I've been off grains, rice, and potatoes for many months. Stomach felt better, but no weight loss.
For the last 3 weeks I've been following the Quilt's recommendations for jumpstarting leptin sensitivity. I was waking up full of energy, early in the morning and even lost a few pounds.
I went down to 20gm carb/day, and started getting headaches in the evenings. That's when I upped to close to 50 and my depression has suddenly lifted, like flipping a switch!! It was great, but fleeting. I've felt good for only part of the last few days, and never in the morning. When I'm not feeling good, my mood has been blacker than usual. What gives?
Some background, I've suffered from depression since forever. I have about 15 kilos (28 pounds) to lose. My anxiety level is generally better.
Right now my #1 priority is to figure out how to get rid of the depression for good.
If I were you I'd up starches to 100-150 per day and see if that helps. It seems like you are swinging back into depression when you go into ketosis. Lots of people (including me) feel better with plenty of carbs. Not being depressed is much more important than weight loss.
get sunlight, human inter-relations, goals and surround yourself with positive people. Also exercise alot(lots of walking etc.) especially first thiing in the morning on an empty stomach. Increase calcium and occasional caffeine to boost metabolism/mood. Try aroma therapy. set goals for yourself unrelated to weight-loss: something challenging.
Ok, I will weigh in. First time posting, so be kind people. I have been Paleo for 4 1/2 weeks now. In no way does this make me an expert at all. Though, I have dealt with needing to lose weight and depression. First, I will be honest and say, I do not exercise much. Would love to do crossfit, but my life with three kids is VERY busy, so I only get to exercise once or twice a week. Second, when I started Paleo I was very skeptical. I wanted to make a change because I always felt like crap and was often depressed. I just wasn't sure it would really help. Because of this skepticism, I started an online app at the same time I started Paleo. It tracks my carbs, calories, and a bunch of other stuff I don't care about. The app asks you how much you weigh, how active you are, and how much you want to lose a week. (The most you can choose is two pounds) I decided on the two pounds. It suggested, at my activity level, that I should eat 1200 calories a day. If I am hungrier that day I do let myself eat more, but I wanted a guide and a little more accountability than just - eat meat and veggies. I have let the carbs fluctuate on different days to see how I feel. Trying to find the best situation for me and not just go by what everyone else says. (I suggest this) I have noticed that at anything over 100, I feel yucky and sick. Below 50 is doable, but I am sluggish and tired. The sweet number seems to be 70-90. If I stay in that area and stay away from dairy, grains, bread, rice, legumes, potatoes, and processed stuff, I am good. I have successfully lost 9.6 lbs in 4 1/2 weeks. It's a journey, and I plan to tweak as I go, but I am happy with the results so far.
I do a VLC, with most days tending to be ZC. After about two months of this my depression lifted. It was quite a surprise, I remember thinking to myself, "ahh, so this is how normal people are.".
The thing with VLC is that it takes some adjustment time. You must give it least two weeks for your brain to adapt to the change in fuel source (glucose to ketones).
Nobody has mentioned Vitamin D. I'm not sure if you supplement it or not, but you might consider doing so. Taking 5000 IUs of Vitamin D3 a day eliminated my severe clinical depression and magnesium eliminated all traces of anxiety/panic attacks.
It's worth a try if you aren't already doing so.
Also I second the eliminate caffeine sentiment. Good luck!
I just want to mention my experience, because it is different from most of the other advice here, and who knows what will work for you?
I've had depression problems my entire adult life. I was on a VLC diet for a long time, and it might have helped a little, but not much. Then I tried eating nothing but meat for 3 weeks. Within the first 2 weeks, the depression lifted. I've been on a meat-only ZC diet for more than a year and a half now, and my mood is still happy and stable. I'm off all medication.
The key point here is that I was depressed, sometimes dangerously so, on a VLC diet. So you can't necessarily generalize from how you will feel on VLC to how you will feel on ZC.
I've been wrestling with the same scenario all my life and have spent the last 10 years trying this that and the other for help. I find there are lots of things to help mediate: sunlight and eercise are the crucial ones for me, but short-term and long term goals, family and friends, music, aromas, gratitude lists, and yoga all help.
There are a few things that make life worse for me: having a caffiene habit is bad news. Fruit and table sugar lead to gloom 24 hrs later. Artificla sweeteners, even a bit, mess me up. Wheat knots up my stomach, but doesn't wack my mood too much.
And then there are the personal variables, mostly what carbs you eat and when. I stick with non-sucrose carbs, mostly after 4pm. That ends up being a couple potatoes or some rice with dinner. The late carbs mean I get sleepy at bedtime and I wake up in a great mood. I am a fairly active athlete, and end up ~100g/day carbs on rest days, 140/day on active days.
You may also want to consider 5-htp...it's the precursor to serotonin. If you're not averse to supplements, 100mg morning and night made every bit of difference for me in being able to change my own thoughts and escape the evil cycles. I'm now at 400 mg a day total and held there steadily for several years. Depression never gets fixed, but it can definitely get better
The reason of people not doing well on VLC,could be due possible adrenal fatigue. That's when you mentally feel worse with few carbs,bc glucogenesis of protein is stressing to the body thus the adrenals.
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