I will think about it. The thought kind of scares me, because I’m afraid I would be starving and crabby. Also, I take a pill for hypertension that is supposed to be taken with food. However, it’s a very low dose, and I’m thinking I could skip it if I’m fasting, because that in itself would probably drastically lower my blood pressure. I’ll have to do some research.
Hi, I’ve been Keto 18 months, and I’ve been taking bio identical progesterone for 10 plus years. Although my weight loss has been slow, it has been steady. In 18 months I’ve lost 50 pounds. I’m 52 and I don’t think the progesterone inhibits weight loss. Inches is indicative of fat loss, weight loss is fat loss. Forget the scale, use measurements as your fat loss guide. I’m here to help if you need any. Good luck on your journey.
There are several suggestions for this–usually to take the pill with a small amount of something like HWC or some chia seeds mixed with water.
The idea of fasting can be a little scary. But work up to it: Start by making sure you’re just eating regular meals with no snacking. “Close the kitchen” after dinner and go at least 12 hours until breakfast. Then start pushing breakfast back–go 13 hours, the 14, etc. until you’re easily skipping breakfast and just going to an early lunch and then dinner. Keep stretching. Eventually, it won’t seem like such a big deal to only eat dinner one day (OMAD). From there, you can try pushing through to IF and going a whole day.
Crabby hungry comes when you get low blood sugar. That usually doesn’t happen during fasting to people who are keto-adapted. You might get hungry in your stomach or your head, but you shouldn’t get blood sugar crashes.
After reading through the bunch of posts, I thinking a good solid autophagy fast is what I need now. I feel like, even though its only been a couple weeks, that the weight and inches have completely halted from coming off. I routinely stay OMAD, or 20/4 IF schedule (depending on work), but, those added hours of fasting like 36 or 72 hours - might help reduce some of the loose skin, and change up metabolism a bit.
It never helps when Aunt Flo shows up off schedule, unexpectedly. And lately, its been all over the calendar. I am 52 now, and was so hoping that she’d be gone by now! But, reasoning this all out, I have to figure that the Keto process is releasing 20+ years of wretched hormonal soup into my system and it may well take more time for it to disappear.
The last time I did a serious diet, was in between 2002-2004. I chose Atkins, and wow. I lost 30 pounds in 2 months, releasing even more hormonal soup - and got pregnant with the surprise baby! Wasn’t trying to do that…but it happened during a time when it shouldn’t have happened. You think ovulation time is over…but, nope. So, those released hormones can do some powerful stuff.
The pluses I see right now, are no cramps whatsoever, no migraines, little to no weight gain and no bloating. The only thing that remains unsolved is the swelling of the “twins”. Dang, they are sore. I take very high doses of Omega 3’s which block the bad prostaglandin activity; and ginger capsules which help the cortisol reduction, swelling and cramps. Those ginger capsules are just freaking amazing…thank you again, @SlowBurnMary!!!
Thinking through my schedule for the weekend, it seems like I could work in a 36 hour fast pretty easily. (Its been 12 hours since I last ate, anyways.) If I could get through a 9 hour shift at work without eating, that would be golden, because I’d get home at 1030pm, sleep, and not eat until Sunday. Easily 60 hours. Hmmm. I think we have a plan!
Many thanks again to all of you for posting. The information and reminders are incredibly helpful to me, and I feel so blessed to be able to learn, vent, post and be encouraged! You all are wonderful!
I was happy when my annoying periods stopped, December 2016 (a few months after becoming a grandma). Mine basically stopped cold turkey, once in a while I had missed one, but it just stopped then, and none since. The worse bit about post menopause to me is the night sweats, and I know my mood can be an issue and I cry very easily.
You could join the fast some of us are doing on the monthly Zorn Fast (every third Thursday of the month) -people do as long as they want. It began yesterday, but everyone is welcome to join in at any time that they want =).
I think I shall!!! Thank you so much, Susan!!!
Great =) we all encourage each other during the fasting period, so it is very nice =).