First of all, congratulations on losing 33 pounds! That’s awesome!
I had my single stage surgery in 2016, and went into the surgery already wanting to lose 20-30 pounds. The first 9 months afterward were torturous, with small intestine failure resulting in 10 days with an NG tube, constant trips to the bathroom, etc. Yet somehow, despite the feeling that everything that I ingested ran through me at lightening speed, I frustratingly gained 50 pounds in 6 months! I’m not sure how I managed to glean enough nutrients to maintain my weight, let alone pack on the pounds.
Anyway, long intro there. Last month, I decided to finally do something about the weight. My J-pouch is much better behaved (and has been for a year). Prior to February, I was counting and severely restricting calories, exercising, etc. All that effort did was keep me from gaining more weight.
But last month I decided to follow a strict ketogenic diet. It's been a totally different experience for me. I’ve been losing over four pounds a week, and I rarely get hungry. My cravings for sweets are almost entirely gone, which is amazing, since I have quite a sweet tooth. But the effects on my pouch have been positive, which has been wonderful. I have even slept completely through the night a few times!
Has anyone else had any experience (good or bad) with a keto diet? Either for weight loss, or for other health reasons?