My journey began on May 2018 and I just want to share some of my thought after more than a year on Keto diet and 16/8 intermittent fasting. I am no expert but just share some of the up and down I have encountered during this one year plus journey. I share some of the negative first because not many Keto practitioner say much about this. Most would said they did not encounter such issues.
- Carbo/sugar overdose – Happen to me five time because when you deprive your body of carbohydrates and sugar for many months, Suddenly you pump so much carbo and sugar into your body, your body will react negatively. This happen mostly because I went to Hotpot restaurants and can’t resist the fish ball, cuttlefish ball and chicken sausage. Plus Coke Zero (it was all you can drink, why not). I usually drank 3 or 4 large cup of Coke Zero. Then an hour or so later, The vertigo attack come in and I started to throw up. I will have non-stop throwing up for the next 4 to 5 hours or so. During vertigo attack, I can only lie on my right side and I can’t move. The moment I moved, my head starts spinning and begin to throw up,again. Even with Cinnarizine and Betaserc, the vertigo attack lasted up to 12 hours. I just can’t do anything except to take medicine and lie on my right side. It was not FUN to be in this situation. Nowadays, when I go to Hotpot restaurant, meat and vegetables is the only thing I eat and I drink hot tea. No Coke Zero.
- Hair Loss – After 4th to 5th months into Keto, I experienced tremendous hair loss and I searched on the net and many keto dieters said to supplement with B Complex and D. Now, I am taking this everyday.
- Constipation – Before Keto, I can go twice a day. Nowadays, I go once every two days.
- Bad Breath – At this moment, can’t find a solution. If someone out there know how to solve this issue, please leave a comment. All I can do for the moment is to chew Sugarless Gum when the situation needed.
The above are some of the negative that I have encountered. Not to scare you away from Keto but something you need to be aware of.
- Blood Glucose – drop back to normal to about 5.3 – 5.6 mmol.
- Cholesterol – back to normal. LDL=2.6 HDL=1.5
- BONUS – my weight from high 82 plus kg to around 65Kg and I am plateauing at this level. I don’t do 16 hours fasting. Mostly around 12 to 14 hours fasting. Before keto, I wore Uniqlo size 86cm pants. Now I wear 76cm. My Uniqlo t-shirt size from XL to Medium.
- Energy – I somehow felt more energize. I don’t feel lethargic.
- Tonsillitis – Before keto, I have tonsillitis twice a year for a stretch of almost 20 years. The doctor ask given me advice on whether do I want to surgically remove the tonsil because of my yearly inflammation. After adopting Keto, I have not had tonsillitis for an entire year. I don’t know if it’s keto related but I hope it won’t re-occurred. Keeping my finger cross.
- Skin rashes – This is another thing that bother me for many years. Winter and Summer are the worst and sometime the rashes cover at least 30% of my body. I have to keep Regocin-F and Elomet cream at hand all the time. After Keto, the rashes does not occurred so frequent. Maybe once in every 3 or 4 month. It appear on a small spot and it will disappear after I applied some cream. Usually goes away after 3 or 4 day. Did not cure but appear less frequent.
Going forward, will I continue this as a lifestyle? Yes, I feel healthy. My side of the family are diabetic prone and Keto is the best method to control diabetic. At the moment, my blood glucose remain normal. That is good enough for me. For those who want to start this journey, be aware that there are many naysayers on this method. Even my doctor told me not to do it. If you want to lose weight or control your blood glucose level, this is the BEST method. It’s a sustainable method. I have kept on it for a year plus and more to go. If I can do it, so can you.