The first thing that will happen is you are going to lose your appetite for sugar when you completely stop taking sugar for two weeks. Why? Because every time there is sugar consumption, a hormone activates and pushes your blood sugar down, causing a low blood sugar situation (hypoglycemia to some degree). This causes you to crave sugar, but by getting rid of sugar from your diet, you get rid of the sugar cravings, too.
Hypoglycemia Definition: A condition caused by very low levels of blood glucose or sugar, which is common in diabetic people.
The hormone that is triggered by stress is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that has a function of regulating blood sugar to a certain degree.
If a person has low blood sugar, cortisol is released and helps the body turn protein, fat, or ketones into sugar. This is called gluconeogenesis (Sugar – new – making something or making new sugar)). The body is making sugar out of non-carbohydrate sources. This happens in the liver.
Stress raises cortisol. Cortisol releases sugar, and there is a spike in blood sugar. Insulin kicks in and pushes the blood sugar down (hypoglycemia), causing low blood sugar. Now, the person will get hungry, crave carbs, and snack. When they snack, they’ll raise the blood sugar, and the whole cycle will start over.
I can’t go longer than three hours before I am starving! I’m hungry and I need to eat!
What this means is you have a serious blood sugar problem.
An average thin person is carrying around about 100,000 calories of fat on their bodies yet we only have a very small amount of stored sugar. It’s called glycogen. It’s in the liver and it’s in the muscles.
So we have about only 1700 calories of stored sugar and a tremendous amount of stored fat. The problem is we’re not able to tap into this fat because we have a blood sugar problem.
You are on the Ketogenic plan and you lose a lot of weight at first, but it is slowing down. So Frustrating. You think about quitting but you will loose all the benefits – looking better, feeling better in your clothes, no cravings, no hunger and more energy.
On the TV show, The Biggest Loser, these people worked out about eight hours a day, they reduced their calories and they eventually lost the weight.
Do they gain the weight back? Yes, almost all of them do. Why? Because losing weight is not a normal for the body. It is anti-survival. Your body has evolved to store the energy as fat and hold on to it in times of famine.
You know this is true because it is much easier to gain weight than it is to lose weight.
When you go on a low-calorie diet, your metabolism will adjust and it will start slowing down. It will eventually create a set point – a weight that it’s almost impossible to bust through.
For example, you are on the Keto program and you get to 180 or 170 pounds and you just can’t seem to get below no matter what you do. What stops you from busting through that Plateau or set point? It is high levels of insulin.
Too much insulin prevents fat burning. Usually what comes along with it is insulin resistance. It is the combination of insulin resistance and excessive insulin that is behind this set point.
The big question is – does Keto slow your metabolism like other diets?