Hi all. If you’ve been following along, you likely already know my struggle, but here’s a brief summary:
Started keto 5 months ago, I’m currently up about 3-4 lbs from when I started. I lost a few lbs in the beginning but they came right back. I have tried IF, a few EF’s (2-3 days), ZC for 40ish days, less fat, more fat, etc. I work out (cycling and other stuff) and have some digestion issues (I rarely “go” and when I do, it’s usually painful). I have gotten a couple DEXA scans and somehow managed to gain 2 pounds of body fat. I have tested EVERYTHING. My fasting insulin is low, my HOMA IR is good, my thyroid is normal, everything looks like I should be losing weight, but I’m not.
SO…I have been feeling pretty awful (emotionally) - especially after the last few weekends spent mostly in a bikini - and it’s becoming very difficult to KCKO - though I don’t really know what other options I have. The odd thing is - my energy, my sleep, everything else is still great.
I’m going to Hawaii in 2 weeks and it just occurred to me…what if I just fasted until then? The longest fast I have done is 3 days, so I have no idea if I’ll last longer than a few days, but what’s the worst that could happen?
Based on my DEXA, I have about 48lbs of fat on my body, so based on @richard’s fasting math, I have 1440 calories accessible daily. Based on my BMR, I would probably need to supplement with a couple hundred calories of fat. I don’t think I’ll worry about working out (no long bike rides) during this fast, aside from some bodyweight lunges, squats, and pushups, walking the dog, and some light stretching.
Also, I’m currently taking 800-1000mg of Magnesium Citrate daily + digestive enzymes and a LOT of HCL with each meal, and I’m STILL not going to the bathroom regularly…so maybe just giving my gut a break altogether is a good idea. I feel strongly that my gut issues (low stomach acid for sure, mal-absorption potentially?) are what’s causing my body to hold on to this weight - I have an appointment with a kets-friendly GI doctor coming up next month, so hoping she will be able to help.
So far, when I’ve fasted, I haven’t kept the weight off, but maybe doing a long fast will change that. If you’ve been in a similar situation, please let me know. Or - if you have any thoughts/feedback that you think might help, please share!
Editing to add: Also, if some of you recall, I also got those 2nd degree burns back in early April (near-boiling water spilled on my chest). I know my body is still healing from that…though I doubt that’s still having an effect on weight loss?