I guess I am going to bite the bullet (a low carb one of course lol) and post my info, embarrassing as it may be for me…
Female, 38yrs old, been overweight several times in my life, always post pregnancy had difficulty losing the weight. Close to a decade ago, a doc told me I had metabolic X syndrome after middle child was born and I was put on what I now understand was pretty close to a Keto eating plan (5 small meals a day though vs the one/two with IF). I dropped significant weight very quickly (+200lbs to 140ish) and maintained until a late miscarriage followed by a full term pregnancy shortly after where I developed gestational diabetes and gained an enormous amount of weight. After that pregnancy, my weight fell about 30lbs over time, but left me yo-yoing around 220’s at just 5’4. I tried to go Paleo and actually gained about 10lbs very quickly. A doc had me try Trulicity (which messed with my pancreas and made me pretty ill), but I stopped taking it after about 6 mo due to my new insurance denying coverage as I do not have a T2D diagnosis. Shortly after stopping Trulicity, I went to a Vegan eating plan to try to control hormonal issues with my cycle being a total nightmare (pain/heaviness, would lose weight during TOM and then gain it all back the following week when I would start ovulating, anywhere from 4-7lbs each time). When I cut dairy (was eating loads of cheese before daily), my hormone issues greatly improved and I lost about 5 lbs…fast forward, got the flu in early February of 2019 and simply could not recover and saw that the Vegan eating plan was just not supporting my body being able to heal itself at all - plus I was reacting to many nightshade plants, bean, legumes, and nuts which was not at all helpful and basically my entire diet on Vegan plan.
End of February I started Keto, using Carb Manager and most days end very close/similar to the following macros:
9g of 20 g net carbs
14 total carbs
91g of 101g fat
107g of 81g of protein
1313 of 1300 net calories
The foods almost constantly in circulation are ground beef, London broil, real bacon bits (regular bacon seems to be making my hands swell up), chicken made into salad with mayo/mustard and celery, eggs, pork rinds, butter, homemade bone broth (just made with turkey drumstick bones, garlic, ginger, salt, and water), coconut oil, ranch dressing (1 carb, no sugar), avocado (dropped for a few days, but no change so added back), in small amounts and much less frequently, cream cheese jalapeno dip, sour cream, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. I have made what some would call “fat bombs” but they are very small and contain about 4g of fat each with no sugar/no sweetener and 1g carb - basically it’s coconut oil mixed with coconut butter with a tiny drop of peppermint extract, melted and then frozen in a miniature heart shape tray. Plenty of coffee…twice I have drank an entire pot, usually drink half a pot (I think this is about 30 oz judging by the cup I use), 1/4 in the morning with one tablespoon of heavy cream and 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk and then the same thing around 4 pm.
I am almost 6 weeks in (this Saturday) on Keto WOE, when I started I was right at 226 (had some water retention from taking ibuprofen during the flu, usually causes an increase overnight of about 5-7lbs - not kidding!). I am now fluctuating back and forth between 222 and 224, so essentially I have at best lost 2 lbs of water weight (this came off in the first 3 days) and nothing else in 6 weeks. Got super excited the other day as I thought I had lost 3 inches off of my hips - then I realized I measured the wrong spot and there were no changes in inches either. I do think I look slightly less swollen in the face since starting and the non-scale victories would be I have not had any sugar in 6 weeks which is amazing for me AND more amazing, I don’t want it, don’t crave it, and really don’t miss it much at all. I am only suffering major fatigue in line with my hormonal cycle instead of daily.
I don’t think I am fat adapted yet, because I still feel a bit out of whack at times emotionally, sleep-wise, and have random days where I feel great and super energetic, but then don’t the following day (so it’s not been consistent improvement yet). Also most days I only get hungry once or twice (eating one meal around 9-10 am and second/last meal around 4-5 pm daily), but will have a random day where I feel hungry sooner/more often and then I will eat something like mashed avocado with pork rinds to satiety. I am fairly sedentary, wear fitbit tracker and 3 days a week I only get to 5-7k steps, other 4 days I meet or exceed the 10k step goal.
I don’t at all find this way of eating difficult, just fighting the discouragement of overall weight/inches not disappearing yet. I can definitely handle and celebrate slow consistent loss, it’s that I have lost sooo little and it is not consistent, just bounces right back. I do weigh daily, because it is the only way I will be able to ascertain when/if fat burning has switched on for me, as I have not lost any inches yet. The ultimate question is do I try to mess with what I have been doing and attempt to fire up the weight loss OR stay the course and wait it out in hopes the switch gets flipped soon?
Please no grumpy attacks about my desire to see the scale move, for those of us with joint pain it’s not just vanity that makes us want to drop actual weight