I’m Making Some Changes: Quitting Keto?!

It’s been a while!

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I have put up a blog post!  I’m going to be honest, it is hard to put your life out there for everyone to see.  This mostly has to do with family & friends (sorry, not sorry.)  I needed to take a break, for my sanity.  Normally, I am a pretty private person, so it got to be a little much.  But, I’m back now!

While I was gone, I made a few changes!

As many of you know, if you have read my previous blogs or follow me on Instagram, I follow a Ketogenic diet.  I have been doing Keto for 8 months now.  Back in April, I started having issues.  Between November of last year, and the middle of April, I lost 25lbs on Keto.  I was feeling great, losing weight, etc.  Then all of a sudden, that changed.  In April, I stopped losing weight, I had to keep increasing my basal insulin, and I started to feel like crap!  At first I didn’t think anything of it.  As the months went on, things just got worse.

Since starting Keto, I have been very dedicated to this way of life.  I believe in all the health benefits and the positive things that can come from eating a Ketogenic diet.  So, I stuck it out!  Believe me, I tried EVERYTHING.  I tried intermittent fasting, cutting out dairy, adding more fat, counting calories, not counting calories, increasing the intensity of my workouts….you name it, I tried it!  No matter what I did, the weight would not budge.  Since April, I have had to increase my basal insulin by about 25 units!  Not good.

So, in my typical fashion, I started doing some research.  Apparently diets high in fat can cause insulin resistance. Hmm…interesting!

I have struggled with insulin resistance for close to 10 years now.  It has always been extremely difficult for me to lose weight, but believe me, I can put ON weight very easily.  (*eye roll*)  When I started Keto, I thought, “This is it!  This is finally going to be the thing that will work for me!”  I’m not saying losing 25 pounds isn’t great, because it is, but I have a lot more weight to lose.

After learning that diets high in fat can cause insulin resistance, I started to think.  I need to stop Keto.  My body has been trying to tell me something is wrong for months now, and I have been ignoring it.  I didn’t want to believe that the way of life I believed so strongly in, was failing me.  Ugh.

My insulin resistance has come back with a vengeance, and I’m not happy about it.  It seems like every day I need more and more insulin.  My blood sugars have been all over the place too!  It’s depressing, especially since the main reason I started Keto was to reverse my insulin resistance.  Man, life sure keeps me on my toes!

So, I have decided to stop Keto.  For now, I am keeping track of my calories/carbs/fat (which I despise doing.)  I am still eating “low carb” according to most people’s standards.  For the past 4 days, I have been eating around 65 carbs per day (which at this point has only been from fruit and starchy vegetables.)  Because of this, I had to decrease my fat intake also.  It hasn’t been easy, because I am so used to eating Keto, but it is a nice change.  It’s only been 4 days, but I have already been using less insulin and my blood sugars are more stable.  It’s not a huge difference, but it’s something!  I’m hoping to lessen the severity of my insulin resistance.  If/when that happens, I will have to figure out what to do next.

Lunch: A spicy tuna salad & an apple

As much as I want Keto to work for me, it’s just not working anymore.  I have seen/heard so many success stories on Keto, and it makes me wonder what the heck is wrong with my body that it’s not working!

Well, that is my plan for now.  I’m really hoping that this works, because I’m not trying to stay overweight for the rest of my life!  Haha.  There is something that will help me lose weight, I just need to figure out what that is!

I’m sure I will figure it out…eventually!

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5 COMMENTS

  1. | 3rd Aug 17

    You can do it crabby girl! Keep going strong 😀💪 💏

  2. Franna | 3rd Aug 17

    Hey morning thanks for sharing your story with us. I can relate I have been battling insulin resistance with thyroid issue along with pcos. Been on keto for about 4 months lost 10lbs. So I to have to figure out how to fix me. I will figure it out best of luck to you. I follow you on IG 😉😊

    • hopeloveinsulin | 3rd Aug 17

      Congratulations on losing 10lbs! That’s great! Losing weight is really hard, especially when you have added issues that make it even harder! I hope Keto works for you. I might try it again someday! Thanks for the follow on IG. 🙂

  3. Cherise | 8th Aug 17

    Keto was the most horrible thing I could have ever done. I know this due to some horrible things that happened to me and because of my personal training and nutrition studies. After awhile you stop burning fat and start to burn muscle which in turn can cause heart damage because your heart is a muscle. I also have severe insulin resistance. Mind that muscle loss to a bodybuilder/power lifter hybrid is a horrible thing in itself. The damage to my heart was irreversible and now I have a pacemaker because of it.

    • hopeloveinsulin | 17th Oct 17

      That is absolutely terrible!! I can’t believe that happened to you! I don’t plan on ever doing Keto again, that’s for sure.

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