keto, My Weight Loss Journey

Undereating on Keto

I’m not sure how many times I’ve been told that I don’t eat enough and that is why I can’t lose weight. It sounds bizarre, right?

Starvation Mode: Are You Eating Enough? - BuiltLean
Gross exaggeration

Let me tell you…for a woman who is overweight like I am, it is very hard to hear and understand this. I’ve been doing keto for a few of months, I guess. I was pretty strictly doing dirty keto. I kept my carbs under 27g a day. I kept my protein at about 70g per day. My doctor said that these were just fine.

The Keto Diet: Eat fat. Burn fat. Lose weight? – Your Health Today
Look at all that delicious food

Where I’m lacking in this diet, is fats and calories. Before you tell me that Calories don’t matter when it comes to keto, let me stop you right there. If you are undereating, my doctor tells me, it very much matters. Keto makes me feel full and I don’t get hungry like I used to before doing this diet.

What I find odd is that I’m not eating carbs and I’m not eating very much food. So, why did my weight loss stop? My metabolism has stopped because my body is in “starvation mode.” What?! The science of how the human body works boggles the mind. I’m going to try to explain it the way my doctor did.

I ate less than 1200 calories a day for a week (not in a row, but basically in the last few months it averaged to this). I didn’t intentionally starve myself, I just ate the same diet I have been until I’m full. Since the intake of calories and fats are so low, my body stopped burning the fat and is at a standstill. So, I have to increase my fats to 144g a day and increase my calories to around 1700.

I’m going to try this for a month and see what happens. My body needs to get out of this standstill and get moving. So, I’ve devised a plan and my doctor is there to intervene if need be.

I will admit that last week was spring break and it all went out the window. I did not stay on keto. Not even a little bit. So, here’s getting back into the game again. Today was a good day.

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Work it, girl.

Exercise isn’t required according to my doctor, but I feel like I need to. I’ve been working out 3 times a week for 40 minutes of cardio (not during spring break and I’ve not been consistent either). She suggested that if I’m going to do that, I add resistance training or weights twice a week as well. So, I’m going to attempt to do this thing. However, diet plays the biggest role and I will make sure to continue eating well. Hopefully the scale numbers will change and my weight loss will continue.

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I loathe weighing myself.

Tell me, has this happened to you? Do you not eat enough and pay the price?

If you have, tell me how the heck you got through it and how you were able to overcome the plateau of keto.

Until next time,

Ruth Anne

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