Okay, low carb/keto people please help me out here!
So, as you guys know, I went from June 8th - December 24th doing low carb/keto with no cheating and I felt amazing!!
I was averaging 28-45 net carbs a day depending on the day (usually in the 30's), I was losing weight every week except for the last 2 weeks before Christmas eve (lost a total of 39 pounds in that time), I had NO major carb cravings at all and I felt great with all the good stuff you always hear about low carb/keto... clear skin, tons of energy, weight loss, less headaches, less pain and fibro flares, etc.
I'm now at the end of day 9 of strict keto (under 20 net grams of carbs a day and way, way more fat) and I've had two days when I felt great, day 5 and 6. All the other days I've been tired and massively craving carbs, the cravings only went away on days 5 and 6 and now they're back hugely.
I also only felt the high energy and great keto feelings for those two days.
Why is it so different this time? Is it because I dropped my carbs so much lower?
I did lose weight this past week so that was great and I'm still taking my vitamins and electrolytes and I even started working out (just not the last two days because I really don't feel good) but I just don't feel "right."
Where did all the good low carb/keto feelings go? I don't feel happy with how things are going, I don't feel good, I don't have energy and I just don't feel like me.
Oh, and I noticed that my face, neck and chest issues (very red and hot skin that the dermatologist is trying to figure out) have gotten a lot worse in the 9 days of under 20 net grams of carbs as well!
Could I have dropped the carbs too low for MY body? Was I better off with eating slightly higher carbs and feeling better?
What is going on???
Edited to add...
I just realized something (I'm thinking a LOT about this), I had a PowerCrunch Protein bar as a "treat" yesterday and after that is when I started to feel off, and especially craving carbs again. Could that have set me off? Up until then I hadn't had one in over a week and I used to eat them daily.
Here's the ingredient list... also I did NOT realize they had sugar and wheat in them... what is wrong with me?? Wow, I'm actually sitting here shocked by the ingredients... I freaking check everything, how did this get past me?? And I was eating these all the time! lesson learned!
Ingredients... Proto WheV- protein blend (Micro Peptides from High-DH hydrolyzed whey protein [40% di and tripeptides], whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate), palm oil, enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, canola oil, dextrose, natural flavors, soy lecithin, annatto, sea salt, sucralose, cocoa processed with alkali, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, stevia leaf extract