I listened to an interview with Dr Eric Westman about 3 months into this journey and some of the things he said hit me right between the eyes! Forgive my lack of link and probable inaccuracies but my take away was something like this: he finds that for about 70% of the people he sees in his clinic, education & support is what is needed and off they go losing weight and getting healthier…but when he sees people who have not lost (30?) pounds in (5?) months there are other (issues? emotional? food addiction?); they omit items from their food log, under report quantities, etc (not truthful?).
Well, I just realized then he was describing about ME! WOW! I had to try wearing that around for a few days – it was so uncomfortable to confront myself with that TRUTH: I’m a food addict, it’s emotional, etc!
Then, it made such perfect sense to me why it seems so many people just jump on board with keto, lose 50-100 pounds in months or a year and talk about how easy it was and how they were never hungry. But not me! Every ounce I manage to lose is a battle because this is NOT just an educational process, it’s an EMOTIONAL/MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL process and it is NOT comfortable, happy and rewarding, especially not in the beginning.
Every time I hit a stall of a month, I know I need to make further changes in what I eat, how much and when. It’s not enough to keep carbs under 20 and only eat keto foods. It gets down to eating less keto foods, less often and giving up more. Fasting cleaner and longer. Experimenting to find out what it takes me to make the scale move. NSVs are great but 30 or more days of no downward movement on the scale tells me I need to make more changes. I’m not pushing myself too awfully hard because these emotions, beliefs, behaviors, habits are a bitch to contend with. It took me 5 1/2 months to lose 20 pounds. Now a month can go by with maintaining only a 1.5 pound loss but little by little I’m chipping away at years of food craziness and food abuse.