If anyone cares, the cravings I had in the first few months almost all vanished. I really don’t care about bread or potatoes now. Orange juice was the one craving that persisted, and which I am now allowing myself.
I never completely gave up beer, but had to keep it to once a week. The only time I came out of ketosis was three nights in a row on the beer.
But the crawfish pies in New Orleans this week were great.
.... What I don’t want to lose is this freedom from hunger. That has been the main revelation of the diet, for me. Knowing I need to eat for fuel rather than because I’m hungry. An experience not to be underestimated.
I know the feeling but rather than a loss of hunger, hunger was replaced by euphoria, a steel conviction that I just didn't eat "those things". A form of anorexia, I've come to believe. If I am correct, it is much more a mental and emotional state than a physical one, altho it feels like one.
I am sure you’re right that it’s partly psychology/habituation, but I am also in no doubt that stepping away from the blood sugar yo-yo is important too.
I have been in ketosis, like except for one day, for 6 months. I’ve usually been small to moderate by the pee test. The moderate carbs in NOLA didn’t take me out.
How to come out without losing the benefits is the question for me now. What I don’t want to lose is this freedom from hunger. That has been the main revelation of the diet, for me. Knowing I need to eat for fuel rather than because I’m hungry. An experience not to be underestimated.
Have you told us or would you tell us how much weight you have lost in the last 6 months.
Sure. Thing is I didn’t dare weigh myself before I started, but I guess I was 205-209 lbs. Today I am 178. At 175 I will be at top of the normal weight range for my BMI. I’m now gradually switching to Keto cycling, which is a couple of days on moderate carbs, then back into ketosis.
I am very aware that maintaining weight loss is a big challenge.