Went Keto in 2014 partially for weight loss but primarily for health reasons. Dropped about 30# down to 185# and stalled but most of my health problems (leaky gut, fatty liver, rash all over my body) went away. 2017 heard a 2KD podcast about fasting w. Dr. Fung and got on the IDM program and went down to 165# and had ideal health markers. I’ve continued to be very pure Keto, regularly IF and often do a 3 day EF once a month and I don’t cheat. Here’s the problem. Since 2018 I’ve gained 20# back.
IDM suggested I get a dexa scan, track my food and get some blood work done. I did all that and also had my metabolic efficiency point calculated as well. The big thing that came out of that is that my visceral apitose tissue is an issue (fat around organs). The UCD consultant was well versed in Keto and was concerned about me getting enough protein and advised that I need to build strength and intensity in my work-outs. As a side note I actually have great aerobic capacity (thanks to MAFF running and sprinting). They pushed me as hard as I could go on the tread mill and I was aerobic the whole time, never went anaerobic. Since then I started the Convict conditioning program from Dragon Door. Anything John du Cane at Dragon Door does is usually very solid. Yeah, I did Crossfit years ago. That was really hard on my body…not sustainable.
The UCD consultant associated the visceral apitose tissue issue with cortisol issues. However in the blood test, cortisol looks fine so I’m puzzled. Did a little research and it appears that cortisol needs to be tested at morning and evening but so what, just treat for it, get more sleep. Geez man I sleep 8 hours a night, mediate everyday and go on (2) ten day mediation retreats a year. I did however start tracking HRV again just to make sure I’m not over training.
I continued to do daily intermittent fasting of 16 to 18 hours and a 3 day fast about once a month or more. I just got back from a family visit overseas and have continued to IF but not back on the EF program yet but it’s hard to justify when it doesn’t seem to help at all.
I already had a “My Fitness Pal” account set-up so I went in there and tracked food for a week or so just to see were I am at. Less than 15g carbs a day with the balance being fat and protein (~145g). Was 165 in February of ’18 now 187, WTF man.
It has been suggested to me that the irrational weight gain could be due to an oxalate issue so I’m treating for that just to see what happens. Also getting a DNA test done to see if that give me a clue.
Thanks for any suggestions???