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Restriction vs. Keto? Your experience?

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#1 HikariKeki



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Posted 20 April 2021 - 12:44 AM

Hey fam,

I'm having a bit of a rough time where I can't really decide whether to commit to a keto diet or flat out restriction. I find i seesaw between the two based on how badly I want to lose weight and obviously, this is super self-sabotaging and you can't really do both well. I was curious, what was your experience with keto vs overall restriction? Did you lose more weight with one over the other? Ty <3

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 01:07 AM

I used to do both.


I can't really recommend  that. I prefer doing keto without calorie restriction and then finding yourself in a calorie deficit as a result of increased satiety, rather than counting calories and restricting them on purpose even when you might still be hungry sometimes.

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 10:00 AM

This has been a long time issue of mine lmao. I am thinking I prefer restricting because for me it’s so hard to stay under a certain limit doing keto. And it’s such a fine line for me to easily cross into just eating fatty shit then bam all of a sudden I’m outta control. It’s a good diet I think if ur not super restrictive and for me it was fun to cook stuff for me and my bf when we would be keto. I was more “lazy keto”, fuck tracking macros and shit. Now I’m trying to get back to a more plant based diet, feeling guilty about all the meat I ate, but I also try to keep it lower carb and low sugar.


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Posted 20 April 2021 - 11:43 PM

Lost about the same. With moderate to heavy restricting you go into ketosis even if all you eat is carbs 😅

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 01:32 PM

I used to do calorie restriction for a very long time ended up diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and that wasn’t even the real problem because after anorexia i struggled really hard with eating disorders either binge eating or bulimia, it definitely wasn’t easy and i came to realize that the main culprit was how i severely restricted my calories. I would go for a couple of weeks eating about 300 calories a day and then I wasn’t even losing weight, i start to have cravings i end up binge eating as a result my body would fill up with water and i would even gain the fat real quick which is known as metabolic adaptation, However when i started doing keto my cravings decreased much, i feel like i’m eating enough food to be healthy and not just lose weight, i have mental clarity, i stopped having binge eating episodes and seriously i have never felt better. so yeah definitely I would recommend keto even though sometimes it may be difficult but consider keto substitutes to make keto desserts for example it helped my a lot!
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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:18 AM

I'm struggling with this myself. It's a lot harder for me to be in a calorie deficit while doing keto. I'm switching back to focusing just on restriction, while still keeping things low-ish carb. 

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 09:31 AM

I did both. Restricted carbs and counted calories/ate in a deficit. It works well imo. Calorie deficit is essential for weight loss so it’s the most important, restricting carbs/keto can help you reach that goal because of appetite suppression

I’m bulimic tho so that’s why I have to count calories or else I might binge because my hunger cues are messed up, but I guess you could do keto without counting as long as you follow your hunger cues
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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:49 PM


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Posted 09 May 2021 - 03:26 AM

Both; high restrict ~900 for the deficit, Keto to keep myself satiated and binge free. 

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 01:55 PM

I am doing both. Less than 800cals and under 20g carbs. I am also vegetarian. The hardest bit is the fat intake. I just can’t eat the fat. What I am trying is to take MCT powder but only 10g. Any more and I panic. Plus I take it in the morning. If I took it in the evening, I’d probably purge.


It is working for now but every morning, I lay awake in bed panicking that the number on the scale might have gone up. 

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 05:28 PM

keto itself seems to put me into the restriction category without trying. I know my body will look a lot worse if I just restrict, I hate being skinnyfat.

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Posted 05 June 2021 - 09:39 AM

Cico still applies. Some people can't overeat while on keto and so, they don't need to count calories. Some do still overeat and absolutely keed to count calories and macros.

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