Long time lurker, first time poster.
I’m 40 yo male, 5’8" and 180 lbs. Been doing keto for 2 weeks now. Just wanted to express my enjoyment of going keto and encouragement for people new to this diet (which I am as well).
As most of us, I was pretty much raised and continued SAD throughout my life. I started keto to get back to my healthy weight of 150-165 lbs., but the added benefits are just amazing. I have suffered with chronic asthma icd 10 my entire life, which began when I was a newborn with a serious lung infection. Not long after starting keto (three or four days, basically after going into ketosis) something amazing happened. I noticed that I was coughing less and wheezing less. Even my wife noticed since I would often have coughing fits at night. Suddenly my lungs feel so much clearer. I no longer need my rescue inhaler. I actually can’t wait for my next Pulmonology appointment to see if I have improved on my spirometry test.
I honestly did not expect this. I’m also having the benefit of no longer feeling hungry all the time. Some people complain of gastrointestinal issues on this diet, but honestly my bowels have improved! No constipation or diarrhea. In fact I’m less gassy and more regular with quicker trips to the bathroom.
Some negatives? Well I’m struggling with food as it is getting rather boring. Please, no more bacon or baked cheese! lol. I’ve started to focus on fresh whole foods. Green leafy veggies and the like and I make a salad dressing with MCT oil which is REALLY good!. Thats seems to be helping. Oh and the smell. My wife and daughter say I smell like medicine! I honestly don’t notice it, but then again I can’t smell very well most of the time due to allergies. I’m a little hesitant to get close to co-workers etc though. I’m still not quite fat adapted so I am feeling pretty exhausted at times, especially on my daily bike rides, which normally would not wind me. From what I understand that should pass in a few weeks as my body gets more efficient at burning fat.
I did a ton of research before starting and consulted with my doctor who gave me the thumbs up to go ahead with it. I’m keeping my carbs below 30g, which seems to be working for me, not really worrying to much about my macros, particularly fat, since I want my body to burn up my visceral fat rather than fat that I consume. I’ve been using Carb Manager, which has been quite helpful, and even has a nice macro pie chart for those who are more visual. After one week I’m down to 175 lbs, which I understand was mostly water weight, but still makes you feel good. Haven’t checked my weight again since.
Anyhow, I’ve learned so much from you guys about the keto diet, thanks for all the helpful tips and recipes. I have a feeling that this might be a lifelong change for me, due to the benefits to my lungs if nothing else.