Time to get on that scale! I was a little nervous, honestly. I knew I’d lost some weight. I mean, how could you NOT lose at least a few pounds on a super low carb diet, right? But getting on the scale is always a little triggering for me. It does cause anxiety. I rarely like that number I see these days.
Weigh In after 2.5 weeks
Starting Weight: 177.2
Current Weight: 174.8
- My pants are loose
- Am now wearing 1 size smaller jeans
- My underwear is too big
- I had to move my bra to a tighter hook
- I feel less bloated
I realize I should I have measured my body when I first started. I think that would have shown more of a change than the scale. I’m also curious if I would have lost more weight had I not gotten sick in week 3. I didn’t work out for 5 days. 🙁 But I am still happy with the progress I have made so far!
How I Feel
Good! I do not feel the crushing misery of previous low-carb diets. I don’t feel run down or lethargic. I don’t feel hungry. I am able to manage my cravings pretty well. I haven’t felt a “sugar detox” like I have felt in the past when I stopped eating sugar/candy.
After the first week my jeans all felt looser. I attributed that to not eating bread/carbs/gluten as opposed to weight loss.
Other Interesting Things
Something else I noticed after starting the keto diet, my psoriasis cleared up in certain areas. I had some pretty gnarly patches of psoriasis on my legs that flare up. They get worse in the winter and can be really red, big and itchy/irritated. I have a topical cream I use that “sort of” manages it (not really–just takes the edge off the itchiness really).
I wasn’t really using the cream much during this time period and yet the psoriasis on my legs shrank. It was less itchy and got way smaller! I don’t know if there is a correlation to the diet. I started reading more about it and saw different things, of course it’s all anecdotal stories but I am seeing other people claim their psoriasis cleared up with a keto diet. Very interesting indeed!
Now for some TMI stuff – first my period. When I get PMS I crave salty, crunchy stuff. Chips, etc. I didn’t have that issue while I was on Keto. Second – one of the side effects of keto is constipation. I am trying to keep my fiber intake up. I have started adding some Benefiber to my iced tea at breakfast. Supposedly MCT Oil can cause diarrhea, but I’ve used it a few times in my coffee now and have not had that issue. Maybe you only get stomach issues if you use too much?
I am going to continue doing this diet for awhile. At some point I hope to switch to some kind of carb-cycling schedule. Something like doing keto Monday-Friday and then on the weekends eating higher carbs–not going crazy but eating things like FRUIT!!!! And maybe my Kombucha! (I miss it!) and my Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. I miss those too! But those are all too high in carbs for keto. So maybe those could be my “high carb” weekend splurges.
But for now, I’m good. I like this!
Edited to Add:
- I am super impressed with myself that I was able to so easily give up sugar and candy!
- I’m rarely hungry.
- The things I miss the most? Bagels with cream cheese and my kombucha.
Yay! so great that you’re feeling good. Your previous low carb experiments had me wondering if this was a good idea, not that it’s my life or problem 🙂
Hopefully these next comments aren’t annoying, as they are intended to be suggestions to help with your skin:
I have a friend who had a bad psoriasis flare-up and it’s been fixed by doctor-prescribed and clinic-managed sun lamp exposure – something along those lines. So if you can’t get totally rid of it with diet, not sure if you’re aware of that as an option (but it’s time consuming for sure, I think she was in 3x/week at first).
I bought something called Dinah’s Salve at one of the Portland Girl shops – a topical ointment to help with skin issues. I was trying it for rosacea (no magical cure, sadly) but it might be worth trying too.
Definitely feel better on keto than other low carb experiments!
When I saw the dermatologist, he suggested light therapy. It was 3x a week but it wasn’t something I could do with a job and unfortunately the light wasn’t something covered by insurance so it would have been very expensive out of pocket. 🙁
Sounds pretty successful to me! I’m glad you aren’t struggling with this like with other low carb diets.
You look great in that photo! It appears to be agreeing with you 🙂 I have to admit that constipation was a big problem for me when I did my paleo experiment several years ago. I never did find a good fix for it and was just pretty miserable for 6 weeks. Hopefully you’ll find some relief with the Benefiber!
I did have some issues last week! I upped the benefiber and took magnesium and it helped!