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Followup to My Ketogenic Diet "Success"

I originally reported success in finally losing weight after switching to a ketogenic diet. Well… there’s a reason I haven’t posted any weight loss updates since then. I lost the majority of those 6 lbs in the first 2 days of the diet which indicated to me that it was probably water and glycogen. It’s been 2 months now and I gained 3 of those lbs back, I gain all of it back when bloated. I’m quite sure at this point that no fat was ever lost and it’s all water…

I have tried a number of different ketogenic diet variations since then with little success. Each variation had the same absolute amount of carbs and protein which can’t go any lower honestly. I’ve tried restricting calories by eating less fat (though it was still ketogenic), eating to satiety (calories be damned!) and intermittent fasting.

I had the best weight loss success with fasting but it was also the biggest flop for me. I take hormones to keep my life bearable and the fasting managed to completely nuke my delicate balance and made my life a living hell for about a week. So yeah I temporarily lost a few pounds (promptly gained back I might add) but obviously fasting is not an option for me. Which is unfortunate because for some of the other women who are trying this diet, fasting seems to be the only thing that is helping them lose weight.

The entire time however my blood sugar has been amazing. Sometimes it’s too easy to focus on the weight loss and completely ignore the blood sugar improvement which isn’t fair. I’ve always said that I would prefer to keep my toes than lose weight. Maybe I should tattoo that on my spare tire so I don’t forget. Even if I don’t lose another pound, this diet works the best for controlling my diabetes so I’ll stick with it.

Having just admitted that the weight loss may never happen I read that Jimmy Moore’s Ask the Low Carb Experts guest this Thursday is Dr. Steven Phinney, one of the authors of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living and Performance! The topic? Weight loss stalls on a well-formulated low-carbohydrate diet. How timely! I’ve already sent in 2 questions via email and plan on calling in as well so I can pester him live. I am hopeful that some nuggets of wisdom will be heard and I will have new ideas to try out.