So those of you who have got a way to go might or might not get annoyed with this question, but I’ve worked pretty hard (actually, I’ve eaten pretty heartily, but let’s pretend it was work ) over the past 12 months to drop nearly 15kg (about 30lb).
The last few pounds (from 82-83kg down to 79-80kg) were a real challenge. I dropped back from a moderate LCHF diet back into ketogenic Atkins induction around 6-8 weeks ago, cutting out milk, nuts, all alcohol, and virtually all fruit and even remotely starchy veg, whilst ramping up IF and introducing exogenous ketones (though I won’t be ordering those again, not really useful to me.)
My question: just keep calm and keto on? I know that at 74kg I’ll be pretty close to my goal fat %, and I’m going to have a DEXA when I visit Australia in a few weeks to see what my current status is, but in the meantime it’s like, it’s going sooooooo sloooooowly.
The good news: I get to satiety REALLY easily, and am fairly confident that I’m fat adapted. But have you guys got any hints for this last stretch – or just keep on keeping on?
P.S. By the way, I “cheated” tonight, which I’ve only done maybe 3 times in the past 2 months: I fasted from last night through to 7pm tonight, then had a keto meal of home-cooked Bittman Chinese chicken (steamed chicken and bok choy with a delicious tamari/scallions/ginger sauce) plus roasted broccoli with an amazing butter/cream/garlic/chicken stock sauce and I couldn’t stop eating it even though I was full after like 3 bites. So I ate well past satiety which is a big no-no.
So I was stuffed, but then I had friends come over for a once a month meeting, and I demolished cheese and wine and some – gasp! – crackers and a bit of 99% dark chocolate. I was STUFFED more than I’ve been in forever, and kept eating even though I was full bc it was so tasty, but I’ve been doing keto and LCHF for long enough that I know I’m fat adapted and I’ll be back on the wagon tomorrow.
Interestingly, looking back on tonight, my “cheat” included virtually zero sugar. The real problem tonight wasn’t the carbs, it was the eating past satiety. A VERY high-quality problem for those of us on LCHF, and it’s borne out by the science – we get to eat ad libitum, whereas sugar-burners have to have “self-control.”
Anyway, I chose crackers/chips for my guests that had zero sugar, and the chocolate had virtually zero sugar (I put a bit of stevia on dark choc to taste) – which is a big change for me. Normally if I binge, I often go hard on the sugar. Not anymore; I don’t really need it. And frankly I didn’t derive a lot of pleasure from the chips/crackers – I don’t see the need for most starchy carbs anymore when there are so many great LCHF alternatives.