I’m new on the forums, but keto’s been in my family for quite a while now. This post is gold, as far as I’m concerned.
I have one brother who was tired of not being fit (and in poor mental health). Keto came with a decision to change, and he’s stayed on for years now. Never asked if it was hard, but I supposed extreme low budged eating may have been very boring.
My mom did more whole food low carb than keto, to be able to fold her body in two again to tie her shoe laces. And whole foods are healthy.
Another brother is on keto because it turns off mental health problems. He has been chronically underweight for years, no amount of carb could help him. Now, several months after starting keto, he is finally getting some subcutaneous fat on his body. And his risk of developing diabetes despite low weight is gone as well.
My daughter is doing low carb to get better concentration in school. Non-expected side effects keep her going. She has way better skin, teenage flab disappeared (lucky her, to have a still healthy metabolism), and she has a much more positive outlook on life. The tighter figure is really only a nice bonus to her.
I’m also low carbing, primarily keto. My reaaon is to avoid the creepibg risk of diabetes. It’s a scary thought that metabolic syndrome happens long before diabetes is diagnosable. I likely have some degree of metabolic syndrome, due to constant snacking and bread, and proven by only losing weight on keto or extreme calorie restriction (only done accidentally, loss of appetite). My primary goal isn’t weight loss, but rather to stop running towards serious illness. I’m also noticing how nice it is to be able to “snack” on herbal teas insteas of sugar. I don’t even want a couple almonds at work, and can keep going an entire day on only tea and water as long as I stay fasted. That’s helped me in several stressful situations lately.
Even if I don’t drop another pound (I am overweight) in the next year, I’m still going to stick with keto and only occasional non-sugar carbs. My body depends on me to give it real food.