Woot! So glad you’ve stuck with it.
In my experience, at week three, now you’re settled and eating the way you should be most days, forever. It grows less exciting than the first three weeks. It’s less exciting still when you lose most of the body fat you will in the first weeks or months. If you had other symptoms like joint pain, they may slowly ease. No, unless you allow carbs to creep back in, you shouldn’t lose what you’ve won. Whether you’re different on September 1 than now? Maybe yes, maybe no.
And that’s kind of it, the whole story. Not real exciting, is it? Or at least, that’s how it often feels when you’re just living the low-carb lifestyle. I’d suggest you keep a list of benefits–on the inside of bathroom mirror or on the fridge or somewhere you’ll be able to catch sight of it. Because as the initial excitement wanes, and as fat loss slows, it can be hard to stay on track in a world of a zillion processed carby food products, and people calling you crazy or unhealthy, and so on. Your job henceforth is to remember why you did this and keep reminding yourself of what you’ve lost (fat, fatigue, brain fog) and what you’ve gained.
To me, getting through the week 1 sugar/carb withdrawals is only the second hardest part of this way of eating. The hardest is keeping to the plan when there aren’t little dopamine hits all the time of scale changing or trousers drooping or having to shop for new. Now’s the time to get your healthier relationship with nourishing foods in place so that when the excitement wears off, you’re in the right pattern.
I’m a “believe your body” adherent. If it says to eat bacon, eat bacon. If it says to grab the weights, do so. If it says “you know, a half-day ramble across the countryside sounds nice,” do that. “Nap,” it says? Nap. It’s one of the benefits to a healthy way of eating that’s nearer how humans have been eating for more than a million years. Your body was screaming at you all along, but the carb addiction plugs our ears to the sensible messages. Now, listen.
Make good lifelong habits. Keep checking in here. Don’t believe “one won’t hurt me” at this point. In six months, maybe it won’t (or maybe you’re like me, really quite the sugar addict and it really will throw you off for days or weeks!) So give it six months of 100% adherence, even if you aren’t getting the dopamine charges of excitement the first couple of months bring. You can get those as you nail whatever guitar pieces you’ve long been wanting (for me, it’s “Stringing the Blues,” the Michael Fix version. Going to get that one day before I die!)