Okay, here is the situation. I am down 120 lbs to my goal (190).
I typically eat MWF (1-2 meals on these days).
I have been enjoying bacon in the morning and a big steak in the evening or lunch.
Friday is a later meal because I do it with a neighbor after work and socialize.
I eat REALLY Clean as I have a TON of food allergies. I am 99% carnivore. I do almost no vegetables. I do take MCT Oil and put MCT powder in my coffee from time to time.
So, what is happening? After going REALLY Clean [PaleoMedicina: PKD Diet, salt, water, and meat, with 88% calories from fat, and NO cured/processed meats!], I am suddenly REACTING to Bacon like it is a stress on my system.
Eating bacon, I watched my CGM rocket up 30 points. I started gaining water weight from Bacon and Pepperoni and Sausage.
In fact, I tried to eat for 3 days in a row. The first day I gained 7lbs of water, and my edema started coming back. The second day another 4 lbs of water, and another 2lbs halfway into the third eating day. All water.
For reference, 10 days prior to this, I ate macadamia nuts and had a horrible reaction, it took days to resolve. Constipation, bloating. Well during this cycle, I was noticing my stomach was distended again. With pain and gas.
But I was only eating proteins and fats (albeit processed foods).
I think I might have triggered my body to notice these are NOT Great food choices by going with out them for 21 days.
But being up 13lbs in 2.5 days really panicked me. I went from BELOW my goal weight to over 200 lbs like it was NOTHING. And I was always in ketosis! (Measured by blood).
Since I am at my target weight, it’s not a big deal. But I realized a few things:
- The ADF was HIDING this effect of the food on me. It only shows up when I eat multiple days in a row. If I fast after eating days, I don’t get (net), and then the weekend gives me a 72hr fast, and I clear it all [it appears]
- The PKD program made me “notice” that these things are affecting me worse than I ever thought. We kinda know bacon is not the best choice. And eating 2lbs is probably even worse. I eat at least 1 lb on an eating day, normally.
- The attempt to fast less, leading to a massive swing in weight like this scares the crap out of me. I certainly don’t want to be stuck eating this way (MWF) forever. But I can always have an exception and do an extended fast.
To that end, I am eating today (Tuesday) I will fast tomorrow, eat Thursday/Friday.
I will fast Saturday/Sunday. I will fast longer if I have to, in order to clean things up.
My edema started going down over the weekend as I added fasting. TO ME, that means it is clearly something I am eating. I have cut out the offending foods, and have NOT been gaining weight, despite eating. (Not losing either, but one hill to die on per day, please).
Anyone experienced with ANYTHING Like this???
THESE are the types of things that broke my spirit trying to do Atkins. (I never knew I was allergic to Eggs and Cheese. So imagine my surprise when I get into ketosis and gain weight!). I never knew it was water weight/edema and basic inflammation. Now I do.
So, the last 2 days I have eaten SEARED SALMON (Seared on the outside, sushi on the inside). And have been weight stable. Edema is down from the weekend fasting.
Again, I am curious if anyone else gets these types of results. I watch my neighbors and friends lap up everything and crush it. Here I am at GOAL, and I can’t eat every day! LOL.
FWIW, I will get there. After losing 120lbs, I aint going back. And if that means spending 3 months to add ONE more eating day per week. Then 3 months it is!
There will be no stopping me.
Just curious if there are others, and if I can accelerate the process by learning from others… Or if I am stuck blazing a new trail for others to follow…