Ok so I’ve been keto for 10 months, not exactly an oldie but my discovery, my newest change of dogma might be helpful to reflect here (or this might be entirely for me).
You can not and should not force your body to let go of the fat that it still requires… (instead you should focus on finding out why your body needs the fat and THEN TO FIX IT SO YOU LOSE IT)
Your body is not betraying you by going through a plateau, it is healing and protecting you. Now you have probably heard that before but I am the kind of person who needs to know “what is it healing?” “how is it protective?” so here is some of the stuff I’ve come up with (as always feel free to correct me or add-on)
Some people hold on to fat for emotionally protective reasons- as protection against unwanted attention (sometimes particularly true of people who were taught that people are dangerous, were sexually or physically assaulted or were bullied), as a way of coping with loneliness (comfort/nourishment you carry with you), as part of their identity (mothers are soft to the touch, married people shouldn’t be attractive to other people, all the people in my family are overweight, I’m not vain like them, I’m am just broken or built this way). You will freak out and self-sabotage if you do not address these beliefs as you lose weight. This relates to cortisol and coping with stress as well.
Fat is associated with health risk but may not be the cause… so why does our body produce fat if it is awful? Why would we store so much of it so easily?
Because fat is way better for our bodies than having high blood sugars, and it is way better for us than high levels of inflammation and chronically high cortisol levels. I can’t prove it but fat looks metabolically protective. Until you can sort out those chronically high cortisol and insulin levels, and until those mechanisms are healed to some degree your body needs that fat as a buffer.
Your body has learned that the food coming in will be nutritionally inept, it’s going to take a while to build up your stores of everything your body needs that you lacked when you ate Low fat, CICO or SAD diets. Your fat is storing Vit A, D, E, K and B12, your bones are scrambling for minerals, and until plenty is coming in, your body still thinks it can’t get what it needs to run properly… feed it, don’t starve it (except fasting, fasting is magic and a great chance to heal. fasting is not the same as starving).
Anyway excuse my ramblings but I have to bother someone with it, and my family will kill me and eat me if I keep talking about keto lol