I was eating gluten-free low glycemic index grains with 70% of calories being from butter for about 6 months and I started feeling very fatigued a month after. I kept eating it anyway because I’m financially very poor, but now I decided to start keto for all of its health benefits (I believe it’s the healthiest diet there is), and I have been doing this for about a week now.
My day goes like this:
- I wake up feeling kind of weak and cold, have a cup of coffee to get enough energy to not feel the overall weakness in my whole body. It gets better for about 4 hours, and then I start getting hungry a bit at about the time my cup of black coffee wears off.
- I get around 100-150g bacon outta fridge and fry it on low heat, eat it and the weakness usually goes away.
- After 2-3 hours I visit the fridge for 3 eggs and some salad (about 10-15 carbs), I fry it on low heat in about 80g of olive oil (I can’t consume it raw, it upsets my stomach). I usually eat the whole thing within an hour in two sittings.
- About 2-3 hours later, I start feeling weaker and weaker, and 4 hours later I start getting slightly hungry (discomfort in my stomach).
- After around 4h I start getting discomfort in my stomach (getting slightly hungry) and I feel a lot weaker than in the morning (that is, after around 16 hours of fasting). Both in the morning, but especially in the evening at this time I get dizzy when standing up, especially if I’m laying down. Note that I did not get hungry for around 12 hours when I was eating grains, which is a huge deal for me, as hunger (discomfort in my stomach) is a huge distraction from anything I’m doing.
So what’s the problem? I get around 3g of potassium, 3g of sodium (mainly from the bacon, but I add some salt to the eggs too), every single nutrient and amino acid that I need (even more than the RDA), and I get around 1600 calories. I’m not physically active and I’m maintaining my weight (not aiming to lose weight anyway). I also get around 60-80g of animal protein, which is what I need for my body weight and height (apparently bacon has around 30g of fat and protein).
It sounds like hypoglycemia or keto flu, but I don’t get the shakes like I do if I’m on high-carb diet and don’t eat for a while, I also don’t get headaches. And it’s been the same on 70% fat 25% carb diet with grains that I mentioned, and it is the same after a week of this specific keto diet with very low carbs. I am not fat (lack of money means lack of food means eating just enough calories to maintain weight), so I should not have insulin resistance. I of course did not get all the nutrients on the grain diet, but on this I get all the nutrients that I need and more. My mind seems to be working as usual as well. I’m also not especially moody or have strong cravings. I just want the foods that I always found tasty, perhaps slightly more than usual, but I always want them no matter what I eat. A week should definitely be enough for me to switch to fat burning.