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I Fail at LCHF and Calorie Restriction

I have been having a rough time with my diet lately. After being stalled out since June, I started seeing a bariatric physician in November who put me on a 1,200 calorie diet. He has also been encouraging me to bring my carbs up from 20g/day to 50g/day, all from fibrous vegetables. So far I have lost 5 lbs but I am very sure that’s due to lowering my progesterone dose, not the diet changes.

I love being a living example that calories in / calories out doesn’t work.

My fasting blood sugar has come up a bit, from about 75-85 to 85-100 but my post meal values are all still good. The biggest difference is that I have been experiencing more hunger and cravings than ever before since I started my low-carb diet a year ago. This level of calorie restriction just isn’t working for me.

I was able to battle my hunger for a little over a month and now … I have completely failed. I do alright in the morning but as the day goes on I end up gobbling up whatever food I can find. Whole chocolate bars, 5x my normal amount of nuts or my personal best … today I had a chocolate peanut butter sundae from Oberweis in a chocolate dipped waffle cone with sidecar hazelnut chocolate truffle.

What’s the point of trying to stick to 1,200 calories when I inevitably fail and end up overeating sugar? I would rather be honest that I need 1,700 and get it from extra steak and homemade coconut oil chocolates.

But wait! It’s not all doom and gloom. What inspired me to post this is that when I tested my blood sugar after my binge today, it wasn’t horrible! Months ago if I had even 50g of carbs, it would spike me to 160+. Today the highest it went was 125, though it did stay there for a couple hours. Maybe it’s just that I had tons of fat to go along with my carbs but I would like to think that my pancreas or insulin resistance has improved a bit.

Summary: Calories don’t count and my pancreas is feeling perky lately.