybe once a month. The only alcohol I drink is a glass of red wine every once in a while, which is another change that came with the keto diet. I thought for sure giving up mixed drinks and not drinking nearly as often would at least have done something. I was eating fairly healthy before- organic, never any soda, very little sugar (aside for more frequent alcohol), and was already gluten free and somewhat low carb previously.
I haven’t lost a SINGLE pound, nor have my clothes fit any differently. I haven’t seen a single change in my appearance save for clearer skin and healthier hair/nails. The benefits have been limited to how I feel internally- which I am incredibly grateful for, but I have been waiting to see some weight loss for the past 5 months. This is frustrating to me when I am extremely strict on my diet, and see my partner lose plenty of weight almost instantly. It is my understanding that it’s harder and slower for women to lose weight, but I’m in shock at no progress. I do feel better and more energetic on the keto diet, and for that I am in love with it. But I do have some weight to lose- not a lot, I’d prefer to lose about 18 pounds, ideally ending up around 115lbs. I still have a fairly high body fat percentage. I am short and petite, and felt my healthiest at this weight. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong, feel very hopeless, and am very discouraged as to why I am not losing even a single pound.
My stats are: F/27yrs/5’0/133lbs.