I have been keto/low carb for about 20 months with maybe a handful of meals off so I believe I am pretty well fat adapted. Last March was my daughter’s wedding so I was traveling and although I stayed fairly consistent I did enjoy her wedding cake!
A couple of weeks ago my sister was killed in a car accident so I was traveling again. For the first few days I didn’t have much of an appetite plus I was in a hospital without feeling a need to eat so I may have lost a few pounds at that point. But after that as our family was making arrangements, sorting through her things, and receiving meals from church and work friends, my low carb eating came to a halt. I really didn’t have the time or energy to grocery shop or meal prep for myself as none of us really did, so we ate what was provided. It seemed that we got potato salad every day for 4 days straight, then pizza, then lasagna, and cake (or pie, or cookies)…every day! We also got lots and lots of fruit trays!
I am now home (for 4 days) and back on track with my low carb eating but I was so nervous about weighing myself, thinking that I would have gained 5, or maybe even 10 pounds-even if just from increased water weight. Funny thing is I actually lost a few pounds! I suppose some of it could have been muscle loss since I wasn’t able to lift weights while I was gone but could I have lost that much muscle in two weeks?
Has anyone else ever experienced this? I know I feel better with this WOE and I am primarily doing it now for overall health so I don’t plan to go back to carbs permanently, but I am just wondering if there is some benefit to cycling out occasionally. Of course if I did it intentionally I wouldn’t do it with potato salad, lasagna, and cakes and cookies. Especially since I can make a keto version of all of these!
Any thoughts from those of you experienced fat adapted folks?