Should I not be taking the raw honey before bed during the 2-week introductory period? Even with it I think I'm generally less than 50 net carbs a day, but maybe it's not a good idea to add sugar when trying to get into ketosis?
You might be able to get away with a teaspoon or maybe more, but the only way to know for sure is a blood ketone / glucose meter and finger pricks.
If you're coming off a standard American diet, I'd just focus on nailing the two weeks without attempting sleep hacks.
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Not coming off SAD. I did SANE Solution for 3 months and put on 10 pounds, so I decided it was time to stop and try something else. I eat fairly paleo most of the time, with sugar alcohols instead of natural sweeteners. And for the last couple months I basically haven't had carbs on a regular basis at all.
I was going to do another Whole30 (even though I don't lose weight on them) just to sort of clear out after the SANE stuff, but then I read the BP book and thought I could give up two weeks and give it a try.
My weight hasn't moved at all, which I take to mean that I'm not carrying water weight. I did the protein-fast/carb refeed day yesterday (which sucked) and my weight is maybe a half pound higher today? Which I'm fairly sure is literally the weight of the sweet potatoes and rice I had for dinner. I was expecting a much larger jump in the scale.
So far, day 5 was the best I've had just in terms of feeling awesome. Now I'm on Day 7...
Well if you're already metabolically flexible (from being very low carb) the honey is less likely to cause problems, but lots of people think they're in ketosis until they actually measure ketones.
Your comments about not eating carbs on a regular basis at all as well as the lack of refeed weight gain are a little concerning. And why did the protein fast / carb refeed suck? If it sucked because you were stuffing yourself with carbs I guess that's OK, but if you were hungry it might be a sign you weren't eating enough carbs.
Let's say you plan to refeed with 300g carbs (Dave says "up to 300g carbs" for women, so that is a higher end. But 150g carbs is probably the bare minimum to call it a refeed.) To hit 300g carbs, you'd have to eat a bit more than 11 five inch sweet potatoes, or 6.5 cups of white rice. A lot of people think they're refeeding with one or two sweet potatoes, but they are not.
If you've been super low carb, plus not doing a refeed of more than at least 150g carbs, your weight plateau may have more to do with a slowed metabolism from constant very low carb, not your choice of diets.
Because bulletproof guac and cucumber chips is a boring lunch. All the good foods are meat.
I don't know how anyone would get 300g of carbs without having them for both meals. The menu choices in the book have like lettuce salads and some sweet potato soup for dinner and that's it. Pretty sure I managed 150g at dinner (according to MFP). Which at least had a piece of bacon in it! I could probably do the same sweet potato/rice mixture for lunch on day 13 in addition to the guac and cucumber.
Guess I should get a thing to take blood ketones, eh? Not that I relish jabbing myself with a needle.
Well you can still lose fat without being in ketosis, and you can also not lose fat while in ketosis. It's not the be-all-end-all.
You can eat carbs for more than one meal during a protein fast...
To keep you full and energized, consume a cup of protein-free Bulletproof Coffee in the morning and have near-zero protein, high fats, and moderate carbs throughout the day. For optimal results, limit carbohydrates to the afternoon and evening.