I’ve tried it all! I started out tracking EVERYTHING and I stayed under 25g total carbs. That wasn’t working, so I started doing IF right after that (lunch and dinner). That didn’t move the needle, so I decided to go Zero Carb. I tried that for a month and gained a couple lbs. (It also made social situations more difficult.) I went back to just IF with regular keto, then I signed up for the Fat Burning Female project with Shawn Mynar…she encouraged you to stress less by allowing a few more carbs, upping your fat intake, and trying to relax the approach. I gained a few more lbs… Then I had the revelation that I should just stop eating altogether (fasting). I started doing back to back multi-day fasts with just a day of refeeds in between. That’s been the first thing to drive my weight down, although it tends to jump right back up when I feast. I’m now about 4 lbs less than when I initially started 10 months ago. I have stopped tracking meticulously (a few months ago now) because I realized that it was causing me tons of stress and I really wasn’t enjoying eating because all I could think about was macros.
I work out (cycling, bootcamps, yoga, etc), I don’t eat tons of protein, I’m not afraid of fat. I used to eat lots of vegetables but found they made me bloated and exacerbated constipation. (That’s a HUGE issue for me - I’m talking extremely painful, even with supplementing magnesium citrate out the Wazoo, eating lots of salt, and trying things like chia seed. The only thing that helps is having a slice of low carb bread or some sort of grain, which I only do rarely, and only if I balance it with fasting and working out - and I test my ketones to make sure it doesn’t kick me out.)
My personal situation aside, I think there are a lot of people who don’t have IR (I had my fasting insulin tested at 2.2, HOMA:IR at 0.38, hbA1C at 4.7, and my Trigs/HDL ratio is well under 2) but who still can’t drop weight. I would love to hear Megan and Jason talk about their patients whose bodies just seem to be stubborn when it comes to weight loss and what has worked for them. I’ve read lots of stories like this on the forums and while I’m definitely trying to KCKO…I’d love to hear how people are overcoming this hurdle.
FWIW, I can do all the activities I want at this weight - I hike, I bike, I ski, etc…but I know how much more enjoyable all those activities would be at minus 20 lbs…