Hi all. New member here. I've been on a low-carb diet, under close medical supervision, for a year and 9 months. I was normal weight until I had 3 kids and a divorce, at which time my tendency to eat under stress really got out of hand. I got into the low-carb thing when I realized I had gained so much weight that I weighed 70 (! Yes, 70) pounds more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant with twins. Even with that realization, I didn't get the motivation going until my A1C slipped up over 7 and I became officially diabetic. I chose the diet (Dr Gann's Diet of Hope) because 1) my PCP recommended it and 2) my insurance covered it (a very important consideration for those of us in the 99 percent).
At first I did great, and was very pleased--I got to 6 pounds below my 9-months-pregnant-with-twins weight and was no longer diabetic. Also, my blood pressure, which had been a problem for at least a decade BEFORE I gained weight, was normal. When I started Dr Gann's diet I was taking 3 medications to control my BP, and now I take only 1, and a very much reduced amount of that. So--all good.
Then, after about 9 months on the diet, my weight loss slowed. I expected that, so wasn't concerned at first. That lasted about 6 months. Then I started gaining. I now weigh 8 pounds more than my pregnant-with-twins weight (a milestone that remains constantly in my mind). This wouldn't surprise me if I hadn't been staying on the diet. But I haven't changed anything. I eat the same things I was eating when the weight was falling off so fast I could hardly keep up with the wardrobe changes I needed. Why?? This was the question I asked everybody at Dr Gann's office.
I received many answers, many of them contradictory. Major stress in my life (over about 7 months I lost 2 beloved dogs, my beloved mother, and my somewhat-less-beloved car), resulting in metabolic resistance to the diet--this is what most likely I'm experiencing. I have joked for years that my body is convinced there's a famine coming and that it thinks it must hang on to every ounce it can, to be prepared for lean times to come. Now I feel like my body is saying to me "Okay, you fooled me for a while, but I'm on to you now. You can't trick me into giving up my precious fat ANY MORE!" (You can add in the diabolical cackling for yourself.)
Frustrated, I looked on the Infallible Internet for answers. And I found the Fat Fast, along with Bulletproof Coffee, carb-free chocolates, etc. What I don't understand, and can't find authoritative answers for, is the question of the dangers of staying on the fat fast too long, and what symptoms might be experienced by a person who has stayed on it too long.
I've tried the fast and I've seen that I do go into ketosis, but only after at least 2 days, and as soon as I go off it I'm no longer shedding ketones. And then I start gaining weight again.
Now here's the real issue: yesterday at work I was fat-fasting and by the of the day I felt really lousy. Very tired and almost dizzy. When I got home I tested my blood sugar and that was 101--so this was not a low-blood-sugar thing. Then I tested my BP and it was 153/89--not good.
Is this the sort of dangerous thing that happens with fat fasting? I should mention that I've had a pacemaker for 3.5 years (2 years before I started the diet) and there's a major history of heart disease in my family. Is the fat fast dangerous for heart conditions? Anybody know?
Thank you all for being there.