I thought tonight would be a good time to leave an update on my low-carb progress. I’m proud to report that I’ve been on-the-wagon, so to speak, for about 4 weeks now. I’ve been strict and keep my carb intake below 20g every day, with most days having trace carbs only.
I think to truly understand the drastic change I feel, you need to understand the depths to which I had fallen. In addition to being fat and sluggish, I found that I had many symptoms of sleep apnea and narcolespy, both very serious and dangerous conditions. I was waking up once an hour at night to use the bathroom and get a drink. In my befuddled mind, I didn’t feel all that tired. I felt that my waking up that often must mean that I wasn’t that sleepy. My using the bathroom so often must mean that I was shedding lots of water.
Without going into all the specifics of apnea and narcolepsy, apnea keeps your brain from entering REM sleep, which is basically when the brain gets to rest. The body rests from a physical perspective, but the brain never gets to. Hence the tendency towards narcolepsy, which is when the brain shuts down uncontrollably during normal waking periods. I figure the apnea and brain fatigue eventually makes the brain just give up from the lack of rest and shut down. In a way, it’s a lot like meth use. Meth causes the brain to work overtime, but eventually it can’t keep up and the meth user crashes into a deep prolonged sleep so the brain can finally rest.
So, here I was, fat, tired, showing signs of apnea and narcolepsy. Not only that, I was getting stressed because I couldn’t seem to focus and get things done. More sleeping hours weren’t helping, as I was just as fatigued mentally when I woke up as when I laid down. I was to the point that my mind was so fogged that I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going. It wasn’t until someone pulled me aside with genuine concern that I realized I had to do something. It wasn’t until after a couple weeks went by and my mind started to clear that I realized just how bad things had been.
So, 4 weeks later… what changes do I see in this short time?
- I’m sleeping through the night, maybe getting up once
- I’m snoring way, way less than before
- I’m much more alert during the day
- I wake up feeling like I actually slept
- I’ve dropped 10 lbs already
Now, I know there are people out there who think lo-carb is dangerous, but I really don’t care. I know that lo-carbing makes me feel 100% better, and that’s what’s important.