Hi there. I tried keto a long time ago for the first time and failed miserably. Since then I have been practicing intermittent fasting regularly (about two years). On my best days I can comfortably fast for up to 36hrs because the appetite goes away and I feel amazing and actually forget to eat. I have also dabbled with OMAD.
I have been trying Keto again for the last two weeks with much better success ; presumably after all my IF training. I wanted to give up sugar entirely so it’s been a bit of a struggle through the withdrawal! I managed two weeks straight of zero sugar and roughly around 10-15g carbs a day from green vegetables. Insomnia was the worst withdrawal symptom but that passed by day 12.
I’ve noticed this week that I am just looking 10 years older! I just suddenly look wrinkled and haggered - has anyone else noticed a change in appearance doing keto? I’m drinking water with added salt continuously as I didn’t want to suffer keto dehydration but I look constantly like I need a good meal inside me and a good sleep when in fact I feel the best I have ever felt! Depression, anxiety and eczema cured. Yet why do I look so s**t! I don’t understand. From experience, if I went on a bender of high calorie foods for several days I go back looking ‘normal’ and seem to even out.
I could be chronically under eating and I think this may be the problem? I’m eating plenty of keto foods and I try to eat intuitively - as in eat until I am full and wait until I become actually hungry several hours later before eating again. I no longer practice the IF as I think I’m putting my system under enough pressure. Fats and proteins are so satiating however so I find it impossible to eat up to my ‘sedate’ TDEE of 1800 cals (I’m 5’3 and 130lbs).
Interestingly, I snapped yesterday and ate approx 60g of sugars between biscuits and an Easter egg. Moment of weakness but I didn’t dwell on it. I’m lucky enough to work in hospital biochemistry lab and have access to ketone meters. I checked my ketones this afternoon out of interest and registered as 2 mmol/L ! I didn’t expect to be in ketosis after that binge!
Anyone else’s observations of how keto makes them feel would be much appreciated!