I’ve been keto on and off for over a decade. I haven’t been overweight that entire time, but i’ve used keto to lose weight after pregnancies and then ultimately, like so many others, discovered that I just feel better eating keto and stay with it for all those other benefits.
However, i’ve been obese since my last child (6 years ago), i’ve managed to get down from maybe 270lbs/125kg at my very heaviest after that pregnancy. This took several years and was very hard won… then in 2015 I hit a wall at around 200lbs/90kg and have been stuck there for 3 years. I had gestational diabetes with pregnancy no1 and over the last few years have become pre-diabetic on the very cusp of diabetic. So I decided to start taking more drastic action and began fasting.
Previously, i’ve done OMAD and IF so thought I might have the fasting chops to manage an extended fast straight out the gate. SOOOOOOOO WRONG. My first 24 hour fast was the absolute pits and I barely made it. But I kept trying and have slowly managed to extend the length of my fasts during July.
Last week I managed to fast for 4 days in a row. I ended that fast because I was freaked by how low my blood sugar was, but then after some more reading, i’ve come to realise that this is pretty common during a fast. My ketones were high at the time, and I felt fine, so i’m going to judge when to break a fast based on how I feel moving forward. My GKI has been below 3 most of this month and sometimes below 1.
My plan is to fast for as many days during August and September as I can. I won’t force it. If I feel ill or really need to eat I will. And I will eat well when I do. (Keto feasting yassssss). I don’t eat frankenfoods or carb substitutes but I do drink red wine on some of my keto eating days. Otherwise, i’m hoping for improved insulin sensitivity, weight loss, low inflammation to help with chronic pain and autophagy.
So far I have lost 11 lbs in 13 days. I’ve fasted 5 full days out of the 13. On eating days I have been OMAD/keto apart from 2 epic feast days where I ate over my TDEE. I didn’t gain at all on any day.
This is all miraculous for me, I usually gain easily and if I lose at all, it’s at a glacial pace and only to the 200lb set point.
I’m currently 203 lbs so very close to my set point. I’m going to try extended fasting to see if I can get beyond it and will post back here for accountability.