I wondering what those of you who do a more perfect health diet style of paleo, as in safe starches. I tried it for 2 weeks and gained 6 pounds!!! I went from losing weight steadily on VLC to gaining. However, I felt a lot better. I had been doing high fat VLC for 7 months but my joints felt stiff, I was constipated, my mouth felt acidic, and I didn't alway feel satisfied even with increased fat. Keep in mind I'm breastfeeding so this might be why. However, I cannot ignore how quickly I gained weight. For those who have found success losing weight eating slightly higher carb, what did you do? I enjoyed VLC because I didn't have to watch my calories and just ate to satiety. Do you feel you have to watch portions more with higher carbs or do you feel satisfied earlier? While I DO feel more full after having a meal with some starch, I also feel compelled much earlier (like within the next 2 hours) to snack again, which is not good. I suppose I just might have a rotten metabolism but I feel so much better overall not doing VLC. Has anyone had success doing 2-4 weeks ON keto and then a week off then back on, etc? I guess I'll do some self experimentation with that.
For those interested, my VLC included lots of coconut fat, grassfed butter, mostly grassfed beef, wild canned sardines, eggs, free range chicken, and some cafo beef then a variety of dark leafy greens, squash, occasional berries, etc. My two weeks of safe staches was similar to the above but add in some sweet potato, skin-less white potato, and soaked/soured buckwheat. I don't use any bad oils, avoid nuts, and completely abstain from refined sugar.
Update: I had kept on with the added starches for a little while longer and found out I gained another 5 pounds, so I switched back to VLC but this time with a once a week safe starch meal (usually some potatoes on Saturday) and it seems to have both taken care of the dry mouth/constipation and I've lost 6 pounds I had gained and hopefully will continue to do so. This works because I'm not getting the in between snackiness from everyday carbs, but I'm getting some glucose. I really hope I can fix my metabolism in the next year or so, so I don't have to be so restrictive. There's a satisfaction from a meal that includes some Yuca or taters. Oh well!