No Fail Fat Burning For Women Carb Depletion Phase
I'm new to posting in the forum, though I've been following it for a while and really appreciate the general atmosphere of support, compassion, and generously shared knowledge. I now have a question of my own and I'm excited to hear your responses! It's a little complicated to explain so thanks for taking the time to read this...
I'm about to embark on the No Fail Fat Burning journey, starting the 10 day carb depletion phase after the weekend (I work weekends). I've read Skye's book and I think it's great. I'm so grateful that she and others among you have done so much great research and work to find a bulletproof-conscious plan that is really geared towards women. I tried going bulletproof at the beginning of the year, and I think I got a little too excited about limiting carbs. I ended up totally destroying my sleep. I loved how my mind and emotions and focus felt in ketosis (I don't know how deeply I was in ketosis or not because I didn't measure it, but it was a very distinct feeling of a calm sense of energy, clarity and focus for me during that time), but after a month my sleep really suffered, worse than it ever had in my entire life. Other than my change in diet, there wasn't really anything else different going on my life that I could see that would have caused such a disruption in my sleep. I tried a ton of sleep hacks, quit caffeine, tried herbal supplements, acupuncture, etc, and still my sleep was horrendous. As in many nights of almost no sleep at all. So horrendous that I nearly had a nervous breakdown, totally ditched the bulletproof way of eating (which for me just meant going back to my typical mostly paleo diet with some quinoa and brown rice), ended up going on sleeping pills (trazadone), which made me very depressed. Finally three months later I've been off of them for over a month and I'm sleeping much, much better, and feeling human again.
However, I have about 5-10 pounds I would like to loose...and I am curious if I could find a balance between being in intermittent ketosis and in also getting enough carbs in my system to keep my hormones and sleep in balance. Am I crazy for wanting to try this again? I would really like to try the NFFB plan, though as you might imagine I feel a bit tentative considering my experience earlier in the year.
What I am most concerned about is the carb depletion phase. I would like to understand why it is such a crucial part of the plan. Skye writes (and I really hope it's ok that I copy this to the forum, hoping it's not bad form or something) Anyway, she writes:
'Ten-day carb depletion is exactly what it sounds like. It is THE critical factor in your fat loss and body detoxification. Repeat it with me: THE CRITICAL FACTOR. Itâ€™s not an option for those who want to be successful here.'
'You can do anything for ten days. If you have a slip up and consume more than 30 grams of carbohydrates (including fruit or alcohol) youâ€™ll need to start all over or else the program WILL NOT work. That should be a good motivator.'
But nowhere could I find an explanation of WHY it is so important for success, and why the program will not work without it. I'm sure she has a good reason for saying that...I'm just not sure what that is. I've scoured the book to make sure I'm not missing something here, and please forgive me if I missed something...I have been known to look for my sunglasses while they are sitting on my face
So my questions are....Does anyone out there know why the carb depletion phase is so important? Does anyone know the science behind that or the metabolic effect? Has anyone tried the plan without that phase and had success? Has anyone else out there had such a dreadful experience with ketosis and sleep? And do any of you have any insight into whether just 10 days of carb depletion could send a woman into hormonal havoc?
I know we are all different, and all of our bodies are different...but I would be so grateful for your insight into this! It's great to be a part of a community of people who are committed to hacking our bodies and our lives and living the best, most vibrant life possible for us. I appreciate your time and support, and thanks so much for reading this!