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  • Mellouk89Mellouk89 Member Posts: 96 Member Member Posts: 96 Member
    How many people are on Keto for years and don't you miss eating carbs?
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 36,672 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 36,672 MFP Moderator
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    How many people are on Keto for years and don't you miss eating carbs?

    Some do, some don't. When i miss carbs, i will eat them. I don't have a metabolic disorder so I don't have to worry about producing high amounts of ketones.

    For example today, i was craving fruit, so i am going to have 75g total but will still high net 50g. So between that and my workout, i should still be in ketosis.
  • Mellouk89Mellouk89 Member Posts: 96 Member Member Posts: 96 Member
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.
    edited August 5
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 7,935 Member Member Posts: 7,935 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    How many people are on Keto for years and don't you miss eating carbs?

    Do you mean is in an emotional sense or other wise? While doing my n=1 currently with pomegranate juice I am high carb out of necessity. Since that n=1 is going to my liking I have order pomegranate supplement options to see if I can get the same gut microbiome response without the carbs.

    Really all I cut out to do Keto is added sugar and any form of any gain and keep total carbs <50 grams daily. On KETO it shifted me to a more plant base way of eating. Sugar now makes me fell like death warmed over.

    Now that my focus is on learning how to increase the health of my gut microbiome I do eat more carbs if they contain fiber that is thought to improve the balance of my gut microbiome.

    My emotional attachment to added sugar is still there in the background until I feed it again. :)

    There is no one magical way for everyone to eat but we each have to listen to our own body. When I eat something that had a lot of sugar added I know it within the hour one way or another.
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 7,935 Member Member Posts: 7,935 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.

    There are a lot of myths revolving around keto and too many people make stupid "allowed" and "banned" food charts for IG that are inaccurate. When you actually know how ketosis works, then its much easier to manage. There is only one thing required to get into ketosis... carb restriction. And depending on your size and activity level, will determine what threshold number you have. Cyclist or endurance athletes can do it with 200g+ in some case, while sedentary short women may need to be closer to 25g net.

    In my case, which I am probably not the norm, but I run a cyclical keto diet (CKD). In this, I will incorporate very low fat, very high carb refeeds into my diet every few weeks because I am lean and I can start to feel weak and super hungry.

    Good points. Keto is not some kind of cult thing like some make it out to be. I was crashing and burning in 2014 when I cut out sugar and grains. It worked for me is all I know. I am really getting fed up with adults who think they have to tell others how to run their lives. My body tells my brain how it needs to eat to hang around longer and no one else is living inside my body.

    To Keto or not to Keto is just a personal choice and more like smoking or not smoking or taking a daily walk or just wearing out the sofa. It is a tool and nothing more. My body was very sick so Keto was a tool that worked for me at least in my case.
  • ccrdragonccrdragon Member Posts: 2,710 Member Member Posts: 2,710 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.

    In my case, which I am probably not the norm, but I run a cyclical keto diet (CKD). In this, I will incorporate very low fat, very high carb refeeds into my diet every few weeks because I am lean and I can start to feel weak and super hungry.

    I have been doing something along these lines, myself. I was eating keto levels of carbs (less than 30g net most days) from March thru June with no issues. Come July and I started riding my bike for an hour plus 5 days a week and found I could not sustain the rides - I nearly bonked one Friday so I checked my blood sugar reading - I was at 56 after the morning ride! I took the weekend and had a carb-feast, and have since allowed myself to net anything under 100g a day. My blood sugar after the morning rides is consistently in the mid 70's.

    I have no idea if I am still maintaining ketosis, nor do I care, I just know that I am not bonking after my rides and I am still losing weight at the same rate I was before allowing more carbs in my diet.
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 36,672 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 36,672 MFP Moderator
    ccrdragon wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.

    In my case, which I am probably not the norm, but I run a cyclical keto diet (CKD). In this, I will incorporate very low fat, very high carb refeeds into my diet every few weeks because I am lean and I can start to feel weak and super hungry.

    I have been doing something along these lines, myself. I was eating keto levels of carbs (less than 30g net most days) from March thru June with no issues. Come July and I started riding my bike for an hour plus 5 days a week and found I could not sustain the rides - I nearly bonked one Friday so I checked my blood sugar reading - I was at 56 after the morning ride! I took the weekend and had a carb-feast, and have since allowed myself to net anything under 100g a day. My blood sugar after the morning rides is consistently in the mid 70's.

    I have no idea if I am still maintaining ketosis, nor do I care, I just know that I am not bonking after my rides and I am still losing weight at the same rate I was before allowing more carbs in my diet.

    You can also run a targeted keto diet (tkd) where you consume 30-50g of glucose (jelly beans, sour patch kids, gummy bears, etc...) about 30 mins prior to the ride. That should help. If you don't like the candy approach, you can do white rice an hour before. Same carb gram total.
  • watts6151watts6151 Member, Premium Posts: 735 Member Member, Premium Posts: 735 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    ccrdragon wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.

    In my case, which I am probably not the norm, but I run a cyclical keto diet (CKD). In this, I will incorporate very low fat, very high carb refeeds into my diet every few weeks because I am lean and I can start to feel weak and super hungry.

    I have been doing something along these lines, myself. I was eating keto levels of carbs (less than 30g net most days) from March thru June with no issues. Come July and I started riding my bike for an hour plus 5 days a week and found I could not sustain the rides - I nearly bonked one Friday so I checked my blood sugar reading - I was at 56 after the morning ride! I took the weekend and had a carb-feast, and have since allowed myself to net anything under 100g a day. My blood sugar after the morning rides is consistently in the mid 70's.

    I have no idea if I am still maintaining ketosis, nor do I care, I just know that I am not bonking after my rides and I am still losing weight at the same rate I was before allowing more carbs in my diet.

    You can also run a targeted keto diet (tkd) where you consume 30-50g of glucose (jelly beans, sour patch kids, gummy bears, etc...) about 30 mins prior to the ride. That should help. If you don't like the candy approach, you can do white rice an hour before. Same carb gram total.

    I’ve seen a few lads in the gym use this approach and make good progress even bulking
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 36,672 MFP Moderator Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium Posts: 36,672 MFP Moderator
    watts6151 wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    ccrdragon wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.

    In my case, which I am probably not the norm, but I run a cyclical keto diet (CKD). In this, I will incorporate very low fat, very high carb refeeds into my diet every few weeks because I am lean and I can start to feel weak and super hungry.

    I have been doing something along these lines, myself. I was eating keto levels of carbs (less than 30g net most days) from March thru June with no issues. Come July and I started riding my bike for an hour plus 5 days a week and found I could not sustain the rides - I nearly bonked one Friday so I checked my blood sugar reading - I was at 56 after the morning ride! I took the weekend and had a carb-feast, and have since allowed myself to net anything under 100g a day. My blood sugar after the morning rides is consistently in the mid 70's.

    I have no idea if I am still maintaining ketosis, nor do I care, I just know that I am not bonking after my rides and I am still losing weight at the same rate I was before allowing more carbs in my diet.

    You can also run a targeted keto diet (tkd) where you consume 30-50g of glucose (jelly beans, sour patch kids, gummy bears, etc...) about 30 mins prior to the ride. That should help. If you don't like the candy approach, you can do white rice an hour before. Same carb gram total.

    I’ve seen a few lads in the gym use this approach and make good progress even bulking

    I have been debating on trying it once i get lean enough. I already know that being in the 155-160 lbs range is not where i want to be.
  • watts6151watts6151 Member, Premium Posts: 735 Member Member, Premium Posts: 735 Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    watts6151 wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    ccrdragon wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    At 50g you can still eat carbs but I notice that most people on Keto will eat vegetables only.

    In my case, which I am probably not the norm, but I run a cyclical keto diet (CKD). In this, I will incorporate very low fat, very high carb refeeds into my diet every few weeks because I am lean and I can start to feel weak and super hungry.

    I have been doing something along these lines, myself. I was eating keto levels of carbs (less than 30g net most days) from March thru June with no issues. Come July and I started riding my bike for an hour plus 5 days a week and found I could not sustain the rides - I nearly bonked one Friday so I checked my blood sugar reading - I was at 56 after the morning ride! I took the weekend and had a carb-feast, and have since allowed myself to net anything under 100g a day. My blood sugar after the morning rides is consistently in the mid 70's.

    I have no idea if I am still maintaining ketosis, nor do I care, I just know that I am not bonking after my rides and I am still losing weight at the same rate I was before allowing more carbs in my diet.

    You can also run a targeted keto diet (tkd) where you consume 30-50g of glucose (jelly beans, sour patch kids, gummy bears, etc...) about 30 mins prior to the ride. That should help. If you don't like the candy approach, you can do white rice an hour before. Same carb gram total.

    I’ve seen a few lads in the gym use this approach and make good progress even bulking

    I have been debating on trying it once i get lean enough. I already know that being in the 155-160 lbs range is not where i want to be.

    Will be interesting to see your progress if you do decide to run it
  • goodasgoldilox165goodasgoldilox165 Member Posts: 320 Member Member Posts: 320 Member
    I agree - 'keto' (or just high-fat-low-carb) works for some people. It isn't a magic fix for everyone. I certainly didn't expect it to work for me because of my passion for all things carby (I could eat sugar on meringue!) .

    It turns out that the 'passion' was actually caused by eating carbs.

    Some people can moderate (eat a few carby things) without bad effects on their weight-loss or healthy feelings. I think I'm one of these, but eating too many carbs starts to bring back hunger - so I'm careful for a few days after having them.

    I am still aiming to lose 9lb (45lb down so far) so staying lower carb at the moment but I know that I can add a few and maintain my weight.

    This is promising for the future but I'll never go back to eating as I did when increasing weight all the time. That is over. After 2 years low-carbing, I know I can fit in with family and friends, enjoy birthays and parties... and still stick to this way of eating for at least 90% of the time. It is now normal - and enjoyable.

    Will-power is not involved; understanding of my body's reaction is.



    In answer to the quesiton above, I don't spend my life longing for carbs now that I rarely have them. The desparate insatiable desire has gone and I can have them - occasionally - and enjoy them like a normal person.

    edited August 6
  • Fit_Chef_NEFit_Chef_NE Member Posts: 108 Member Member Posts: 108 Member
    I tried keto for a while, but my body was tired and grouchy without carbs. I am an active person. I did lose weight and stuck with it for months, but it just isn't for me. I never stopped dreaming of pasta and my homemade breads or bagels. For me, it wasn't a life worth living. I did feel good when I wasn't exhausted. I spent all day thinking about how much I wanted certain foods. I think a lot of other people stop craving them pretty quickly. It made food and eating into something I resented rather than enjoyed. What I learned is that I would legitimately mourn as though I lost a friend if someone told me I could never have a bowl of pasta again. :D Or a gooey, real deal chocolate brownie. The spice of life for me includes having a fully varied diet. We all have different things that make life enjoyable though.

    You never know how you will like something until you try it for yourself. Plenty of people swear by a keto or keto-adjacent diet and I respect that they know their bodies the best. And then I go stick a piece of bread in the toaster to have with my eggs. ;)
  • whitpaulywhitpauly Member Posts: 1,478 Member Member Posts: 1,478 Member
    I love all the keto foods but my stomach wasn't happy at all! I know I probably would have adjusted eventually but I just couldn't deal, I can and do follow lower carb but strict keto just isn't for me
  • IronIsMyTherapyIronIsMyTherapy Member Posts: 168 Member Member Posts: 168 Member
    If you like the foods keto allows, knock yourself out. If keto is going to make you eliminate foods you enjoy, it's only a matter of time before you fall off. Pick the diet that you can sustain for the rest of your life.
  • IronIsMyTherapyIronIsMyTherapy Member Posts: 168 Member Member Posts: 168 Member
    BAC716 wrote: »
    @maggiemax18 People get enamored with keto because when you restrict carbs in the beginning you lose "weight" quickly. Sure, some might definitely be fat in the first couple of weeks but you're losing a lot of water weight and stored carbs (glycogen). This reflects favorably on the scale though so people think it's a no brainer to continue on.

    Keto has been around since the early 1900s, originally formed as a diet to help treat conditions like epilepsy...it's been around forever. If you actually enjoy keto, that's great; it CAN work. The PROBLEM is, I personally cannot think of a single person I personally know who has started keto and lasted very long because they enjoy carbs like most of us.

    Carbs are not essential like fats and protein but are in many enjoyable foods and are beneficial for exercise performance, etc. If you're less active, have smaller carb portions. But, you can eat higher carbs and more moderate fats and lose weight as well...depends on the person and their preferences.

    Personally, I'm on a slow "bulking" plan right now and eating 375g of carbs per day; just bumped up from 360g. My weight has come down a pound on average since I begun testing to find an appropriate surplus to be in...Means I need more total calories in my life because CI vs. CO matters most. My fats are only at 70g per day with about 1.1g/lb. of protein.

    If carbs were inherently fattening, I'd be getting pretty fat on that many at 182 lb. right now haha. Just need to have the right portions for your body, preferences and activity levels.

    Well put.
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