I’ve been keto for 5 months now, lost 45lbs so far and the last two months it has been very low to no progress. I am by no means complaining at all about my progress this far because it has been fantastic and I know and expect there will be peaks and valleys. I obsessively weighed and tracked everything I ate. I decided two weeks ago to stop tracking to see if I could comfortably trust my ability to listen to what my body was telling me to eat.
In that two weeks I have had such positive results.
1) Weight loss picked up. Not tracking has forced me to listen to what my body wants and not what I think I should eat. So I’m no longer eating with macros on my mind.
2) Less stress. I don’t stress over questioning if my macros were right and if I was eating enough or too much. I found that my obsessive tracking was a huge crutch and I seeing those macros several times a day was actually a bad thing. I would either eat to hit those macros, not eat because I was already at my macros, or cheat because I could “afford” the carbs because I hadn’t hit my personal 15g limit. Now I’m actually consuming roughly half of my carb limit or less and not tempted to cheat since I really don’t really know the exact number my carbs are at in any given time.
3) Freedom. I honestly feel a sense of freedom in not tracking. Some days I eat more, some days I eat less, and some days I end up fasting. I feel free not being tethered to an app all the time.
4) My BK and BG have improved. The huge plus side in not tracking (for me) is my BK has gone up from 0.9 to 1.6 and my BG is down 10 mmol/l overall.
I feel confident that I have moved past my need to track and trust myself more to make good choices and listen to what my body telling me. So yay for small victories both scale and non scale. I was scared to stop logging everything, but it has been great for me personally. Just wanted to share.