I have a big problem and I hope someone can tell me from his experience.
I used to be a ketoer on CKD (I was bulking after a thyroid issue, w. success btw). At that time I liked the keto foods, but after a few years and reaching my goal weight I was more inclined to having vegetarian foods (but no grains or fruits!) and liked meat less. So my meals now are 95% veggies and a tiny bit of meat for flavour, or shrimps, I get the rest of my protein from lots of cottage cheese and a shake.
My thyroid (st.p. Hashimoto attack, which made my thyroid shrink at the time) is still low.
I am not on medication, bc the doc deemed it not necessary for the time being (I'm under his supervision and he's a very understanding, open-minded doctor - knows my whole med. history and bb-lifestyle).
He doesn't know much about low-carbing though.
My problems are:
-I have bad insomnia (feel over-energized and cannot sleep - get tired the next morning with heavy brainfog and headaches).
-Although I'm tracking my calories, train with weights + cardio every day, I "cannot" cut anymore. If this was someone else or me when I used to eat some carbs (i.e carb ups or regularly), I would sure "look the way I live", i.e more defined. In other words, a stall that doesn't match my training and eating at all and it seems I would gain if I reduced my cardio.*
- I often feel "depressed".
- I guess something is wrong with the leptin AND the thyroid (thyroid is borderline) and I need to reset the leptin also.
So now, at about 60g of carbs per day (for 1 year; before was keto with under 30g of carb for 4 years), with all these "sluggish" symptoms I am planning to increase my carbs. Not "high" carb but maybe some brown rice, brown pasta, oats etc. OR I do carb ups.
[Since I moved away from keto to 60g I stopped carbing up; my carb ups in keto became less frequent and with 60g I haven't carbed up now in 8 months. After carb ups the symptoms always resided for a few days.]
So my question is: what's the best to do?
a.) I continue with my diet now and carb up every few weeks - although it is above the keto carb allotment?
60g or even up to 80 or 100g (but <100g) on normal days. --> would be then: carb up once in a while after 1 VLC day (or more depending how many carbs I've been eating till then that week) and a depletion a work out. --> 1 carb meal in the evening.
b.) I have a daily moderate carb diet (with re-introduction of carbs from grains; this is what I'm a bit scared of, bc I know that I am carb-sensitive; this is why I had chosen keto to gain weight in the first place).
If I choose this option, should I start this with a controlled complex carb carb-up first (low fat, high complex carb day). including an intensive depletion work-out and THEN lower to maintenance carbs? Bc if I lslowly re-introduce I might being hungry all the time (fear). My thought is that with such a carb up, I could instantly kickstart my messed up metabolism and leptin and that all carbs thereafter are relatively low compared to that.
I really don't know which way is best and would be very thankful to hear from others that low-carbed for a longer period (even years) and added in carbs again.
P.S: upping the fats didn't help, I just gained weight and bf but the "tired-symptoms" never subsided. When I used to do keto I didn't have these due to the weekly carb-ups. But now I can't do keto anymore (bc I don't like the foods).
My doc doesn't know much about low carb or keto, but he says that from what he has heard, carbs might be necessary to kickstart thyroid function again (and from my knowledge also Leptin). And I'd rather eat some carbs than start a medication regime. I never felt so awful (like "hit by a truck" before).
I forgot to mention that I'm also a Warrior Dieter (main meal in the evening), so whenever I carbed up it was only 1 carb heavy MEAL (~300-350g of carbs), not a whole day.
*I upped the cardio bc I wanted to reduce belly fat and as we know, we cannot spot reduce. But now I feel that if I reduced the cardio, it would all be reversed, so I have to somehow reset my calorie level (higher).