Hi guys. New here.
Started a keto diet 8 weeks ago. I believe I’m having trouble adapting because I feel very weak; my strength in the gym is half of what it used to be and my legs feel weak going down a flight of stairs. Now I have felt some moments of mental clarity but it tends to go away after eating. I cut out nuts and dairy because I heard it can prevent people from adapting. My diet literally consists of only fatty meats, liver, cruciferous veggies, ghee and coconut oil. I’m a really thin guy so I don’t want to lose weight. For the first 4 weeks I was eating 3 meals a day (1000 cal each) in a 8 hour window (8am-4am). I continued to get sleepy after meals so I started narrowing down my eating window to a 5 hour window (12pm-5pm) eating 2 meals at 1500 cal per meal. I’m a very thin guy with a rapid metabolism (137 lbs, 5’11). Eating any less will make me lose weight. Why am I crashing after meals and feel so weak in the muscles? I’m seemingly doing everything right. I supplement with electrolytes as well: (on average I get around 200-300mg of magbesium, 3500 potassium, and 5000-6000 mg of sodium. I keep my protein moderate and eat tons of fat. My carbs were at 50g initially net, then i read it might be too high so I dropped it to 30 grams, still sleepy post meal though. Is this diet not for me? I notice everyone who does keto is overweight so they reduce their caloric intake. I’m doing keto down health reasons in an effort to improve my acne. The only thing I can think of that is causing the issue is that am I eating too much per meal? If i eat less I’ll lose too much weight… I’m almost about to throw in the towel so any suggestions would help.
I should mention I just completed a 48 hour fast in an effort to problem solve my issues and get me to adapt faster. I felt awe full the entire 48 hours. Heart palpitations, no energy to walk, hungry. Electrolytes helped somewhat
My approximate/ average macros:
Approximately 2800-3000 calories
80-100 grams is protein (13%)
30-35 grams of net carbs(7%)
250 grams of fat (80%)
2 meals a day