I’m still doing it! I think I started on april 28, so it’s been 2 mos now. I feel great and I’m going to stick with it for the foreseeable future.
So, first I should say, I don’t actually eat zero carbs, but I normally eat 2 g cho a day, so pretty close. When I have 2 meals a day, it’s 5 slices of bacon and a burger w/ cheddar for my 1st meal and 2 burger patties with cheddar for my second meal. More often now, though, I just eat once a day and I have 4 slices bacon, 2 patties, and cheddar. Eating this way, I just don’t get very hungry. When I only have one meal, I often lose my interest in it half way through, but I try to finish it because I like that it gets me through the whole next day. I may experiment with less food or eating even less often, though.
This way of eating is so unexpected for me because I normally have a large appetite and want to eat all the time. But now I think that was just a side effect of the carbs for me. And even 25 or 30 g a day was enough to keep that going. But on near-zero, I am not very interested in food at all. It’s so liberating!
Blood sugar has been pretty good (would probably be better if I would stop forgetting about it, I have been missing shots here and there). When I’m paying attn, though, it’s quite good. And I’m using a tiny amount of insulin most days (total of 13 to 16 units and I think I’m needing less, been going low more this last week).
The real shocker for me, though, has been that my dawn phenomenon has disappeared! It used to be that if I got up to get my son to school and didn’t do any insulin or eat beforehand, I would go from 80ish to 300ish by the time I got home. I would normally do 3 units of humalog at 7:30 to keep it in line if I didn’t eat. Now it really doesn’t happen at all. The other day, I tested every hour until I had my evening meal (fasted all day) and it did go up steadily all day, but the highest it got was 141!
I think I may need to lower my lantus shot again because I’ve been waking up low the last few days (which I hate bc I feel like having those recovery carbs makes me feel really off all day, especially bc it’s been first thing in the morning). So I’m crossing my fingers that I continue to stay steady in the am if I decrease it. But when my dawn phenomenon was in full swing, a bit more lantus was not helpful, so I think there has been a real change.
Does anyone know if Dr. B has anything to say about low carb effecting DP? I don’t recall seeing that anywhere, but I haven’t listened to the podcasts.
I have lost about 20 pounds since I started, but gained a few back just in the last few days since I’ve been having these lows.