So way back in April (wow time flies) I blogged about launching my low carb experiment. I was trying for ultra low carb because I’ve always been a bit all or nothing. I recognise for a lot of people it seems to work well, although I note that it seems to be men who really thrive on this regime. For me, despite perservering for some weeks, and despite the advice that this too will pass from low carb advocates I don’t like living with:
- Brain fog, I just found myself being forgetful and vague.
- My stomach frequently feeling like it was a cauldron of boiling sulphuric acid.
- Protein breath despite brushing, flossing, mouth wash, mints etc.
All this was bad enough but when I found my insulin needs increasing that is where I drew the line. The thought of insulin resistance scares the crap out of me. I found that the basal rates that had stood me in good stead (despite weight fluctuations) for 15 years were not enough even when fasting to test said basals. I’ve always been happy that at least I remain insulin sensitive –the last thing I want or need is a dose of type 2 diabetes on top of type 1. So I’ve reintroduced carbs and voila, not only have I gone back to my previous basal rate but the last time I tested it seems I can slightly reduce the rate in the late afternoon. I’m retesting next week to see if this is more than a one-off.
I know some people have had amazing results not only with diabetes but also with weight loss and general health by going low carb and that’s great but it seems it’s just not for me. I’m back to [tying to] move more and eat fewer kilojoules from a variety of food groups. I do still have low carb meals when and if I feel like it -everything in moderation.
Have you tried low carb? How did it work out in the short, medium and longer term?